Silk Hat Game Center
In Japan Game Centers (ゲームセンター), sometimes shortened to “Geh-sen,” are a major draw fro the under 20 crowd, who are too young for pachinko. The Geh-sen feature a variety of video games, claw games (UFO Catcher), photo booths, taiko drums, and sometimes horse racing games and pachinko.
We really like to stop by the game centers after a night on the town to try our skill at the claw games. It's always fun to bring home a Japanese cartoon character as a conversation piece.
Silk Hat is located immediately outside the north entrance to Hachioji Station on the third floor above Pia Pachinko.
The Gulliver Pub - Hachioji, Tokyo
The Gulliver Pub is a Western-style bar in the fun town of Hachioji, in the far west of Tokyo. The bar is clean and has a traditional European pub atmosphere. We sat at the bar, next to the unique saxophone beer tap, and we enjoyed a few pints of beer while we relaxed.
They offer a good selection of bottled and draft European beer, most around 700 to 900 Yen. They also have some basic food options like fish and chips (850 Yen), pizzas (around 1100 Yen), and even steaks (1700 Yen). This is a very relaxing spot to grab a beer, even if it's a bit on the expensive side.
The Gulliver Group owns the Gulliver Pub as well as six other establishments in Hachioji. I have visited Sherlock Holmes Pub, and Live Bar True is right next door to Gulliver. Their other businesses are Zero bar and lounge, Piemonte Trattoria and Pizzeria, Hana Japanese restaurant, and the Rose Bar.
The Galway Irish Pub - Hachioji
The Galway Irish Pub is one of four or five nice Western-style pubs in the western Tokyo city of Hachioji (the other nice pubs I have visited are The Hub, Gulliver, and Sherlock Holmes). This bar is located in the 6th floor of a building just a few blocks from the Hachioji Station. The space is rather large inside, with a small bar, but many tables on either side of the bar.
Galway Pub sells a variety of beer and basic foods. Their beers include Irish staples like Guinness and Kilkenny (900 Yen a pint) as well as Japanese beers like Heartland and Asahi for 500 to 600 Yen a pint). They also offer a few simple entrees like sandwiches (800 Yen), salads (500 to 700 Yen), fish and chips (500 to 600 Yen), and pizza (500 to 700 Yen).
Hachioji is located about an hour from Shinjuku on the Chuo Line. The bar is on the north side of the station, to the left.
Sherlock Holmes English Pub, Hachioji Station
Sherlock Holmes is a new English pub with a traditional feel, located just a few dozen meters from the north entrance to Hachioji Station. This was recently opened by the same owners of the well established, nearby Gulliver's Pub.
We stopped in one night and sat at the bar, where we enjoyed watching 1980s and 90s music videos and watching the variety of customers. We drank a few pints of Kilkenny (980 Yen) and Heartland (680 Yen), and we tried an order of calamari for about 800 Yen. The beer was good, but the calamari was just OK.
While we relaxed, we watched a Japanese girl at the bar, who acted confused by the alcohol selection. First, she looked over the whiskey selection before settling on an Irish whiskey, and wincing after each sip. Then she had a Long Island Iced Tea, followed by a martini of some kind or another. She acted like she never drank, but she put these three drinks away in about 30 or 45 minutes with no ill affects.
How do you say Sherlock Holmes in Japanese? How about "Syahrokku Hohmuzu?"
Apple Martini Bar - Hachioji Station
Apple Martini is a great little Korean-owned bar in downtown Hachioji three streets west of Hachioji Station's North Entrance. This can be a fun spot late in the evening, as it is full of a mix of Japanese and Westerners, enjoying good food and drinks. They play a variety of Western music, and the food is a mix of various Asian dishes and American bar food, offering even simple things like kimchi.
We stopped here on Saturday night, and it was very quiet, but we've heard it can be a lot of fun late in the evening. The bartenders often entertain guests with flaming drinks and twirling bottle like in the old 80s movie, Cocktail.
Here is a video someone else posted about Apple Martini a few years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJDFqZyt-TA&feature=player_embedded
The Hub Pub - Hachioji Station
The Hub is a chain of British pubs in Japan with about 25 Tokyo locations, 5 more throughout the broader Kanto Plains area, and 6 other locations in Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya. I have visited a number of Hub locations in the Tokyo area including Ikebukuro and Roppongi.
I recently visited the hub location in Hachioji. This Hub, located less than 100 meters from the station, is one of the nicer locations I have visited. This Hub is located in the basement of the street that runs at an angle to the northwest of the Hachioji Station. I had a one pint Hub Ale for 860 Yen and fried scallops with balsamic "sause" for 460 Yen. The beer is one of the better Japanese brews, and the scallops were tasty, but served in a very small portion.
Japanese Restaurant: Have some sake!
There must be 1000 of restaurants in Hachioji. Some a very good some only good. This is one of the bigger ones. Here people not only come to eat but also to drink :)
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