Having previously worked in the craft beer industry, it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of good quality beer. I don’t often go out to Roppongi; however, when I do I always make sure to grab a pint (or two) at Two Dogs. Two dogs is great for a lot of occasions. I feel comfortable going alone as the bartender is always friendly, but it’s also spacious and lively making a great place to meet up with some people. Their selection of beer is always changing and never boring, which can be the case with some craft beer bars in Japan.
When I’ve got some friends visiting Japan, places like Mame Yakko or Bar 1985 are among the places we hit up. Both situated in Shibuya, I really like Mame Yakko because they have an entrance like no other. Like walking through the red temple gates in Kyoto, walking into this modern izakaya is a truly Japanese experience. What they’re doing is really sick. Taking the historical izakaya concept and putting their own unique twist to it. Bar 1985 is always a good place to go to grab a drink. Their location is convenient, prices aren’t ridiculous, and they make good cocktails. I think simple drinks like gin & tonics are really easy to screw up and there are a lot of places in Tokyo that do just that. Here, I’m never disappointed.
Another area that is amongst my favorite to hang out is Sakuragicho/ Kannai/ Motomachi in Yokohama. As a port city, they have had huge western influences historically and this can be felt through some of the architecture as well as the roads – which are less cramped like those in Tokyo. It’s the perfect day to go on a weekend to enjoy good food, good drinks, and go for a stroll. The food and drinks scene in Yokohama is alive and you’ll find everything from authentic Thai and Korean to classic pub grub and American classics.
I often end up in the drinking alleys of Noge-cho which is filled with izakayas and bars, which amongst you will find Ultra. Ultra has some of the best music in my opinion, and is easy to stumble into. Whether you’re out with a friend or out on a date, you’ll surely be able to find something for the occasion!
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