The multi-cultural metropolis of Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and the capital of the Kanagawa prefecture. When you visit this vibrant city you’ll find one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, a breezy bay front, great international restaurants, a buzzing arts scene, groovy jazz clubs, various microbreweries and many fantastic bars. Here are ten of the best bars in Yokohama for when you’re in the mood for a fancy beer, wine, cocktails or Japan’s signature drink, sake.
The Tavern is a classy pub that was opened in China Town in 1985 making it the first English bar in Yokohama. If you are a beer and sports lover, then you’ll feel at home inside The Tavern. They boast a fine selection of draught and bottled beers, including international favorites such as London Pride, Guinness, Kilkenny, Kirin Ichibanshibori, Yona Yona Craft Ale, Cider and Guest Beer. If you don’t feel like drinking beer they also serve cocktails. Order one of their delicious meals to complement your drink while you watch major sports on the big screen TV. Address & telephone number: The Tavern, 2 – 14 – 9 Minami Saiwai, Nishi, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, +81 45 322 9727
Another famous British bar in Yokohama is The Hub, conveniently located close to Yokohama’s station. They offer a great selection of beers, whiskies, wines, cocktails and spirits. Their quaffable Hub ale is a must try. Additionally, they serve a variety of satisfying meals including seafood, meat, vegetable, and seasonal dishes from an a la carte menu. The Hub is a terrific place for parties, sport events and anniversary celebrations, and it is a great place to experience genuine British culture in the Japanese city. Address & telephone number: The Hub, 2-16-10 Tsuruyacho, Yokohama, Kanagawa, +81 45 326 3682
Thrash Zone is a place for beer lovers who would like to hang out in an environment with metal décor and heavy metal music playing in the background. There are 15 stools at the bar and another 15 at standing counters where you can enjoy what customers come here for – the beer. Thrash Zone specializes in hoppy, bitter and fairly strong beers some of which are imported and some are locally brewed. When you visit, try the Speed Kills IPA or the Morbid Red and enjoy the music. Address & telephone number: Thrash Zone, Tsuruyacho 2-10-7 Tamura Bldg., 1FKanagawa, Yokohama, Japan, +81 45 514 9947
Tucked away in the heart of Motomachi, Laser Rush is a family-run bar that promises a fun evening. The establishment is tastefully decorated with a combination of Scottish and Japanese elements, a testament to the background of the family. Here you’ll be able to enjoy excellent Japanese and Western dishes, but what people really come here for is the beer. Choose from a wide selection of draft or bottled beer, including both locally brewed beers and international options. Watch sports or Japanese movies on the big screen TVs in good company. Address & telephone number: Laser Rush, 1-33 Motomachi, Naka, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, +81 45 662 5210
Yokohama Yakitori Koubou
If you are looking for a place that serves sake, then look no further than Yokohama Yakitori Koubou. The well experienced eatery has been in business since 1985 and now has ten branches throughout Yokohama and it even has some in the USA. As the name suggests, they serve some of the best yakitori with that genuine street food taste that only Japanese chefs know how to create. At the sushi bar, you can order your favorite sake, hot or cold, served by friendly staff who will be happy to help you choose.
The Green Sheep is an Irish bar with a Japanese flare. It is ideally located close to the west exit of the station and it is also close to popular landmarks. The charming little bar serves the Japanese Yona Yona ale as well as other beers and over a hundred different cocktails. The big screen TV plays non-stop sports, so you and your friends can watch a good game while having some drinks. Their food menu features delicious dishes that pair well with beer. Try the lamb burger or the shepherd’s pie. Address & telephone number: The Green Sheep, 2-10-13 Minami-saiwai, Nishi, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, +81 45 321 0950
Actor & Actress
If you’re looking for a place for an impressive first date or to have a romantic rendezvous, Actor & Actress is the ideal choice. At Actor & Actress you will find the in-crowd which consist of Yokohama’s elites and cosmopolitan young adults who enjoy having a good time. You have the option to sit at a table or around the counter with other friendly patrons, who will likely be regulars. Order your choice of quality beers, eccentric wines and creative cocktails at this traditional Japanese bar. Address & telephone number: Actor & Actress, 210 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, +81 45 662 0909
A visit to Stardust is like a trip to the 60s. Stardust might be one of the last bars in all of Japan that still has a functioning jukebox, which allows patrons to enjoy music that keeps playing as long as people keep feeding it. The business has been in operation for over forty years and never fails to impress its clientele, old or new. Although the bar is old, their delightful cocktails never fail to provide an enjoyable evening experience. Address & telephone number: Stardust, 2-1 Chiwakacho, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, +81 45 441 1017
Downbeat is a well experienced bar that has been in operation for over 40 years. Lovers of jazz music will enjoy their time at this relaxed bar with its lounge-style chairs and low tables. Downbeat boasts a record collection of over 3000 LPs which provide the majority of the music that is played in the bar. Patrons can also look forward to the live music sessions held once a month. Order your choice drink from the comprehensive drink menu, their signature drink is bourbon, and other popular choices are gin and lime. Be sure to eat dinner before you stop by, as they only serve light snacks. Address & telephone number: Downbeat, 1-43 Hanasaki-chou, Naku-ku, Sakuragicho, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, +81 45 241 6167
Bar Great Harry
Bar Great Harry is a small cocktail bar in Chinatown. The bar is the ideal place if you are looking to experience something different from the typical bar. When you visit, the first thing you will notice is that the décor, both inside and out, is that of a pirate ship. The dim lighting creates a romantic mood, the perfect atmosphere for a date. One major feature that customers look forward to is the cocktail-mixing competition that the staff participates in every night. All you need to do is name your drink and they will mix it. Address & telephone number: Bar Great Harry, 214 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, +81 45 661 0243