Nightlife

Craft Beer in Niigata

Craft Beer Kan

Near the south exit of Niigata Station is this fun little stand-up beer bar at the forefront of the city's craft-beer renaissance. Forty-odd beers are on tap; buy tickets from a machine. The owners can point you to …
Distillery in Niigata

Ponshukan

This charming sake shop just outside the train station sells hundreds of different types in the kikizake style, where you can purchase five small samples for ¥500. Gourmet nibbles are also served to line the stomach…
Cafe in Aikawa

Kyōmachi Chaya

Grab a slice of fluffy chiffon cake and an iced coffee at this cafe and gallery in a restored merchant's house. The views and sea breezes from inside or the small plaza outside are magnificent.