Check out ‘Bar Moon Walk', Shibuya's subterranean Hawaiian Haven.
Located on the basement floor down a quiet side street, ‘Bar Moon Walk’ is bursting with life. From it's young fresh clientele to its friendly and stylish staff and cool Hawaiian surfer vibes, stepping inside this bar is like entering into another world.
Once seated at your table, a waiter will give you a piece of paper that looks like a receipt with a barcode on it and a legitimate encyclopedic drinks menu. Scan the barcode on your phone to access the online menu and place your order. Wifi is available if you're in a pinch. Drinks start at 300 yen and there is also a mandatory table charge of 400 yen. A quick flip through the thome of a menu and it’s pretty fair to say the ‘Bar Moon Walk’ has one of, if not THE most extensive drinks list of any bar in Shibuya. Any spirit or drink you can think of you would be hard pushed to find one that’s not listed somewhere within it's pages.
To help you navigate these pages, here is a general rule of thumb. Beer is a safe bet and if you feel like something a little different, why no try on of their beer and fruit juice mixes? I was surprised to find their pineapple beer was refreshing, delicious and went down a treat. Cocktails in a Larger glass are pretty standard and yummy. However, be warned that any bright, enticing cocktail that comes in martini glass is small but mighty strong, the perfect drink for pre gaming for a night out. Whilst I’m on the topic of pregaming, ‘Bar Moon Walk has a great deal on all-you-can-drink “Party Plan" that costs 1800 yen for 2 hours.
You can also order food via your phone and the menu shows previous customers reviews of each dish to help you choose what to order. Dishes range in price from 300 to 500 yen and include snack like edamame or fries as well as more substantial options like pizza.
A cheap, high quality bar? No you are not tipsy, you have simply stumbled across ‘Coins Bar' in Shibuya.
Head down to the basement and discover a rare unicorn. ‘Coins Bar’ is the rare kind of establishment that despite being in the world’s largest capital city, manages to combine cheap prices (drinks from 300 yen and food from 500 yen) with high quality. With it’s delicious food, tasty drinks and friendly, prompt service from fluent English speaking staff members, ‘Coins Bar’ is a must.
Step inside the dimly lit bar to be greeted by a DJ and waitresses willing to help you settle in a get comfortable. There are three seating options here: the bar, smaller round tables or the long table towards the back of the room. The interior may have chosen darker lighting but the vibrant wall art and the smiles of customers enjoying good food, drinks, conversation and even the occasional dance give the place a comforting sense of joy that allows you to leave any stress and worries at the door.
Once seated, you will be able to peruse a truly extensive menu of drinks containing standard choices like beers, wines, and familiar spirits like whisky. Rum, gin, etc,. As well as, interesting and delicious Japanese options such as shochus, sakes, and various fruit wines like ume plum and yuzu. These drinks are mixed to perfection and manages to balance smooth flavour with and alcoholic kick that allows them to go down an absolute treat.
Besides the great tasting drinks, you could do a lot worse than grabbing a bite to eat while you're here. My personal recommendation would be the fish and chips. Although a Japanese take on the dish, the fish is delicious and chips come in the form of potato wedges and are served with a generous dollop of tartar sauce and ketchup. Crispy and delicious, the fish and chips will definitely hit the spot, however if that's not quite your cup of tea, the food menu has plenty of other options including, chicken nuggets, pizzas, takoyaki and more snacky choices like olives, nachos and nuts.
If you're passing through Shibuya, ‘Coins Bar' is well worth a closer look.
Step into Hub, the comfy shoe of British pub chains in Shibuya.
Popular with Foreigner and Japanese customers alike, ‘Hub' is a fail safe option when looking for a place to grab a couple of cheap drinks in a familiar and casual atmosphere while catching up with friends.
Head down the football focused stairway and show ID to staff before being welcomed into the heart of the establishment. The typical pub-style interior and wall art may leave with a slight feeling of déjà vu but don't let that distract you and head to the bar. The warm staff and swift service will have you settled at a table and chatting away refreshment in hand within minutes.
When choosing what to drink (ranging from 500 to 1000 yen),‘Hub''s well stocked drinks menu not only has something for everyone but is sure to leave you spoiled for choice. For cocktail drinkers, ‘Hub's extensive list is full of old favourites like, gin and tonic, moscow mule or cuba libre as well as more unique offerings like matcha malibu, London iced tea or the sakura high. When it comes to fans of beers and ales, you'll find many familiar options, whether they are bottled import beer, draft beer or even draft cider, which believe me is pretty hard to come by in Japan.
One area ‘Hub' excels is in how it caters to non-drinkers, providing a wide selection from non alcoholic beers, sodas, tea, fruit juices and mocktails such as their fresh kiwi squash and sparkling apple.
What's more is that if you work up an appetite after all the great conversation you'll be having, ‘Hub' has a range of menus with a wide selection of food. From their ‘Taste of Britain Menu' with classic pub grub like fish and chips, roast beef and pasties to their ‘Recommended Menu' with a range of snack including two types of pizza, you are bound to find something to satiate your hunger pangs.
Grab a drink in a cozy corner at ‘Lad’s Dining' bar in Shibuya.
Contrary to its name, ‘Lad's Dining' is neither rowdy or a large restaurant. What it is however, is a cozy, relaxing bar full of customers taking a load off after a long day. Ideal for groups of two or three, the little gem is hidden on a street full of large stairs and perfect for if you would like to take a break from pounding the pavement.
Located on the basement floor, head down into the welcoming space with minimal space and seating and be welcomed by a bartender sliding under the bar to seat you. For a small place, the layout makes use of every centimeter. There are three seating options to choose from: at the bar, at a cozy table for two or at a secret table of four tucked away behind the bar. As soon as you're seated, you will be handed a menu and a notice informing you of the table charge of 390 yen, this includes all you can eat fresh butter popcorn made before you eyes in clear glass machine in front of the bar.
Drinks are standard Japanese bar fare with a twist, with various foreign bottles beers like ‘Corona' and ‘Guinness' as well as popular favourites like the highball (usually whiskey and soda) made with homemade ginger ale which has wonderful flavour and kick to it.
As for food, you could do worse than order their deliciously crispy fried chicken. You may have to wait a little while for it to come on a busy night but it's worth the wait. Aside from The chicken, their menu is stocked with delicious offerings such as a variety of pizzas, spicy fries, and even mouthwatering coconut shrimp.
Take a quick pit stop at ‘Tasuichi', Shibuya's cheap and cheerful standing bar.
Perfect for a pub crawl, pre game or a quick drink before hopping on the train, ‘Tasuichi' is great for those who want a quick refreshment. With it's warm casual atmosphere, lively and sociable customers and friendly staff and without a chair in sight, lean into a refreshing drink and engrossing chat at ‘Tasuichi'. Seating options are to either sit bar side, to get right amongst the action at the long tables dispersed around the room or settle into a corner at one of the small table by the window looking out onto the street at the front of the bar that are perfect for people watching while catching up with a friend about their day.
‘Tasuichi' is a cash only establishment with a cute metal dish on each table for you to use to make payments after ordering. Drinks generally range from 300 to 800 yen and although the offerings may not be as varied as other locations, their servings are generous and you're sure to find something to wet your whistle. Take a gander at the menu and you'll find classic cocktails like gin and tonic, rum and coke or tequila sunrise, draft beer, famous favourites like ‘Heineken' and ‘Guinness’, as well as some drinks typical to Japan such as shochu. As for the parched non-drinker, their concise menu offers a variety of fruit juices, teas, sodas, alcohol free beer and even ‘Red Bull' for the sleepier customer.
As for food, Tasuichi' offers a selection of small snacky dishes like fried chicken or my personal recommendation of a generous serving of warm and perfectly salted fries.
If you're looking for a place to chat with old friends or make new ones, this foreigner friendly bar in the heart of Shibuya is worth checking out.