Ikebukuro is a bustling district in Tokyo. Here you’ll find entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities in every corner. Over the years, various businesses have opened up in Ikebukuro and it gave rise to competitiveness among the stores in the area.

After a long day from work, having a casual drink before heading home is a normal thing to do in Japan. If you prefer to eat and drink with some of your friends or acquaintances, going to an Izakaya will always be a good choice. Among the many Izakaya in the district, feel free to check the 10 best Izakaya in Ikebukuro for a great time.

1. Teshigotoya (てしごとや)

Teshigotoya offers a sanctuary after a hard day at work. Indulge yourself in fresh sashimi and charcoal grilled delicacies. Drink a cup of sake and wash away the hunger and fatigue that you feel. A refreshing change before going back home.

Address: 1-33-3 Nishiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://www.teshigotoya.net/?cat=14 (Japanese Only)

2. Amenimo Makezu (雨ニモマケズ)

Amenimo Makezu is one of the best Izakaya in Ikebukuro. Even “the rain won’t be able to stop” you from having a great time in this Izakaya. (Amenimo Makezu means “rain won’t stop me”) However, you need to make a reservation to be on the safe side. The reason? Many people frequent this Izakaya, and some of them are regulars. If you don’t have a reservation, you might not be able to enjoy a good drink unless it’s your lucky day.

Address: 1F, 2-31-12, Ikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://amenimo-makezu.com (Japanese Only)

3. Uokin Ikebukuro (魚金 池袋店)

Uokin Ikebukuro is a bustling place. While reservations are a must, you can clench your teeth and wait in line for as long as you are willing. This Izakaya is well known for their seafood sashimi. You can just taste its freshness and quality with every bite. Definitely worth a visit.

Address: 1-35-8 Nishiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://www.uokingroup.jp (Japanese Only)

4. Sora (そら)

Sora is Just a 3-minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. There are counter seats for singles or couples and tables for people in groups. They have a wide selection of sake and seasonal delicacies for you to enjoy. Seafood goodness at its finest. What more can you ask for?

Address: B1, 1-39-6 Higashiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://tokyo-sora.com (Japanese Only)

5. Ino

Ino is one of those traditional Izakayas where you can just sit back and enjoy your food and drinks. Seafood sashimi, dashi rolls, braised beef, and tempura are one of the few things that you can order at a moments notice. A nice place to drink alone or with the company of friends.

Address: 2-40-1 Ikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13052393/ (Japanese Only)

6. Sanbariki (東京馬焼肉 三馬力)

Sanbariki is one of those Izakayas that specializes in horse meat. Their grilled horse meat is quite cheap and the place is comfortable enough to enjoy a lengthy drinking session with friends. Let’s face it. Eating horse meat is something that most people reject the first time they heard of it. However, if you are willing to try something new, make sure to drop by Sanbariki and experience something you never had before.

Address: 2-35-2 Ikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://www.sambariki.com (Japanese Only)

7. Yakiton No Mitsubo (やきとんのみつぼ 池袋店)

Yakiton no Mitsubo is all about grilled pork skewers. Yakiton literally means grilled pork (a bit different from yakitori grilled chicken). Those who love to eat grilled pork will have a blast ordering their favorite skewers (liver, heart, cartilage etc.). Drink your sake and order a few skewers and pass the night away with a few of your friends at Yakiton no Mitsubo.

Address: 2-16-1 Minamiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://www.tonton-mitubo.jp (Japanese Only)

8. Nene (板前ごはん 音音 池袋店)

This is an Izakaya that is perfect for any events or occasions. It is quite clean, spacious and the private rooms gives a sense of comfort. It’s more like a restaurant where you take your family out to eat during the weekend. A nice place to enjoy delicious food and good company.

Address: MI PLAZA 5F, 1-19-5 Minamiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: http://www.otooto-gohan.jp (Japanese Only)

9. Rakusui Kubara (樂醉くばら)

Rakusui Kubara is an Izakaya that specializes in Japanese sake. A cozy place where you’ll find people who share the same interest. Leisurely spending the afternoon drinking sake while munching on sashimi.

Address: 3-27-3 Nakane Building B1F, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13193587/ (Japanese Only)

10. Sakanaya (酒菜家 池袋店)

Sakanaya is an Izakaya that knows how to give a good impression. Almost all your favorite seafood dishes can be ordered here. For drinks, you can have sake, beer, and even cocktails. Have your fill with a few dishes like deep fried shrimp prawns, seafood sashimi, seafood salad, and for some reason they also have oden. An interesting place that you might visit more than once.

Address: 1-35-8 Nishiikebukuro Toshima Tokyo

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13007916/

11. Kampo Wagyu and Kaki Goya Shiki (漢方和牛とかき小屋 四喜)

Shiki focuses on wagyu beef and oysters. They stock Kampo Wagyu from Fukushima Prefecture and serve as steaks, etc. Try Gangan-yaki, the dish which cooks oysters in a huge can. Their raw oysters are also recommended.

Address: 1-13-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/genu700/rst/

12. SAIZOU (彩蔵)

SAIZOU is combiniently located at five minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station. Their seats are semi-separated like private rooms and you can have a relaxing dinner time. They specialize in ingredients from the Kyushu Region such as Miyazaki pork and Higo chickens. You can choose your favorite sake and shochu from their long list of drinks.

Address: 1-29-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/p391701/rst/

Find more about Ikebukuro

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Data is as of May 2018

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