Location: Omoide Yokocho, Nishi-Shinjuku, Kabuki-cho, Tokyo
Nearest Train Station: Shinjuku (JR Yamanote Line, Marunouchi, Oedo, Shinjuku Lines)
Opening Hours: 5pm – 2am Daily
Telephone Number: 03 3342 5758
Official Website: www.baralbatross.com
A trip to Omoide Yokocho would be incomplete without having Shochu, Sake or Umeshu. But with so many bars lined up at Memory Lane, which bar would you choose to go on a bender night? Enter Bar Albatross where the man Anthony Bourdain had drinks when visited in Tokyo. Yes, THE Anthony Bourdain.
Bar Albatross has easily the most attractive interiors with eccentric chandeliers in an extremely small space. There’s also a branch at Golden Gai that opens at 10pm and also another that is a restaurant where you can have more than just drinks.
There’s a wide selection of drinks to choose from at Bar Albatross, and the sake is priced at 800yen. Nearly every bar along Omoide Yokocho sells their sake at this price. If you ask them if it’s a bottle of sake, they will say yes. But frankly, it’s just a shot glass.
While it’s expensive to grab a drink in Tokyo for the lot of us, you’ll get no less than the best drinking crowd, with bartenders ready to hear about your problems in life. That’s the contract. And the best part? What happens in Omoide Yokocho, stays in Omoide Yokocho. Bartenders are the ideal wallflowers and you’ve got yourself an instant friend.
You can grab a seat upstairs, and you’ll have to get your drink that’s passed from the bar on the first floor. The second floor gives you the view of perhaps what Tokyo is on the dangerous side amidst Shinjuku’s neon lights.
Yebisu beer is priced at 1200 yen at Albatross. 300yen is charged to your bill for snacks that you can buy in Don Quijote for a whole pack of munchies. It’s a tourist’s den for every bit of yen to go down the sink, but you’re already in Tokyo. Bar Albatross is definitely one of a kind.
Bar Albatross Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 4 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 4 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 3 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 4.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.9 / 5)|