A legit trip to Japan will not be complete if you forget to visit izakaya, local Japanese bars serving home-style Japanese food and drinks.
Shibuya is one of the most famous tourist spots in Tokyo, and the area is famous for its delicious food and great collections of local izakaya.
Today we’re going to introduce 3 best izakaya to visit in Shibuya, where you can try several different types of local food and some Japanese-style cocktails!
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Akachiri-tei is a perfect izakaya to visit if you love spicy stuff!
Akachiri-tei is a medium-size Izakaya in Shibuya, which is located in the middle of Shibuya Center Gai, and it is famous for its best-selling spicy chicken hotpot.
In addition to the spicy chicken hotpot, this izakaya is also famous for its stinging and burning habanero chicken wings, which are very popular among the locals.
If you’re not a big fan of spicy food, you can try Akachiri-tei’s cheese dak-galbi or samgyeopsal, which are extremely delicious.
Plan on getting drunk with your friends? Then order the all-you-can-drink dinner courses to enjoy a 2-hour of free-flowing drinks.
Address: Center Building B1F, 25-5 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Monday to Friday 4.p.m. to 5.a.m., Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays 12.p.m. to 5.a.m.
Open throughout the year
English menu is available and payment with credit card is accepted.
2. Charcoal Grill Anko
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If you love Japanese sake and yakitori, then Anko is a heaven for you!
Anko is famous for its tempting yakitori cuts (they don’t use sticks), fresh sashimi, and wide variety of Japanese shochu and sake.
In addition, Anko is also famous for its mouth-watering “donabe gohan”, a seasoned steamed rice dish cooked in a Japanese clay pot.
The best timing to eat the “donabe gohan” is last, before you end your meal, but since it takes around 45 minutes to cook it, we recommend to order this in the beginning of your meal and ask them to serve it last.
Anko is also famous for its great collections of Japanese shochu and sake. Here, you can find a lot of different shochu and sake, ranging from medium to high quality, and this is the reason why Anko is a little bit expensive compared to other chain Izakaya bars.
If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to try rare Japanese sake like “Jyuyondai Soukou” (our writer had a chance to try this rare and expensive sake at Anko Ebisu branch, and they sold it for 2000 yen / glass).
Anko is a small izakaya so make sure to book your seats in advance if you plan to visit this place on Friday night or on the weekends.
Also, bring a friend who can read and speak Japanese since this place doesn’t have any English menu!
Charcoal Grill Anko (Shibuya Branch)
Address: Kato Building 1F, 25-4 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Monday to Friday 11:30.p.m. – 3.p.m. and 6.p.m. to 12.a.m., Saturday 6.p.m. to 12.a.m., Sunday and National holiday 5.p.m. to 12.a.m.
No scheduled holidays, for more information about the closing and opening date, please call.
English menu is not available, but payment with credit card is accepted.
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If you’re a big fan of Sashimi and Sushi, then Sakanatori is a must!
Sakanatori is a very popular izakaya bar among both the tourists and the locals, and it is praised for its fresh and juicy sushi pieces and sashimi cuts.
Here at Sakanataori, you can enjoy your meal as an a la carte, or you can order the dinner course that comes together with a 2-hour all-you-can-drink plan.
In addition to its delicious sushi and sashimi, Sakanatori is also famous for its great selections of Japanese sake (nihonshu).
Average cost per person is around 4000 yen for dinner and 1000 yen for lunch.
Address: 2F, 1-3 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Lunch 11:30.a.m – 2:30.p.m., dinner 5:30.p.m. to 12.a.m.
Closed on Sundays (on Mondays for long weekends)
Payment by credit card is accepted