Vagabond

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Nishi-shinjuku 1-4-20, Shinjuku-Ku
Nishishinjuku 1 Chome 4-20 Shinjuku-ku Tōkyō-to JP

The Vagabond is a classic joint right next to the West Exit of Shinjuku station. I think the review from the Japan Times in 2002 pretty much says it all. Have a drink downstairs to start, then head up for some food when the live music starts. Lots of good pictures on the website.

Size
31-40
Food
Yes
Directions

Station: Shinjuku-JR (many) /Marunouchi/Oedo/Keio/Odakyu Lines

Exit: West Exit

Distance from station: 2 minutes

Very easy to find from Shinjuku station West Exit.

Date published
05/23/2011
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