Baird Beer Taproom is a great spot in Harajuku to grab a beer. A short walk from Harajuku Station, it is located off the popular Takeshita Street where you can also find unique shops and giant cotton candy. This Japanese style pub has a a large selection of beers on tap and a food menu as well. We tried a sampler of beers and only had the pickled vegetables since we were heading to dinner at Smokehouse after. You can sample 3 beers for Y1100. They have 12 beers that are available year round and a seasonal beer menu. We enjoyed all the beers we tried. The bar is small with some seating on either side. We arrived around 3:30pm on a Saturday and had no problem getting a spot by the bar. The place was full by 5:00pm when we left so arrive early if you plan to go on the weekend.
Need a meeting spot in Tokyo or just a place to grab a drink and a snack? Commune 2nd is an open air “restaurant” surrounded by beer and food trucks. You can walk in and grab a seat at one of the long tables or on a small bench with table for 2. It was a rainy night when my husband and I checked it out so we sat in the tent area under cover. We only tried some Gyoza but there were many other food options including ribbon fries. There were more seating options outside so I’d definitely go back on a nicer night. The night we went they also had a DJ, a wine tasting vendor, and an artist painting foxes on a large canvas. Visit their facebook page to see what is coming up as far as events. If you plan to go, go early, as they close at 10:00 pm. Take the train to Ometesando Station, take the A3 exit and its about a 10 minute walk from there to Commune 2nd. It was only a 15 minute walk to our dinner reservation in Shibuya (Trunk Kitchen) and a similar distance to Harajuku (Baird Beer), so you can easily walk to some other cool spots from here. – Angela Vaillant, January 2019
This Harajuku area Bazaar souvenir and all things authentic Japan is worth taking your guests to for a great selection of souvenirs and Japanese mementos if they are not visiting during base Bazaar weekends! It is located on the very glamorous and wide Ometesando shopping street parallel to the Takeshita street, sharing the sidewalk with the likes of high end retailers Mikimoto, Rolex, and the like. However, the prices here in this 3 story Bazaar on mostly new merchandise, though they do offer some used vintage kimono, obi, accessories are not glitzy at all and are actually very affordable. They also offer tax free for foreigners with passport at checkout. Everything, including custom wood cut panels, new and vintage kokeshi dolls, pottery, weapons & new and used kimono, yukata and obi are to be had here! – Julie O’Leary, March 2018