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This guide covers the area east of Shinjuku station, including Kabukicho and Shinjuku Gyoen. It also includes the My City and Takashimaya Times Square complexes. For the area west of the station (including Lumine, Halc, and Southern Terrace), please see the Nishi-Shinjuku guide.
This guide covers the area east of Shinjuku station, including Kabukicho and Shinjuku Gyoen. It also includes the My City and Takashimaya Times Square complexes. For the area west of the station (including Lumine, Halc, and Southern Terrace), please see the Nishi-Shinjuku guide.

These listings cover bars and cafes only.
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Shinjuku station

Breizh Cafe Creperie - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Delicious Bretagne-style artisanal sweet crepes and savory buckwheat galettes are served along with hard cider and soft drinks imported from the region. When the weather permits, there's nice...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Berg - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 7am-11pm daily.
More of a fast-food coffee shop (hot dogs are Y290) than a beer bar, Berg does offer a couple of Japanese craft beers on tap and maybe a dozen US imports by the bottle to go with your snack. It's...
Open 7am-11pm daily.

Shinjuku station to Meiji-dori

Samurai - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
Thousands of maneki neko (good-luck cat statues) fill the interior of this spacious cafe-bar. There's a counter and several tables, making this a good venue for a small party. Service is friendly...
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
Daidaiya - Asian fusion: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Spectacular "nouvelle Japonaise" cuisine in a stunning modern setting. Standout items on the menu include cold stuffed cabbage kimchee with cashew nuts, minced tuna and Korean bean paste...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
While they may be somewhat pricier than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain does its own importing, and carries some interesting beers that you won't find elsewhere in town. They also...
Open 5pm-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
Tap Stand - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Tap Stand Craft Beer and Pizza is the full name of this shop, and their creative dishes like Pulled Pork Jalapeno Pizza are worth a try. Half of the twenty taps are devoted to well-chosen Japanese...
Open 3-11:30pm daily.

North of Shinjuku-dori

Dug - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku
Open noon-2am daily.
This popular cafe-bar was featured as a setting in Haruki Murakami's novel "Norwegian Wood." In the afternoons customers enjoy quiet jazz along with a cup of their relatively bitter coffee (Y420),...
Open noon-2am daily.
Meal Muji - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Stylishly modern and surprisingly spacious, Meal Muji makes a pleasant retreat from the crowds of Shinjuku's shopping district. The decor is bright and cheerful, with ubiquitous sleek blond wood...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.

3-chome station area

To The Herbs - Italian: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Brooklyn Parlor - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Whether you're here for a dessert break, a casual evening meal, or an afternoon working on your laptop, Brooklyn Parlor supplies a fun, bustling backdrop. Unlike Tokyo's many quiet, hidden-away...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Tiki Tiki - Misc. Southeast Asian: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
At Tokyo's original Tiki lounge, wooden masks glower, faux torches blaze, and hula dancers shake it, shake it, baby. The kitsch is ubiquitous, self-aware, and executed with formidable slickness. If...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Marugo Grande - Wine bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This is the largest of several branches of this very popular budget wine bar in the neighborhood. Most wines by the glass are Y500-900, but you can spend a lot more on a special bottle if you're so...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Marugo - Wine bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Choose from about fifteen wines by the glass or bottle, or pick a Latour or Mouton from the back and put it on your expense account. France is amply represented, with biodynamic wines comprising...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Marugo II - Wine bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This second branch of the popular and always-packed Marugo wine bar serves two dozen wines by the glass, about half of them French, with a new selection every day. The food menu is Italian and very...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Esogie - African: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Esogie's owner Lucky Isiwe has recreated a little slice of Lagos in Shinjuku 3-Chome. Nigerian funk plays on the bar's powerful sound system, and there's always something good cooking on the stove.
Open 6pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Wednesdays.
Moto - Bar: Shinjuku
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Nihonshu Stand Moto is a very informal bar that specializes in nihonshu, in this case quite a good selection of it at reasonable prices. The food menu is more extensive than you'd expect, dominated...
Open 3-11:30pm daily.

Kabukicho

Narcis - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
The bustling Kabukicho neighborhood may seem like a strange place for a jazz kissa, but Narcis is a great spot for listening to quiet jazz, and their stylish interior design is reminiscent of old...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Calico - Cat cafe: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Even when it's full of visitors, there are plenty of cats to go around at this spacious, long-established two-story cafe. The shop's website promises more than fifty different cats, and that seems...
Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
ZuZu - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
The smart drink list offers eleven choices of popular umeshu like Saika and Kakutama, plus a few liqueurs based on anzu (apricot), yuzu and even decopon (the orange-tangerine hybrid). Lots of...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Hazelburn - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Hazelburn offers an impressive line-up of Scottish whiskies, along with English draft ales and well-prepared Scottish and English pub food.
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.

2-chome, Gyoenmae

Pit Inn - Jazz club: Shinjuku
Open 2:30-5, 7:30-10:30pm daily.
It may be smoky and cramped, but you can hear some of the most interesting local and international jazz in town here.
Open 2:30-5, 7:30-10:30pm daily.
Arty Farty - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-5am daily.
One of Shinjuku's larger gay bars, with a good sound system (mostly house, R&B and hiphop) and a comfortable, lounge-style setup.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
GB - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 8pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Tokyo's most popular foreigner-friendly gay bar, with music videos and relatively inexpensive drinks.
Open 8pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Aiiro Cafe - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-5am daily.
Replacing the long-running Advocates bar on Shinjuku Ni-chome's main thoroughfare, this open-air bar attracts a mixed, mostly gay crowd every night of the week.
Open 6pm-5am daily.
Kinsmen - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 9pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.
A relatively quiet, subdued gay bar with vocal jazz on the stereo and wines by the glass.
Open 9pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.
Usagi - Gay bar: Shinjuku
Open 9pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Run by a veteran of the long-running GB bar, this fourth-floor walkup attracts a crowd of regulars. There are usually several good sake available by the glass, and the interior is non-smoking,...
Open 9pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Pelota - Spanish: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open noon-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
This handy Spanish wine bar offers ten wines by the glass, priced at around Y600-900, plus good tapas dishes to go with them. Budget around Y3000 in the evening for food and drink.
Open noon-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
Jip - Wine bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
If you've ever wanted to try Japanese wines, but don't want to gamble with buying completely unknown bottles, Jip Bar is the place to check out. This specialty wine bistro pours from a rotating list...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Yamachan - Bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
A very casual, all-you-can-drink premium sake bar, Yamachan combines the best aspects of an industry sake-tasting event (lots of varieties freely available, at a reasonable all-inclusive price) and a...
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Highbury - British pub: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 3-11pm (Sun 1-9) daily.
The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers like Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes...
Open 3-11pm (Sun 1-9) daily.
Bamboo Beer Pub - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This cozy basement bar attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars with a selection of craft beers and a simple food menu. The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Someday - Jazz club: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 6:45-11:45pm. Closed some Mondays.
Located in a Shinjuku basement space, Someday is a smallish live jazz club that features local talent.
Open 6:45-11:45pm. Closed some Mondays.
Vector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar....
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
V.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Armwood Cottage - Cafe: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
True to its name, the Armwood Cottage is Tokyo's answer to a log cabin in the mountains, with tall concrete buildings standing in for trees. The space is intimate and inviting, dominated by rough...
Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
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Updated 2016-11-22