Beat Cafe

Beat Cafe is one of the best-known bars in Shibuya, thanks to it’s handy location at the end of the busy Center-Gai shopping street. It’s one of my fave hang-outs in the area, especially on week-nights, thanks its laid-back vibe, with dimmed lights, comfy chairs, friendly regulars, and tons of rock and pop music from the last 50 years. Usually manning the bar is the amiable Kato man, who is happy to chat until the early hours.
They’re always showing 80s VH1 videos on the big TV, while blasting out different music on the stereo, creating such illusions as Duran Duran perforing heavy metal. Occasionally, stray musicians from visiting bands pass through, leaving their scrawls on the walls.
Recently the Beat Cafe guys have also opened Echo, a larger room for band and DJ events, on the second floor of the same building. It’s decadently decorated like a seedy den from a 70’s film like Clockwork Orange or Jubilee. There’s more room for dancing in Echo, and it’s usually worth checking out depending on the night (although it could be something like German reggae night or a Peruvian polka party.) You can flitter between the two bars, with Beat Cafe making an excellent chill-out room.

Beat Cafe
33-13-3, Udagawa-Cho, Shibuya
Tel: 090-9334-4342
URL: Beat Cafe
Open from 7pm-5am daily.

So, to get there, simply come out of the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station, cross the famous crossing (if you can squeeze past the several thousand trendy western photographers, angling their cameras so as not to get other trendy western photographers in their shots) walk down Center Gai (the shopping narrow street) and its near the end, on the left, on the third floor. Look for the sign that looks like an early 80’s two-tone album cover.

7 Responses to Beat Cafe

  1. Locohama says:

    Sounds great! Might have to check it, the shibuya CBGB (-: Peruvian polka party LOL

  2. roaf says:

    Yeah, you should stop by there!

  3. trashtastika says:

    I somehow missed this bar on my visits. Actually, I’ve only really been to Garageland and Bar Piano in Shibuya. Sounds awesome!

  4. sar says:

    the owner used to work at garageland, i heard garageland has been turned into a parking lot … how sad 😦

  5. roaf says:

    Yeah, but Garageland re-opened around the corner, so it’s not all bad!

  6. Are we talking a real pub here or some nasty tricky Japanese place where they charge you 1000 yen just to sit down?

  7. john says:

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