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Top 5 underground bars for drinks in Shibuya

Top 5 Underground Shibuya bars to grab drinks

Thinking about going out to Shibuya bars for a night out? Shibuya is arguably the most famous neighbourhood of Tokyo, and with good reason! It’s home to the iconic scramble crossing, the famous statue of the loyal Hachiko, and dozens of bars, restaurants, boutiques and leisure facilities such as karaoke and shisha joints, darts and pool halls, arcades, underground bars in Shibuya nightlife when it comes to where to drink in Shibuya and much more. From locals to foreign residents to tourists, Shibuya entertains all.


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Dive into one of the most hip and exciting neighbourhoods in Tokyo and let us take you on a fun-filled night out and help you figure out where to drink in Shibuya!

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of things Shibuya has to offer, all highlighted by glowing neon signs, lights and Japanese scrawls advertising bargains and deals. It might be difficult to figure out where to go for a good night out. To help you, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite underground bars in Shibuya when it comes to where to drink in Shibuya!

Bars in Shibuya

Bar 1985

Bar 1985
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Though it’s named 1985, the bar has a more modern vibe than retro. There are two floors (ground floor and basement), depending on what kind of night out you want. If you want to socialise and maybe make new friends, the first floor is a better place to be, with its wide-open windows and shared table. Head to the basement, which is smaller and darker, if you prefer to have a private night out with your own friends!

Shisha Salon Chillin’

Shisha Salon Chillin'
Credit: Tokyo Night Owl

Probably not the first place that you think of when you’re trying to decide where to drink in Shibuya, but an amazing place to relax and enjoy shisha. Shisha Salon Chillin’ is a chain of shisha joints, and there are three branches in Shibuya, though we recommend this one.

They let you bring in your own food and drinks so you can save some cash and get cheap 150-200 yen food and drinks from the convenience store, instead of shelling out the typical 700-900 yen for food and drinks in other bars.

It’s one shisha per pair, so if you’re in a group of three planning to share one shisha, that’s not gonna fly; you’re going to have to order two. They’ve got a wide range of 60 flavours, though, and you can mix and match!

Switch

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This bar is probably not the first place that pops into your head when you think of Shibuya nightlife but it’s definitely worth the visit.

Switch has a classier vibe, with people sipping on expertly-crafted cocktails and fancy whiskey. It’s got a lovely interior, warm shades of yellow and brown, and random decorations.

But, the best part of Switch has got to be its menu. They’ve got seasonal cocktails that make use of the current season’s fruits; they can be sweet or sour but they’re definitely refreshing and new. Other classic cocktails like G&Ts and Moscow Mules are also crisp and mouth-smacking delicious here. If you prefer cocktails over beer, then come to Switch!

Reality

Reality
Credit: Tabelog

Enjoy the comforts of a living room in this cosy, homey bar. This bar in Shibuya got cushy bars and cushier cushions, with low coffee tables to make you feel at home. Lighting is dim and comfortable as opposed to industrial and intrusive.

Reality isn’t the place to visit if you’re looking or a crazy night out. Instead, it’s the place for a chill, relaxed and intimate evening out for drinks and dinner with friends. They serve Italian cuisine and their risotto is especially tasty so try that out!

Sound Bar Lip

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For those going through pet withdrawals in your time here in Japan, Sound Bar Lip will give you all the doggy love you need. Come here to enjoy a couple of drinks with an adorable and excitable French bulldog terrier, Goten. He’ll run around the bar to different guests so you won’t have him the entire night, but he’ll be around to pet and play with.

Drinks a little pricier here than in other locations but, hey, doggy!

Camelot

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There are many clubs in Shibuya but this is a personal favourite of ours! Camelot is one of the most famous clubs in Shibuya. It has three floors, each playing different genres of music, so if you don’t like the beats on one floor, just check out another.

This is the place to hit up when you’re already drunk and tipsy from a night of bar-hopping. Come here to dance till the first train’s running again!

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We host our own bar tours regularly as well! We take you to all kinds of unique and underground locations around Tokyo, with anywhere between five to fifteen international guests! We’ve also lived in Japan for years and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have, ranging from history, and culture to society and nightlife! Come join us for a great night!

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Hey friend!

Just like you, we are foreigners from all around the world.

When we first arrived in Tokyo, we all found this city to be overwhelming, not sure where to begin.

During the years that we have lived here in Japan, we have discovered and visited countless famous tourist attractions as well as unique and underground places.

We are now proud to say that we are experts of Japan and would love to share the knowledge with all of you!

 

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