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Sober at bar street

2014.09.16
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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.
5 Comments
angil Very interesting place. You say you are sober but judging by some blurred pictures I'm not so sure. :-))))
angil · 2014-09-17: 06:52
stormfish "pockets of the megapolis where artistic space heightens the pleasure of drinking I guess" - that's about as artistic as possible to describe a hangover... ;-)

would love to explore these lanes and bars. tokyo high up on my bucket list.. and no objection against landing in the bar champion at the end! ;-)
stormfish · 2014-09-17: 08:39
GoBlues A very "cool" set!!! Love all of your great captures and finds :)
GoBlues · 2014-09-17: 10:28
JustmeG Very interesting indeed...some of those places look more friendlier than others...but at some point, I'm sure you'll want to check out some of them? cool shots and thanks for sharing :)
JustmeG · 2014-09-17: 23:06
Francesc21 Interesting set
Francesc21 · 2014-09-21: 03:46
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