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1. Foodiun Bar Issa, Shinjuku NS Building (一瑳 新宿NSビル店)
Only 8 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station West Exit, Foodium Bar is located on the 29th Floor of Shinjuku NS Building, where you can enjoy the night view of Shinjuku area. Offering special course for parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations, this bar is suitable for all, from one person, friends and a large group of people to share fun and memorable time. Reservations can be made online.
HP: www.d-issa.jp/index.php (Japanese Only)
Address:29th Floor, Shinjuku NS Bldg., 2-4-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Hokkaido, Shinjuku Island Tower (北海道 新宿アイランドタワー店)
This is a casual, Japanese-style bar (called Izakaya in Japanese) where you can enjoy both the fresh local food from Hokkaido area and the beautiful night view including the Tokyo Sky Tree. It is simply difficult to choose from the variety of local gourmet of Hokkaido region, such as its well-known crabs, shrimps, salmons, cheeses, meat and potatoes. Local Japanese alcohols (sake) from Hokkaido region are worth a try. Online reservation is available.
HP: www.hokkaido-aji.com/shop/shop245.html (Japanese Only)
Address:44th Floor, Shinjuku Island Tower, 6-5-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Unoya, Nishi-Shinjuku Nomura Building (卯乃家 西新宿野村ビル店)
Despite the amazing night view from the 49th Floor of a building and quality meals, Unoya is a reasonably priced bar that offers a variety of course menus and seating options. At a first glance, Unoya may look like a luxury Japanese restaurant, but it in fact offers a great night view and quality drinks and food at affordable prices. Online reservation is available.
HP: r.gnavi.co.jp/g068298/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 49th Floor, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg., 1-26-2, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. PEARL BAR
If you are looking for somewhere calm, relaxing and refined, PEARL BAR is the place to visit. Sitting in the seats of the candle-lit tables and bar counters, you can enjoy live Jazz performance (3 times a day) and the night view of Shinjuku. Our recommendation is the Western-style a la carte dishes which are available until 4 am as well as cocktails made with seasonal fruits. At PEARL BAR, you will find yourself relaxing as if the time had stopped.
HP: www.pearl-bar.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 4th Floor, Toshin Bldg., 3-21-7, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. HAGOROMO, Shinjuku Nomura Building (羽衣 新宿野村ビル店)
HAGOROMO has a chic and cozy atmosphere, and you will find yourself enjoying the Tokyo night view in relaxing sofa seats. All seats are sofa seating, and there are seats for couples and private compartments where you can spend a quality time with extra privacy and comfort. HAGOROMO offers a variety of drinks, and you can order a surprise birthday cake for anniversaries and birthday celebrations.
HP: hagoromo-shinjuku.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 49th Floor, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg., 1-26-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Dining Out 53 (ダイニングアウト５３)
Directly connected to the Shinjuku Station underground arcade, Dining Out 53 has an excellent, all-weather transportation access. With various seating arrangements that look over the Tokyo night view, Dining Out 53 is a perfect bar for all occasions. As well as its wines and various cocktails, Dining Out 53 is known for its delicious dishes made with seasonal food. Online reservation is available.
HP: www.newtokyo.co.jp/tempo/diningout/dining.htm (Japanese Only)
Address:53Rd Floor, Shinjuku Center Bldg., 1-25-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Godaigo, Shinjuku NS Building (ごだいご 新宿NSビル店)
Contrary to its fancy look that resembles a sky lounge, Godaigo is a casual dining bar where you can enjoy Yakitori, Kyoto-style Oden and Japanese creative cuisine. We recommend Godaigo if you are looking for a casual and comforting dining bar with a stunning night view of Tokyo. Online reservation is available.
HP: godaigo-shinjuku-ns.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 29th Floor, Shinjuku NS Bldg., 2-4-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
8. Dining Bar Meets
If you would like to enjoy a night out at a more relaxed, lighthearted bar, not those in restaurants or hotels, we recommend Dining Bar Meets, which is also a sports bar. Dining Bar Meets has a welcoming atmosphere, so you can casually stop by on your own and of course with your friends and/or family. Dining Bar Meets has an incredible list of drinks you can order, and the food menu includes a light snack to fulfilling meals. Online reservation is available.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13159672/ (Japanese Only)
Address:9th Floor, ks Bldg, 3-23-11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
At the warm and cozy BarN, you will forget how busy Shinjuku is. Having just 12 seats including the bar counter and tables, BarN is a small and snug bar. It is popular for authentic drinks made with care. If you would like to spend a quality and relaxing time on your own or a few friends, BarN is an excellent choice.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13104514/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 6th Floor, Shinjuku Korune Sakazume Bldg., 3-28-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
10. Bellovisto, Cerulean Tower Hotel (ベロビスト セルリアンタワー東急ホテル40F)
Located on the 40th Floor of Cerulean Tower Hotel with 95 seats, Bellovisto offers a spectacular view of Tokyo that looks over Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku sub-center of Tokyo, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji. The combination of Bellovisto’s fantastic view, more than 200 wines and elegant dishes will guarantee the best night out in Tokyo.
HP: www.ceruleantower-hotel.com/restaurant/bellovisto/ (Japanese Only)
Address:40th Floor, Cerulean Tower Hotel, 26-1, Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(Thumbnail image: Norio NAKAYAMA / Flickr)