This classy Japanese tavern (it feels way too sophisticated to be termed an izakaya, even though the underlying ethos is really not so different) is not a place for carousing, drowning your sorrows or forgetting the woes of the world. Rather, it's one of those tasteful, understated places where good food, drink and atmosphere combine in a seamless, satisfying whole.
Namikibashi Nakamura: Celebrating spring with sake and seasonal fare
Name (J) 並木橋なかむら
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Confluence of good food, drink, design and ambience.
You will struggle if you don't speak/read Japanese.
Drinks Beer from ¥600; sours/highballs from ¥600; sake from ¥800; shōchū from ¥550/glass, from ¥3,800/bottle; whiskey from ¥850.
Number of seats 55 (including 23 at counter and 8 at a communal table).
Smoking Smoking permitted
Ibuse Shibuya 2F-B, 3-13-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Mon.-Fri. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. (last order 11:30 p.m.); Sat.-Sun. and holidays 6 p.m.-midnight (last order 10:30 p.m.).
Cash, Credit Card
Transport From the South Exit of Shibuya JR Station, cross the highway (Route 246), then walk along the left side of Meiji-dori. Just before the Namikibashi Crossing (the 2nd traffic lights), turn left up a side street. The steps to Nakamura are on the left at the back of the building.