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Seeking Retro restaurants in Tokyo - Art Deco cafés, 1960s hotel bars, etc

leebontecou | Feb 14, 2012 12:00 AM

Hello Chowhounds,
This is a bit of a strange request, but I figure such a knowledgeable bunch might have a few recommendations. I'm heading to Tokyo for a trip Feb 22-28, and doing a bit of research for an art project on retro architecture/design in the city - not just '60s "themed" locations, but places that are actually leftover from previous design eras and haven't been renovated to death. If you have suggestions of restaurants/bars/cafes that are interesting for this reason (even if the food/drinks are subpar), I'd be most grateful for your ideas.

Some already on my list to visit or revisit:
- Maisen in Harajuku (where the food is actually great, in my opinion, and the decor is just amazing)
- the bar of the Hotel Okura
- Classical/jazz cafés like Violon
and Meikyoku Kissa Lion

Any other ideas on 1920s classical cafés, postwar diners, 1960s jazz cafes, 1970s lounges or 1980s/bubble-era karaoke boxes? My priority is places that are historical, but if there are any noteworthy modern locations evoking these vintage eras, I'd also love to know. Thank you so much in advance!

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