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Top 5 underground bars for drinks in Nakano
Top 5 underground bars for drinks in Nakano

For something off the beaten-track, stop by Nakano! In the daytime, Nakano is famous for Nakano Broadway Street where you can find anime and specialised character goods, along with tiny taverns and old-fashioned Japanese gourmet food. Be sure to visit a ramen shop and bars in Nakano to experience Nakano nightlife while exploring the narrow, criss-crossing alleys. 

Nakano nightlife is just as fun. There’s a ton of tiny bars with large personalities. Enjoy expertly-crafted drinks and the local, friendly vibes!

Find out more about the different Japanese drinks you can get and how to prepare for a night out in Tokyo.

Here’s our top five favourite bars in Nakano, one of the most underrated places in Tokyo.

Bars in Nakano

Juke 80′s

Juke 80's
Credit: Photo by latino from Tabelog

Ideal for anyone who’s a fan of the 80s, hit up this bar and choose from their extensive music list with cult classics like ABBA and Michael Jackson, and a few underground artists as well. Their drinks are reasonably priced, at 350-500 yen during happy hour, a real bargain for Tokyo! 

If you want something more local, then check out Juke 80’s sister bar, J-Juke’s. They play great Japanese hits from their bubble and disco era! 

Check out more information on Juke 80’s and get your discount coupon here!

Bar Dunk

Bar Dunk

You will enjoy this bar for the perfect Nakano nightlife. In an area full of older bars and izakayas, Bar Dunk seems to stand out. Modern and with a hint of Mediterranean class, Bar Dunk’s blue and white tiled walls really make themselves known in Nakano. Enjoy some good food and drinks and imagine you’re summering on the French Riviera!

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Daikaiju Salon

Daikaiju Salon

If you’re a fan of Japan’s many mythical monsters, this is the spot for you! The owner here is a horror-film director and has filled the bar with his collection of figurines and plush dolls from all over the Asian mythos. Enjoy a cup of coffee at this unique place while geeking out to vintage anime like Ultraman!

Check out more information on Daikaiju Salon and get your discount coupon here!

Vow’s Bar

Vow's Bar
Credit: Photo by kobadog from Tokyo Girls Update

A truly unique bar experience that you won’t get anywhere else while you go drinking in Nakano! How many other places do you know of where your bartender is also a Buddhist monk?

He’ll listen to your life problems, educate you on the history of Japan, or simply have a casual conversation about anything you’d like. And, don’t worry if your Japanese is a little rusty; he speaks three languages! 

Check out more information on Vow’s Bar and get your discount coupon here!

Jet Bar

Jet Bar
Credits: Photo by 煉蔵 from Tabelog

This little rock- and disco-inspired bar is here for your entertainment. Nights vary depending on their schedule, but you might encounter live music or even a magic show! Even if you’re not there on a special night, this is a good place to come with friends to have chill drinks and get to know the locals.

Check out more information on Jet Bar and get your discount coupon here!

If you want to check out more places in Nakano, Nakano nightlife or want to go drinking in Nakano, click here for a full list of bars, restaurants and clubs that we recommend!

Want to check out different areas of Tokyo? Pick one of the areas below and let us give recommend a few places!

Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Nakano, Shimokitazawa, Asakusa, Koenji, Akihabara and more!

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