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Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku has quite a deep, dark, and complex history. From the 1960 riots and protests, to the controversial dark Kabukicho and performance arts, Shinjuku is an area littered with drama, controversy, and heresy. The most infamous area of which is Ni-chome.

 

HIV Prevention Sign, Ni-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Walking through Ni-chome during the day seems like your normal, everyday stroll through Tokyo. Actually, you wouldn’t even notice that you’re in Ni-chome if it wasn’t for the few blatantly LGBTQ targeted signs and shops outside. But Ni-chome wasn’t always a neighborhood haven for this community. Rather, it was once a popular area for prostitution until it was made illegal in Japan by post-WWII allied forces. After that, the gay underground culture soon flourished in the void left by the absence of prostitution.

 

Club signs in Ni-Chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Ni-chome is an exciting area full of bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, saunas, love hotels, gay pride boutiques, host clubs, nightclubs, massage parlors, parks, and gay book and video stores. I’ve been to Ni-chome on two occasions (I am a heterosexual man, by the way) and I enjoyed myself both times. If this is your first visit, I advise you to go with a LGBTQ friend as they can show you the ropes and take you somewhere safer than where you might wander into by yourself. Ni-chome can be just as dangerous as Roppongi or Shibuya, so you’ll have to be careful when you’re out there enjoying the evening/night, which means watching your drink, wallet, or purse.

Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo, Japan

Streets of Ni-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo

 

In addition to its nightlife, Ni-chome has a variety of restaurants, lounges, and cafes. So if clubbing isn’t your thing, head over to one of the other popular establishments, including famous Uoya-itchō (うおや一丁) and grab a bite, or the local cafè if you fancy a cup of coffee instead.

Ni-chome isn’t for your run-of-the-mill individual: you have to be seeking something a little extra if you are wanting to brave this storm. Ni-chome’s nightlife is the one of the best to be found in Tokyo, and perhaps in Japan. So prepare yourself for a wild night of fun, excitement, and—if you were like me, a heterosexual guy who has had very limited interaction with members of the LGBTQ community—a night you won’t soon forget.

November 6, 2015 0 comment
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Hidden amongst the modern buildings of Shinjuku is Golden Gai, an area that seems to be out of place in modern Shinjuku. The truth is that Golden Gai has been mostly unchanged since the ‘60s, and from an overhead view one can clearly see that Golden Gai’s age shines through. Rusted tin roofs, shabby buildings, and other tiny buildings that could pass as shacks populate Golden Gai.

Bar Queen, Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Golden Gai is a small area connected by a number of narrow alleys. Walking through it, one can imagine what a majority of Tokyo must have looked and felt like in a time before modernization. Golden Gai is littered with hundreds of bars, little snack shops (places with karaoke, drinks, and snack food, usually aimed at attracting older men & women) and eateries.

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Golden Gai isn’t for those wanting a night of cheap drinks, rustle & bustle, and mingling with large numbers of the opposite sex; it’s quite the opposite. A shanty place it may be, Golden Gai isn’t cheap, nor can it be compared to the liveliness of the streets of Roppongi or Shibuya. It’s an altogether different point of view of Tokyo. A Tokyo of yesterday. Way yesterday. ‘60s yesterday. The establishments are usually tiny, with only enough room for 5~6 people, and the buildings are so close that sometimes you can hear the guy/gal next door singing their favorite karaoke song—which is usually enka (traditional Japanese music). Most of the bars have a theme, though, and you can catch some modern jazz, R&B, and even J-pop tunes.

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Visitors to the area aren’t your run-of-the-mill types either. Golden Gai attracts the well-off as well as artists, writers, actors, and other famous individuals. Don’t be discouraged; most establishments in Golden Gai welcome foreigners as well, and have their signs and menus in English.

We all love how technologically advanced modern Tokyo is. However, Tokyo at times, feels like any other big city—crowded, loud, and sometimes stinky. But thanks to places like Golden Gai we can say that a piece of the true nature of pre-modern Tokyo still exists somewhere in the city.

Most visitors and long-term residents of Tokyo usually pass over the area, instead heading to Shibuya, Roppongi, Kabukicho and other modern areas to enjoy their night. But where else can you say, “Wow, this is what Tokyo felt and looked like in the ‘60s!”

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Golden Gai is a great example of a time when city structure was pliable, and Tokyo was natural. A time before the city became a concrete jungle, full of skyscrapers, noisy pachinko parlors, and Western influence.

Make sure you time travel before you leave Japan—visit Golden Gai in Shinjuku.

July 24, 2015 0 comment
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Glass Dance Featured Image

“500 yen. Is cover charge.” This is the first thing I hear when I get in out of the rain. Not a good start, but I’m here on a mission.

“I’m fine with that. I hear you have the Devil’s own brew here.”

The waiter eyed me quizzically. As it turned out, he only knew enough English to tell foreigners that there is a cover charge. I guess that is usually enough to drive them off.

I agreed to the charge and got a seat at the bar at the Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar. Their website helpfully tells you that it is a 2-minute walk, or “a 45 second sprint” from Shinagawa JR station’s Kōnan gate. However fast your Beer Emergency compels you to move, you will depart from the station exit, go down the steps, and walk a block and a half straight ahead. And there it is, across the street from one of the Big Echo Karaoke stations, on your left.

Entrance to Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

“I’ll have the Satan Beer Red,” I told him. “Don’t worry, I understand hyperbole. I don’t believe Lucifer himself created this brew. I understand that a distributor has to give his product an attention-getting name and a cool bottle label in order to attract interest in an increasingly jaded beer-drinking public. And it worked! I saw the bottle in the display window. Good for you. Let’s get on with the temptations to my immortal soul.”

Bewildered by the stream of gibberish I just laid on him, the waiter moved away to fill my order. This gave me a chance to look around. The bar itself has a faux-rustic style that is just subtle enough to not be irritatingly overdone. The decor is the SOTW (Stuff On The Walls) standard, primarily pictures of the insides of breweries. And over to the side–a kitchen?

Beer Selection at Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Interior of Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Yes, they have a kitchen at Glass Dance. A kitchen that has an actual chef, not just some dude heating Hot Pockets in a microwave or a kid working a deep fryer. Intrigued, I flip through the English-subtitled food menu. Given the pub atmosphere, I decided to go with the fish and chips (780 yen). The bar also offers other selections from standard bar fare (margherita pizza, chicken wings, etc).

Old Scratch’s libation arrived. The Satan Beer Red was pricey (1150 yen) and ehh. Surely the Lord of Darkness would not allow such swill to represent him on earth. Perusing the drink menu, the price for Satan Red (and its companion brew, Satan Gold) seemed to be on the low-end of a large selection of imported bottled beers. A switch to the less-pricey tap seemed to be in order, and right at that moment my food arrived.

I wasn’t expecting much from people who jerk me up short for 500 yen at the door. But the fish and chips were actually pretty damn good. And there were plenty of fries, not just the five or six that one usually receives at other places. On a recommendation from the waiter, I try a Poperings Hommel Bier from the tap (930 yen). It came in a strange onion-shaped glass. An amber, but light and tasty. Things were starting to look up.

Fish and Chips at Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Poperings Hommel Bier at Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Next, I surveilled the bar. There were a number of different drafts available, the sign of any good watering hole. De-Koninck Authentic Antwerps, the Poperings Hommel I was drinking, Extra Vedett White. The Hoegaarden mega-pint (seemingly the most accessible European beer in all of Tokyo) could be had for 1380 yen. And still others, both from marked and unmarked taps. This selection, mixed with their imported bottled beer list, gives Glass Dance a broad range of interesting offerings.

It was still raining when I finished the Poperings Hommel. So, another beer with my Dao De Ching? Don’t mind if I do. I had a Leffe Blonde (930 yen). A perusal of the Leffe website gives off airs of a brewer who wishes he was a vintner, but the beer had a nice, light flavor that went well with my decidedly-plebian meal selection. That, and even though I had been munching and reading for a bit, I still had a pot full of fries. I certainly didn’t feel ripped off on that count, cover charge or no.

Glass Dance is one of those bars that opens in the early evening and stays open all the way until just before the station starts operating again in the morning. It would be a reasonable (if expensive) place to spend an all-nighter if you miss that last train, or a place to stagger to if it’s late but you don’t quite feel like going home just yet. Although the prices will keep it from being a regular stop, I’ll be going back for the beer selection and to check out the kitchen’s other offerings.

Atre at Shingawa Station

Satan Beer Red at Glass Dance, Shinagawa Station Atre, Tokyo

Beer Menu at Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Draft beer at Glass Dance Craft Beer Bar in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Glass Dance Beer Tap in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Glass Dance Blackbaord in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Location: Two-minute walk from Shinagawa Station JR. Open Monday-Saturday 1700-0400, 1700-2330 on Sundays and public holidays. Accepts Visa, Mastercard, and other major credit cards.

Google-garbled translated website: http://translate.google.co.jp/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g600151/&prev=search (includes map)

 

March 20, 2015 0 comment
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Bar Zingaro, Tokyo Japan Featured Image

The Dario Hernandez blend from Guatemala is strong. Delightful, with a hint of…tomato?

Nope. The package says tangerine, orangina, and melons. Odd, for coffee.

This doesn’t appear to be unusual for Bar Zingaro’s coffee selections. The Fulgen Expresso nearby lists ingredients like dark chocolate, red apple, citrus, and almond along with the coffee beans. I sampled the Karatu blend next. It’s from Kenya, from the Gitwe Co-operative. Blackberry, gooseberry, currants, and watermelon are mixed with the coffee. It is still strong, but smoother. Good coffee, and it had better be for ¥530 a cup.

Bar Zingaro is located on the second floor of the Nakano Broadway building. It’s only been open a year, according to the barista/bartender, Eo. “Like ‘Captain Eo,'” he says. He is young and skinny and has a number 3 tattooed on his left hand in the web between his thumb and forefinger. Not a hiragana “ro”, as I originally thought. He doesn’t explain what it means, and I don’t ask.

Bar Zingaro's bartender, Nakano, Tokyo

Instead, we converse in that odd Japlish mishmash language that evolves in Japanese establishments frequented by foreigners. The bar/coffee shop/art gallery is a collaboration between artist Takashi Murakami and Fuglen, a small chain of coffee shops and cocktail bars in Oslo, Norway. Bar Zingaro features a laid-back aesthetic of comfy couches, wooden tables, and intimate spaces with which to enjoy a cup of java (or something stronger) with friends. Art is also a strong presence in the space, a comfortable addition that does not overwhelm the viewer nor disturb the cozy atmosphere.

Seating and artwork at Bar Zingaro, Nakano, Tokyo

Comfy seating and Takashi Murakami’s artwork at Bar Zingarod

Despite our relative language difficulties, Eo makes good conversation. We talk a bit about the coffee and other drinks on the menu. The coffee is from all over the world, by way of the roasteries of Oslo. The tea likewise has exotic origins, primarily from China, but also India and elsewhere. I’m not sure what makes cola “organic,” but they have it. And if the coffee is any way to judge the quality of Bar Zingaro’s offerings, it has to be good.

There is also a decent selection of beer, sake, and wine. Not everything above the bar appeared to be on the menu, so you’ll have to ask if you want a snootful. I amused Eo with a tale of my first encounter with the Denki Bran brandy, which went down smooth but returned with a mighty technicolor yawn one foggy New Year’s Eve. Similar tales might have been spun, but business began to pick up–Bar Zingaro appears to be a popular place. And with coffee that good, I’d say that popularity is well-earned.

Bar Zingaro menu, Nakano, Tokyo

Bar Zingaro drink menu

Coffee and drinks at Bar Zingaro, Nakano, Tokyo

Coffee and drinks at Bar Zingaro

Interior of Bar Zingaro, Nakano, Tokyo

Seating options in Bar Zingaro

Dario Hernandez Blend, Bar Zingaro, Nakano, Tokyo

Dario Hernandez blend

LOCATION: Nakano Broadway 2nd floor, access through the Sunmall at Nakano train station.
Open Sunday-Thursday 1100-2100, Friday-Saturday and holidays 1100-2300.
For more information, visit either the translated website or their Facebook page.

February 13, 2015 0 comment
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When I first started looking around for used bookstores in Tokyo, a number of people told me about Caravan Books in Ikebukuro. But alas, by the time I got around to visiting, it had closed. The owner had moved his business online.

When I received this assignment, I went looking for Caravan’s online store, now known as Infinity Books. A Google search turned up–a bookstore in Tokyo? One I hadn’t been to or even knew about? What madness is this?

At Shinagawa station I transferred from the JR lines to the Keikyu Main Line Rapid Limited Express, heading towards Nishi-Magome. At the next stop (Sengakuji), I switched to the Toei Asakusa line (light red circle) going towards Oshiage (Skytree). I got off at Honjo-Azumbashi station and departed from the A1 exit.

At the A1 exit, a person can turn around and look directly at the Skytree itself. I am not that person. Putting the Skytree to my back, I walked along the sidewalk, passing under a light blue walking bridge that spanned the road. Looking right as I walked, I spotted the gigantic golden turd with which someone decided to mar Asakusa’s skyline. I continued walking until I found the small black sign announcing the presence of Infinity Books and Cafè.

Infinity Books is roomy and cozy, if a little on the dark side. The books are only split between fiction and non-fiction–you’ll find sci-fi novels right next to historical romances and murder mysteries. It sounds like a strange way to organize, but I liked it. You may not find the exact book you want, but you’ll find something. And when you find that something, take it to the back of the shop. There are a few tables that are better lit, as well as…a bar?

Yes indeed. Nick Ward, the owner and proprietor, ran a bar (The Fiddler, in Takadanobaba) prior to opening Infinity Books. He keeps Yebisu on tap, the perfect complement for the thinking drinker’s new book. He also ran Caravan Books back in the days before he moved his operation online. “The costs were enormous. The problem was that I was doing the same thing I’m doing now–six days a week, watching a computer screen, waiting for an order to come in. Only there was no one to talk to, no new people coming around. My wife finally told me to get all of the books out of the house, so I opened this place.” As of this writing, Infinity Books has been open for nine months.

Like Good Day, Infinity can’t survive by on-site bookselling alone. Nick gives English lessons and frequently holds events (such as the acoustic jams every second Saturday of the month). He also maintains Infinity’s online presence through Amazon and the store’s web page. Infinity Books takes trades, depending on whether or not Nick wants them; shelf space is limited. If he likes what you bring, Nick offers store credit (around 35% of the resale value) or cash (around 15%).

Inifinity has a rotating cast of characters, most of whom have followed the Yorkshireman from Caravan Books and The Fiddler. In my short time there, I met a pair of Canadian acoustic musicians, a Korean woman who sings classical Japanese songs, and an Irishman who teaches at a nearby university. However, I didn’t meet the ghost. Nick swears that she (it’s a woman, according to the people who have seen her) stomps around the store at night and throws things. Occasionally, she goes upstairs to the apartment building above the shop. “People there have seen her,” he says. He keeps a glass of beer over the bar for her, in case she gets thirsty. So far, she hasn’t drunk it. Maybe she doesn’t like Yebisu.

Nick and I chatted for a few hours about everything under the sun. Don’t be afraid to visit; he likes meeting and talking to new people. Even weirdos, which was a good thing for me.

“So Nick,” I started in on him. “Do you think Hitler had to fight a lot of time travelers?”

“What?”

“You know. You read books about people inventing time travel, and the first thing they think about doing is going back and killing Hitler. Deadpool just did a whole thing on it. It was in Stephen King’s The Dead Zone. It even has a TV Tropes page dedicated to the idea. What do you think?”

“I think that Harry Turtledove’s stuff is over in the fiction area.” He nodded at my pint glass. “How many of those have you had?”

WHAT I BOUGHT: Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner; I’m constantly giving this book away. I also bought W.E.B. Griffin’s The Hunters, which looked to be something along the lines of Clancy’s Rainbow Six, which I enjoyed. Also, a few beers (800 yen/pint).

WEBSITE: http://www.infinitybooksjapan.com, or keep up with them at their Facebook page.
Open Tuesday-Saturday 1100-2300, Sundays 1100-1800. Closed Mondays.

February 11, 2015 0 comment
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Roppongi is known for the bar and club scene. This part of Tokyo rules the night with parties that would not stop until the sun rises and people leave while laughing with their friends at 24-hour izakayas to try to beat that hangover.

Since then, Roppongi has gotten a reputation for being a place that’s a little too expensive to go shopping at during the day, and a little too seedy to go out to at night. The groups of people, young and old, that used to walk the streets have been replaced with hosts and waitresses practically pulling you into their establishments so you can spend a little cash.

While the old club scene of Roppongi is a thing of the past, there are a few places opening up in this area that are trying to revamp the all night long party. Ele Tokyo, located just north of Azabu-Juban Station, is a club like Roppongi has never seen.

Ele Tokyo has made itself out to be the most upscale and classiest of clubs around, so be warned – they enforce a strict dress code and make no exceptions. No T-shirts, plain old jeans, hoodies, or open toes sandals are allowed here.

If your outfit is up to par, your I.D. accepted (you will not be able to get in without one), and you have paid the cover charge (guys up to ¥4000 depending on the DJ that night, free for ladies), it’s time to enjoy the club! Everything inside of Ele Tokyo is new, modern, and almost too beautiful. Step up to the titanium bar and order yourself a hand crafted one-of-a-kind cocktail, or a small snack to munch on. When you have had your fill of cocktails and chit-chat in the lounge area, move to the dimly-lit dance floor and dance to the great music spun by world-class DJs (see their upcoming line-up here).

Ele Tokyo Location Information

Website (Japanese and English) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (via Google Translate) ||| Instagram ||| Tumblr (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station Exit #7 (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open evenings 8pm – 1am

“Why Go?”: If you want a taste of what the new club scene in Roppongi is like, then head to Ele Tokyo and have a good night!

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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QUEST

The Australian bar & club Quest is a very popular dance spot in Roppongi, Tokyo. This bar only really gets going after about 3 a.m.,  especially on Friday and Saturday when a flood of mostly foreign guests arrive to do some serious drinking and dancing.

The fashionable club has flashing neon tables and blackjack games for toy money. The music will satisfy all tastes and ranges from the grinding guitars of rock to the swaying hips of salsa to the sweaty energy of trance and hip hop. Bring your dancing shoes!

To get to Quest, walk past the Hard Rock Cafe and keep an eye out for the club’s sign, which is, naturally, shaped like Australia.

International Ratio: More International
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 500-1200 JPY
Comments: No cover charge
Style: Casual to Smart Casual
Entrance Fee : no cover charge
Happy Hour: Yes
Happy Hour Price: 500 yen per standard drink
Happy Hour Time: 19:00-22:00
Music Genre: Mainstream/Pop, Hip-Hop, RnB and Techno/house
Suitable For singles, partying,

Address:5-3-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
GPS:35.66206208769927, 139.73329048227845
Telephone:03-5414-2225
Web:http://barquest-roppongi.com/

For more places to dance and drink the night away in Roppongi, try the elegant Ele Tokyo, rowdy Black Horse, or the Latin-flavored El Café Latino.

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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POLESTAR

Located on 45th floor of the upmarket Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Polestar sells itself as a “sky bar” and with it’s gorgeous panoramic views of Tokyo, it truly feels like you’re in the sky. Drinks here are expertly made and extremely delicious (with a price-tag to match). The view from the bar is awesome, particularly at night when you get to see the whole of downtown Tokyo lit-up.

The barmen spoke good English when I visited and were very friendly; even specially serving my friend and me a couple of our cocktails in glasses coated with ice. They really went the extra mile to make our evening, and drinks, special. If there’s a drink you want that isn’t on the menu, just ask! The barmen here are happy to be creative and make you something a little different.

Most of the other customers were Japanese, with presumably most of the foreign visitors to this bar being guests at the hotel. It is not really a place to come if you want to meet and socialize with new people though; everyone pretty much keeps themselves to themselves, whether they’re sat at the bar or a table. This is nice if you go there on a date or to just chat with a friend or business associate as it gives you a sense of intimacy and privacy.

International Ratio: More Local
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 1300-2300 JPY
Comments: Sky Bar
Style: smart casual/dress to impress
Entrance Fee (Male): no cover charge
Entrance Fee (Female): no cover charge
Happy Hour: No
Music Genre: Other (Lounge)
Suitable For couples, great drinks, sophisticated night-out,

Address:160-8330 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, 2 Chome−2−1
GPS:35.68968479999999, 139.69466439999997
Telephone:03-3344-0111
Web:http://www.keioplaza.com/restaurants/bar.html#polestar
October 20, 2014 0 comment
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JUMANJI 55

Jumanji 55 is one of Roppongi’s busiest and oldest bars/clubs, and can be found down on of Roppongi’s many side streets. Probably about equal numbers of foreigners to Japanese, this place gets jam-packed on weekends, and occasionally on weekdays. There is often a line outside, but this usually goes down pretty fast. The inside isn’t small, even for Tokyo, but the sheer number of people drinking and dancing can make it feel crammed very quickly. If you don’t like having to grind up against people then Jumanji 55 probably isn’t for you.

The unusual mix of dinosaurs, pop culture figures and memorabilia makes the décor in Jumanji 55 a little different than your typical Roppongi bars and clubs. This gives the place a bit of quirky charm. This charm can quickly vanish though if you’re sober and surrounded by drunk people here, so I recommend getting your drink on if you’re planning on heading to Jumanji 55.

The drinks aren’t the best, but they are pretty strong and that’s really all that the customers here want. Cheap all-you-can-drink options are offered in the early evening and on ladies night. When all-you-can-drink isn’t on offer, drinks are average Roppongi prices, at around 1,000 yen each.

So if you want a messy, alcohol-fueled night of dancing and grinding to Billboard 100 tracks, Jumanji 55 in Roppongi is one of your best bets. You can usually trust it to have a reasonable amount of people on weekday nights too, unlike many Roppongi clubs.

Ready to move on? Roppongi has plenty of nearby nightclubs. Feria, Black Horse and Ele Tokyo are all great places to meet new people and dance to the latest music.

International Ratio: About equal
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 1000 JPY
Comments: Cover charge on some days
Style: casual to smart-casual
Entrance Fee (Male): Depends on night/event
Entrance Fee (Female): Depends on night/event
Music Genre: Mainstream/Pop, Hip-Hop, RnB
Suitable For singles, partying

Address:3-10-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
GPS:35.6628844, 139.73428739999997
Telephone:03-5410-5455
Web:http://jumanji55.com/

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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New York Bar & Grill

The New York Bar is located in the upmarket Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku and is famous for being the bar that was featured in the movie Lost in Translation. This makes it a very popular tourist destination, but as opposed to the film, not the place you come to meet people. Guests tend not to mingle with each other, and this ensures each party feels like they having an intimate and private evening.

Only premium alcohol is served here, at premium prices; beers start at 1400 yen each and cocktails at 1800 yen each. After 8pm there is also a cover charge of 2200 yen per person, this does not include any drinks or guarantee of a window seat, but it does mean you can listen to the live Jazz band that usually plays here after this time.

As expected of a top-notch hotel, the service is excellent and they do the best to make your evening special and relaxing. The servers also have great English skills, so it is easy to make special requests or ask about recommendations they have. With the romantic view, music and ambience, this is the perfect location for a date; but it is also suitable for a relaxing evening with a friend or two.

In my opinion, the food here is not worth the price, so if you’re a fan of Lost in Translation or just want a nice view and music then I recommend just coming here for drinks. The drinks are top quality and worth the price-tag, but sadly the food could be improved. I had the best cocktail of my life here; an exquisitely made espresso martini, and I have failed to find one elsewhere that compares. The view is also hard to match – even other sky bars in Tokyo don’t have such a panoramic view; and if you’re lucky enough to get a window table, you can admire the view all evening long.

International Ratio: About equal
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 1400-3000 JPY
Comments: Sky Bar
Style: smart casual/dress to impress
Entrance Fee (Male): 2200 yen cover charge after 8pm
Entrance Fee (Female): 2200 yen cover charge after 8pm
Happy Hour: No
Music Genre: Other (Lounge)
Suitable For couples, great drinks, sophisticated night-out

Address:3-7-12 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo-to, Japan
GPS:35.6859225, 139.6915113
Telephone:03-5323-3458
Web: http://tokyo.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/NewYorkGrill.html

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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