Hidden among the tall buildings of Shinjuku, are narrow alleys where tiny but eclectic bars have long been part of Tokyo's nightlife. It is one of those pockets of the megapolis where artistic space heightens the pleasure of drinking I guess. As inviting as the doors appear, there is a certain element of snobbery I suppose, what with the expensive cover charge that will sting you and a sense of intimidating exclusivity as most bars can only accommodate very few regular patrons. But certainly, exploring this old neighborhood (dating as far back as the second world war) was a uniquely transporting experience, despite. In the end though, there's one victor, Bar Champion, no tax, no charge, haha.
Of course one can always choose to navigate the streets with a drink on hand from the countless vending machines all over the city.
The area is called Golden Gai by the way.