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Shinjuku Bars – Your Ultimate Guide

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Too early to slink back to your Shinjuku hotel? Take the opportunity to try out one of the many bars Shinjuku has to offer. There’s a bar for everyone in Tokyo’s most notorious neighbourhood, the only problem is finding it. Using our guide, you may well be able to do just that. 

1. Shot Bar Zoetrope

Shot Bar Zoetrope

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This small yet intimate bar offers one of the best whiskey experiences outside of Scotland, with the owner Atsushi Horigami boasting over 300 Japanese whiskey varieties for customers to try out. Overwhelmed? Fear not, Horigami will impress you with his whiskey knowledge and offer a few recommendations. Additionally, Horigami loves his films, often putting on his favorite silent comedies and old animations. Come to Shot Bar Zoetrope for chill vibes.

   Mon-Sat 17:00 – 00:15 (Closed on Sunday)

   03-3363-0162

   3F, 7-10-14 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 

   Shot Bar Zoetrope’s Facebook

2. Brooklyn Parlor Shinjuku

Brooklyn Parlor Shinjuku

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Basement cafe by day and bar by night, Brooklyn Parlor is a great pit stop between shops or to while away the evening in. Inside, find yourself surrounded by shelves and shelves of international books. Flip through a few obscure titles as you sip on your Brooklyn Lager.

   Mon-Sat 11:30 – 23:30

        Sun 11:30 – 23:00

­   03-6457-7763

  ¥    ~900

   Shinjuku OIOI Anex B1F, 3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Brookyln Parlor Shinjuku

3. The Dubliners’ Irish Pub

The Dubliners' Irish Pub

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Grabbing a pint at The Dubliners is perhaps the most authenticly Irish experience you’re going to get in Tokyo. The friendly atmosphere and beers such as Guinness and Kilkenny attract droves of locals and expats alike. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a live performance of traditional Celtic tunes. 

   Mon-Fri 15:00 – 23:30

        Sat 12:00 – 23:30

        Sun 12:00 – 23:00

   03-3352-6606

  ¥    ~1,000

   Shinjuku Lion Beer Hall 2F, 3-28-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   The Dubliners’ Irish Pub

4. Bar Ben Fiddich

Bar Ben Fiddich

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Despite being new to the bar scene, Bar Ben Fiddich is quickly climbing up the rankings. Don’t worry about the lack of menus, you’re in safe hands with bartender Hiroyasu Kayama. With his slick back hair and professional demeanour, Kayama is constantly innovating and concocting new cocktails. He tests these creations out on the punters, who are rarely disappointed. 

   Mon-Sat 18:00 – 03:00 (Closed on Sunday)

   ­03-6279-4223

   Daiwa House Building 9F, 1-13-7 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   ­Bar Ben Fiddich’s Facebook

5. Watering Hole

Watering Hole

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Located just five minutes away from Shinjuku Station New South Exit, Watering Hole is one of the best craft beer bars in Tokyo. It’s run by American Homebrewers Association’s 1998 “Homebrewer of the Year” Ichiri Fujiura, so you know the craft beers offered here are the best of the best and selected with the utmost care. Come and enjoy one of the 20+ domestic and international brews on tap. 

   Sun-Sat 15:00 – 23:30 

   ­03-6380-6115

   5-26-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

   Watering Hole­

6. Bamboo Beer Pub

Bamboo Beer Pub

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This hidden gem of a craft beer pub is tucked away in the basement of a nondescript building. With only four draft beers, Bamboo Beer Pub is anything but lavish. It’s small and cozy – the perfect spot to chill out and get away from the crowds. 

   Sun-Sat 17:00 – 02:00

   ­03-3352-5356

   Dia Palace Shinjuku B-104, 1-31-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Bamboo Beer Pub’s Facebook

7. 8bit Cafe

8bit Cafe

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As arcades evolve, old school relics are sometimes destined for the scrapheap. Not at 8bit Cafe, however. Order yourself the house cocktail “Princess Peach’s Temptation” and indulge your nostalgia on some classic consoles. 

  Mon, Wed, Thu and Sun 18:00 – 24:00

        Fri&Sat 18:00 – 05:00 (Closed on Tuesday)

   03-3358-0407

  ¥    <1,000

   Q Building 5F, 3-8-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   8bit Cafe

8. Vagabond

Vagabond

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Vagabond is a 30+-year-old, two story jazz establishment. On the first floor is your typical izakaya (Japanese pub). Head upstairs, however, and find yourself in a cool jazz joint. Here, join the energetic crowd and groove to some classic blues.

   Sun-Sat 17:00 – 23:30

   ­03-3348-9109

  ¥    1,000 + 700 (cover charge)

   1-4-20 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Vagabond

9. Bar Kukon

Hotel Sunroute Plaza

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Located in Hotel Sunroute Plaza, Bar Kukon offers everything from 1,000 yen cocktails to 31,000 yen champagne bottles. The prices do well to keep the crowds at bay, guaranteeing a tranquil environment in which to savour that Singapore Sling.

   Mon-Sat 17:00 – 23:30 (Closed on Sunday)

   03-3375-3211

  ¥    700 – 31,000

   Hotel Sunroute Plaza, 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo

­   Bar Kukon

10. Bar Candy Shinjuku

Bar Candy Shinjuku

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One complaint thrown at Bar Candy is its erratic opening times. If it is open when you roll up, though, a fun night is almost always guaranteed at this little cocktail bar. The affable Touro whips up cocktails that are sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. We recommend his ever-popular Negroni cocktail.

   Mon-Sat 19:00 – 01:00

   03-3354-3720

   B1F, 3-35-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

­   Bar Candy Shinjuku’s Facebook

11. Dug Jazz Cafe & Bar

Dug Jazz Cafe & Bar

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With its loud neon sign outside, Dug Jazz Cafe & Bar is not hard to find. Down a flight of stairs, discover a smoky and intimate setting ringing with soulful tunes. The bar also boasts some of the finest whiskies money can buy. 

   Sun-Thu 12:00 – 23:30

        Fri&Sat 12:00 – 02:00

   03-3354-7776

  ¥    530 (table charge)

   3-15-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Dug Jazz Cafe & Bar

12. Kirin City

Kirin City

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Owned by Kirin Brewery, you can find branches of Kirin City littered throughout Japan. Try an exclusive Brau Meister, a beer with an impressive three-step pouring process that can take a couple of minutes to complete. 

   Mon-Fri 12:00 – 23:30

        Sat&Sun 11:30 – 23:00

   03-3350-8935

  ¥    ~1,100

  ¥    ~1,100

   3-25-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Kirin City

13. Nihon Saisei Sakaba

Nihon Saisei Sakaba

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Nihon Saisei Sakaba is not your typical izakaya. This crowded standing bar is for all you adventurous eaters out there. Nihon Saisei Sakaba dares you to try some intestines, brains or even a slice of rectum! You may need a beer to help it go down, so it’s lucky they’re cheap. 

   Sun-Sat 15:00 – 24:00

   03-3354-4829

   Marunaka Building 1F, 3-7-3 Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Nihon Saisei Sakaba

14. Hooters Shinjuku

Hooters Shinjuku

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Despite being known for its staff, Hooters is much more than that. This all-American establishment boasts an extensive food and drink menu, plus a packed sports schedule. What could be more American than a Bud, some chicken wings and the NFL?

Additionally, Hooters hosts “American” themed parties for occasions like the Super Bowl. Come here for a true red, white and blue experience!

   Sun-Thu 11:30 – 23:30

        Fri&Sat 11:30 – 04:00

   03-6279-4785

  ¥    <1,100

   α107 Building B1F-B2F, 1-8-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Hooters Shinjuku

15. The Peak Lounge & Bar

The Peak Lounge & Bar

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In addition to being home to the Lost in Translation bar, Hotel Park Hyatt is also home to the equally impressive The Peak Lounge & Bar. The floor to ceiling glass windows light up the place by day and frame the neon city below by night, making a drink here at any time a good choice. 

   Sun-Sat 11:00 – 22:00

   03-5323-3461

  ¥    1,000 – 6,000

   Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   The Peak Lounge & Bar

 


Omoide Yokocho (also known as Piss Alley or Memory Lane)

Crammed in this alley are numerous izakaya and yakitori joints vying for your yen. You can’t go wrong here, but we recommend Asadachi for its novelty.

Address: 1-1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

16. Asadachi

Asadachi

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Raw pig testicles! Yum!

Featured in our weird Japanese food article, Asadachi is a mecca for odd bites. Some of the specialities here, including the raw pig testicles, frog sashimi and sanshou (grilled salamander), are said to improve sexual stamina. Owners of this izakaya speak little English, but having Google Translate to hand should suffice.

   03-3342-1083

   1-2-14 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

 


Kabukicho (Red Light District)

Also known as Tokyo’s Red Light District, Kabukicho boasts hundreds of drinking dens – making it a popular nightlife destination. For more comprehensive information, check out our Kabukicho guide.

Below is a list of popular Kabukicho bars.

Address: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

17. Hammond Orgasm

Hammond Orgasm

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Owners George and Atsuko Oya took their love for rock music and channeled it into Hammond Orgasm. The result is a fun loving rock bar which also spins a good selection of jazz and classical records, too. 

   Sun-Sat 18:00 – 05:00

   ­070-5463-0791

  ¥    ~1,000

   Yashio Assembly Hall 4F Unit B2, 2-38-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Hammond Orgasm

18. Capcom Bar

Capcom Bar

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Fully decked out with arcade games such as Resident Evil and Street Fighter, this themed bar is for all you Capcom lovers out there. Additionally, their extensive menu is all Capcom-themed. Nowhere else can you sip on “Guile’s Somersault Kick” (a Street Fighter-themed cocktail), eat some “Brain Cake” (a Resident Evil-themed dessert) and play some Street Fighter.

   Mon-Fri 14:00 – 23:30

        Sat&Sun 11:30 – 23:30

   ­0120-706-732

  ¥    600 – 1,000

   Pasela Resorts Shinjuku 1F, 1-3-16 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

­   Capcom Bar

19. Rock and Metal Bar GODZ

Rock and Metal Bar GODZ

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Hide-san found Tokyo’s lack of a heavy metal scene disturbing, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and founded the Rock and Metal Bar GODZ in 2002. Still going strong, GODZ is now a popular hangout for the city’s metalheads. With no cover charge, English menus and a strong chance of getting your song requests played, GODZ is extremely welcoming to all.

   Sun-Sat 19:00 – 05:00

   03-3203-3660

  ¥    <900

   Ebisu-Kaikan Building B1F, 1-10-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

­   Rock and Metal Bar GODZ

20. Rooftop Bar & Terrace G

rooftop bar & terrace G

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Featured in our article about fantastic Tokyo city views, you would’ve never guessed that a classy rooftop bar existed here in gritty Kabukicho. Find rooftop bar & terrace G on the 13th floor of Granbell Hotel. Its respectful and unobtrusive staff combined with the quiet ambiance make it a great spot for dates.

   Sun-Sat 17:00 – 04:00

   03-5155-2412

  ¥    1,000 + 500 (table charge)

   Granbell Hotel 13F, 2-14-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

­   rooftop bar & terrace G

21. Casa Tequila Tokyo

Casa Tequila Tokyo

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Conveniently located within a minute of the Robot Restaurant, Casa Tequila Tokyo is great for a post-show meal. Find here authentic Mexican cuisine and a dangerously extensive tequila selection. 

   Mon-Fri 15:00 – 03:00

        Sat&Sun 11:00 – 03:00

­   03-6233-9557

  ¥    500 – 1,200

   B1F, 1-7-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

­   Casa Tequila Tokyo

 


Golden Gai

Located in Kabukicho, Golden Gai deserves a special mention. This architectural wonder is one of Tokyo’s most famed drinking districts. Walking through any one of the six alleys is like stepping into Showa-era Japan.

Below is a list of popular Golden Gai bars.

Address: 1-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

22. Albatross G

albatross G

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Heralded by CNN Travel as one of the best bars in Golden Gai, Albatross G consists of three stories with the top floor being a rooftop terrace. There’s a cover charge, but drinks aren’t too expensive. The rooftop provides a great escape from the cramped downstairs. Grab a nice cool beer and head on upstairs to catch some fresh air and feel the breeze. 

   Sun-Thu 17:00 – 02:00 

        Fri&Sat 17:00 – 05:00

   03-3203-3699

  ¥    ~700 + 500 (cover charge)

   1-1-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Albatross G

23. Champion Bar

Champion Bar

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This poorly lit dive bar is a huge hit with foreigners and locals alike. With no cover charge, karaoke and cheap drinks (500 yen each or 2,000 yen for five), there is little wondering why. 

   Sun-Sat 18:00 – 05:00

   03-5291-9333

  ¥    500

   1-10-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 

24. Bar Nightingale

Bar Nightingale, with its experimental music, cool atmosphere and quirky decor, is one of the Golden Gai’s hipper hangouts. Despite the 1,000 yen cover charge and 800 yen drinks, its unique charm makes the bar well worth a visit.

   Sun-Sat 20:00 – 04:00

   ­090-1267-8294

  ¥    800 + 1,000 (cover charge)

   Golden Gai G2 2F, 1-1-10 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 

­   Bar Nightingale

25. Punk Bar Hair of the Dogs

Punk Bar Hair of the Dogs

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Just minutes away from Hanazono Shrine, stumble into Punk Bar Hair of the Dogs. Head on over, grab a pint and indulge your inner punk with the like-minded bartenders and punters.  

   Mon-Thu 19:00 – 02:00

        Fri&Sat 19:00 – 04:00 (Closed on Sunday)

   ­03-5285-1989

  ¥    600 + 800 (table charge)

   1-1-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021

   Punk Bar Hair of the Dogs

 


Shinjuku Ni-Chome (also known as Tokyo’s Gay District)

Shinjuku Ni-Chome is known as Tokyo’s gay district. During the day, it’s a quiet neighborhood, but come nighttime, it’s one of the most happening Tokyo nightlife districts.

Below is a list of popular Shinjuku Ni-Chome bars.

Address: 2 Chome Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

26. Paddy’s Junction

Paddy's Junction

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Newly renovated, this Irish pub now offers a wide variety of craft brews. Keeping true to its former self, it still offers free open-mic Karaoke every Friday and 50% off fish and chips on select nights. Additionally, the staff here are fluent in English, friendly and extremely accommodating.

   Mon-Thu 17:00 – 24:00

        Fri&Sat 17:00 – 02:00 (Closed on Sunday)

   03-6273-1755

  ¥    ~1,100

   2-13-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   Paddy’s Junction

27. AiiRO Cafe

AiiRO Cafe

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Find a large crowd of people congregating outside a traditional Japanese torri gate in Shinjuku-Ni-Chome on a Friday night: the entrance to foreigner-friendly bar AiiRO Cafe. Unlike suffocating cramped 8-seater bars, AiiRO Cafe is open-air – making it easy to socialize with people.

   Mon-Thu 18:00 – 02:00

        Fri&Sat 18:00 – 05:00

        Sun 18:00 – 24:00

  03-6273-0740

  ¥    ~700

   Garnet Building 1F, 2-12-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

   AiiRO Cafe

28. Dragon Men

Dragon Men

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Early in the evening, Dragon Men is a nice quiet bar. However, as the night drags on, more and more scantily clad individuals start showing up. Soon, it turns into a raging club. Packed to the max, find sweaty individuals grooving to catchy pop tunes. 

   Sun-Thu 18:00 – 03:00

        Fri&Sat 18:00 – 05:00

  03-3341-0606

  ¥    ~1,000

  Accord Bldg B1F, 2-12-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

 


Honourable Mention: HUB Shinjuku South Exit

HUB Shinjuku South Exit

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The HUB is a popular chain of British pubs scattered throughout Japan. With several locations in Shinjuku, the Shinjuku South Exit branch, as the name suggests, is minutes away from Shinjuku Station South Exit. With cheap drinks and food, the HUB makes for a great pre-drinking stop before heading on to the main event of the night.

   Mon-Thu 17:00 – 01:00

        Fri 17:00 – 02:00

        Sat 15:00 – 02:00

        Sun 15:00 – 01:00

   03-5379-1949

  ¥    <1,000

   Uchino Building B1F, 3-36-15 Shinjuku, Tokyo

   HUB Shinjuku South Exit

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