The Best Bars In Historic Asakusa, Tokyo

| © Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

Asakusa was once the entertainment capital of the country, home to the former Yoshiwara pleasure quarters and Rokku entertainment district. It may have toned down in the years after World War II, but the bar scene is still alive and well. After Senso-ji closes down and the tourists disperse, locals come out to play at their favorite watering holes. Check out these top picks for bars in Asakusa.

1. Samboa Bar

Bar, Japanese

Samboa Bar, Taitō-ku
© Samboa Bar

Established in 1918, Samboa Bar is one of Tokyo’s finest whiskey bars. Sample from the seemingly endless choices of both domestic and imported whiskey. For those who like it on the rocks, the ice is specially made in-house, and some say you can really taste the difference.

2. Daimasu Sake Bar

Bar, Japanese

Kamiya Bar at Asakusa
© おむこさん志望/WikiCommons (Omuko-san, cropped)

Just steps from Kaminarimon, Daimasu Sake Bar carries a wide selection of Japanese sake and local liquors. They also offer an impressive selection of bar bites, and the bar doubles as a sake store, so you can purchase a bottle of your favorites to take home.

3. Kamiya Bar

Bar, Japanese

Kamiya Bar at Asakusa
© おむこさん志望/WikiCommons (Omuko-san, cropped)

Rumored to be the city’s first Western-style bar, Kamiya Bar is popular with both locals and expats. Their denkibran (electric brandy) concoction is a must-try for first-timers.

4. R Restaurant & Bar

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, French

R, Kaminarimon
© Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic

R Restaurant & Bar is located on the 13th floor of Asakusa’s Gate Hotel. Thanks to its large, floor-to-ceiling windows, nearly every seat in the house has a decent view of Tokyo Skytree and the surrounding cityscape. R Restaurant & Bar is well positioned to become a favorite of the area.

5. Hub Jazz Club

Bar, Pub, British, American

Asakusa’s version of the famous Hub pub features live jazz performances on the regular. The atmosphere is casual, welcoming, and very English-friendly. Start off the night with one of their highballs before exploring the rest of the menu.

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