Shirube is a bit of an institution in Shimokitazawa and is certainly our favorite place to take visitors! It’s a wonderfully bustling izakaya (or pub) hidden down a back street. Inside, you’ll take your shoes off and find the bar and tables are all set into the floor. They offer a set course menu with nomihodai (all you can drink) which I recommend for first timers! For 4,000 yen per head and a 1.5 hour time limit, you’ll be treated to salads, sushi, grilled fish and so much more – including a super fun (and messy) dessert. Drinks include mystery sake, highballs, umeshu and more. I recommend booking ahead, as this place can get crowded! Call to make reservations, someone will usually be able to help you in English.