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A selection of Japanese whiskeys.
A selection of Japanese whiskeys. | © jit bag / Flickr
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The Best Bars in Toshima, Tokyo

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 13 August 2017
From pints with penguins to low-key local favorites, these are the top bars in Tokyo‘s Toshima Ward.

Kurand Sake Market

Bar, Japanese, $$$
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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 .
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

DEARS

Bar, Japanese
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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.
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Sun:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Tue:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am

Bar LIBRE

Cocktail Bar, Japanese, $$$
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am

vivo! beer + dining bar

Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
3:00 pm - 2:00 am

Bar TIPTOP

Cocktail Bar, Japanese
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Mon - Tue:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am

Quercus

Bar, European, $$$
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am

Penguin Bar

Bar, Japanese, $$$
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am