Updated： August 16, 2019
Nightlife in Asakusa: spend a fun night at these spots the locals love
Asakusa doesn't have any major clubs, but the place abounds in casual old-fashion bars and izakayas. Here are some great spots you should check out when visiting the area.
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Shochan is a small street izakaya with the best local vibe there is. It takes about 7 minutes on foot to get there from Asakusa station. Shochu (a kind of Japanese spirit) drinks are sold for as little as ¥250, and a beer will cost you ¥550. Shochan specializes in 'nikomi' style stews, for which their beef and tofu nikomi (¥500) is incredibly popular. Almost everyone that goes orders it.
Located just a minute walk from the ticket gate of Asakusa station, if you walk toward No.6 exit, you will find a shopping street that is probably one of the oldest in Japan. That's where Fukuchan is located. The tavern was founded in 1964, and is super famous for it's cheap and delicious 'tamagoiri yakisoba' (fried noodles with an egg) sold for ¥450. You can have sake served the traditional way in a glass overflowing into a 'masu' wooden square cup.
Nugusui is an Okinawa-style izakaya, so the cuisine you can get there is a bit different than the standard Japanese one. Make sure you try their goya champuru (stirfry with bitter melon), and their brand high-quality meat dishes are worth the try as well. You'll love the warm atmospher of this shop.
Sake no Daimasu
If you want to acquire a taste for sake, this is a great place to visit! They have a huge selection and they also offer sake tasting sets. The food menu includes mainly small dishes of traditional Japanese cuisine such as sashimi plates, pickled vegetables and miso stewed meat and vegetables. It's not really the place to eat a large meal however, it's more geared towards those who want to munch while tasting delicious sake.
If you're looking for a foreigner-friendly casual place to have a few drinks, good hearty foods, and listen to some jazz, then this Hub location might be a good choice. They host daily live music sessions too! Try their original Hub Ale or if you've worked up an appetite, their pizzas are pretty popular.
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