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Where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches in Tokyo

Root for your favourite rugby team with a cheerful crowd and a beer in hand at these sports bars

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Over the next six weeks starting from September 20 to November 2, Tokyo and 11 other cities in Japan will be buzzing with excitement as the country is hosting the Rugby World Cup 2019. This is a historic milestone for Japan as it is the first Asian country to host the prestigious Games.  

Admittedly, the tickets were flying off the box office the moment sales were open and at this stage, they are hard to come by. But fret not – just because you didn't score a ticket doesn't mean you are confined to the telly in your hotel room. You can head to the Rugby World Cup Fanzones located near the match stadiums or one of these sports bars in the city to watch the matches and revel in all the festivities.

RECOMMENDED: You can also watch the rugby matches for free at these Fanzones

The Oak Door

Restaurants Steakhouse Roppongi

Expect screenings of all matches.

Offering a wide selection of premium steaks from Japan, Canada and the US, cooked to perfection on the oak charcoal grill in a vibrant open kitchen, no wonder The Oak Door is so popular with the expat community. It also has a very well-stocked bar – you can't miss the gleaming cellar housing over 300 New World wines.

1 Oak

Nightlife Roppongi

Expect screenings of all matches.

With outposts in New York and Los Angeles, nightclub 1 Oak has shaken up Tokyo's hip hop scene with fresh fare straight from the home of the genre. To change things up, head on up to the rooftop deck space located on the third floor offering large screens to catch the Rugby World Cup games as well as great views of Roppongi. There will also be an indoor space showing the games as well as an assortment of Brazilian barbecue and snacks.

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The FooTNiK Osaki

Bars and pubs Sports bars Shinagawa

There will be screenings of all rugby matches. However, popular matches will have restricted entry – so make a reservation beforehand. 

One of the more sports-centric of Tokyo's British pubs, The Footnik is the place to be if you want to watch international games in lively company. The first floor has a 140-inch projector screen and three 50-inch monitors around the room. It also has satisfyingly hearty pub food and a respectable selection of draught beer and ales. If this one is full, they also have a sister outlet in Ebisu.

World Kitchen Baobab

Bars and pubs Kichijoji

Check website for screening information.

A cosmopolitan spot where you can enjoy music, food and alcohol from around the world, including the Caribbean, Africa, and Central and South America. World Kitchen Baobab is almost considered a sacred place by world music fans; it’s full of precious records and miscellaneous goods collected by the owner on his travels. Matching this is an extensive menu offering diverse food. However, the Jerk Chicken is not to be missed. Of course, such a worldly environment should include international sports events, and they occasionally show big international games. Check the restaurant's website to find out which match is screening.

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Bar & Curry Noi

Bars and pubs Sports bars Aoyama

Expect screenings of all matches.

Located in a basement along Aoyama-dori, this sports bar and café offers stout on tap, an 80-inch screen showing sports, and a lunch menu featuring tasty curries. The free Wi-Fi adds to the attraction.

Legends Sports Bar and Grill

Bars and pubs Sports bars Roppongi

Expect screenings of all matches.

Legends has become a focal point for watching live telecast of sports games. The bar is fully equipped with a number of large TVs and often draws in crowds for major games. An American-themed menu includes pizzas, buffalo wings, chips and chilli, with beers running around the ¥1,000 mark. The substantial burgers are worth checking out, too – most of them will set you back around ¥1,500, and come with a serving of nicely-crisp fries.

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The Public Six Tokyo

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Roppongi

Expect screenings of all matches.

An operator of billiard halls, karaoke boxes and darts bars across the city, Bagus has set up this exciting gastropub along Roppongi's Imoaraizaka, just a stone's throw from the TV Asahi building and Roppongi Hills. Upscale pub grub is combined with six varieties of domestic craft beer, plus Japanese wine, sake and cocktails, while sports fans will appreciate the 100-inch screen set up on one of the walls. If you're looking to watch the games over a proper meal in somewhat less rowdy surrounds, this should be your spot.

B One

Bars and pubs Sports bars Ginza

Expect screenings of all matches, except October 5 (Japan vs Samoa). Reservations are recommended, as it gets crowded on most days

Smack in the middle of flashy Ginza is this sports bar, which shows pretty much anything from international football matches to Japanese professional baseball, the Major League, boxing, and more. There's a 5m screen, a 2.5m monitor and a 60-inch TV to watch it all – and if that isn't enough, there are two 50-inch TVs too. Even though it's only one floor, B One is relatiavely spacious, with a capacity for 140 people. If you can't find it, note that it's in the basement of the same building as bottle shop Liquor Mountain.

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Dining & Bar Kitsune

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Shibuya

Expect screenings of all matches.

The Kitsuné brand has fingers in several pies – fashion, music, coffee and more. Its restaurant in Shibuya, Dining & Bar Kitsune, has also been operating for close to 20 years now. It offers French-Japanese fusion sushi and a wide variety of quality sake. Creations like the 'sushine' (a combo of sushi and terrine, of course) are sure to get you salivating.

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Nakameguro Taproom

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Nakameguro

Expect screenings of all matches. There will also be screenings at affiliated outlets.

The first Tokyo craft beer pub opened by the Baird Brewing Company is very relaxed: all brick walls and wood panelling, with a long central table that's ripe for communal drinking. It's primarily an outlet for Baird's own brews, and we're particularly fond of the Teikoku IPA and Angry Boy Brown Ale that are available year-round. Check the blackboard above the bar for guest beers from the likes of Rogue and Brewdog, and keep an eye out for Baird's own seasonal specials. Don't miss the New Haven-style pizzas either, and note that this is a non-smoking venue.

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Tokyo Sports Café

Bars and pubs Sports bars Roppongi

One of the longest-established and largest sports bars in Tokyo, this place screens all major sporting events from around the world, with 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.

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Kiten!

Bars and pubs Sports bars Koenji

Kiten! is a sports bar-izakaya just a few minutes' walk from Koenji Station. The owner is Kawano-san, said to be a mega-fan of any sports team from Fukuoka, whether the Softbank Hawks baseball team or Avispa Fukuoka football team. Luckily for fellow sports fans, that means there is a 80-inch screen, plus three 40-inch TV monitors, on which various sport events are screened.  Their drinks menu is worth a browse, if not just for the rather interesting naming system. If you pay ¥1,000, you can name a drink of your choice for one year, which has led people to name all kinds of drinks after their favourite teams and players. After you've chosen your drink, have a side of homemade, quite voluminous karaage.

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M-Spo Café/Dining

Bars and pubs Sports bars Shibuya

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 (the latter two can also be tried 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 drink menu is rather uninspiring (think Guinness, Carlsberg and cocktails). Note that reservations are required for some of the most popular sporting events, including Japan's World Cup matches.

Dining & Bar Estadio

Restaurants Shibuya

Produced by domestic football-centric shop Kamo, sports bar Estadio stocks over 50 types of beers, with a focus on those countries that are (or were traditionally) strong at football such as Spain, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Inside, there's a large 2,5mx1,77m screen, plus a TV monitor for you to follow the most popular matches, especially at night. During lunchtime, however, the place is generally populated with local salarymen. 

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Alvorada

Bars and pubs Sports bars Kichijoji

Choose from a long list of caipirinhas to go with your feijoada or fried chicken at Kichijoji's comfy Alvorada, found just north of the station. The edibles are clearly adjusted to local tastes, but the menu comes complete with detailed explanations of each dish and is fun to explore over drinks. Alvorada is best visited when there's a major football match on, as the owner is a passionate fan of both the Blue Samurai and the Seleção and always comes up with something special for game nights. In the offseason, you'll get bossa nova and samba gigs instead.

Los Cabos Shinjuku

Bars and pubs Sports bars Shinjuku

At this bar you can play darts while knocking back a couple of beers and chatting with your friends. Feeling hungry? Order their massive 'honey toast' to fill yourself 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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Stick & Spoon

Restaurants Steakhouse Okachimachi

Hamburg steaks and curry served in a Western-style restaurant – a bright place with a penchant for football matches (played on the TV at all times). Both the kuro yaki curry (with a hint of tantalising sweetness) and the delicately cooked wagyu burger come particularly recommended. You'll find Stick & Spoon within easy striking distance of both Okachimachi and Ueno stations.

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