Shimokitazawa, Great Bars in Japan
Funky Japanese Bars to Enjoy a Drink
Shimokitazawa is my favorite "shitamachi" (downtown or local) area in Tokyo. It is only about 10 minutes on the Keio Inokashira line from Shibuya and is a popular hangout spot, especially among the youth. There are numerous chic and funky bars and restaurants in the area and has a nice ambience till late in the night. However, its not as lively as Roppongi or Shibuya and is a little out of the way, which is what makes the area a "shitamachi"area.
In Shimokitazawa, there is even a small hippy themed Hookah bar. The atmosphere of the whole town is unique from other parts of Tokyo and a short trip at night is highly recommended!