Updated: July 22, 2019
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18 of the Coolest Bars In Tokyo!

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Tokyo is a bar-goer's heaven! Here's Favy's list of 18 of the coolest bars in Tokyo you should check out while you're here. From old-school Japanese cocktail bars to absinthe bars, we got you covered!

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Ginza Magic Bar Tejinakkuru

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At just the 4-minute walk from the Ginza station, you'll find this original bar that combines good drinks and food with magic! The bartenders double as magicians, treating guests to some up-close magic tricks. It's the perfect place to spend a stress-relieving evening in a comfortable ambiance.

Ginza MAGIC BAR even offers an all-you-can-drink option (90 minutes limit) for 4,000 yen if you arrive before 8 PM, and for 5,000 yen if you arrive before 9 PM. Those prices include the taxes. You can enjoy plenty of original drinks and a great time without worrying about the bill!

Record Bar Analog

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With its hip retro interior, a wonderful collection of old and new records, and its solid selection of drinks, RECORD BAR analog is definitely a good spot to hang out in Shibuya.
Records are played on vintage turntables, speakers, and amps of superior quality, generating a pure, old school sound. The music selection is impressive too; you'll find everything from old Japanese and western classics to modern hits.
The drinks are simple yet high-quality! The Analog Mojito is really nice! They use a special kind of sugar that gives a deeper taste to the rum, and the mint used is from Cuba, which has a stronger, more refreshing taste than spearmint. The Analog Mojito is fragrant and has some punch.

The place is located around a 7-minute walk from Shibuya station (JR line), or a 5-minute walk from Shinsen station (Keio Inokashira line).

8Bit Cafe

8bit Cafe is a tiny cafe/bar near Shinjuku Sanchome station. The cafe serves good drinks and some finger food, but its claim to fame is the awesome collection of vintage game consoles you can play with while you drink. It'll take you right back to childhood! You can get a lot of basic cocktails and beer starting from ¥600, but you can also get some 8bit original cocktails! Why not try a Dr. Mario drink or a Princess Peach cocktail?

This is definitely a must-visit bar for classic gamers!

Albatross

Albatros has become one of the hippest drinking holes in Tokyo, and understandably so. The famous bar, established in 1997, is super quaint and doubles as an art gallery.

It has three locations in Tokyo: one in Koenji, one in Shinjuku's Omoide Yokocho, and one in Shinjuku's Golden Gai. The Golden Gai location is the most well-known and popular but is also the most difficult to get a seat at for this reason. The bar's signature chandeliers with their warm glow create the best atmosphere imaginable to spend a relaxing evening in good company.

There is a wide variety of alcohols to choose from, including Japanese sake, shochu, wines, and cocktails. Drinks vary in price from ¥600 to ¥1,500, and there is a ¥500 cover charge, which is standard for bars in the Golden Gai district.

Suntory Lounge Eagle

Eagle is a classic dining bar hidden behind the Shinjuku Studio Alta. The fruit cocktails are popular among female customers. There are also tons of side dishes which are perfect for pairing with wine.

The best part is enjoying watching the bartenders make the cocktails right before your eyes!

Two Rooms Grill

Two Rooms Grills, located in the trendy Omotesando-Harajuku area, is a really nice place to go at lunchtime or for dinner. From 11:30 AM until 10 PM, they act as a restaurant serving a variety of excellent foods, including top quality Japanese wagyu beef cooked on the grill.

In the evening, the place takes on more of a dining bar and lounge vibe until 2 AM. The best part about the Two Rooms Grills is the rooftop terrace which is considered by many online reviewers as one of the best in the city!

Planetarium Bar

Planetarium bar is located close to the Shirokanedai station. Although it isn't a restaurant, it is a really great place to have a drink. The very dimly lit bar (ie almost completely in the dark) is a surreal atmosphere to have a drink in. You can have the all-you-can-drink course and a small bite as well. It's a unique atmosphere with a very relaxing feel and is a nice change of pace from Tokyo's hectic rhythm.

YYG Brewery & Beer Kitchen

Y.Y.G. Brewery & Beer Kitchen in Yoyogi is *drum roll* a brewery, as well as a restaurant. he space is charming and has a good vibe that makes it easy to hang out for several hours. In the warmer months, you can sip on a homemade brew on their wooden deck outside! They have beers from all over Japan, such as a Mango beer from Kanagawa! Beers are 650 to 1,000 yen. Beer lovers, check it out!

JBS Shibuya

JBS (Jazz, Blues, Soul) is a hidden bar in Shibuya with more than 11,000 records in the bar. The owner selects the perfect tunes for the night and spins them on his turntable. If you love music or are looking for a place with good vibes, this is the place to go! The drinks, including beer and wine, are only ¥500, and you can enjoy your glass while listening to nice music in a cozy, chill atmosphere.

Tico Bar

Tico Bar has 3 branches in Setagaya (two in Sangenjaya, one in Shimokitazawa), and one in Suginami (in Koenji). All these areas are super hip and fun, and are definitely neighbourhoods that you'll want to check out while you're in Tokyo! What's great about this bar is that they have TONS of home-made alcohol to try from! There's turmeric, lemongrass or pomegranate vodka, and even cocoa beans and coconut rum. The staff is happy to recommend a drink for any palate, and it's an inviting atmosphere. What's more, the drinks are only 500 yen!

MOTHER

Mother is very unique and mysterious, with pieces of glass tiles decorating the walls and incredibly moulded tables and chairs, you feel like you are in a different part of the world. The bar plays rock music, and the food on offer could be categorized as Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. People usually spend ¥2,000~2,999 on average.
For non-smokers, just a heads up that smoking is allowed in this bar and there is no separate smoking room.
Mother is just a 3-minute walk from Shimokitazawa station.

Kyomachi Koi Shigure

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Walking into this izakaya is like walking into another world. All groups are seated in different sized houses, as if in a village! The decorations are reminiscent of old Kyoto, and there's even a river running through the building, which is quite calming. You'll want to order food to go with your drinks here, and we recommend the steamed pork which is cooked right in front of you
Kyomachi Koi Shigure is located a short walk from Shinjuku station.

EST!

This is the coolest refuge in Ueno! It's a small place that has been around since 1973, and the bar master and owner Watanabe san, who is now over 80 years of age, knows how to make some awesome cocktails. His selection of Japanese sake is also said to be excellent, in case you're a fan of nihonshu. This place is highly praised by locals for its quality of service and its relaxing, quaint atmosphere. There is a table for 4 at the bar and the rest are counter seats. It's possible to make a reservation.

The Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge is a bar located on the 45th floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Akasaka (about a 7-minute walk from Roppongi Station). As its name implies, it has the luxurious atmosphere of a high-end hotel lobby and the relaxing mood of a lounge.

You go there for the great drinks and food, but also for the view, which is probably one of the best in Tokyo! You can see the Skytree and the Tokyo Tower from the large windows.

The place is also open during the day and operates as a cafe where you can have some amazing high tea sets.

Bar Tram

During the day, Bar Tram functions as a cafe with delicately hand-dripped coffee. At night, it becomes a bar with a variety of delicious and unique cocktails. The interior is dark and vintage and will make you feel transported to another time and place. For coffee or for drinks, you need to check this place out. They specialize in absinthe!

Music Bar

Music Bar is a stylish and contemporary bar in Yoyogi. The drinks are a bit pricey, but you go for the great ambiance, music, and cocktails. It's a great place to bring a date if you sit at the counter, or at a table with friends. The fresh fruit cocktail of the day is amazing, and the Moscow Mule is also very good! Cocktails are between 1,100-1,900 yen and beer is 700 yen and up.

Roku Nana (六七)

Despite its location close to the Roppongi station, Roku Nana is hard to find for those who don't know about it since there are no signs at the entrance. You'll definitely feel like you're entering a secret bar.

They offer great variety of drinks including cocktails, whiskey and wine. You can clearly see the Roppongi buildings and their lights. The interior is luxurious and beautiful. They offer small appetizers from 600 yen and drinks are around 700-1000 yen.

The Peak Bar

Located on the 41st floor of Shinjuku's Park Hyatt Hotel, The Peak Bar is definitely a romantic spot. You can see the amazing skyscrapers of Shinjuku with your drink and food. They offer an extensive variety of cocktails and also play live DJ music from Wednesday to Saturday.

Go drink there at happy hours running from 5pm to 9pm. You can have free-flowing cocktails and wine, and a canapé buffet.

In Closing

Hopefully one of the bars on this list suits your fancy! Get out there and have a great night of drinking.

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    Lili Wanderlust
    I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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