Nishi Ogikubu is small but eclectic neighbourhood just west of Tokyo on the Chuo Line. Often overshadowed by the more popular adjacent Kichijoji station, Nishi Ogikubo has its own diverse mix of food, art and music. The homey streets, which can be a little dull during the day, come alive after dark with plenty of bright spots that gather its nightlife.

  • 01

    Hobo Ya Blues Bar

    Hobo Ya Blues Bar

    Hobo Ya Blues Bar

    A gem of bar that sits cheek by jowl by the Nishi Ogikubo station, Hobo Ya is a basement nook for blues fanatics. The walls are covered with posters and pictures of the jazz greats, musical instruments and the personal collection of the owner’s CDs, and has what may be a Japanese version of a subtle reference to a speakeasy. Regulars sit at the bar and if you’re lucky, some bring their own instruments to play. Visitors can order sake as well as Japanese beer from the menu and they also serve local favorites of omurice, curries and salads.

    Hobo Ya Blues Bar

    Hobo Ya Blues Bar

    ほうぼう屋
    place
    東京都杉並区西荻北3-2-11 ハイツそれいゆB1F
    phone
    03-3399-3171
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    Nandemo Recycle Shop

    Nandemo Recycle Shop

    Nandemo Recycle Shop

    Nandemo is an exciting second-hand shop that opens from 9 at night to 1 AM, perfect for anyone who cares for an after-drinks shopping spree. The place is stacked with unusual things from rare vintage bags and jewelry to random pieces of eclectic furniture, making it a little difficult to move around the shop. However, the store owners have great pride in the selection they keep and all the items available are of a good and usable condition.

    なんでもリサイクルショップ・ジェット
    place
    東京都杉並区 西荻北2-11-9
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    Pit Bar

    Pit Bar

    Pit Bar

    Pit Bar is another basement venue for live music that adds to Nishi Ogikubo’s reputation. They always have a great lineup of talent from all over Japan as well as foreign bands. On weekends they hold punk and hardcore rock events while on weekdays the atmosphere is more chill with DJs and live acoustic performances. Besides the music, the bar is quite wallet friendly, with the shochu, beer and cocktails starting from only 300 yen. It can get quite crowded and as the space doesn’t have the stage, you can get up close to the performers.

    Pit Bar
    place
    東京都杉並区西荻南3-14-10 フロントビルB1F
    phone
    03-6671-4413
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    Yakitori Yebisu

    Yakitori Yebisu

    Yakitori Yebisu

    This yakitori restaurant gives a real flavour of local Japanese fast food, great for hurrying businessmen as well as anyone who wants a quick bite to eat before they move on. It’s part of a chain of stores but the Nishi Ogikubo one has an intimate feel, despite being completely open to the street. The menu includes grilled chicken and pork skewers and is cheap but quite delicious. Seats will usually fill quickly but no one stays too long.

    Yakitori Yebisu

    Yakitori Yebisu

    Ebisu
    place
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Nishiogiminami 3-chome 11-6
    phone
    0333322955
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    Suppin Bakawarai Izakaya

    Suppin Bakawarai Izakaya

    Suppin Bakawarai Izakaya

    Suppin Bakawarai is a small bar with a big reputation for delicious food, friendly staff and great conversation. Closer to Kichijoji than Nishi Ogikubo, the atmosphere is fun-filled and lively with impromptu cooking displays that even pull in the customers to show off their skills. The bar keeps an excellent selection of sake and the food is cheap but made with good quality ingredients. Come for a drink or a meal, it’s a place to meet people from all walks of life and all over the world for a talk and a laugh.

    すっぴん
    place
    東京都杉並区西荻南3-11-11
    phone
    03-5941-6279
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    Mountain Hut Bar Nishiogi Hütte

    Mountain Hut Bar Nishiogi Hütte

    Mountain Hut Bar Nishiogi Hütte

    If you’re a mountain lover, then this place should be on your to-do list! Nishiogi Hütte is a mountain-themed bar that is full of mountain-ish things! You can feel the mountain atmosphere the whole time you are in this bar. Their menus are no exception, with food that's cooked on outdoor kitchenware! This place will surely help you find friends that you can share your love of the mountains with!

  • 07

    Handsome Shokudo

    Handsome Shokudo

    Handsome Shokudo

    Handsome Shokudo is a Thai restaurant with a unique atmosphere that you will feel the minute you step inside. The entire restaurant, including the tableware, makes you feel like you are in a different country. Their authentic Thai food will make you happy too, with dishes such as green papaya salad, spring rolls, kai yang, chicken with black sauce, and many more items you would think of when you want to eat at a Thai restaurant! Make your Asian night even more Asian with their Singha beer!

    Handsome Shokudo

    Handsome Shokudo

    Handsome Shokudo
    rating

    4.0

    12 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Nishiogiminami 3-chome 11-5
    phone
    0333355468
  • 08

    Genka Bistro BAN!

    Genka Bistro BAN!

    Genka Bistro BAN!

    Genka means “at cost”, so you can probably imagine what their concept is from the name! Yes, they offer their drinks at cost price. A glass of wine for 150 yen, a high-ball for 60 yen and lemon sour for 80 yen. It’s a paradise for you to enjoy a happy evening. Moreover, they also serve premium-quality meats: beef (including beef tongue), pork, duck, and lamb are all available.

    Genka Bistro BAN!

    Genka Bistro BAN!

    原価ビストロBAN! 西荻窪
    place
    東京都杉並区西荻南3-11-10 西荻窪サウスビル1階
    phone
    0359415139
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    Yakitori Yoneda

    Yakitori Yoneda

    Yakitori Yoneda

    Yakitori Yoneda opened its business in Nishiogikubo in 2007 as the main store and has become one of the most popular yakitori restaurants in the area. They are often on TV shows and in magazines, and their bar (with 26 counter seats and a few group tables) is always filled with happy people. Their motto is “Good quality at a reasonable price” and you can surely notice this when you taste their Yakitori!

    Yakitori Yo Ne Da Nishi-Ogikubo Main Store
    rating

    3.5

    14 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Nishiogiminami 3-11-10
    phone
    0333342094

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