Being less than a year away from the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, rugby fans are certainly going to try and get tickets for the games. But for those who won’t be able to attend the games at the stadiums, we are suggesting some of the best Sports Bars in Tokyo, so you can still enjoy the love for the game while being surrounded by people who share the same passion!
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RUGBY Dinner No Side Club (ラグビーダイナー ノーサイドクラブ), located in Takadanobaba (a neighborhood in Shinjuku, Tokyo), is the only Rugby-exclusive bar in this list. Being that, this place shows a variety of rugby games every night: from high school rugby games, to top league professional games. The interior of the bar is fully decorated with rugby memorabilia, which creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the sport. They even host talking events featuring professional rugby players as guests. Retired rugby players, rugby journalists, and writers tend to show up, so you might have a chance to see some of these people when you visit the place.
RUGBY Dinner No Side Club offers a wide variety of beer, whiskey, and other beverages. And to accompany that, it also offers a wide variety of dishes: from small side dishes such as mix nuts to big meaty dishes. Whatever it is that you’re craving, you’ll find it.
4-minute walk(320m) from Takadanobaba station (JR “Yamanote Line”, Tokyo Metro “Tozai Line”)
Yokohama is a neighbour city of Tokyo, which you can access within 30 mins by train. Yokohama is not only an area full of things to do and see, but it is also the place where the final game of the Rugby World Cup will take place. This area will certainly be pumped up with the rugby hype during the World Cup. If you want to enjoy a sports bar in this area, Sports Bar Shiba (スポーツバーシバ) is the place for you. The place is designed with handmade interiors featuring natural texture, which gives it a nice, casual atmosphere where it is easy for both men and women to enter.
The bar is fully equipped with 140” 4K projector and 10 LCD Monitors. And to make things even better, BOSE Speaker Woofers. You will feel like you’re actually in the stadium.
When it comes to the drinks, this place offers bottled craft beer from around the world. And for food, onion rings, fish & chips, chicken wings, etc. You will find the perfect dish to accompany your beer while watching the game.
3-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station (JR “Negishi Line”)
1-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station (Yokohama Municipal Subway “Blue Line”)
This “southern island resort-themed restaurant/bar”, Three Monkeys Café Akihabara (スリーモンキーズカフェ 秋葉原店) is located in the middle of Akihabara, making it very accessible if you’re visiting the area.
The restaurant is quite big compared to the other places in this list (110 seats) and can be divided into 2 areas: the darts area and the restaurant area. In the center of the darts area, you will find a 360˚ island counter with a Caribbean vibe, where you can order your drink from the 150 varieties they offer. You can enjoy the rugby game as you have a nice drink and playing darts, all at the same time. On the other hand, if you want to sit down and enjoy the games while having a meal, you can do just that in the restaurant area, where they have sofa seats where you can get comfortable and enjoy the games.
3-minute walk from Akihabara Station (JR “Yamanote Line”, “Keihintohoku Line”, “Somu Line”)
5-minute walk from Akihabara Station (Tokyo Metro “Hibiya Line”)
5-minute walk from Akihabara Station (Tsukuba Express)
Owned by the same company as “Three Monkeys Cafe”, Los Cabos Shinjuku ( ロスカボス 新宿) is also a highly popular place to gather up with friends and enjoy sporting events and games.
This restaurant has 2 large projector screens and 10 large flat-screen TVs. This makes it pretty much impossible to miss any action during the games, no matter where you are sitting in the restaurant.
The place has 2 areas: the darts area and the restaurant area. You can enjoy the games from either of the spaces. They offer a wide range of dishes ranging from Asian, Italian, to Spanish cuisine. And to accompany your meal, they offer over 150 variety of drinks. Being located in such a centric area, it is very convenient to go back to your hotel afterward considering the trains are in service until late at night.
5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (JR Lines, Tokyo Metro “Marunouchi Line”)
4-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line)
Shibuya, as you may already know, is full of restaurants and bars. People gather here to watch sporting events in the many sports bars. And when it comes to rugby, this is not the exception.
Opened for the first time in 2002, THE DUBLINERS’ CAFE & PUB Shibuya (ダブリナーズ カフェ＆パブ 渋谷) has become one of the “must go places” to enjoy sporting events in Shibuya. The interior of this Irish pub is decorated in a way that reminds you of the countryside of Ireland, and It has a terrace where you can enjoy the night atmosphere of Shibuya while you enjoy your Guinness.
Food recommendations include Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s pie, and the Beef & Guinness stew with brown bread. And to complete the Irish experience, enjoy your meal accompanied by beverages such as Guinness, Kilkenny, and Draught cider Magners.
4-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR Lines)
1-minute walk from Shibuya Station (Keio Inokashira Line)
30-second walk from Shibuya Station (Tokyo Metro Lines)
As you can see, there are very attractive options for watching the Rugby World Cup games within Tokyo while enjoying a good drink and experiencing the World Cup atmosphere with like-minded people. The restaurants in this list are not only perfect to enjoy a sports game, but they are also good options to simply gather with friends to spend a good Tokyo evening.
For more information about popular night spots in Tokyo, please check out these articles, too!