Ueno is known for Tokyo’s cultural sites like the Tokyo National Museum, and the National Museum for Western Art. The Ueno park is also a great place to take a stroll and enjoy a breather from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. For men and women who are hard at work, they prefer to visit Izakayas in Ueno to have their fill of food and drinks before going back home.
Izakaya is Japan’s version of a pub, where people gather to enjoy a few glasses of alcoholic drinks. They are also a great place to celebrate special occasions or events. You can even say it’s a place where people tend to relax and enjoy the company of family, friends, and acquaintances.
If you don’t know where to go, drop by these 10 Izakaya in Ueno for great food and drinks.
1. Torie (鳥恵)
Torie is a bright and spacious Izakaya that is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. Their specialty is yakitori and many people go out of their way to visit this place, just to enjoy the taste of their yakitori dishes.They use high-grade oak charcoal to cook their yakitori, which gives it a more flavorful taste. They also have a good variety of side dishes that goes well with sake. With yakitori and sake hand in hand, you’re bound to have a delicious dining experience.
Address: 1F Okuma bldg., 3-18-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://sumibiyakitori-torie.wixsite.com/torie (Japanese Only)
2. Junmaishu Senmon Ikiyoi (純米酒専門 粋酔)
Junmaishu Senmon Ikiyoi has a great selection of Japanese sake from all over Japan. They specialize in serving seafood dishes like assorted sashimi platters, grilled fish, sake steamed clams, etc. They also have a few dishes aside from seafood like boiled beef stew. They also have an all-you-can-drink course for those who can hold their alcohol well.
Address: Adre Bldg. 1F, 3-35-9 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
3. Fubuki (ふぶき)
Fubuki is a popular “standing bar”, just a few minutes away from the train station. An ideal place for people who want to enjoy a quick bite, before going back home from work. Their seafood dishes are delicious and reasonably priced. That is also the reason why it is very popular with the locals in the area. If you want to enjoy seafood and drinks without too much fuss, this place is just right for you.
Address: 6-4-14, Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13173746/ (Japanese Only)
4. Renkon (れんこん)
Renkon is all about “lotus root cuisine”. They have an English menu as well as an all-you-can-drink course. A great place to dine and eat traditional Japanese cuisine with a pinch of creativeness. They have a wide variety of dishes which is sure to make your mouth water. Before you go, it is ideal to make a reservation because Renkon can get crowded during peak hours.
Address: 4-9-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://kei-planning.com/renkon/ (Japanese Only)
5. Tachinomi Kadokura (立飲みカドクラ)
Tachinomi Kadokura is another popular standing bar in Ueno. The bar is almost always crowded even during daytime. Their specialty dish called Hamukatsu (Ham Cutlets). It is just like tonkatsu, only this time it is ham covered in crispy bread crumbs and fried to perfection. Although, some people are not comfortable going to these standing bars, once you get used to them you’ll keep coming back for more.
Address: 1st Floor Forum Aji Bldg. 6 Chome-13-1 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://taishoen.co.jp/kadokura/ (Japanese Only)
6. Ueno Taishoen (上野太昌園)
Taishoen in Ueno is a paradise for meat lovers. Yes! It’s none other than a yakiniku restaurant. This restaurant is one of the highly recommended yakiniku joints in Ueno, so if you haven’t gone there yet, it’s about time you do. Make sure you get a reservation because this restaurant could get jam packed with people. Invite your friends and feast on generous servings of meat.
Address: 2-8-6 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo
Website: http://taishoen.co.jp (Japanese Only)
7. Otooto (音音)
Otooto is just a short walk from JR Ueno Station (Yamashita Exit). This bright and trendy restaurant is a great place to have dinner with family and friends. They also have private rooms (where you take off your shoes) and regular tables for casual dining. The food tastes as good as it looks so you won’t be disappointed. Another great news about this restaurant is that some of the staff knows how to speak English (they also have an English Menu). If you don’t have any reservations, be prepared to join the queue. If you don’t want that to happen, make sure to get a reservation.
Address: Bamboo Garden 2F, 1-52 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.otooto-gohan.jp (Japanese Only)
8. Hokuhan (北畔)
Hokuhan has may not have the best interior design, but the atmosphere is nice and gives you a glimpse of the Showa era. A great place to enjoy Tohoku style dishes and drink Japanese sake. You can take your time and relax while waiting for the food to be served. It is one of those places where time passes quickly and before you know it, you had finished everything on your plate.
Address: 6 Chome-7-10 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://hokuhan.com/index.html (Japanese Only)
9. Sashisuseso (さしすせそ)
Sashisuseso is one of those traditional Izakaya, where you can just enjoy good food, good drinks, and forget everything else. A unique Izakaya that tried to fuse the traditional and modern interior design in one. The variety of food is great including creative dishes like the panda shaped rice balls. Take your time and enjoy your meals with your drinking buddies.
Address: 2-10-7 Ueno, Kakikukeko Bldg, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://ueno-sasisuseso.com (Japanese Only)
10. Iseroku (伊勢ろく)
Iseroku is all about grilled chicken and oyakodon. The grilled chicken is quite savory and the taste is superb. They only use up to 5 month old chickens to provide yakitori with delicate textures. A nice place to visit after you finish your tour of the Shitamachi Museum.
Address: 4-9-3 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.ise-corporation.jp (Japanese Only)
Data is as of Semptember 2018
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