The next station heading anti-clockwise is Ebisu, and the Yebisu Beer Museum.
If you were on a drinking tour around Tokyo, it’s natural to think a Beer Museum would be the one indispensable site. The opposite however would be much closer to the mark. It should be the first place discarded if you are pressed for time, for very little at all would lose very little if the only beer museum you ever saw here was the one flowering in the soil of your imagination.
There’s just one option presented here. Whenever the inner voice nagging you to do something healthy becomes too difficult to ignore, you should cut a deal by making your way up to the gym etc on the top floor of the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in District 1.
Bia Hoi – If having a beer and keeping costs down mean everything, the dong stops here. Beers here are well under 50 cents a pop (it doesn’t matter which cents). Just head up Bui Vien Street from Go2 Bar (heading away from the Crazy Buffalo Bar) and you should see small groups of pasty white folk sitting on something resembling kindergarten size plastic seats being served beer by a leathery old mama-san’s, who probably can speak wonderful English but then again you haven’t paid for it, have you?
Below is a brief summary of the more popular free entry clubs in the Roppongi area. It is more or less a summation of previous longer entries, links to which are attached. Continue reading
Gaien Higashi Street Part 2 – Gas Panic
More Roppongi than Roppongi, this bar is the inspiration for all the meat market bars in and around the main strip. If you come here, leave your best behavior in the locker with your coat. Continue reading
The Roi Building – First Bar
First Bar is a largish club which provides alot of the Roppongi promise with a lot of the Roppongi hassles.
The TGI Friday’s sidestreet – Wall Street
Ignore the name, Wall Street is just as welcoming of the other 99%. It was, and is becoming again, a bar where anything goes, and anything comes…
The TGI Friday’s sidestreet – 55 (Jimanji)
Turning left on the TGI Friday’s side street will bring you into eye contact with the popular 55 (or Jimanji) Club…
2 – 12-12:20pm: Harajuku
Once you are done, get back to Shinjuku station and on a Yamanote Line train on Platform 14 (they’ll be along every few minutes or so) bound for Shibuya and Shinagawa. Skip the next station, Yoyogi, and carry on through to Harajuku. Alight here. You’ll have two choices, put in short, go west and enjoy a beer in the park or go east and look over the shops and oddly dressed folk in either the younger and relatively downmarket Takeshita Dori or Omotesando, older and littered with brand shops. Or you could do both before dropping into a cafe and having a drink.