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So I bought my ticket to go to Tokyo next month, and though I'll probably be spending most of my free time playing mahjong with my relatives, there will definitely be times that I want to get away from them for a while. Can anybody recommend some laid-back bars that I can go to by myself without the music stopping and everyone turning their heads to stare at the gaijin the second I walk through the door?

For reference my favorite bar so far is Propaganda in Roppongi because it's a small chill place where it's always the same friendly bartenders interacting with the regulars, but everything else seems to be a large club scene or an izakaya. Is my only hope finding the occasional Irish pub? Oh, and I'll mostly be staying in the Jiyugaoka area, so thinking anything along the lines of Meguro, Shibuya, and Shinjyuku would be fairly close.





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Hm... I should know more about the Meguro area, considering how much time I've spent there, but every time I've been to a bar there, someone took me there and I never pay attention on where the place is haha

But, if you're in Meguro, I highly recommend getting some tonkatsu at Tonki. Some great, great tonkatsu there. It's not a bar, sure, but I figured it would still be good advice <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
Wow, maeku, didn't know you cared that much... But it's not like I'm going to Greece or anything - no one that I've talked to regularly on here lives in Tokyo that I know of. And yes, what other people see as just playing mahjong, my relatives see as family bonding time. I said before the Japanese side of my family was big on drinking, smoking, and gambling, so just combine all that while sitting at a table playing mahjong for 10 hours straight and that's a quality family reunion. So I think that answers your first 3 questions, and no comment on the 4th... (smile)

And hapacheese, thanks for your good tonkatsu recommendation, I'll try to make it out to Tonki. Who knows, I may find a nice little dive bar as I'm looking for Tonki, it's the exploration that I enjoy anyways. So I take it that you're not heading out to TGS for work this year?
Actually, I am <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> I totally didn't make that connection when you said you were going to Tokyo haha

There aren't many Halvsies left in Tokyo, but maybe we can arrange a meet up? Number9 knows some decent bars - where are you going to be staying?
I'm going to be with my folks in Jiyugaoka most of the time, but will be staying in a hotel in Roppongi the nights of the show since industry people tend to congregate there, plus it's closer to Makuhari than Jiyugaoka. How come you've spent so much time in Meguro, you have relatives there? Hop, skip and a jump away from Jiyugaoka, I was totally serious about trying to find your Tonki place.
My aunt lives in Meguro and I used to spend my childhood summers there. Been going to Tonki all my life, pretty much <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> I'm going to be staying in Shibuya, but I'll be visiting relatives as well. Once I have a more concrete schedule, let's arrange a meet up!
Cool, let me know once you get your schedule worked out. I'm going to the pre-TGS party that Tuesday night, so if you're not going already but want to then let me know as I know the organizer of the event. Think it was held at Daikanyama last year, so should be really close to Meguro once again.
I just got back from okinawa.

There was a big hapa japan gathering in ebisu on saturday.

And there will be a small gathering of some halvsie/hapa people at kichijoji aladdin (a shisha bar in harmonica yokocho) where a currently dormant halvsie member works, this upcoming friday.

Not sure if I'll make that, got some other invitations for that night too.

First need to stop procrastinating so that i can finish my sidejob project tomorrow.
oh yeah, the foreign game industry types meet up every thursday in nakameguro, but you probably already are a part of that.
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oh yeah, the foreign game industry types meet up every thursday in nakameguro, but you probably already are a part of that.


I actually made it out to this weekly Thursday event in Nakameguro while I was out there for Christmas break. How did you know about it, are you in the video game industry too?

Other than that whenever I needed a break away from the family I would just go strolling and look for little dive bars here and there. Found a small place close to the Jiyugaoka station that surprising stocked around 1,000 varieties of scotch. I used to think I knew quite a bit about scotch since that's my favorite liquor, but was quickly put to shame when I asked what the bartender recommends and he whipped out a map of Scotland and asked what area I like the water from best.
Nah, but I have friends in the industry. I was not geek enough when I went to that nomikai <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />

Haha, yeah, stay away...stay far away. The nature of working in this industry - not only are all the discussions completely geeked out, but there's not a girl in sight anywhere.