10 Places to Enjoy Nightlife in Ikebukuro

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Once a small village, Ikebukuro is now one of Tokyo’s most popular and largest neighborhoods. Its station is the second busiest, not only in Japan, but in the world! Almost 3 million passengers pass through this station every day. That is one of the reasons why Ikebukuro has become one of the largest and most visited Tokyo’s neighborhoods. Ikebukuro is dedicated to shopping and lacks nightclubs and bars. Nevertheless, there are some places where you can go for a night of fun and we are going to help you find them.

1. Agalico

If you want to taste some nice Vietnamese and other Asian food in great atmosphere, go to this late-night oriental bistro. Both cuisine and drink selections are excellent and at quite reasonable prices. The restaurant can be open to the street, so if you come on a warm day, you will enjoy the pretty much festive atmosphere on the outside. In the restaurant, you are seated around the kitchen, and you can watch the cooks prepare your food throughout the meal.


  • Name: Agalico
  • Address: 2-10-6 Ikebukuro, Toshima 171-0014, Tokyo
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Good for Kids: No
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Open: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. daily

2. Beer Saurus

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If you happen to be in Tokyo and want to taste some familiar tastes, like American beer, then this is the right place to go. But this all-night bar doesn’t offer only that. You can enjoy a wide range of cocktails and some really nicely prepared food at surprisingly reasonable prices. Of course, beer is the main draw, so you can choose from more than 100 varieties available at the bar. There is a big screen for sports lovers to watch all the sports games, or you can enjoy not too loud Eurodance music. The atmosphere is really great, the staff is very attentive and the view from the third floor is wonderful.


  • Name: Beer Saurus
  • Address: 3F, 1-38-5 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • Good for Kids: No
  • Website: beersaurus.net

3. Club Bed

Just a walk away from the west exit of JR Ikebukuro station, set in the basement near the Tokyo Art Theater, there is this night club especially perfect if you are into modern European music. The customers are usually on the young side since the music is mostly hip hop and occasionally they play some house or techno. What is interesting about the place is that they offer a variety of live performances, so if you are into dancing, you can really enjoy your visit.


  • Name: Club Bed
  • Address: Address:3-29-9 B1, Ikebukuro
  • Good for Kids: No
  • Open: 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
  • Website: ikebukurobed.com

4. The Dubliners’ Irish Pub

If you stay in Tokyo for a longer period of time, you might feel homesick after a while. If this happens to you, you can visit some of the pubs there. The Dubliner’s Pub offers some familiar European food such as Irish breakfast or fish and chips. The bar serves various kinds of beer including the Kilkenny beer on tap, as well as quite a good selection of Irish whiskies. If you are a smoker you should know that this is a non-smoking bar, but there is a separate smoking room for those who cannot enjoy the drink without a cigarette. The bar also hosts private parties, and then it is closed to regular customers.


  • Name: The Dubliner’s Irish Pub
  • Address:  Tokyo, Toshima-Ku, Nishi-bag 1-10-8 St., grouville B1F
  • Open: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Credit Cards: Yes
  • Smoking: No
  • Attire: Casual

 5. Kurand Sake Market

Just a few minutes’ walk from Ikebukuro West Exit, there is this paradise for all sake lovers. It is good to make a reservation in advance, since the place is usually packed. It is a standing bar with no seats offering a selection of more than 100 different types of nihonshu. When you pay the entrance fee, you are free to browse and pick out anything from the fridges around the bar counter. It is great to come with your friends, and you are also allowed to bring some of your own food and enjoy the long drinking sessions. It might be a little noisy from time to time, but it is lots of fun. Relax and enjoy!


  • Name: Kurand Sake Market
  • Address: 3-27-3 Nishi Ikebukuro | 4F S & K Bldg, Toshima 171-0021
  • Open: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Credit Cards: No
  • Entrance Fee: 3,240 JPY
  • Website: kurand.jp

6. Apple Jump

This live jazz music club has not been in Tokyo’s jazz scene for long, but it has gained a great reputation. It is always open for the best new musicians from the area. The place is very simple with a box-like interior in a basement. The audience sit close to the musicians, so the atmosphere is quite nice with all those music lovers. The club offers wonderful sound dynamics, and the place sounds live in a natural way. The laidback atmosphere will make you feel at home.


  • Name: Apple Jump
  • Address: Tobu West Ikebukuro Sunlight Mansion B1, Nishi-Ikebukuro 3:33-17, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • Open: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Smoking: Yes
  • Parking: No
  • Website: applejump.net

7. Hub Ikebukuro Higashiguchi

If you choose to come to this club, you will certainly have a great night. When it comes to its layout, the seats, décor and bar, this place is a great replica of a traditional British pub. It offers different beers, cocktails and other beverages as well as some nice food and it’s very comfortable. The music is played all the time and the atmosphere is great to spend some time in the evening after the hard work. If you come on Saturday night, you may be surprised. The place actually turns into a club and completely changes its character.


  • Name: Hub Ikebukuro Higashiguchi
  • Address: 1-33-4 Nishiikebukuro | B1F Iwata Building, Toshima 171-0021
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Credit Cards: Yes
  • Good for Dancing: No

8. Karaoke no Tetsujin

If you like karaoke, Tokyo features lots of Karaoke boxes for feasts and meetings. The Ikebukuro Karaoke Box offers a calm atmosphere with a microphone stand on a stage. There are 20 different well designed rooms where you can enjoy the time with your friends. They have a lot of songs to choose from and the food is also very tasty. It is a great place to organize a birthday party, a banquet or any other celebration. Go there and get rid of your stress immediately.


  • Name: Karaoke no Tetsujin
  • Address: Grand-Tokyo Ikebukuro Bldg. Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • Admission: 40-400 Yen/30min
  • Credit Cards: Yes
  • Website: www.karatetsu.com

 9. Vivo

If you are in Ikebukuro, definitely drop by for the beer to this nice bar. The wooden décor of the place makes you feel cozy and warm. It has become popular for Japanese craft beers on tap and various kinds of bottled or canned beers from different parts of the world. While you drink, you can relax to the sounds of beautiful Jazz music. The bar also offers some pretty good food like pizza, pasta, and meat dishes. The staff is friendly and efficient, so you will be quickly served.


  • Name: Vivo
  • Address: 1-20-5 Higashi ikebukuro Toshima Tokyo
  • Credit Cards: Yes
  • Parking: No
  • Open: 6:00 p.m.- 4:00 a.m.
  • Website: vivo-beer.com

10. Ale House

This great little pub is open 365 days a year and is located close to the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station. It is a British-style pub with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect to get together with your friends and have some casual drink after a long working day. It offers a nice selection of beers on tap and in bottles, some fine cocktails, wine, whiskey and other drinks. They also have a really good food and it all comes in a great pub like atmosphere with a small stage where they host live performances and open mic nights.


  • Name: Ale House
  • Address: 1-16-8-B1F, Nishi-Ikebuku, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan
  • Open: 6:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m.
  • Website: alehouse.jp

We hope to have helped you find an interesting and fun way to spend some of your nights while staying in Ikebukuro. But remember, in Ikebukuro you can always go shopping. Have fun!

Have a good trip and travel!