Izakaya Alps   アルプス

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A drink and a nice meal, the Alps izakaya in Shinjuku recreated film releases Miyazaki atmosphere.

A drink and a nice meal, the Alps izakaya in Shinjuku recreated film releases Miyazaki atmosphere.

In an Izakaya, the food and drinks are inexpensive and have the advantage of being served with any Japanese speed.

In an Izakaya, the food and drinks are inexpensive and have the advantage of being served with any Japanese speed.

An izakaya straight out of a Miyazaki animation!

Lost amongst the love hotels, this izakaya with a sober façade will transport you to an electrifying atmosphere that could almost make you forget that you are in the country refinement.

A funny name for this izakaya (a sort of Japanese tapas bistro) on three levels located in this area of Shinjuku, which is said to be a red-light district, the glowing red Kabukicho. Of course, the seats are not very comfortable - a kind of wooden bench - and there is a risk you will not be able to hear your guests properly as the noise level is sometimes very high, but we would say that no one comes to the Alps to coo haikus to their beloved. No, no, no, going to this izakaya is mainly to taste some specialties and drink big glasses of beer for a very low price, all in a crazy atmosphere straight out of the taverns drawn by Hayao Miyazaki (manga artist and director of animated films). The place is always full until the early hours of the morning, the  kitchens run late into the night and the army of waiters, towels tied around their foreheads, will help you appreciate the concept of "quick service". People drink a lot, often in large groups. Throughout the evening, it is not uncommon for groups to mingle. Or you can continue the evening on another floor. All drinks cost between 300 and 500 yen and dishes (medium size) are in the same price range. Guests can enjoy both Japanese specialties like fried octopus, sushi, stir fry of all kinds, grilled fish or a nabe when it is very cold (mixed vegetables simmered with meat or fish) and  more "Western" dishes (pizzas, various salads, French fries and other fried foods). The quality of the food is quite satisfactory and drinks are all served in big glasses.

A place for those who want a change the traditional izakaya and just go along with the electric atmosphere, which rarely switches off before dawn on weekends.

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