When the sun begins to set over, the streets of Tokyo starts buzzing. Tokyo is not just a culinary center, but also, it is one of the classiest cocktail capitals worldwide. Ebisu, Tokyo’s city district, is home to tons of bars serving different varieties of cocktails, whiskeys, and beers, allowing you to admire the art of mixology. Whether you are new to the scene or a hardcore drinker, Ebisu has an extensive collection of coolest bars to welcome you.
Read on for our picks on Ebisu’s best bars and prepare yourself to make an exciting night of it:
1. Bar Tsuruya Ebisu
Bar Tsuruya in Ebisu is one of the popular drinking spots in the area. It has a well-maintained interior with rich ambiance, and the lights here are kept to the minimum, lending an extra level of charm to the music. The bar boasts an extensive variety of alcohols, so ask for what you want to have. The guests can have drinks and chat with the bartenders at the counter or can enjoy their drinks in the lounge. It is located a 4-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station. The bar also has great food items on the menu, of which the most recommended are Jamon Serrano and Beef Jerky that goes very well with their drinks.
Address: 2-8-8, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
2. Bar Gravity
Bar Gravity is a place where you should go to have great cocktail drinks in Ebisu. The atmosphere here is really amazing. It has a touch of quaintness combined with impressive design. Plus, they have a great collection of whiskeys and wines. Guests usually grab the stool and sit near the counter to see the bartender preparing drinks in a magical way. They have appetizers that are made using seasonal ingredients and are well-presented.
Address: 1-1-4, Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3. Dagashi Bar
In the backstreet of Ebisu neighborhood is located a small, Japanese-style Dagashi Bar that not only serves great drinks but also it has different snacks and appetizers for a perfect blend. This drinking establishment is focused on cool nostalgia, a nice drink, old music, and a huge variety of all-you-can-eat snacks. Dagashi refers to cheap candies and snacks and is the stuff of their childhoods for Japanese. The place has a very interesting rule that you must buy at least one drink and eat snacks on the spot. The bar is very popular with tourists and is often visited by people to learn which snacks the Japanese kids love.
Address: 1-13-7, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.dagashi-bar.com (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g485002/rst/
Regarded as an essential spot for drinkers in Ebisu, SCAPE is a Japanese-style café and bar that serves the best Italian and Spanish drinks in the neighborhood. It is a fashionable drinking spot that boasts more than 100 different kinds of liquors, cocktails, and beers. They have homemade Magic Mojito, which has flowers and mint and sometimes cotton candy. People can have drinks while enjoying the night view of Ebisu through the bar’s glass windows.
Address: 1-11-9, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5. Cave de Champagne Divin
Sits just a 4-minute walk from the JR Ebisu Station’s West Exit, Divin bar has a different and refined style. Though it is located in the basement, still it has high ceilings that give the feeling of entering an elegant hotel lobby. This place is basically a Champagne bar that boasts an unbelievable range of 100 different kinds of Champagne and Bourgogne wines. Their one glass of Champagne starts from around 1700 JPY and can be a great spot for dates.
Address: 1-10-3, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://albente.jp/divin/ (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/gdea601/rst/
6. Torch Café
Torch Café is a mid-sized retro café and bar that has a calm and relaxing atmosphere. People, mostly youngsters, come here to enjoy a nice beer and spend a great time. Their beer is usually ordered with their star item cheesecake. Due to its location, many people visit this place to grab a beer after having lunch or dinner at some nearby restaurants.
Address: 2-1-12, Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://renovationplanning.co.jp/portfolio_page/torch-cafe (Japanese Only)
7. Tableaux Lounge
At Tableaux Lounge, you can enjoy unique cocktails and vintage whiskeys with carefully-chosen cigars while hearing to one of the best live music in the city. It is one of the most-loved bars in Ebisu that has a great variety of drinks and appetizers made from freshest seasonal ingredients. They are known for their drink and food collection, as well as impressive hospitality services.
Address: 11-6 Sarugakucho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
8. YONA YONA BEER WORKS
Opened in 2017 in Ebisu, YONA YONA BEER WORKS is a new style bar and restaurant located near JR Ebisu Station. To please all the beer lovers, this place offers 10 different varieties of original ale, including their signature items YONA YONA ALE, a rich and full-bodied dark beer, and Suiyoubi no Neko which is a Belgian white beer. There is a big standing-area at the front of the store full of craft beers. This place is also known for its oven-grilled sausages and well-prepared roast chicken.
Address: 1-8-4, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://yonayonabeerworks.com/shop/ebisu/ (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/a384175/rst/
Aquamarine is a whiskey bar in Ebisu that has become a favorite spot for all whiskey lovers. People can try their 50 different types of Bourbon, 20 kinds of malt, and so many cocktails in a lively environment. They have blue lights everywhere that add more spark to the ambiance. Smoking is not allowed within the property, but they have electronic cigarettes for this purpose. If anybody is not sure of what to have, the bartender is quite friendly and knowledgeable and will recommend one as per your choice. Those who are not in a mood for trying whiskey can have their premium fruit liquor.
Address: 4-9-1, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Sits just a 10-minute walk from the JR Ebisu Station, Kitaponshu is a small Japanese-fusion sake bar that has 500 different sake varieties, from classic to rare, to provide its guests. If you haven’t tried out sake before, this is the best opportunity you are going to get. Plus, there are different tasty dishes that you can have while enjoying your drink. Their aged liquor is a must-have item that you can enjoy with a ham platter.
Address: 1-10-5, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://ggm7200.gorp.jp/ (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/ggm7200/rst/
All information in this article is as of October 2019
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