Art Space Bar Buena

Nightlife, Alternative nightlife Okubo
Art Space Bar Buena

This art gallery come bar is one for the noise and electro fans. Their regular events, mostly on weekends, are not your average kind of gig. When we visited, audience members were encouraged to wear blindfolds, and in true punk-rock fashion one of the noise artists pushed his table of gear over as he ended his set (we’re not actually sure it was intentional, but hey, it made an impact). They also host rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling) events in case you’re interested in experiencing another side of Japanese culture. Although the noise bands attract a more otaku crowd, Buena draws a mix of curious customers. There’s plenty of time to mingle after the show, and this is also a good time to order food as it’s hard to find space to eat while the performance is going on. The menu includes reasonably priced snacks such as chilli beans mixed with chickpeas and sausages for ¥500, and French fries with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream for ¥700.


Venue name: Art Space Bar Buena
Address: 1-24-8 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7pm-1am, closed Mon
Transport: Okubo Station (Sobu line); Seibu-Shinjuku Station (Seibu Shinjuku line)
Price: ¥1,000 when events are held (fee varies with events), otherwise free for normal bar nights
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