Nightlife

Bar in West Tokyo

Nantoka Bar

Part of the collective of spaces run by the Kōenji-based activist group Shirōto no Ran (Amateurs' Riot), Nantoka Bar is about as uncommercial as a place selling drinks can get: there's no cover charge, drinks are ge…
Bar in West Tokyo

Daikaijū Salon

Daikaijū are the 'large strange monsters' of Japanese popular cinema, including the likes of Godzilla and Mothra. Get intimately acquainted with them at this eccentric cafe where every surface is covered with monste…
Bar in West Tokyo

Cocktail Shobō

Cocktail Shobō is part used-bookstore, part cocktail bar, and 100% a labour of love in a vintage wooden house where the bar counter doubles as a bookshelf. Drinks start at just ¥400; the small plates of Japanese foo…
Cafe in West Tokyo

Blue Sky Coffee

This coffee counter looks like it could be the work of Studio Ghibli: a wooden cottage secreted in the woodsy fringes of Inokashira-kōen concealing a state-of-the-art coffee roaster and espresso machine. There are a…
Bar in West Tokyo

Sub Store

Sub Store is many things: used vinyl store, sometime art gallery, Indonesian restaurant (the original Sub Store is in Jakarta) and, on most weekends, an indie live-music venue. But it's always a great place to pop i…
Cafe in West Tokyo

Bar Zingaro

Oddly, this cafe inside Nakano Broadway from well-known artist provocateur Takashi Murakami has zero shock value. It just serves really good coffee from Shibuya's Fuglen in stylish surrounds with only a splash of co…