TOKYO ROCKIN' NIGHTLIFE

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POOR COW [BAR-Shimokitazawa]

POOR COW [BAR-Shimokitazawa]

Known for his work in Firestarter and Teengenerate, punk rock icon FIFI opened his own Shimokitazawa bar in 2008. Everything here is punk and rock ‘n’ roll, from the 3000-plus records in FIFI’s colle...
ERUEFURU [BAR-Shindaita]

ERUEFURU [BAR-Shindaita]

Half standing bar, half record shop, the concept at this Shindaita venue is “Music and Sake.” Enjoy low-priced drinks and a daily changing menu of homemade snacks while perusing their fantastic record sel...
PoPo [RESTAURANT-Shindaita]

PoPo [RESTAURANT-Shindaita]

This stylish and unique restaurant shares the same space with Live House FEVER. Not only a chill hangout spot, it sometimes also functions as a trendy art gallery. No need to buy a concert ticket to enjoy...
BASE [RECORD SHOP-Koenji]

BASE [RECORD SHOP-Koenji]

This Koenji shop is one of the most high quality punk/hardcore record stores in Tokyo. Don’t worry if you’re short on time- BASE is so precisely curated, your desired record can be found in a flash. ...
SECCHAN [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

SECCHAN [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

Open until morning light, this restaurant serves savory Osaka-style pancakes called Okonomiyaki. Cook the pancake yourself on a griddle at your table, but don’t be afraid to ask the staff for help. ...
JET SET [RECORD STORE-Shimokitazawa]

JET SET [RECORD STORE-Shimokitazawa]

This record store not only stocks a ton of import vinyls, but also functions as a label and distributor for Japanese musicians’ records. As they provide a refined line-up of every genre, you can always f...
UETOMI [BAR-Yoyogihachiman]

UETOMI [BAR-Yoyogihachiman]

Uetomi is a Japanese-style Izakaya with a bright and clean feel. They have a huge refrigerated display of local and overseas craft beers, wines, and sake. Stop by for a drink and a quick bite from their...
DISK UNION [RECORD STORE-Shimokitazawa]

DISK UNION [RECORD STORE-Shimokitazawa]

With an extensive selection and reasonable prices, used record store Disk Union is famous with Japanese and international customers alike. They have over 50 stores, mainly in Tokyo, but the Shimokitazawa...
MINTEI [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

MINTEI [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

Listed in tons of guidebooks, Mintei is the most famous Chinese restaurant in Shimokitazawa. Beat the lunch and dinner rush by showing up at 3 or 4 PM- otherwise be prepared to wait in line. A popular...
Quintet [BAR-Umegaoka]

Quintet [BAR-Umegaoka]

Umegaoka is a residential neighborhood a little ways from Shimokitazawa, but it has some cool bars where you can escape the noise of the city and still enjoy Tokyo nightlife. Quintet...
STEAKHOUSE KYOYA [RESTAURANT-Koenji]

STEAKHOUSE KYOYA [RESTAURANT-Koenji]

Alongside the railroad from Koenji Station, punk rocker Kyoya (ex-The Willard, ex-Laughin’ Nose) has opened his own steakhouse. He features only one style of meat, but you choose your portion size. A...
EKI [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

EKI [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

If you want to try a typical Japanese Izakaya in Shimokitazawa, EKI is the perfect option. Fresh out of the kitchen are many kinds of Yakitori (grilled, skewered chicken) and homemade snacks, and everything...

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