studebaker's Reviews ( Shibuya )

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  • Sonoma (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/10
  • This place has some pretty good California fusion type food, a decent wine menu and friendly service. It would be a pretty good place to have a small dinner party (of six or so people). It's a good place to meet friends for a bite to eat after work, and if you feel like staying out, you can always head upstairs to Ruby Room for some music and more drinks.
  • Tasuichi Shibuya (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/10
  • This place has cheap drinks and cheap food and is conveniently located in the center of Shibuya. Thus many foreign people congregate there to plan their evenings at other places, or go for a few drinks before the last train home. I have no complaints about this bar. Service is fast and fair, and if you know a lot of alcoholics in Shibuya, you might just run into one of your friends here. If it is full, there are plenty of other bars in the immediate vicinity.
  • Red Bar (Chandelier): Shibuya (Bars / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/10
  • The two times I went to this place, it was nearly too crowded to even get in the door, let alone get a drink, which took about ten minutes. The decor is unique and interesting, but I found the clientele to be a bit of the 'i'm part of the in crowd and am not interested in talking to strangers' group. I'm not sure why I went to the place twice.
  • Nonbei Yokocho: Shibuya (Landmarks & Historical Places / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/09
  • From Hachiko, cross the scramble to the north (parallel to the yamanote line tracks) and turn right. After going under the tracks and passing the pepper lunch, turn left. The street is really quite unlike anything else in Shibuya, with stacks of tiny bars in two story buildings. Some of the bars are so small they could only seat 4 people. The one I visited, was the third space for a crew of rock climbers. These bars all share the same outdoor toilets and work together to decorate their street during festivals. There is also a pretty good cold ramen noodle place in the B1 close to the main street.
  • Bunkamura (Concert Venues / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/28
  • Bunkamura usually has some kind of interesting art exhibition going on, one of the times I went, it was a Russian Constructivist Painter show, which was interesting. Due to the gallery space's somewhat limited size, they don't get A-list Art Exhibitions, which are usually found in Ueno, but they do get their fair share of quality works.
    The shopping area of Bunkamura is very different from the rest of Shibuya, offering expensive brand name goods and other expensive stuff. Expensive is the keyword here. Bunka by the way, means culture, so this is the cultural village of Shibuya.
  • La Michelle (Love Hotels / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/28
  • I went here recently to check out another Love Hotel. It was pretty much the same as most other hotels in the area, except it has an even cheezier name (with the potential exception of hotel princess.) I had a discussion recently about how I rate love hotels based nearly entirely on the amenities inside the room. What else can I rate the experience on? How the sex was? Anyways, the room was clean, there was a big TV, and a big comfy bed. It was a nice rendez-vous.
  • Hotel Princess (Love Hotels / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/18
  • Hotel Princess has two entrances from separate streets, leading into a hotel that is in need of renovation. If you are looking for the experience of a swanky or fun love hotel, this is not it. It was one of the only hotels that wasn't full or over the budget range for the evening (10,000). I'd say that unless you can't avoid it, hotel Princess isn't going to give you the royal treatment you deserve.
  • Beacon (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This is a good place to have a party, but isn't that great for a couple in my opinion. The locally brewed beer is a nice touch and adds a unique and intoxicating feeling to the overall ambiance of the place. It's a bit of a trek from the station, but is worth it overall.
  • Legato (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Good wine selection, good food, foreign waiters and from time to time the place is open until dawn for dancing and drinks. The open plan is not as comfortable as some dining places, but there are secluded dining spots if you have a larger group or make a reservation.
    This place has a great view if you are seated near the bar, but most of the tables in the 'sunken' area have no view except for the other foreigners eating.
  • TGI FRIDAY'S: Shibuya (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Lunch is the time to enjoy TGIFridays. Their 1000 yen lunches are big and filling. I usually order the Friday's burger, which reminds me of the old days of big burgers with all the fixings. Free refills and the wait staff have excellent pieces of flair all over their suspenders.
    The other TGIFridays in Roppongi is pretty much the same as this one.
  • Starbucks: Shibuya (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • If you can get a seat at the window, this is a good place to watch the intersection in shibuya. If you try to video out the window, staff will ask you to stop. The coffee here is just like any other Starbucks around the world. Get your Grande Mocha Frapa Java chiatto and head upstairs. IF there is a seat with a view, consider yourself lucky. If not, wander the Tsutaya it is connected to and check out obscure or mainstream music.
  • Loft: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Loft is a good place to buy anything you need for your home with a designer's touch. The stationery and stickers and cards section is a good place to get small gifts for friends and family. The place has so much interesting and clever stuff that I actually haven't seen everything (yet) and I've been twice!
  • Tokyu Hands: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Tokyu Hands has everything I've ever needed for any of the creative projects i've ever done in Tokyo. Other than being more expensive than the giant Home centers in the suburbs, this place can't be beat. If you are interested in painting, paper, leather, metalwork, glass blowing or even fibreglass, this place can supply everything you need. In addition to being really great for creative people, it also supplies camping goods, travel goods, and various home accessories and furniture. The touristy good section is great for travelers to find unique and fun souvenirs for the friends and family back home.
  • Condomania: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This is more of a novelty shop to look around in than a place to buy condoms. Compared with Donki Hote or the local pharmacy, the condoms here are expensive. The high visibility of the shop both in Shibuya and Omotesando helps increase awareness of condom use and the prevention of STDs and pregnancy.
  • Saizeriya (Family Restaurant / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • The food is cheap and due to a recent issue with melamine being found in their pizza dough, I know that I'll never be going back. Sure the food is edible and cheap, but what is the real cost?
  • Lock up: Shibuya (Izakaya / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This place was ok. It was really busy when we arrived, and the floor seating with minimal cushions and leg space made me feel like I was actually in jail. The place is dark and a bit of a maze: finding the toilets while intoxicated might prove to be a bit of a challenge.
  • Zest Cantina: Shibuya (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • The servings are decently sized for Tokyo, the waiters have flair and the place gets pretty busy. I've been to the Zest restaurants in Ebisu, Shibuya and Roppongi, and the one in Ebisu seems to be the best. I'd recommend going there in the summer for the roof top outdoor dining experience. Order wings, and they'll come shake them in sauce right at your table!
  • Hotel Cassandra (Love Hotels / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Another pretty standard love hotel. The room I stayed in was a bit like a traditional Japanese Inn, with tatami on the floor and sliding paper screen doors. It felt like it was in need of renovations because the wallpaper was yellowing and there were dents and scratches in the wood features. (Visited in 2006) The bed was clean and comfortable however.
  • Adult Information Center : Dogenzaka (Adult Info Centers / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Unless you are Japanese, these places won't welcome you in. Don't even bother trying to go in. The numerous ladies of the evening in Shibuya are not for foreigners to tamper with. The ladies for foreigners are available in Roppongi.
  • Adult Information Center : Dogenzaka 2 (Adult Info Centers / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Unless you are Japanese, these places won't welcome you in. Don't even bother trying to go in. The numerous ladies of the evening in Shibuya are not for foreigners to tamper with. The ladies for foreigners are available in Roppongi.
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