Translated by Hilary Keyes
Have Fun in Shibuya! 5 Great Bars With English Menus
Written by Koshizuka Misato
When in Shibuya, why not check out these great bars that cater to international customers? Enjoy drinks and have fun in Tokyo's center of youth culture!
For travelers to Japan, it can be surprisingly difficult to find a place to get a drink.
There are plenty of interesting places called izakaya to start with in Japan. For those that are not well-versed in Japanese culture however, the rules and manners expected at an izakaya may make it difficult to truly relax and enjoy your drinks.
In that case, why not head to a bar? There aren't many differences to be found between Japanese and Western bars when it comes to ordering drinks, so if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy having a drink, then visiting a bar is your best option.
In today's article, we would like to introduce you to some amazing bars found in the Shibuya area. With English menus and even staff who can speak English, these bars are worry-free places to have fun.
1. Tower's Bar BELLOVISTO: Enjoy the Night View of the City
Our first bar, Tower's Bar BELLOVISTO, is found on the top floor of Shibuya's famous multi-story hotel the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. From the bar, not only can you see Center-gai Street and Shibuya Mark City, but you can even see the skyscrapers of Shinjuku in the distance. To say that the nightscape of the city as viewed from the 40th floor is breathtaking is an understatement.
Both close to the station and having an English menu makes Tower's Bar BELLOVISTO a fabulous place to drop by.
The bar strives for a classy atmosphere, so visitors should be aware that there is a smart casual dress code in effect.
2. Bar Tsuruya - a Hidden Bar Accessed Only Through Intercom
A 10 minute walk from Shibuya station's west exit, Bar Tsuruya is located well away from the hustle and bustle of this popular station. Access to the bar is strictly controlled via Intercom system, giving it a wonderfully secretive atmosphere.
They have a delicious a la carte menu that features regional cuisines from Oita prefecture, which are made with selected ingredients. And with an array of wines and cocktails to choose from, you are sure to find a drink to match your mood here at Bar Tsuruya.
The English menu here makes it easy for non-Japanese speakers to really enjoy themselves too.
3. Bar WeeDRAM: Plenty of Nutritious Fruit Cocktails
Centrally located in Shibuya's Dōgenzaka area is Bar WeeDRAM where you can find wonderful cold press cocktails. Fruits and vegetables are crushed using a special mixer into cold press juices, which are then used to make delicious cocktails. The various enzymes and vitamins B and C aren't destroyed in this juicing process, which means that these cocktails are actually quite healthy by comparison.
There are English speaking staff at this bar so non-Japanese speakers need not worry, and should feel welcome to drop by here anytime when visiting Shibuya.
4. Dōgenzaka Lounge - a Sky Lounge with Abundant Drinks
At the top of Dōgenzaka, you will find the Dōgenzaka Lounge. From the sky terrace seats you can forget about the tumultuous streets below and lose yourself in the beautiful sight of the night sky.
On rainy days, the sky terrace seats will be covered by a roof, so you don't have to worry about getting wet, which means that even on bad weather days you can enjoy the night breezes and look over the nightscape.
A distinctive feature of this bar is its great variety of alcohol types to choose from. To give you a better idea of their menu: there are 20 different varieties of beer alone on hand here. Perfect for beer fans, this bar is also recommended to wine and cocktail fans.
There are English speaking staff and an English menu here, so everyone can have a great time in this establishment.
5. M-SPO Cafe/Dining - Enjoy Drinks at a Sports Bar
If just drinking sounds a bit dull to you, then M-SPO Cafe/Dining is a perfect choice. The topic of the day everyday at this bar is sports, with games playing on large screens and all the guests watching the shows together.
With plenty of darts and golf simulators on site, you can have fun with the other patrons too at this bar.
If you've been looking for a bar where you can have fun and interact with the locals, and enjoy sports, then this is exactly the place for you.
Shibuya English Bar Map
Tower's Bar BELLOVISTO
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Nanpeidaichō 26-1, Cerulean Tower 40F
Hours: Mon-Fri 16:00-25:00, Sat/Sun/Holidays 13:30-25:00
Credit Cards: Major cards
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (渋谷駅)
Price Range: About 6000 yen
Phone Number: 03-3476-3398
Website: Tower's Bar BELLOVISTO
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Nanpeidaichō 13-1 Satō Building B1F
Access: 10 minute walk from west exit of Shibuya station
Price Range: About 3500 yen
Phone Number: 03-5489-8009
Website: Bar Tsuruya
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Dōgenzaka 1-6-9 ILA Dōgenzaka Building 4F
Closed: New Years
Credit Cards: Yes
Access: 4 minute walk from Hachiko exit of Shibuya station
Price Range: About 3500 yen
Phone Number: 03-6809-0929
Website: Bar WeeDRAM (Japanese)
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Dōgenzaka 1-22-12
Closed: Sundays (if Monday is a national holiday, closed on Monday instead)
Credit Cards: Visa, JCB and Amex only
Access: 8 minute walk from Hachiko exit of Shibuya station
Price Range: About 4000 yen
Phone Number: 50-5786-1976
Website: Dōgenzaka Lounge (Japanese)
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Udagawachō 12-3 2F
Hours: Cafe - 12:00-18:00, Dining - 18:00-24:00, Bar - 24:00-05:00
Credit Cards: Major cards only
Access: 5 minute walk from Hachiko exit of Shibuya station
Price Range: About 2500 yen
Phone Number: 050-5787-6143
Website: M-SPO Cafe/Dinning (Japanese)