Ikebukuro, one of Tokyo’s busiest terminal stations, offers a vibrant and colorful downtown to get explored by locals and tourists alike. Home to dozens of eateries and bars, Ikebukuro never sleeps, and the drinking spots here, mostly remain open, crowded and ready for parties. Discover the list of selected bars that can keep you going with drinks and snacks all day and all night:
1. Bar Last Fizz
Bar Last Fizz is one of the popular bars in Ikebukuro. It is located left from the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. This cocktail and jazz bar is widely known for its selection of alcohols and cocktails, which are difficult to find elsewhere. The cocktails here are made from fresh fruits. They also offer light meals, snacks, cigars, single malt whiskeys, etc. The quality and atmosphere are really good too. People can spend a relaxing time here with a glass of refreshing cocktail.
Address: Toshima Salon Bldg. 2F, 1−38−1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.lastfizz.com/index.html (Japanese Only)
2. Bar Potbelly
Looking for a cozy bar for a romantic date? Ikebukuro Bar Potbelly, located a 2-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station, offers incredible bar experiences. Upon entering Bar Potbelly, the guests feel like entering an entirely different space that offers an amazing range of drinks and food items. The menu is quite extensive – full of creative cocktails, wines, beers, whiskeys, snacks, and desserts. The items here are not so cheap while still affordable, and the staff and atmosphere are quite nice.
Address: 11F Hotel Strix Tokyo, 2 Chome-3-1 Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.strix.jp/restaurant/potbelly.htm (Japanese Only)
3. Beer Pub Nonsuch
One of the best UK pubs in Tokyo, Nonsuch is a lively beer pub that is loved for its passion for UK beer and music. It offers a fine variety of English-style beers served through 4 different beer engines in a relaxed atmosphere with good rock music. The pub got its name from the 12th album title by the English band XTC. You can find a number of traditional British food such as pies and the famous fish and chips dish. Not an extensive beer selection, but if you are a fan of British music, then Nonsuch is the place for you.
Address: 2F, 5−1−6, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
4. Dubliners’ Irish Pub
Visit the Dubliners’ Irish Pub to get a flavor of an Irish beer, food, and music. Guests can enjoy three different kinds of Irish beer and cider here: GUINNESS, KILKENNY, and MAGNERS with the classic dish fish and chips. The pub features a large hall with separate smoking and non-smoking areas. The staff is very nice and friendly, and its calm atmosphere is quite suitable for people visiting alone as well as for couples.
Address: Sungrou-Bldg. B1, 1-10-8 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo
Ikebukuro Bar Oasis is a small bar that has low-lighting and walls covered in music memorabilia, all giving a really nice feeling. Hundreds of different cocktails, beer, and whiskey from national and international distillers are available at Oasis that can be enjoyed with great quality food and American rock music from the 70s and 80s. The food variety served here cannot be ignored. Delicacies like homemade pizza for 1000 JPY or Berkshire pork jerky for 650 JPY awaits to tingle your tongue. Homemade pickles and vinegared vegetables can also be enjoyed with the amazing range of drinks.
Address: B1F, 1-38-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
6. Quercus Bar
Quercus Bar is a small bar located approximately a 5-minute walk from the east exit of the JR Ikebukuro Station. The guests can enjoy over 250 different kinds of alcohol and a large range of cigars that go well with the sake. The bar purchases a variety of sakes, every month which must be tried by all sake lovers. Their food menu is as abundant as the drink selection. The most recommended food items here are liver pastes, pizza, and fish and chips that come in the range of 1000-1400 JPY.
Address: 1-32-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://quercusbar.com/ (Japanese Only)
7. Bar Woodstock
Located approximately a 3-minute walk from the busy JR Ikebukuro Station, Bar Woodstock is a shisha and rock bar that makes everyone feel at home right away. It offers an extensive collection of drinks, including more than 300 kinds of Western liquors and authentic cocktails made by the bartender. The bar serves as a blissful space where guests can enjoy rock music from the 1960s to the 00s. Customers can immerse themselves in the live performance videos projected on the wall.
Address: 1-39-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://woodstock.red/ (Japanese Only)
8. Sherlock House
Pass through the stairs of the dim tunnel, and you’ll find a high-class bar, Sherlock House. It is a luxurious place that is packed with amazing food, wines, and cocktails that were inspired by the famous novel series Sherlock Holmes. The ambiance is quite nice, and it can be a perfect place to spend a memorable day. With your all-you-can-drink plan, you can enjoy the amazing craft beer, and it can be extended from 2 to 3 hours. They have a wide selection of snacks and meals, but the cutlet sand (pork sandwich) is the star here.
Address: 1-13-4, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
9. Penguin Bar Ikebukuro
In Tokyo, there are not so many bars where you can enjoy drinks with cute animals. The Penguin Bar Ikebukuro is the only of its kind in Tokyo where people can eat and drink while watching penguins in a peaceful atmosphere. Located within walking distance from Ikebukuro Station, this bar houses four cute penguins that greet the guests while they are enjoying food and drinks. There is so much more to this place than just penguins. The bar serves many kinds of alcohol and drinks that go perfectly with their dishes. The star item here is the penguin-shaped Frozen Cocktail that looks like a penguin and is too cute to drink.
Address: Cosmy1 1F, 2-38-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
10. Bar WaWon
Bar WaWon is a small, hidden bar that lets people enjoy a relaxing drink till morning in the comfortable dim lights. There is no limit of drinks available here, out of which the gem is Maker’s Mark, which is also used for original drinks. An extensive range of snacks is also offered that can be paired very well with the sake. They also offer the all-you-can-drink plan, which is a huge hit for parties.
Address: OZ building B1, 2-5-10 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
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