Chilling In Tokyo: Shibuya

"Chilling in Tokyo" bar and cafe listings for the Shibuya area.

Shibuya (west)

!Craftheads (Shibuya - Beer bar). 6416-9474
There's an excellent range of nineteen craft beers on tap (mostly US and Japanese) at this stylish basement bar, plus some very hard-to-find bottled imports for when you want to splurge. It's also one of Tokyo's best bars for bourbon whisky. The food menu is light and casual bar fare, but well above average. Background music is a bouncy mix of hiphop and R&B. (Open from 3pm weekends.)
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jinnan 1-13-10, B1F. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Zarigani Cafe (Shibuya - Cafe). 5459-0655
Tucked away on a quiet side street near the Ward Office, Zarigani has a hip, Bohemian atmosphere far removed from the department-store shopping scene just a few blocks away. The music is bouncy and energetic, and the casual menu includes interesting original curries (we can recommend the green curry) as well as cocktails, teas and coffee.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 6-11. Open noon-11:30pm daily.
BiOcafe (Shibuya - Cafe). 5428-3322
Organic coffee and tea, breads made with 100% natural yeast, and a completely smoke-free environment - Bio Cafe provides body and mind a bit of respite in junk-food-glutted Shibuya. With its soft-spoken staff and walls that fade from fuchsia to pearly pink, this quiet little cafe along Spain-zaka attracts a stylish, almost exclusively female crowd. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 16-14, Patio 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Astral Lamp (Shibuya - Cafe). 5458-5055
This cozy Shibuya hangout has a homey feel - literally. The cafe's six sections are all decorated to look like the rooms of a house. Make yourself comfortable in the bedroom, kitchen, or children's room and have a drink or a bite to eat.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 11-6, 8/9F. Open 5pm-3am. Closed Mondays.
Viron (Shibuya - Bakery). 5458-1770
Great French cafe-style sandwiches, quiches and pastries to take out; there's also a pleasant cafe upstairs.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 33-8. Open 9am-10pm daily.
Deux Magots (Shibuya - Cafe). 3477-9124
French-style cafe beverages and pastries. The courtyard seating is unusual in that you're in the basement of the Bunkamura complex, but still out under the open sky. (Indoor seating also available.)
open-airpetsSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 2-24-1, Bunkamura B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Arossa (Shibuya - Italian). 3469-0125
One of Tokyo's first Australian-only wine bars, with one of the largest selections of rare and expensive wines from that country. The food is mainly Italian, and consistently good. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shoto 1-26-22. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Los Barbados (Shibuya - Bar). 3496-7157
Despite its tiny size (just seven seats) and hard-to-find location, Los Barbados offers an impressive list of premium rums and a surprisingly diverse food menu, along with an excellent Afropop soundtrack. [Show more]
mapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 41-26, Papier Bldg #104. Open 11:45am-1am. Closed Sundays.
Cona (Shibuya - Wine bar). 3770-5729
It's hard to beat the prices at this casual wine bar in Shibuya. All of the 70+ varieties of wine are available for Y1900. Choose your own bottle from the small glass cellar, or ask for recommendations from the knowledgeable young staff. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 2-7-5. Open 11:30am-4:30am (LO) daily.
Fab Cafe (Shibuya - Cafe). 6416-9190
Equipped with laser cutters and a 3D printer, Fab Cafe encourages its patrons to turn their stylish ideas into stylish physical objects. The bright and convivial space feels like a beehive of creative activity - lone patrons peck away industriously at laptops while small groups huddle together for informal meetings, while machinery whirs and coffee grinders buzz in the background. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-22-7, Dogenzaka Pia 1F. Open 10am-9pm. Closed holidays.
Legato (Shibuya - International). 5784-2121
This international restaurant includes a spacious and popular bar with a good wine list and an excellent nighttime view of Shibuya.
viewSunmapShibuya-ku, Maruyamacho 3-6, E Space Tower 15F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Madrid (Shibuya - Spanish). 5459-5507
A two-story late-night Spanish bar and restaurant, with your choice of bar snacks and wines or a complete Spanish meal. The upstairs restaurant has a nice selection of charcoal-grilled meats.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-11-3. (behind Tokyu Plaza) Open 11:30am-4am daily.
Shibuya House (Shibuya - Wine bar). 6415-4592
A slightly more upscale relative of the wine bar Cona that features a standing area on the ground floor, a wine bar on the second, and table seating on the third. All pizza and pasta dishes are Y1000. (Formerly known as "Kuni")
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-5-5. Open 11:30am-7am daily.
Blen Blen Blen (Shibuya - Brazilian). 3461-6533
If you're thirsty for a cachaca cocktail in the wee hours of the night, follow the circle-stamped road past Mark City to Blen Blen Blen. This bone fide Brazilian bar, tucked into a faded white seventies-style building in Dogenzaka 1-chome, seats a maximum of thirty and stays open til 4am. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-17-12, Nono Bldg 2F. Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
Mary Jane (Shibuya - Jazz kissaten). 3461-3381
You'll hear all sorts of jazz here, with an emphasis on the lastest CDs from American and European musicians. Besides the great music you can also enjoy good food - they serve delicious soups and risotto at dinnertime, and five different pastas at lunch (Y1000 including coffee or tea). [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sakuragaokacho 2-3, 2F. Open noon-11pm (Fri -midnight) daily.
Tio Tio (Shibuya - Spanish). 5458-4188
This cute and casual tapas bar is popular with the after-work crowd in Shibuya. Start with a glass of fino sherry or a copa de cava for Y500 and ask the staff to shave a few slices off the joint of Jamon Serrano proudly displayed on the counter. Wines by the glass change daily. A few seats are available around the bar, but the front is standing room only.
latemapShibuya-ku, Sakuragaokacho 16-7, Suzuki Bldg 1F. Open 5:30pm-2:30am. Closed Sundays.
Sakuragaoka Cafe (Shibuya - Cafe). 5728-3242
A pair of rather cute goats, living in a pen in front of the shop, are one of the main draws at this lively neighborhood cafe. The interior is spacious, filled with mismatched, comfortable chairs and battered tables, and the soundtrack tends towards bouncy reggae; unfortunately it can get smoky at times. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sakuragaokacho 23-3. Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.
Cabotte (Shibuya - Wine bar). 3462-7790
Well off the beaten track in Sakuragaokacho, this cozy little wine bar is a nice place to share a bottle with friends on a rainy evening. There's no wine list - the owner will choose something for you based on your preferences and budget. Wines by the glass are available from Y800, bottles from Y4200. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sakuragaokacho 12-5. Open 6pm-2am daily.

East Side

!Bongout Noh (Shibuya - French). 5464-0858
The Buri group run a couple of popular standup sake bars (Buchi in Shibuya, Buri in Ebisu), and now they've opened a standup French bistrot, with similarly inexpensive food and 100 different wines. If you get tired of standing there's also a sit-down restaurant in back; snacks up front average around Y700, with main courses in the restaurant averaging Y1500. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-10-12, Miyagi Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Ishinohana (Shibuya - Bar). 5485-8405
This stylishly retro watering hole in Shibuya serves original cocktails crafted with precision and panache. Bartender Shinobu Ishigaki has a winning way with unusual flavor combinations and mixes fruits, vegetables, and herbs into his drinks. [Show more]
mapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-6-2, B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Seat Mania (Shibuya - Cafe). 5467-8997
As the name indicates, vintage designer chairs are the defining feature of this funky cafe situated between Shibuya and Aoyama. They serve crepes, sandwiches, and a variety of pasta and rice dishes, but it's worth a visit just to perch for an hour on that Eames or Le Corbusier that you've always wanted but could never afford.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-1-9. Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Saturdays.
Belgo (Shibuya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3409-4442
A comfortably cozy little hideaway bar with multi-level seating nooks. Pick your own bottle from the big selection of Belgian and German brews in the refrigerator case. The food menu is limited to light snacks.
latemapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-18-7, Shibuya Ichigokan Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.