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Monday, June 11, 2012

Irish bar The Cluracan in Koenji Tokyo

ザ・クルーラカーン 高円寺

Koenji is one of my favorite places in Tokyo. Koenji is in the west of the city, about 10 or so minutes on the JR Chuo line train from Shinjuku, and strikes a happy medium between neighborhood familiarity and alternative urban anonymity.

Irish bar The Cluracan in Koenji Tokyo.
Irish bar The Cluracan in Koenji, Tokyo

Koenji is well known for its temples by day and its nightlife after sundown. A fairly recent addition to Koenji's night scene (recent in the sense of a year and a bit old) is The Cluracan, an Irish bar that recreates pretty convincingly the wood-paneled, dim-lit, speakeasy feel of a drinking establishment of old Ireland.

The Cluracan has numerous beers from the UK on tap. We had a couple of pints of a very tasty Scottish brew, and a generous plate of perfectly cooked fish and chips - all for prices that make The Cluracan very much a candidate for a regular pub in Koenji.

The Cluracan is about a three minute walk from the South Exit of JR Koenji Station.

The Cluracan, 4-9-6 Koenji-Minami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Tel (03) 5930 1752)
Google Map to the Cluracan Irish Pub

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