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7-10-14 Nishi Shinjuku | 3rd floor, Gaia Building #4,, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3363-0162
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7-10-14 Nishi Shinjuku | 3rd floor, Gaia Building #4,, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Must-visit for whiskey lovers who want to find out more about the art of Japanese whiskey distilleries. There must be more than 300 bottles here. The owner has great knowledge and shares his wisdom. It is a very small place and the owner runs the...More

Thank Mick1803
Reviewed September 22, 2017

The first time we tried to visit this little bar, we couldn't get in because there weren't enough seats. The place can fit maybe 25 people in it, tops! When we tried again on a Thursday night, we were able to get in. The owner...More

Thank gcincinnati
Reviewed September 19, 2017

Our first stop on our first night out in Tokyo was this whiskey bar. As our friends warned, finding places in Tokyo is a challenge, as street names (when they exist) are in Japanese, street numbers are useless (they’re numbered by when they were built,...More

Thank MeggyFin
Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

Small and atmospheric, Zoetrope delivers a world class whisky tasting experience unlike any other. The one friendly bartender is more than happy to spend time talking about whisky, movies and music. Don't miss the Nikka tasting sets that showcase whisky rarely seen outside of Japan....More

Thank Dazzy M
Reviewed July 14, 2017

If you are looking to try some unique Japanese whiskeys, this place is not-to-be-missed. Because of a recent surge in popularity, most Japanese whiskeys are extremely rare and difficult to get your hands on. The owner of Zoetrope has them all, and is very willing...More

Thank 159lukew
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy Whiskey bars and are looking for good selection with decent prices, this is the place for you. However as the rest of the reviews say, the place was always at least half full with tourists, not locals; which may or may not...More

Thank Caitlin D
Reviewed June 21, 2017

After experiencing exceptional customer service everywhere else in Japan, because Japanese are always respectful and courteous by nature, our visit to Zoetrope was THE WORST! Not happy to simply be disinterested, the bartender was actually rude. We left after being courteous enough to stay for...More

Thank SL82
Reviewed June 3, 2017

We read about Zoetrope on multiple websites being suggested as a great place to try Japanese Whiskeys. It did not disappoint! The owner was extremely hospital and working double time as he is the bartender, waiter, etc. His selection of Japanese whiskeys was extensive. There...More

Thank Danielle Z
Reviewed June 3, 2017

My first night in Tokyo I went to this bar on my son's recommendations. It's on the second floor of an obscure building in the Shinkjuku district of Tokyo which is quite lively and full of eating and drinking establishments. The place is very small...More

Thank Pankaj M
Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

We had read good things about Zoetrope. Sadly, the experience left much to be desired. The range of whisky was excellent and certainly catered for all tastes but the customer service was poor. We sat at the bar and proceeded to listen to the bartender...More

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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and
contains the busiest train station in the world. To
the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the
east, there’s a district with long-established
department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku
Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the
Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$27 - US$36
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7-10-14 Nishi Shinjuku | 3rd floor, Gaia Building #4,, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighborhood: Shinjuku
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3363-0162
  • E-mail
Shot Bar Zoetrope combines its owner's two great passions: Japanese whisky and the movies.The bar has been described as being the "best place to drink Japanese whisky in the world" and it has an excellent collection of whiskies from all of the Japanese distilleries. As an independent bar, with no affiliation to any particular distilling company, we are able to offer customers an excellent insight into a whisky making tradition that is currently taking the whisky world by storm. We also have good collections of Japanese rum, brandy, grappa, beer and other alcohols distilled or brewed in Japan. (Customers looking for more traditional Japanese liquors should be aware that there is no sake or shochu available.)Zoetrope also celebrates its owner's interest in the world of cinema. Its interior was designed by Takeo Kimura, one of the best known movie art directors in Japan, and the bar is decorated with a variety of interesting film memorabilia. Zoetrope's background music comes from the soundtracks of movies from across the world and a large screen plays a continuous selection of comedy films from the silent era.If you are whisky fan or a movie lover, you are sure to enjoy Shot Bar Zoetrope.
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