Updated： December 11, 2018
Coolest Bars In Asakusa, Tokyo! Go Off The Beaten Path
If you're looking for a cool bar in Asakusa that isn't super touristy, this list is for you!
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Bars In Asakusa
If you're looking for a cool bar in Asakusa that isn't super touristy, this list is for you! They're all within a few minutes walk from the Asakusa Station.
Although Asakusa has become one of Tokyo's main tourist destination, this retro bar established in 1918 still has its local vibe. You'll get served your drink on a Union Jack coaster by the friendly barman. The specialty of the place are highball drinks (whiskey and soda). They use Japanese whiskey, which is world-renowned (Japan has a long and interesting history of whiskey production). Drinks start at ¥1000. You can also order some staple bar foods such as pickles and olives, but you should try the homemade smoked fish assortment for ¥800 above all.
BAR DORAS is located along the Sumida river. It takes about 5 minutes to get there from the Asakusa Station. The specialty here is cognac and whiskey. The barman, Nakamori san, has some 50 years old bottles in his cellar, so if you are a connoisseur and you want to really treat yourself, this is the place for you! Nakamori san also makes cocktails that people rave about. The grape and cognac one which is particularly popular. You'll love the quiet, relaxed ambiance of this bar. It's a small place, but there are two tables for two. The rest are counter seats. This is the kind of bar you can go alone or with one or two people.
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BAR DR is a well-kept secret. The place is usually populated with locals. Walking in, you know that the barmaster here is passionate about alcohols just by looking at the mountain of bottles behind the counter. If you speak Japanese, you can talk about cocktails with him until the wee hours of the night. The house's specialty is cocktails made mostly from fresh fruits and a few other ingredients. Try the ones made from traditional ingredients such as the yuzu lemon, hon wasabi (true wasabi root), sakura (cherry blossoms) or green tea. Pictured below is the hon wasabi cocktail.
The bar Zu-Lu is particular for its Japanese sake so try some out while you are there. They serve it in the traditional way (poured in the glass until it overflows into the recipient under it). The cocktails are also good and start at ¥700. There is a really nice and cozy space in the back of the bar where there is a low table around which six people can gather. You have to take off your shoes and sit on cushions on the floor Japanese-style. There are great homemade dishes; it's also a dining bar.
This is a Brittish-style pub and brewery. It's the place to go for a homemade craft beer with character and some hearty Brittish foods such as sausage and mash, and Cumberland pie. It has a relaxed atmosphere, and the beer is reasonably priced if you consider that it's craft beer and of good quality. A UK pint (568 ml) is ¥1,000. If you really want to drink, then you can have the all-you-can-drink plan of 2 hours for ¥2,800.
These Asakusa bars give you an authentic feel of what Asakusa is like. Hope you'll have a chance to try some during your next Asakusa visit. If you're looking for more of an izakaya (Japanese-style tavern) check out the link below.
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