Photographs from a small group of islands
Feb 08 2008 11 Comments
or just a dismal, dirty looking den?
2/9/2008 at 12:03 am
Doesn’t tempt me. Looks disguting.
Where is it?
2/9/2008 at 4:11 am
Kind of looks like it might be an entrance to haunted house or something!
2/10/2008 at 4:38 am
probably the coolest club in wohle tokyo!
2/11/2008 at 10:24 am
Okay, Lee. I’m sure us readers will donate 600 yen so you can go inside and tell us what’s lurking behind the door… if you dare!
2/11/2008 at 10:53 am
The bar is in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai area, but when I took the photo it was late afternoon and the place was shut.
Next time I’m around there at night though I shall pop in.
Perhaps only briefly!
2/11/2008 at 11:40 am
The place is owned by a girl called Kazuko and when she worked behind the counter, it was one of the most popular bars in Golden Gai which attracted a lot of music business people. Funnily enough, she is friendly with the girl who runs a bar round the corner which also featured on Tokyo Times before. Garden is a bit larger than most places in the area and Kazuko would often stay open until late morning making it a particularly dangerous place to settle into. Now a series of different bar staff work there and, although they are all nice enough, there aren’t many customers these days compared with a couple of years ago.
Many of the old music crowd now use a bar a short walk away on the other side of the ward office. Again, a photo of that place has also appeared here on Tokyo Times.
2/11/2008 at 4:04 pm
Cheers for the info Albeit.
Good to get a bit of background info. With the outside of most Golden Gai bars giving very little away, it’s nice to have something of an idea of where (and where not) to go.
2/11/2008 at 8:41 pm
Just walk in and find out. If everyone goes quiet or they say “members only” then find somewhere else. There are around 25o bars altogether so there are plenty that will give you a decent welcome. These days, the people most likely to be hostile to you are white foreigners horrified at the thought that you’ve cracked their inner sanctum. Not me, I hope. If it’s your first time in a bar, it’s usually best to go in before 11:00pm since some owners might worry you are a drunk stumbling around. It can get expensive bar-hopping if you hit too many places with 1,000 yen cover charges.
2/11/2008 at 11:45 pm
I absolutely love Golden Gai! Fab bars and interesting people.
8/7/2008 at 11:06 am
Now the door is changed. Please go inside and have a look.
by one of the staff in “Bar Garden”
8/7/2008 at 11:07 am
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