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Bars & Cafes
Music aficionados and artists a like love this place. Throughout the night, Club Havana is buzzing with energy and the live music shows that attract crowds from all around town and the outskirts. Yep! They are all about the music, from rock, indie, pop, jazz and blues to hip-hop, punk and remixes— there's something for everyone. Club Havana offers a full-service bar where you can relax while you sip on some of your favorite drinks. Without a doubt, this is the best place for live gigs, drinks and more!
Combining the atmosphere of a relaxed bar and a stylish club with occasional live music, this spot is unique in Tokyo. The range of music that is put out by the DJs go from soul, latin, and 60s pop to house and trance. Regardless of the mood you are in, let the music here uplift your soul and go ahead and dance until you drop. This is a great place to dance and party with a younger crowd.
Heading westward on Tokyo's famed Chuo line is Mitaka, known more as a transport hub and for its close proximity to the chic Kichijoji district than anything else. However, Ongaku no Jikan (Music Time) now offers ample reason to trek out to this underappreciated district. This second-hand music store is a cool spot to relax during the day, but when the sun goes down, Ongaku no Jikan turns into a bar and live act house, offering a variety of local and international beers and whiskies in a shabby-chic environment. Stroll in on any given night and you may catch a local live act, some DJ tuning the place up, or just friendly folks hanging out. With lots to look at and read and an extremely affable owner, it's time for you to tune into Ongaku no Jikan. -Stephen Lebovits
Enter the Planet K to have the time of your life. Let the doorman mark your ticket for you to enter into the perfectly dimmed interiors. With an impressive stage for concerts and music shows, you can shout till you're hoarse, for there is always the bar to quench your parched throat. There is also food available for those who want to grab a quick bite. This is a great venue for concerts and music shows and the sound and light quality is amazing, adding to the already vibrant ambiance of this place.
The entrance of this stylish Japanese restaurant is styled like a Zen garden, revealing the meticulous efforts of the staff. The chef who wants "everything on his menu to be highly recommended" changes the menu every month with new dishes, but the style remains creative Kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine). Some of their creations include the very Japanese unagi (eel) served in baked egg, or the more western style scallop gratin. All of it is served with the trademark delicacy of Japanese presentation. They also have a wonderful selection of sake for you to choose from.
A jazz bar that will fill you up with more than just a great collection of sounds, Bonnie and Clyde serves up great food as well. You can try their famous chahan (fried rice) or go for something of the more western variety if you would like to settle your stomach before a long night of jazz and booze. The decor is the kind that makes cigarette smoke rise with the same grace not seen since the heydays of film noir. It is a great place to go for a quiet drink and escape the hustle of Tokyo.
Contrary to it's stuffy title, John Henry's Study has a very laid back approach when it comes to atmosphere. Located on the second floor, it has a warm wooden interior, dim lighting and a great collection of jazz to set the mood. It's extensive list of cocktails, including such interesting names as "Blood in Sand" is complimented by a menu offering great (albeit tiny) gourmet sandwiches and Japanese favorites like Om-rice (omelettes with rice in the middle). John Henry's Study is perfect for before or after dinner cocktails, and offers decent lunch specials to boot.
Do not worry, this is not some crazed pick-up joint à la the likes of Roppongi, but one of the more jazzier wine bars in the Kichijoji area. The first floor is for dining with great food and a great wine list, the second floor is devoted to kicking back with a glass of vino and taking in the sounds with an intimate friend. The name "Funky" may sound a bit bold, but the subtlety of the atmosphere will leave you happily surprised and ready to come back for more.
This is the main branch of the popular yakitoria found at Inokashira Park. Unlike its sister shop, the service here is more timely and friendly. You can enjoy chicken skewers, with either salt or teriyaki sauce, accompanied by beer or hot sake. This restaurant also has wonderful dumplings. Another thing that differs from the park annex branch, is that this restaurant has daily additions to the menu, such as potato cakes and other homemade dishes. Just as crowded as the annex, you may have to wait. However, seating is plentiful and the wait is never long.
The L'Epicurien is for dessert lovers. The creations in this bakery are so beautiful, you will feel guilty about taking a bite out of pastries with names like "Belle Rouge" and "Caramel Chocolate Banana." The pastries are small, intricate, and most likely a steal considering the painstaking effort that has brought them to the shop window. You can eat in with a rich cup of coffee, or have your purchases beautifully gift wrapped when you order take out. For those who are off sweets, the Croque Monsieur and the Gorgonzola pizza are alternative ways to experience this wonderful pastry shop.
Although last orders are at midnight, this funky restaurant stays open until much later. With a variety of dishes from across Asia, you can order some spicy Thai soup with Korean bibinba, or the restaurant's crispy Asian salad. Thai beer is also available but if you are not in a drinking mood, the famous iced Peppermint tea is a welcome alternative. A low-lit restaurant with a colorful décor, which includes murals and hippie beads, the Peppermint Cafe is definitely happening.
This gelato shop is the perfect way to end the evening after dining in one of Kichijoji's parkside restaurants. With black-and-white checked floors and a long counter facing the park, it is a great place to wind down with some of the best gelato in town. The flavors go from the usual rum & raisin and cookies and cream to the equally delicious but more exotic tomato or prune. Donatello's serves a famous three-flavor ice cream cup, so you can mix and match if you cannot decide.