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A tiny and welcoming jazz bar in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle of Shinjuku Sanchome, Polka Dots is a great place to listen to live music at close quarters with the musicians and other customers for a fun night of jazz and drinks.
A pleasing menu with a variety of home-cooked dishes (popular choices include the Okinawan stir fry chanpuru and the butter soy sauce rice butter shoyu gohan) awaits hungry customers or those who just want to snack, all prepared carefully and with love by the friendly Junko-san.
With a small and friendly shop like this, it is easy to get to mingle with the musicians and other customers and stay late until the last train runs. The atmosphere of listening to great jazz, drinking, and laughing together with people who love jazz is enhanced by the particular energy of a live show performed in a cozy jazz room like Polka Dots.