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  • 1. A-Bar

    Nakagyo-ku | Bars/Pubs

    This wood-paneled one-room izakaya pub doesn't look like much, but it regularly fills up with expats and locals. Visitors and regulars sit...Read More

  • 2. Bonds Rosary

    Higashiyama-ku | Music Clubs

    Performances almost nightly with Japanese and non-Japanese musicians. Seat charge is ¥600, but the cover charge changes with the acts. The venue...Read More

  • 3. Café Independants

    Nakagyo-ku | Music Clubs

    Trestle tables line the graffiti-covered walls of this basement café-bar that hosts indie rock, jazz, and blues musicians. It's a good place...Read More

  • 4. Club Metro

    Sakyo-ku | Music Clubs

    Popular Metro frequently hosts famous DJs from Tokyo and abroad. The range of music played—experimental dance, hip-hop, reggae, disco, salsa...Read More

  • 5. Taku Taku

    Shimogyo-ku | Music Clubs

    An enduring live-music venue that generally presents rock and blues acts, Taku Taku occasionally hosts well-known Japanese performers. You can...Read More


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    The atmosphere is very “New York experimental theater” at this multidisciplinary venue for music, dance, video, and other performances about...Read More

  • 7. Yoramu

    Nakagyo-ku | Bars/Pubs

    An Israeli sake aficionado named Yoram stocks an extensive selection of the delicate rice wine, from unfiltered to aged, fruity to dry, all...Read More

  • 8. Gael Irish Pub

    Higashiyama-ku | Bars/Pubs

    This pub entertains patrons with traditional music and sports on TV. If you want more than a drink, classic fish-and-chips, Irish stew, and...Read More

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