Harajuku is all about fashion, entertainment, and countless dining establishments. If you ever find yourself in Harajuku, you’ll probably have a hard time on deciding where to go and what to do with your time. However, for those who just want to pass the time without worrying about anything else, it would be best to visit these bars and drink a few glasses of their specialty drinks.
Although there are many popular bars in the area, there will always be a place that you will find special. To find this special place, it would be best to take a stroll and visit these bars in Harajuku and experience what they have to offer.
Here are the 10 best bars in Harajuku for superb drinks!
1. Harajuku Taproom (原宿タップルーム)
Harajuku Taproom is without a doubt one of the best places in Harajuku to drink craft beers. Conveniently located near the shopping street of Takeshita Dori, Harajuku Taproom offers a great combination of beers and Izakaya-style dishes like yakitori. For foreign guests, you will find this place to your liking because the menu is in English! If that’s not enough, the staff also speaks English. A must visit in the busy streets of Harajuku.
Address: 1-20-13 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
2. Hasegawa Saketen (はせがわ酒店 表参道ヒルズ店)
For those who love sake, Hasegawa Saketen is the place to look for. Their president, Koichi Hasegawa truly loves sake and is a very critical when it comes to anything concerning this traditional Japanese drink. The store has a great selection of sake that is gathered from all over the country. You just need to find the courage to step into its doors and enjoy the exquisite brews that await you. Since there is a liquor shop established next to the bar, you can purchase the sake bottle if you like any. They also offer drinks other than sake, such as Japanese whisky, Japanese liquors, Shochu, and juice.
Address: 4-12-4 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
3. Donna Selvatica (ドンナ・セルヴァーティカ)
Donna Selvatica is the proof that spirits and chocolates can go hand in hand. Here you’ll find carefully selected whiskeys, cognacs and other wines that complement chocolate perfectly. The shop has a very calm atmosphere and is perfect for a night of drinking. The chocolates in this bar are truly one of a kind, a great place for those who love spirits and sweets.
Address: 1-3-3 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo
4. PDX Taproom (ピーディーエックス タップルーム)
PDX Taproom has a great selection of beers that came from Portland, Oregon. An ideal place for people who want to taste a different kind of blend that is not exclusively found in Japan.The atmosphere inside PDX Taproom is bright, hip and perfect for drinking. A great place to hang out, eat some fries and munch on buffalo wings.
Address: 5-30-2 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5. Hokuriku Sakaba (北陸酒場)
Hokurikiku Sakaba is another gem found on the streets of Harajuku. The store is Just a few minutes walk from the Meiji Jingumae station exit 7 and Harajuku station. They have a wide selection of sour and sake that will impress you. The same can be said for the food items on their menu. You get to enjoy different cuisines, and all of them are delicious!
Address: 6-28-6 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
6. WONDER BOWL
WONDER BOWL is a great cafe/bar that will help you pass the time. Although the name of the store may confuse you, the items on their menu will not. The cafe has been around for many years and has seen the many changes that happened in Harajuku and Shibuya. Even so, their “wonder curry” set meal and the drinks that they offer will both give you a taste of the past and the present. The cafe is open until 5:00 am in the morning.
Address: 1-9-4 Jinnan Shibuya Tokyo
7. UA Bar
UA Bar is a cozy bar that was designed by United Arrows (a clothing brand). As expected of a clothing brand, the interior design is lively and comfortable. They also took their time to create a menu that is bound to satisfy their guests. They also have a decent collection of drinks, and their cocktails are highly recommended.
Address: 3-28-1 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
8. FRATELLI PARADISO
Fratelli Paradiso headquarters is originally based in Sydney Australia. They then decided to open a branch in Omotesando Hills, and it was widely accepted by foreigners and locals alike. The stylish interior design excludes a class of its own. With food that is prepared by a world class chef and a wide selection of alcoholic drinks gathered from all over the world, Fratelli Paradiso is bound to make a great first impression.
Address: 4-12-10 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 3F in Omotesando Hills main building
Website: http://fratelliparadiso.im-transit.co.jp (Japanese Only)
9. Cigar Bar Chardonnay (シガーバー シャドネィ)
Cigar Bar Chardonnay is just a 2-minute walk from Meiji Jingumae Station. Do they sell cigars? Of course, they do! Cigars that are specially imported from Cuba. The jazz music that plays in the background greatly enhances the mood of the place. Food and drinks are available for lunch and dinner. Great and comfy place in Shibuya.
Address: 4-26-18 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://www.cigarbank.jp (Japanese Only)
10. Bar SOUL B (バー ソウル ビー)
Bar SOUL B is a great place to find music that soothes the soul. Just sit anywhere you like and order your preferred snacks and drink. Pass the time away as you listen to the music that is bound to help you relax. If you happen to have friends who appreciate good music, feel free to recommend this bar to them.
Address: 5-17-11 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
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All information in this article is as of July 2017