Scratch

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Marco Polo Bldg 2F, 1-8-14 Hon-Chi, Kichijoji
Nishishinjuku 2 Chome 8-1 Shinjuku-ku Tōkyō-to JP

Scratch is a quiet cafe/bar that’s been in heart of Kichijoji since 1974. They open during the day for cafe time and have an extensive food and drink menu with over 100 cocktails, many of them with jazz related names like the “Bill Evans Waltz for Debby”, a strawberry and walnut cream daiquiri looking thing.

The vibe is mellow and dark, with the huge main window looking out across at John Henry’s bar across the alley separating Scratch’s building and the huge LOFT department store building. Along one wall of the room are a whole bunch of album covers , anything from Miles to Mingus, but most of the music they play is on the “cool” side…last time I was there Julie London and Sarah Vaughn albums were playing, very mellow but nice.

Scratch is a good place for some solo jazz cafe/bar time, just you, a book and some tunes. Scratch also wins points for having the greatest bar slogan of all time: “Coffee & Bourbon, Music Now, You meet the nice people in Scratch”. See more pics of Scratch over at Tokyo Jazz Joints. Not recommended if you have an aversion to cigarette smoke.

Size
11-20
Food
Yes
Directions

Station: Kichijoji – JR Chuo, Keio Inokashira Line

Exit: North

Distance from station: 3 minutes

Date published
12/13/2010 Updated NOV 2016
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