Tokyo is a huge city with so many restaurants, bars and clubs yet I too often find myself going back to the same places in hotspots like Shibuya and Roppongi. So I’ve decided to make an effort to get lost in Tokyo’s streets (fortunately it doesn’t take too much effort!) so I can discover secret hole-in-the-wall drinking spots that are in abundance in Tokyo.

First one on the list — Derori. A 10-minute walk towards Ometosando from Shibuya, Derori has an avante-garde, old school rock vibe. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by a lovely, older woman who turned out to be the owner. The crowd was small but stylish – a group of 6 people lining the bar and 2 other groups on a table and couch. We all later converged to one table and got chatting. Work in the art and film industries is not all they had in common, but also their seasoned knowledge and love for underground music and art scenes.

The venue is decked out like no other – a voodoo doll hanging from the roof being the most memorable accessory. There was a new, funky art collection adding color to the underground spot where drinks averaged around 700yen (the Malibu Pine was worth every yen!) and yummy homemade food was on offer. There are DJ decks set up so if you’re planning to come, make sure you don’t forget to bring your own vinyl or cds to mix live. If your Gen Y, you can take to the stage with your iPhone to play some tracks.

Definitely want to go back to Derori… Oh wait, gotta go somewhere new!



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