Start from Ikebukuro Station West Exit.
This area is well known as a busy nightlife district with so many restaurants and bars, therefore every place tries hard to attract more customers. Among such area is ‘Chidori’, a legendary local bar which opened in 1949. By the way, Ikebukuro Station is one of the busiest commuter hubs in Tokyo,such as, JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, JR Syonan Shinjuku Line, JR Tohoku Honsen, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M25), Yurakucho Line (Y09), and Fukutoshin Line (F09).
An Old Local ‘Yakiton’ (Grilled Pork) Bar Called ‘Chidori’.
I duck under the curtain called ‘Noren’, and what comes into sight are a beautiful unfinished wooden counter and a huge hot pot of beef and tofu. Wow! This makes me so excited! But you might get a little shocked to see that unique sight if it’s your first visit.
‘Noren’ curtain, a mark of this place.
Let’s start off with a bottled beer. Cheers!
I order a serving of ‘Gyuniku Dofu’, their specialty. The well-simmered beef, tofu and leek are so hot! Since it’s beef (not pork), it doesn’t taste greasy at all. Serving food from the pot seems such a difficult work to me, but the owner does it just perfectly. Amazing!
Their ‘Uzura’ (spit-roasted quail eggs) tastes really good! The texture of the eggs is simply irresistible when bitten.
Then Head to ‘CAMDEN’, a Popular Beer Bar near Ikebukuro Station East Exit.
They have a wide selection of beer mainly from the U.S. and the U.K. (6 kinds for barreled draft beer, and more than 50 for bottled beer.) So you can get whatever flavor you would like, from something bitter to fruity. OK. I’ll end today’s barhopping here. Tonight I've enjoyed the taste of Ikebukuro's old and new.
The interior is neat and stylish. This place is bustling with young customers such as office workers, couples, and college students drinking beer and studying.
Every staff is well-informed about beer. So if you can’t choose which one to order, just tell them what taste you are after. They can help you find your favorite beer!
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