Where to watch the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo

Experience the Olympic and Paralympic Games with a cheerful crowd and a beer in hand
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The (winter) Olympics is back, and even if you're not in PyeongChang for the games, you can still root for your home country and take part in the Olympic experience. Instead of watching the games on your telly at home or in your room, why not hit up the best sports bars around Tokyo and watch the magic happen on the big screen?

As the Olympic games are broadcast on network television, you'll probably be able to watch the events in any restaurants, cafés and bars that has a TV. But for those after a more thrilling environment with bigger screens, here are our top recommendations.

Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Tokyo Sports Café

icon-location-pin Roppongi

One of the most-established and largest sports bars in Tokyo, this place screens all major sporting events from around the world, with enough space to show two things at once. It offers an extensive range of beers – both domestic and imported – and cocktails. Happy hour lasts from 6pm to 8pm daily.

Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Legends Sports Bar and Grill

icon-location-pin Roppongi

Legends has become a focal point for watching both the British Premiership and US sports such as football. The bar is fully equipped for all sports events, with a number of large TVs that draw in the crowds for major games. The American-themed menu offers pizzas, buffalo wings, chips and chilli, with beers priced around the ¥1,000 mark. Their burgers are worth checking out too – most of them cost around ¥1,500. While they're not the cheapest ones around, the burgers are definitely substantial and come with a serving of crisp fries. 

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

The FooTNiK Osaki

icon-location-pin Shinagawa

Games shown depending on request and time

One of the more football-centric of Tokyo's British pubs, The Footnik is the place to visit if you want to watch international games and J. League matches in lively company. It also has satisfyingly hearty pub grub and a respectable selection of draft beer and ales.

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Bars and pubs, Izakaya

Wagan

icon-location-pin Ebisu

This small, cheap and cheerful izakaya near Ebisu's west exit boasts a feature that's quite unusual for its kind – a television. The TV has pride of place in the bar and the staff are happy to put on whatever customers want to watch. Beers are ¥300-¥450 during happy hour (5.30pm-7pm), with most dishes costing less than ¥500. The place has a local feel and while the menu may not be so different from that of a chain izakaya, the food quality is much better. Bear in mind that the staff speak little English and the menus are only in Japanese.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Meguro Tavern

icon-location-pin Meguro

A decent English pub with a menu designed to reassure expats. Its commendable Sunday lunch roast beef and Yorkshire pudding make it a local institution. One of the best places too for traditional Christmas dinner.

Bars and pubs, Sports bars

M-Spo Café/Dining

icon-location-pin Shibuya

Games shown depending on request and time

Conveniently located in the heart of Shibuya, this sports bar and restaurant is a great place to watch football, as well as everything from horse racing to darts and golf (you can even play the latter two on the spot). With several big screens and TVs in practically every corner, you won't be missing any of the action here. As for the food, make sure to try the pizzas and pastas, whereas the drinks menu features the standard Guinness, Carlsberg and cocktails. Note that reservations are required for some of the most popular sporting events, including Japan's World Cup matches.

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Tasuichi

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Games shown depending on request and time

A standing bar located in the heart of Shibuya, Tasuichi offers an array of food and drinks at budget-friendly prices, with draft beer at a mere ¥300. This is a good place to watch live sports in a lively atmosphere, as they have several TVs set up around the room. 

Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Los Cabos Shinjuku

icon-location-pin Shinjuku

Games shown depending on request and time

At this bar you can play darts while knocking back a couple of pints. Feeling hungry? Order their massive 'honey toast' and fill up on a massive loaf of bread topped with ice cream and fruits. You can also enjoy live sporting events on their TV screens. 

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