From pints with penguins to low-key local favorites, these are the top bars in Tokyo
‘s Toshima Ward.
Kurand Sake Market
Bar, Japanese, $$$
Kurand Sake Market has a unique way to enjoy sake
and other nihonshu
(Japanese liquors). This standing-room only bar provides cups and over one hundred types of alcohol, which patrons select and pour for themselves. For the flat entrance fee of ¥3,240 (US$30), it’s a great way to try a wide variety of Japanese alcohols all in one place in order to find your favorite .
DEARS is a dart bar in Sugamo, Toshima
. The interior is simple, modern, and tasteful with a few dart boards lining one wall. The bar has both bar seats and tables, so it’s a great place to hang out even if you’d rather watch than play.
Cocktail Bar, Japanese, $$$
Find Bar LIBRE near Ikebukuro
Station. It’s a welcoming space with a wide selection of cocktails on the menu, including several award-winning concoctions. They also have a cigar menu featuring imported cigars that can be enjoyed right at your table.
vivo! beer + dining bar
Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
vivo! is also located in Ikebukuro. With over 20 beers on tap and an impressive selection of European-Japanese cuisine, the bar attracts a steady stream of loyal clientele.
Cocktail Bar, Japanese
This classy cocktail bar has changed little in the 28 years it’s been open. Bar TIPTOP is small but cozy, and a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. English-language menus available.
Bar, European, $$$
Quercus is a quaint, comfortable place with brick walls and old-fashioned, European décor. It’s named after the oak tree that is its logo. Whisky
is the specialty here. Prices are very reasonable at ¥840 (US$7.50) for cocktails and ¥525 (US$5) for a single malt whisky.
Bar, Japanese, $$$
Penguin Bar is a penguin-themed bar, with live penguins in a glass enclosure in the seating area. If you go during feeding times, you can feed the penguins – feeding times are every 1.5 hours from 7 PM to 1:30 AM. There’s an ¥800 (US$7.25) entry fee plus a one-drink minimum.