and Nightclubs Tokyo, Japan
a contest were held for the World's Most Entertaining
City, Tokyo would certainly rank among the finalists.
Night and day, on a shoestring budget or on a
big expense account, you can find fun here at
every corner. Adult entertainment reaches its
crescendo in Tokyo at night. The most popular
playground among visitors is Roppongi, where you
will find every form of fun known to man ( and
You can strut your stuff on the dance floor
at Velfarre. Enjoy the world's most wondrous
"eye candy" at Seventh Heaven. You
can stop at numerous piano bars, jazz spots,
karaoke clubs and mock casinos ( note: gambling
for money is illegal in Japan, although playing
for prizes is not ). And if you happen to tire
of Roppongi's dusk-till-dawn excitement, there
are always the urban play zones of Shibuya,
Akasaka, west Ikebukuro, Yoshiwara ( near Asakusa
) and that notoriously bawdy section of Shinjuku
known as Kabukicho.
Like being in 1930's Chicago
The Tokyo Chuo Ku Ginza 6-4-9
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 104-0061
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3573 3949
Capone, bootleg, Chicago underground ... these
are some of the images conjured up when one enters
6th Avenue. Definitely 1930's, it is famous for
its wide selection of brandies from that nostalgic
era. It caters mostly to the salaried businessman
of Tokyo. Suits are the preferred attire, but
on weekends, casual wear is acceptable. Bourbon,
scotch and cocktails are readily available but
the extensive collection 1930's brandy makes a
visit worthwhile. Nuts and other light snacks
Drop in, dance and drop out
Ichibei Building 2F 1-29-6 Kichijoji
Musashino City, TOKYO PREFECTURE 180-0000
Phone: +81 ( 0 )422 20 0737
the atmosphere of a relaxed bar and a stylish
club with occasional live music, this spot is
unique in Tokyo. The range of music that is put
out by the DJs go from soul, latin, and 60s pop
to house and trance. Regardless of the mood you
are in, let the music here uplift your soul and
go ahead and dance until you drop. Cover starts
at JPY2,000, which includes two drinks. This is
a great place to dance and party with a younger
Relaxed drinking spot
4-1-6 Nishi Azabu, B1F
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 106-0031
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3499 4440
yet unpretentious, this bar appeals to the man
who is firmly established in life yet does not
take it too seriously. Suits are mostly worn except
on Saturdays when clothing is generally more relaxed.
The interior is sleek and relatively spacious.
Well lit, it is a place to chat and at the same
time enjoy a favorite drink. The food is Italian
with pastas and salads available. The omelet rice
is particularly recommended. Drinks range from
a selection of original in-house cocktails, concocted
by skilful bartenders, to spirits.
5-18-20 Roppongi-Five, 1F
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 106-0032
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3583 5722
touch of the Mediterranean in its design, timber
lines the interiors of this unique bar in Roppongi.
It is very spacious and welcoming, and is perfect
for a relaxing evening. The bar caters mostly
to the older and established crowd of Tokyo and
is one of those places where suits are the acceptable
attire. Skilled bartenders concoct some interesting
cocktails for those with sophisticated tastes.
Bourbon, brandy and scotch are also served. Food
offers include snacks, an array of nuts, beef
jerky and the like.
1-7-12 Higashi-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 170-0013
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3987 2289
Fax: +81 ( 0 )3 3983 0486
affordable drinks, congenial staff and Kilkenny
and Guinness on tap, this is one of the few international
pubs in Ikebukuro. No expense has been spared
to make a comfortable atmosphere. Live bands play
late on Wednesday to Saturday. Some of the best
pub food available in Ikebukuro can be found here:
fish and chips, garlicky pizza, steak and chips,
a wonderful chicken basket, and an assortment
of snack foods. The staff are friendly and speak
English and will be happy to make recommendations.
Dai2 Aoi Building B-1 6-1-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3475 1629
the words of John Lennon: "Most peculiar,
mama." The staff and management are easy
to spot for they are all adorned in strange costumes,
fitting in nicely with the decor of elaborate
lights and such. It all helps set the tone for
a wild night of drinking and dancing to songs
from the 70s and 80s. The house DJ harbors over
30,000 LPs, making it easy to honor all requests.
Weekends tend to get very crowded, attracting
a young clientele. Oddly enough, Cuban cigars
are sold here.
34-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya Shibuya ku
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 150-0042
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3780 0715
you want to know what Tokyo nightlife is all about,
then head straight to the Cave nightclub. You
will find everyone from sober professionals, lame
teenagers to Saturday night party animals here.
You can down few drinks, shake a leg, or simply
socialize with the local crowd. Enjoy the loud
music and the live performances and party the
1-8 Maruyamacho Shibuya ku
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 150-0044
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3402 8000
Asia is not like any other sleazy nightclub. This
Shibuya hot-spot is not only popular with the
local youngsters, but also foreigners and tourists
from all over. If you like to enjoy your drink
in a peaceful ambience with soothing music, then
this place should not appear on your list. This
lively joint is full of life with live music performances,
theme nights and an overcrowded dance floor. This
is a classy place, so no wannabes or teenagers
with sneakers and backward caps will be tolerated.
Gay drinking and dancing
2-14-4 Accord Building, B1 Shinjuku San-chome
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 160-0022
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3341 0606
best-known gay club in the area, this very cruisy
club has been around for some ten years. It is
usually very packed at weekends from midnight
on, but rather empty during the week. Most of
the customers are youngish ( 25-35 ) and looking
to meet someone. The dance-floor doubles as a
backroom for those ( much ) more intimately inclined.
The music is extremely high energy and a pleasant
mix of techno, Europop, house and J-pop. With
the admission price you get one free drink.
Kawai Building 2F 2-10-1 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 106-0031
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3400 1537
by advertising people in Tokyo, Dad's Bar offers
a casual evening with overtones of sophistication.
It mostly caters to the younger crowd, 20 and
above. Suits are preferred but casual wear is
acceptable. There is a wide selection of fine
liquor, including malt whisky, bourbon, cocktails,
and brandy. Cocktail lovers will find a good range.
Varying kinds of snacks, including selections
of cheese and sausages are available. The smoked
salmon is recommended.
6-7-14 Roppongi Minato-ku
Tokyo, TOKYO PREFECTURE 106-0032
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 5410 3008
is a good place if you have ever had aspirations
to be a singer but know that it will never happen.
Here, you can sing you heart out and if you come
with friends you can all act like fools together.
With over 6,000 English songs in stock, Fiesta
is one of the better-stocked karaoke bars in Tokyo.
You can buy a JPY3,000 food and drink ticket enabling
you to eat and drink to the price limit but sing
for free. Private parties can be booked.
De La Madrugada
Villa Blanca B-1 2-23-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 5410 6288
itself as Tokyo's number one Mexican restaurant,
the good food and lively Latin music that you
get here helps this place to live up to its billing.
This is a fun place to come with a group of friends
and lively enough for a date too. If you're in
the mood, you can get up and dance with the staff
or your friends. Be sure to try the sangria--diners
can usually get a complimentary glass with their
5-4-20 Roppongi Minato-ku
Phone: +81 ( 0 )3 3408 7018
icon is part of the veritable mega-restaurant
chain and is the anchor for branches throughout
Japan and Asia. Featuring some of Tokyo's most
authentic American food, all the popular basics
are done well here. Great hamburgers and a full-service
bar make it a popular place to start or spend
an evening. The lunch specials are not so well
known, but are a great deal for those in the know.
This location is also popular for foreign athletes
and stars. Space is available for parties and