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Where to Watch the Game: 4 Best Sports Bars in Shibuya Tokyo!

Where to Watch the Game: 4 Best Sports Bars in Shibuya Tokyo!

Date published: 9 July 2019

Rugby's popularity is picking up in Japan because of the national team's recent feats. If you, too, would like to see what the hype is all about, one of the best ways to enjoy a rugby match is to watch it live at the stadium itself, but there's also the option of cheering on your favorite teams at a sports bar with a beer in hand!

Here are our top picks for sports bars in Shibuya that will allow you to do just that. We've taken care to include something for everyone, from casual bars that welcome solo customers to bars with private rooms that can be reserved beforehand, so that you can find a suitable place that caters to your preferences!

1. It Balls -Shibuya Bar-: Constant stream of sports events on four monitors

1. It Balls -Shibuya Bar-: Constant stream of sports events on four monitors
The interior is decorated with all kinds of sports uniforms

This sports bar is extremely proud of their gourmet burger that tastes as good as it looks. It boasts an urban interior design and features four large-screen monitors that are always broadcasting one sports event or another, like soccer, baseball, and also rugby! The bar has taken special efforts to ensure all customers can get their sports viewing enjoyment wherever they may be seated. This is especially evident during important national matches, where you feel truly united with fellow fans in this most conducive environment.

Cheeseburger (1,280 yen, tax excluded)

The bar's signature dish is burgers, of which you'll find about 10 different types that will collectively appeal to all sorts of taste buds, like the "Avocado Burger (1,380 yen, tax excluded)" and "Fried Chicken Burger (1,180 yen, tax excluded)".

These gourmet burgers are prepared with carefully chosen ingredients and the shop's logo is branded onto the buns, making the entire platter visually unique and appealing. The burger patty is made using meat that has been minced in two different ways, giving it a juicy texture that reminds you of steak, yet is easy to chew.

If you're having a cheeseburger, note the lusciously thick cheddar cheese on the patty and how creamy it feels with every bite. By the way, you can get a refill of fries if you just ask. You'll never have to worry about leaving this bar on an empty stomach, that's for sure!

An impressive beer and alcoholic beverages menu

The bar offers two types of draft beer: Kirin Ichiban Shibori (600 yen, tax excluded) and Heineken (600 yen, tax excluded). If you prefer bottled beer, choose between Full Moon (700 yen, tax excluded), Hoegaarden (800 yen, tax excluded), or Weizen (800 yen, tax excluded). When night falls, a light food menu becomes available as well, so even if your stomach is at maximum capacity after one of their delicious burgers, feel free to get some finger food to go with your beer as you watch your favorite sports event being broadcast on the screens!

  • it balls -shibuya bar-
    it balls -shibuya bar-
    • Address Daiichi Yagi Bldg. 1F, 3-6-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0002
    • Nearest Station 3 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on the JR Lines, 3 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Line
    • Phone Number 03-6433-5557

    Hours: Mondays to Saturdays and public holiday eves 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m., drinks last order 10:30 p.m.); Sundays and public holidays 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m., drinks last order 10:30 p.m.)
    *Bar may stay opened longer during special matches
    Closed: Open daily

2. Lad's Garage Shibuya: Best-kept secret space of Shibuya Center-gai

Shibuya Center-gai is the central hub for Shibuya sightseeing, and this bar is located in a convenient spot opposite Center-gai's Udagawa Street. As the shop's name suggests, the building was originally a garage, but was later renovated and converted into the bar it is now. There is a total of more than 150 seats spread out across the premises aboveground and underground. Its narrow-looking entrance belies the large space within. It's so spacious, in fact, that even at full seating capacity there is much elbow room to go around, and this is one of the bar's major selling points.

The bar's prominent "Lad's" signboard along Udagawa Street

The concept behind this bar is "a place where all can interact regardless of race, culture, or age", and the striking interior design adequately reflects that ideal with a mish-mash of decors from different eras and cultures.

Besides the eight sets of big-screen monitors, a large projection screen is also set up during sporting events. Food meticulously prepared by hand is one of their menu highlights, including the 11 types of pizza baked in an authentic pizza oven, like all-time favorite "Margherita (900 yen, tax excluded)"! How about some "Mochiko Chicken (5580 yen, tax excluded)", a popular Hawaiian dish handmade with a special twist? There's also "Plain Spare Ribs (350 yen, tax excluded)", "Takoyaki (580 yen, tax excluded)", and plenty of other food that will be excellent compliments to an alcoholic beverage or two.

Don't forget about the "All-you-can-eat Popcorn (500 yen, tax excluded)" too - a staple snack for all screen-based entertainment!

The bar's impressive alcoholic beverages menu features more than 200 types of drinks for your choosing, including three types of draft beer that can be had from just half a pint (about 284 milliliters) per order for 440 yen excluding tax. Well-known beer brands from Germany, Belgium, the United States, Mexico, and all over the world are available as well. There is English text beside the Japanese text in the menu, so foreign visitors can definitely feel at ease ordering drinks here!

Complement your beer with some handmade "Mochiko Chicken"!
  • Lad’s GARAGE Shibuya
    貸切パーティー Lad’s GARAGE渋谷店
    • Address B1-KN Shibuya bill 13-11 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0042
    • Nearest Station 6 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on the JR Lines
    • Phone Number 050-3466-5130

    Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, Sundays 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. the next day (last order 1:30 a.m.); Fridays, Saturdays, public holiday eves 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. the next day (last order 4:30 a.m.)
    Closed: Open daily

3. Shibuya Failte: Additional screens are installed for major matches!

3. Shibuya Failte: Additional screens are installed for major matches!
Classic pub interior design

This Irish pub is located on the fifth floor of a building a stone's throw away from Shibuya Station. The monitors suspended from the ceiling are always broadcasting sporting events, and when there is a major event going on, additional large-screen monitors are brought in to hype the mood up even further.

The bar has six taps serving up keg beer from the Irish brands of Guinness, Kilkenny, the iconic British London Pride, Belgium's Vedett Extra White, and other seasonal guest beers. This selection of draft beer can be ordered from as little as half a pint (about 284 milliliters) for 600 yen including tax.

Their collection of Irish whiskeys, including the Jameson brand, is a sight to behold as well

Failte is well-known for its great food and authentic atmosphere. The "Spicy Roast Pork (900 yen, tax included)" is absolutely worth a try, although their pride and joy is the ever-popular "Fish and Chips (950 yen, tax included)". The fish batter makes use of white beer as a secret ingredient and is deep-fried to a perfect shade of brown, making it crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Another side dish to consider is the unique "Garlic Butter Fries".

The bar's most popular dish, "Fish and Chips" posing with a couple of Irish beer

Choose between counter seats, standing tables, and seated tables depending on the number of people in your group and what style of drinking you prefer. There are open-air outdoor balcony seats as well, if that's something that tickles your fancy, especially during warmer seasons where you can enjoy the special experience of making a toast with friends under the night sky.

  • Irish Pub & Restaurant Failte
    渋谷フォルチェ
    • Address Shibuya SEDE Bldg. 5F, 1-5-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0043
    • Nearest Station 2 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on the JR Lines, 2 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on the Keio Line
    • Phone Number 050-3468-2567

    Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 5:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. the next day (last order 11:00 p.m., drinks last order 1:30 a.m.); Sundays and public holidays 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m.)
    Closed: Open daily

4. Kitsune Shibuya: Chartered spaces and private rooms - highly recommended for couples too!

4. Kitsune Shibuya: Chartered spaces and private rooms - highly recommended for couples too!
Neo-futuristic 360° island-style bar counter

This is a huge party space that can take up to 300 people. Its symbolic 360° island-style bar counter sits tall in the center of the premises, asserting its presence and giving the entire space a glitzy veneer.

The massive 120 inch screen here transforms the area into a sporting venue during major events such as national team matches. This spot was truly designed for those who love feeling the energetic excitement of fellow fans while watching a match together.

"Salmon and Cream Cheese Sushi (700 yen, tax excluded)"

One of the secrets behind the place's unwavering popularity is their food. Offerings include items such as "Sushinu", a classic sushi that draws from the essence of French cuisine, as well as other modern and unique dishes.

More than 80 types of beer and spirits can be conveniently ordered as well. The highlight of their drink menu has got to be the bar's original Japanese sake cocktails, like "Japanese Mojito (700 yen, tax excluded)" that incorporate Japanese sake into the recipe, alongside Japanese ingredients like beefsteak plant leaves and wasabi.

Dessert has been designed by an in-house patissier to much positive reception, so if you have a sweet tooth, grab a dessert or two to chew on while watching your favorite sports event here. It'll double or even triple your enjoyment for sure!

Private room that seats up to 15

The bar also offers private rooms for groups with eight to 15 people (reservation required), in addition to rooms for couples. These spaces were built with privacy in mind and are ideal for a group of fans who want to bask in the warm afterglow of a heated match or talk excitedly about their favorite happenings without disturbing or being disturbed by onlookers.

  • KITSUNE Shibuya
    貸切×個室 KITSUNE 渋谷
    • Address B1-Chatelet Shibuya 2-20-13 Higashi Shibuya-ku Tokyo 151-0011
    • Nearest Station 7 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on the JR Lines, 5 minutes walk from Ebisu Station on the JR Lines
    • Phone Number 050-3476-9242

    Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, Sundays, and public holidays 6:00 p.m. – midnight (last order 11:00 p.m., drinks last order 11:30 p.m.); Fridays, Saturdays, public holiday eves 6:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. the next day (last order 4:00 a.m., drinks last order 4:30 a.m.)
    Closed: Open daily

Every time a major event takes place, Shibuya visibly becomes more charged up than usual, and that's saying something for this normally busy town!

When the Rugby World Cup rolls around in September, Shibuya will likely be in a fervent mood throughout its duration, so why not join in the fun and watch a match or two with everyone else? You'll have the time of your life and make your Japan trip a memorable one for years to come!

English translation by Huimin Pan

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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