5 Best Areas to Drink in Tokyo

Top 5 Drinking Districts in Tokyo

Drink culture in Japan is very unique and interesting. There are numbers districts in Tokyo which are especially famous for nightlife such as nostalgic Izakaya alleys, and trendy bars and clubs. If you love drinking, you will surely enjoy the nightlife of Tokyo by strolling around the town and hopping several bars.

In this article, I’d like to introduce 5 best neighbourhoods in Tokyo which are perfect for drink lovers!

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1. Shinjuku

The most famous district in Tokyo for nightlife. In fact, the nightlife in Shinjuku has been chosen as one of the top tourist attractions in Tokyo for multiple times including Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet! There are countless spots for nightlife including bars, clubs, restaurants, and entertainment spots.

There are three most famous drinking spots in Shinjuku area : Omoide Yokocho, Kabukicho and Golden Gai.

Omoide Yokocho is an old-fashioned retro alley filled with small Izakaya (Japanese style pub). Kabukicho is known as the biggest red light district in Japan where hundreds of bars, Izakaya, and host and hostess clubs. Also famous for the extravagant neon lights on its street. The Samurai Restaurant (previously known as Robot Restaurant) is also located within this area. Golden Gai is a small area composed with 6 narrow alleys filled with over 200 tiny bars. Many of the bars have a particular theme, such as jazz, R&B and punk rock.

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2. Shibuya

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Shibuya is another must-visit neighbourhood in Tokyo which offers visitors vibrant and lively atmosphere at night. Thousands of eat and drink options are available in Shibuya, including popular international chained restaurants, stylish bars and trendy cafes, also some of best nightclubs in Japan are located within this area.

Shibuya’s drinking culture is not only young and modern, but there are several spots where visitor can sip down Sake in the nostalgic atmosphere.

Nonbei Yokocho (means “Drunkard’s Alley”) is a popular drinking alley among locals and salaryman to hang-out after 5. Cosy old-fashioned bars and Izakaya are lined on this small smokey street with red lanterns. Another popular drinking spot in the area is Niku Yokocho (Meat Alley) where over small Izakaya gather inside one building. Various kinds of Izakaya food and drinks can be enjoyed.

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3. Asakusa

The old town of Tokyo, Asakusa attracts numbers of tourists everyday by its historic sites and nostalgic atmosphere.

There are numbers of historical, long-established restaurants and bars gather in this area, and many of them are beloved by locals. Local dishes such as Okonomiyaki and Monjayaki are must-have dishes with alcohol.

When you go off the main street of Asakusa, you are very likely to encounter numbers of hidden bars and Izakayas on the backstreet. Hoppy Street is the most popular drinking alley in the area where many local hang-out. There are Izakaya with outdoor seats serving delicious food and drinks on reasonable price. The street is named after the popular drink “Hoppy” which tastes similar to beer, but has lighter taste and lower alcohol.

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4. Roppongi

Roppongi is the most modern and sophisticated urban area in Tokyo with numbers of skyscrapers, upscale hotels, shops, entertainment facilities, etc.

Also it’s a popular area for nightlife activities as dozens of Izakaya, bars and clubs open till very late. Roppongi does not have a retro Izakaya alleys like other area, but it’s the best area to explore the modern drinking culture of Tokyo.

Roppongi is home to numbers of nightlife entertainments gather such as nightclubs, bars, host(ess) clubs, cabarets show and more. Some of great nightclubs such as V2Tokyo, 1OAK Tokyo, Maharaja and Jumanji 55 are located within the area. Roppongi used to be particularly popular among foreigners since there are many embassies and international companies gather in this area, hence many bars and clubs have the international atmosphere.

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5. Night Cruise on Tokyo Bay/Sumida River

Speaking of nightlife in Tokyo, it’s not only within the city where visitors would enjoy drinking, but also on the ocean with the stunning night view.

Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise offers the greatest way to complete your night-out with some of the best highlights of Tokyo. Enjoy a restaurant cruise aboard the ship Symphony on Tokyo Bay and capture some of Tokyo’s famous landmarks such as Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and Skytree.

▶ Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise (The Symphony) 

Yakatabune Cruise is also recommended, which is more unique and traditional way to enjoy Tokyo from the water. The small houseboat cruise on Sumida river serves authentic Japanese cuisine and offers fascinating night view of the city.

▶ Tokyo Landmarks Sightseeing Houseboat Cruise Tour

How did you enjoy the list?? Which drinking district in Tokyo would you like to visit most?? Each district has unique and different features, so I’d recommend to visit as many as you can to explore the true Japanese drinking culture!

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