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21 Cozy Photos From Tokyo's Hidden Bars

Quirky warrens that you'll want to hole up in.

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Tokyo's bars aren't designed to be easy to find. If they're not tucked away in random apartment buildings or tiny alleys, they're slow to warm up to newcomers. Many 6-seat bars in Shinjuku's famed Golden Gai pub rows, for example, turn away anyone who's not a regular, or charge entry fees. That doesn't mean they look any less magical or charming.

1. Street view of Golden Gai's clutter

2. Izakaya in Omoide Yokocho

3. Kushimon in Asakusa

4. Piano Bar in Shibuya

5. Misc. bars in Koenji, Tokyo

6. Nana's Bar in Shinjuku

7. La Jetee

Supposedly a favorite of Quentin Tarantino's.
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Supposedly a favorite of Quentin Tarantino's.

8. Outside of La Jetee's surroundings

9. Orange Prince bar

10. Yakitori bar in Shinjuku

11. Tomorrow Bar

12. The Albatross in Golden Gai

13. Golden Gai alley

14. Happy Bar

Vintage records galore. A lot of Tokyo bars are strongly curated according to the proprietor/bartender's tastes, making a bar night seem more like a visit to a friend's house.
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Vintage records galore. A lot of Tokyo bars are strongly curated according to the proprietor/bartender's tastes, making a bar night seem more like a visit to a friend's house.

15. Zucca Bar in Shinjuku

16. Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku

17. Shinjuku's Kabukicho during daytime

18. Vow's Bar

Bartended by real Buddhist monks.
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Bartended by real Buddhist monks.

19. The Red Flower, Golden Gai

20. Toriki, Shinjuku

21. Izakaya bar and grill in Koenji