You would be pleasantly surprised how many underground, secret bars there are in Tokyo! Instead of searching on Google and going blindly into the bars with the biggest and brightest signs, we have been exploring into small alleys and hidden corners, coming across all kinds of unique and amazing places. It is difficult to narrow down to a few of my favorites but here are a few spots which I have to throw the spotlight on!
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A friend of ours introduced us to this bar. Not a place that you could just stumble across since it’s located about 10 mins away from the busy center of Shimokitazawa but it’s one that is unique and definitely unforgettable. It is a very local bar, with a U shaped bar counter. The food there is amazing (strongly recommend the Daikon, Japanese radish) and they have a foam vodka that you should definitely try. It might not taste much like alcohol but it hits you out of nowhere!
Switch is not a bar that is hidden in an alley or underground. Quite the contrary, it is in the middle of the clubbing area of Shibuya, with big windows overlooking the streets. It is a place that is surprisingly peaceful and quiet, considering its location. Switch offers an enormous selection of cocktails and you can be sure to be taken well care of at this place!
Bar Phular is a hidden bar, in the local area of Koenji. The small entrance might make you hesitate in entering but once you step into the bar, you will feel at home immediately. Bar Phular has a wide range of craft liquors, ranging from ginger vodka to apple umeshu (Japanese plum wine) and so much more. If you like cigars, this is definitely a place you would have to check out. Try out different types of craft liquor while enjoying one of their many cigars here at Bar Phular.
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