TOKYO ROCKIN' NIGHTLIFE

Shimokita/Shindaita

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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