5 hottest bars in Tokyo
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Yes, it’s nothing to do with Donald – but this quirky bar on the Tokyo scene has more than its fair share of hair-pieces! It’s eccentricity all round, with a clash of mirrors, glitter balls and stuffed animal heads. And being a hipster hangout, the punters are just as weird, with military dress, bunny ears and naked bodies on show. Music comes in a close second to the visual delights, so expect hip DJ and touring indie bands.
Hoshi Building 4F, 1-12-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
Tel: +81 3 3770 2325
The mother of all microbrews
In the Land of the Rising Sun, here’s a bar with enough types of beer to welcome in the dawn. This craft beer behemoth dispenses over 40 microbrews via a state-of-art tap system. You’ll enjoy a quenching selection of popular imports as well as a carefully-curated selection of Japanese brews, including the house’s own. And with the interior all chrome, leather and dark wood, it pours style by the gallon-load too!
Shibuya Crossroad Building 2F, 1-29-1 Shoto, Shibuya-ku
Tel: +81 3 3770 5544 www.goodbeerfaucets.jp
Tel: +81 3 3461 2128
Drink with the salarymen
Go local for an evening and enjoy the company of Japan’s untiring working crowd. This basement standing bar (with basement prices) has been around for over a century, and still operates according to an age-old payment system. You plonk your night’s budgeted money on the bar and the barman simply takes what he needs, so you won’t blow the bank! Drink of the bar is Hoppy, an old-school beer substitute, which also makes a refreshing cocktail.
B1F, 2-3 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 5454 3715
Explore the world of saké
Saké needs no introduction as Japan’s favourite (rice) wine but it can take several lessons to understand how best to drink the stuff: cold, warm, hot or scalding. Fortunately, there’s Sasagin, a great sake bar for beginners. With an English-speaking sommelier to point out the libation’s finer points, you’re free to enjoy the heady, national drink. And when it’s all gone to your head, you can come back down with an excellent food menu to soak it up!
1-33-15 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3289 8700 www.ginza-panorama.com
The train lover's dream bar
Tokyo’s unlike any city in the world. It does nerd to cutting-edge in 0.001 seconds. On the lower end of that scale is its strange new love for train-themed bars. Understandable, as it does boast the world’s original bullet trains! So board this bar for everything rail-related, like four built-in electric tracks to watch trains zip by whilst enjoying train-themed cocktails, like the Romance Car. There are also over 700 model train carriages to buy as souvenirs!
Ginza Hachikan Building 8/F, 8-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku