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Poor Cow

2-9-24 Kitawa Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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Owned and operated by Fifi of the 90's Japanese garage rock band Teengenerate, Poor Cow is a dive bar about a 10 minute walk from the station and just a stone's throw away from the renowned Shelter live house in Shimokitazawa.

Tucked away on the fourth floor of a nondescript building, Poor Cow almost seems to try to remain out of the field of view of passersby. A haven for anyone with interest in anything rock or punk, this is a no-frills bar - evident from the moment you first set foot in. The entire bar is plastered with old gig flyers, with a wall dedicated to storing (only part of) Fifi's record collection and music gear sometimes strewn about.

There are a few tables, but you'd be better off sitting at the bar. All of the regulars are band members and even on quiet nights, you can be sure to get involved in a discussion with Fifi, so long as it's music-related.

Cash only and hours can be irregular, depending on who's playing in town that night.

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