TOKYO ROCKIN' NIGHTLIFE

COOL & LOCAL

SHIMOKITA/SHINDAITA
KOENJI
SHINJUKU
YOYOGIHACHIMAN
NAKANO
DAIKANYAMA
UMEGAOKA


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...
Little Bird [RESTAURANT-Yoyogihachiman]

Little Bird [RESTAURANT-Yoyogihachiman]

An all gluten-free restaurant in Yoyogi-hachiman, Little Bird is a helpful place for celiacs in Tokyo. You can enjoy Japanese foods like ramen, udon, and dumplings, not to mention hamburgers and pizza-...
ZUZU [BAR-Shimokitazawa]

ZUZU [BAR-Shimokitazawa]

If you want to have an authentic Japanese nightlife experience, tucked away from the tourists of Shimokitazawa, Zuzu is the place to go. Half gallery, half Izakaya, there is a real local atmosphere, both...
MIRO [CAFE-Shinjuku]

MIRO [CAFE-Shinjuku]

Shinjuku is one of the biggest and busiest districts in Tokyo. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, walk about 15 minutes to the east for fewer crowds and small shops with relaxed vibes. Miro, a combination h...
tagcafe [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

tagcafe [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

Sometimes it’s hard to access WiFi, even in chain cafes and restaurants. If you need an internet connection, Tagcafe is a useful spot open from noon to midnight. You can also charge your electronic d...
GOOD HEAVENS! [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

GOOD HEAVENS! [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

An authentic British bar in Shimokitazawa, Good Heavens is overflowing with the spirit of good fun- the English owner has books and records aplenty. Here you can attend a wide array of events, from sports...
MOTHER [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

MOTHER [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

Mother has a long history in Shimokitazawa, serving hearty vegan food for over 45 years. The decor is inspired by the Japanese Jomon era- stepping inside feels like getting lost in a cave. Enjoy their...
Joe-Chan [BAR-Nakano]

Joe-Chan [BAR-Nakano]

Music venue Moon Step is in the opposite direction of the main bustle near Nakano Station, but on the way is a good Yakitori Izakaya called Joe-Chan. At night it can fill up with reservations, so an early...
STAND KAGEN [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

STAND KAGEN [RESTAURANT-Shimokitazawa]

Here’s a place you can hang out all day and all night- eat lunch at Stand Kagen and watch at night as it transforms into Bar Mou,a place to have a drink and listen to live DJs. Enjoyed your lunch? Grab s...
NORAH’S COFFEE TABLE [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

NORAH’S COFFEE TABLE [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

Tiny, trendy coffee shops are popping up everywhere these days in Shimokitazawa. Norah’s Coffee Stand is one of the best- tasty, affordable, and with a comfortable space to chill and enjoy some good m...
KIRAKU [BAR-Koenji]

KIRAKU [BAR-Koenji]

Opposite the bustling area by Koenji Station is a distinctive, multi-story building. Street level is an Irish pub, the second floor is live house Green Apple, and on the third floor is a one of a kind...
IRREGULAR RHYTHM ASYLUM [INFOSHOP-Shinjuku]

IRREGULAR RHYTHM ASYLUM [INFOSHOP-Shinjuku]

Close to the popular garden Shinjuku Gyoen, this super cool infoshop sells high quality books and DIY Zines on anarchism, art and activism, social movements, and counterculture. They also sell art by...
YONCHOME CAFE [CAFE-Koenji]

YONCHOME CAFE [CAFE-Koenji]

Close to Koenji Station, Yonchome is a vintage Japanese-style cafe that’s been open for over 30 years. They have lots of homemade food and drinks, an English menu, and free WiFi. Grab a comfortable s...
MIXTURE [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

MIXTURE [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

Ichibangai is Shimokitazawa’s biggest shopping district, full of vintage clothing, variety goods, restaurants, and more. Amongst it all is Mixture, a bakery and cafe selling all kinds of affordable h...
TATEMICHI-YA [BAR-Daikanyama]

TATEMICHI-YA [BAR-Daikanyama]

Daikanyama is famous for boutiques and fashionable cafes, and the bar Tatemichiya perfectly fits this area. It’s a mix of Japanese style izakaya and rock ‘n’ roll essence with posters and artists’ signatu...
kate coffee [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

kate coffee [CAFE-Shimokitazawa]

One of Shimokita’s attractions is the vast number of tiny and unique shops all in one small town. Since many of the shops are crowded, it’s nice to have a comfortable place to stop and rest. Kate Cof...
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