Mugi no Oto, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Unique Drinking Experiences in Shinjuku

Updated November 8, 2019 | by Chad A. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

Shinjuku has an unbelievable amount of drinking establishments. I’m not even kidding a little bit.

Step outside the station and you’ll hit a few nearby roads that are just lined with them — and the alleys coming off those roads are packed with izakaya and bars too.

It’s a party town for sure.

Here are three picks for some really unique experiences out drinking in Shinjuku.


Mugi no Oto

Mugi no Oto, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

This is a great little place to stop and have a domestically crafted beer. It serves over 50 types of canned and bottled beer, which compliment the organic homemade sausages perfectly.

While you’re having a drink, enjoy some modern music performed by professional musicians.

This is a classy, down-home sort of place you’d imagine finding tucked away somewhere in Japan.

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Hair of the Dogs H.O.D

Hair of the Dogs, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

If you were to ask a local where is the best place to get a drink, they would direct you to H.O.D, Hair of the Dogs.

It is small but full of personality. It is considered a punk/heavy metal bar, but the best part about this bar is the owner and staff.

They make you feel as though you walked into your own local pub, and you’ve been friends for years. Can’t beat that.

Map pin to H.O.D

Hammond Orgasm

Hammond Orgasm, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

With a name like that, it’s got to be good! This place is the quintessential traveler’s lucky find.

It is a place where you go to enjoy a great drink, great music and meet other travelers and share your experiences.

The kind of place that will forever be burned in your memories and followed by the phrase, “ahh…remember that time, at that awesome little bar in Shinjuku…”

Map pin to Hammond Orgasm


And there you have it. Three quite unique picks I think you’ll enjoy.


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