If you’re looking for a cozy district in Tokyo, make sure to stop by Koenji.
Easily accessible from Shinjuku, this place is a hub for vintage clothing, music of all genres, and unique bars.
Looking for a friendly place to drink? You won’t regret a jaunt through Koenji’s narrow alleyways. They’re packed with tiny pubs and bars owned by quirky locals. Enjoy drinking at affordable prices and dive into the different music and art subcultures that each bar represents. In Koenji, it’s a great idea to check out every little nook and cranny — you never know what cool stuff you might find!
If you’re here in the daytime, be sure to check out all of the secondhand shops in the shōtengai (商店街) shopping areas, where you can find the unique pieces you never knew you needed. Day or night, you can soak up the distinct atmosphere of Koenji.
Here are some of the places that we absolutely love in Koenji!
No dogs here I’m afraid, but there’s still lots of fun to be had! There’s plenty to do at Dogberry while you’re waiting for your (very reasonably-priced) food and drinks.
Once you’re seated, one of the first things you’ll notice is a little tin on your table. Inside it you’ll find two small notebooks and some coloring pencils. Feel free to doodle or write in the notebooks, or flip through them and take a gander what other people who’ve previously sat in your seat have drawn or written. No Van Gogh? Grab a deck of cards from the bar and play a round or two.
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Treat yourself to a taste of the finer things in life at Bar Phular. As well as a great selection of drinks, you can fill up on delicate little snacks: chocolates, chips, peanuts and more.
You can even take advantage of Japan’s lax smoking laws with Bar Phular’s selection of cigars. They’re kept in a fancy temperature-controlled box to ensure quality. Not a smoker? No problem. At the bar, there’s plenty to peek your interest, from an large jars filled with unique root-infused alcohol, little trinkets for sale, and tiny puzzles to solve. Try out the snake cube puzzle or the fun (and tricky!) 3D jigsaw.
Check out more information on Bar Phular and get your discount coupon here!
Kitchen Bar Noraya
Kitchen Bar might be small, but they certainly make up for their size with a great selection of delicious food and drinks. It’s the perfect place to socialize, especially as it’s never too crowded.
If you’re on the hunt for an intimate space to share an evening with friends, or you’re a real foodie, we can’t recommend this cozy little bar enough!
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A-Side Amusement Bar
A-Side Amusement Bar has played host international bar sports tournaments, so it’s no surprise that it’s a haven for people who love to get competitive while they’re drinking! Challenge a friend to a game, knowing that professionals have used the exact same table as you.
More of a sports pub than a straight-laced bar, this is exactly the kind of fun place you’d take your mates to just drink and shoot the shit! Definitely don’t miss your chance to visit this place if you love casual vibes.
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Feeling romantic? Right by the entrance, you’re greeted by a steep spiral staircase leads up to this divine hipster bar. With tables that seat a max of four people, it’s certainly one of the smallest and classiest joints on our list!
Along the staircase, you can admire the owner’s unique taste, with chic decor that incorporates books, glasses, jars, flowers and more. It’s a very chic place and, though it’s a little cramped around the bar, if you’re lucky you’ll have the whole place to yourself!
Check out more information on Bar Impronta and get your discount coupon here!
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