With moody indigo lighting, a stage set with drums and keyboard, the owner’s 50-odd personal guitar collection displayed on the walls, and even a Picasso print or two, this out-of-sight bar attracts ’80s music lovers and mingling singles. Opened seven years ago by 33-year-old Nobuyoshi Doi, Gravity favours hard rock – although the occasional Michael Jackson track has been known to creep in – and hosts bimonthly live band events. It’s a little off the beaten path – the only bar on our list that’s in Nishi-Shinjuku as opposed to Kabukicho, and a bit of a walk from Shinjuku Station – but that’s the way Doi wants it, saying he likes the fact that his bar has become known in rock circles primarily through word of mouth.


Seiwa Building 2F, 7-4-9 Shinjuku, Nishi-Shinjuku

Transport Seibu-Shinjuku Station (Seibu-Shinjuku line)

Telephone 03-3366-6669

Open 6pm-2am Mon-Sat, 6pm-12am Sun & pub hol

Admission Cover charge ¥700


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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