Bars in Tokyo

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The first thing that may come to mind when you think of Tokyo nightlife may be sake (called Nihonshu in Japan), but beer and shochu are also... Read More

The first thing that may come to mind when you think of Tokyo nightlife may be sake (called Nihonshu in Japan), but beer and shochu are also local favorites, with Japanese whiskey makers giving the Scots a run for their money these days. Pop into an izakaya (dining bar) for an authentic local experience. In a city this large and busy, locals appreciate quiet, upscale cocktail bars where they can focus on the company they came with.

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  • Bar High Five

    Each cocktail here is crafted with a precision that borders on obsessive, making this a perfect spot for connoisseurs. Hand-carved ice "diamonds" float... Read More

  • Bar Trench

    This super cool, compact Ebisu back-street bar is done up in brick and lacquer. The passionate bartender serves up seasonal and absinthe-based cocktails. Read More

  • Bar Tsurukame

    This cozy whiskey bar is outfitted in dark wood and leather. The menu is exceptional, and Japanese pours include the Yamazaki 12, the Taketsuru 21, and... Read More

  • Blue Note Tokyo

    Sip wine or champagne while watching jazz, blues, or pop at Tokyo's largest jazz club. Prices are high, but match the great talent the club brings in. Read More

  • Golden Gai

    A narrow warren of alleys in Shinjuku's red light district is lined with more than 200 tiny bars and clubs that perfectly illustrate "hole in the wall."... Read More

  • Hang Out

    You'll find this tiny, vegan izakaya on the third floor of a side street in Shibuya. It has a Portland aesthetic, and there are a few fashionable men... Read More

  • Hoppy Dori

    The street's namesake, Hoppy Dori, is an inexpensive, non-alcoholic malt beverage that, when mixed with shochu, resembles beer but at a lesser price. Read More

  • Ishinohana Bar

    Ishinohana Bar is a gleaming joint with a world-class, award-winning bartender behind the bar. There's a laundry list of cocktails—many seasonal—yet... Read More

  • Koenji Bakushu Kobo

    Though it looks like a house from the outside, this homey brewpub in the back streets of Koenji offers up easy-to-drink local micro brews and plates of... Read More

  • Nonbei Yokocho

    This little lane, just a stone's throw from Shibuya Station—next to the tracks, in fact—is the home to dozens of tiny, ramshackle bars sitting cheek to... Read More

  • Nos Org

    Stage lights at street level lead to this roomy, underground lounge with organic junk food and cool drinks. It's easy to pass a few hours here,... Read More

  • Omoide Yokocho

    Omoide Yokocho, which loosely translates to Memory Lane, is a narrow, crooked alley stuffed with dozens of tiny standing bars. They serve beer, sake,... Read More

  • Peter the Bar

    Come happy hour, The Bar becomes a stylish playground for trendy crowds of Tokyo's power players, who return again and again for the enticing selection... Read More

  • Sakuragaoka Cafe

    Ambient lighting and comfortable antique sofas and chairs make this a fashionable lounge in the quiet part of Shibuya. But the real highlight is the... Read More

  • T.Y. Harbor Brewery Restaurant

    Thanks to its perch on the harbor, the restaurant boasts a small floating lounge out front. If you're hungry for more than beer, order the scallops with... Read More

  • What the Dickens?

    This straight-out-of-England pub pushes all the right buttons, from the dark wood and recessed corners to the long list of beers on tap and by the bottle. Read More

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