21 Cozy Photos From Tokyo’s Hidden Bars

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

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

5. Misc. bars in Koenji, Tokyo

6. Nana’s Bar in Shinjuku

7. La Jetee

Supposedly a favorite of Quentin Tarantino’s.

8. Outside of La Jetee’s surroundings

10. Yakitori bar in Shinjuku

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.

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.

19. The Red Flower, Golden Gai

21. Izakaya bar and grill in Koenji

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