More Yokohama Bars

And now, for the benefit of anyone who might be planning a visit, is another list of various western-style bars in Yokohama city.

PLAYERS BAR

This quirky bar is decorated from floor to ceiling with retro record sleeves, has glass cases full old toys and vintage Americana, and shows 80s music videos on a big screen. As a tasteless nostalgia-addict, it’s just my scene!
The food is terrible and the drinks are overpriced but, mysteriously, there are always many more women than men in this place, which is a very attractive selling point.
Players Bar
TEl:045-323-6866

THE FULL MONTY

A friendly British pub, which was recently relocated from an obscure suburb in the outskirts of Yokohama to the much more central Kannai district, The Full Monty has lots of imported ales and stouts on tap, as well as commendably large and authentic fish n’ chips and meat pies. The landlord is similarly authentic- a large, rosy-faced, bald, football-fanatic.
Despite the name of the place, there are (mercifully) no male strippers in attendance.
Full Monty British Pub, Tonnan Bldg 2Fl, 1-4-2Tokiwachou, Naka-ku,Yokohama-Shi
Tel: 045-212-2974

THE GREEN SHEEP

The Green Sheep is an Irish pub, conveniently close to West exit of Yokohama station (and directly next to the cheesy 80s soul club, Bar Luther, where you can go dancing afterwards.)
As the surreal and cute name of the place suggests, The Green Sheep is run by Japanese folks rather than actual Irish people so, while the menu and atmosphere aren’t very authentic, it has a pleasantly off-kilter, Japanized vibe. They serve the delicious “Yona Yona Ale,” and have live music events.
The Green Sheep
The Green Sheep, 1F, 2-10-13 Minami-saiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0005
Tel: 045-321-0950

THE LAST WALTZ

A poky little bar located down an obscure side street near Yokohama station, The Last Waltz is themed around Country Rock Bands like The Band and The Eagles. This kind of music is fine accompaniment to a few slightly pricey drinks (and some tasty fish and chips). It’s worth popping in here for a change of scenery once in a while, but you might get economy-class-syndrome from being cramped against the bar if you stay too long.
Last Waltz
TEL:045-441-5388

THRASH ZONE

For a thrash-metal-themed watering-hole, this joint is far more sophisticated than you might expect. I mean, check out the tasteful picture above! Even though they blast out heavy-metal tunes by the likes of Slayer, Pantera and Sepultura, the decor in Thrash Zone is subtle and the barman is very up-beat and welcoming. A weirdly incongruous blend of two worlds, (which is something I always enjoy). More importantly, Thrash Zone has several rare and scrumptious local micro-brewery beers on tap! It’s probably the best destination in Yokohama for beer-fans, even if you don’t like thrash-metal.
Thrash Zone
Paseri Bldg 2F, Tsuruyacho 2-19-8, Yokohama
Tel: 045-514-9947.

THE TAVERN

The best-known British pub in the area, this underground boozer shows live sport, and has a happy hour every weekday- all-you-can-drink Australian beer and selected cocktails from 6 to 8PM for 1900 yen. They also do an excellent traditional carvery on Sunday lunchtimes- all-you-can-eat roast beef and lamb for 1500 yen. Yum yum! A fine destination for gluttons. The Tavern also has carpets, barstools and wallpaper straight out of Coronation Street, and a middle-aged purveyor of appalling puns behind the bar.
The Tavern B1 Nishiguchi Meiwa Bldg, 2-14 Minami Saiwai Cho, Nishi Ku, Yokohama.
Tel. 045-322-9727

STOVES

A perennial favourite for ex-pats and tourists, Stoves, not far from the West exit of Yokohama station, serves up burgers and tex-mex food, and has a lively, party-time atmosphere. I generally only go there if I’m in the mood for some daytime drinking, because they have half-price drinks from 12 until 5PM every day. Nice!
Stoves
Tel:045-312-2278

PARTY ANIMALS

Located directly above the unique Characters Bar (a delightfully weird flea-market/bar I frequent), Party Animals is worth popping into if you’re in the area. Contrary to the bar’s name, the atmosphere inside is relatively subdued- you wont be forced to wear a toga and pour beer over your head while screeching “party on, duderino!” shortly before perpetrating a panty-raid, smoking super-skunk, and super-glueing a naked nerd to a comatose donkey… Unfortunately.
They have got a dart board though. And alcoholic beverages.
Party Animals
Kikuya Bldg, 2F, 1-19 Ishikawachyo, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 〒231-0868
Tel: 045-664-3434

You can read about some fun and bizarre novelty bars in Yokohama here.

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34 Responses to More Yokohama Bars

  1. Chris B says:

    Stoves looks good!!
    I need to move.
    I have been banned from most of the bars around here 😦

  2. roaf says:

    Haha! Whereabouts are you then?

    You’d have to be a serial killer to get banned from Stoves. They’ve seen it all there!

  3. Woeful says:

    Roaf you should get together with Derek.

  4. roaf says:

    Ah, a fellow Japan blogger. There are quite a few of us these days!

  5. dragonlife says:

    Thanks for the survey, Roaf!
    Always appreciated!

  6. roaf says:

    The pleasure is all mine!

  7. Jeff says:

    Are any of these bars frequented by single japanese females or are they mostly for expats and gaijin?

  8. roaf says:

    Usually both.
    If it’s single Japanese females you’re after I highly recommend “Players”. It’s full of them, and there are never any other gaijin in there! (However, the food and drinks are pricey.)

  9. D says:

    I know this is year and a half old and just wondering if it is still the same at these places. Going to be in japan in a couple of weeks and trying to find a couple places to hang at in Yokohama. Been to Stoves years ago and it was alright. Any advice is great. Especially what is decent (or just open) during the week days.

  10. roaf says:

    These places are all still open as far as I know.
    There’s a new place called the Hub in the centre of Yokohama, which is a British-style pub, with a cheap happy hour on weekdays, 5-7.

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  19. Chris says:

    5-7-9 is fun. Its on Nihonodori on the edge of Chinatown.

    Bar Why Not? is where I end up 50% of the time. Its in Motomachi right in the middle of the shopping street and half a block back.

    Then there is Benny’s Place where I go for darts and post Baystar loss drinking. If you’re there for the game and they win you get a free drink.

    Anyway, just thought I’d represent for the east side. 🙂

  20. Michael says:

    My trip last November to “players” showed the orientation had changed quite a bit so to speak

    BTW ill be in Yokohama next Tuesday!
    Michael

  21. Brian Howard says:

    I lived in Yokohama for 4 years, and I still miss eating at Stoves. Their teriyaki chicken burger is easily the best chicken sandwich I have ever eaten, and I HIGHLY recommend the “Berry Berry Cooler” alcoholic beverage. If anyone has a chance to go to Stoves, DO IT!

  22. Yondale says:

    Yokohama is SOOOOO much better than Boring Sasebo and Fukuoka. I think that I’ll be Bar Hopping as much as I can up here. PLAYERS….here I come!

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