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Nightlife in Tokyo

Visitors sing their hearts out at karaoke bars in Roppongi. The more reserved listen to jazz at Blue Note in Minami-Aoyama. Big-name DJs take to the decks at the enormous ageHa club, complete with swimming pool, in Koto. For a traditional experience, book tickets to kabuki theatre performances in Ginza. Most bars close between 1am and 3am, clubs at 6am. In Roppongi and Shinjuku nightlife often carries on around the clock.

New York Bar, Tokyo. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo
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Pub Cardinal Marunouchi

Businessmen's watering-hole

Pub Cardinal Marunouchi is popular with bankers and lawyers thanks to its central Marunouchi location. Plush brown lounges, television showing sports, and a wood-decked terrace are the main attractions for the after-work crowd in search of beer and snacks.



Address

1F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8086

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5222 1251

Transport

Marunouchi metro

Website

Miyoshi Group Website

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NOS

Backstreet gem

Hidden in a backstreet of Minami-Aoyama, NOS looks at first glance like a small student bar. But its spiral staircase leads to endless rooms. Some are filled with late-night diners seated on tatami mats, others lead to terraces and gallery spaces.



Address

5-10-17 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5774 1727

Transport

Omotesando metro

New York Bar, Tokyo. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo
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New York Bar

City views to Shinjuku

The Park Hyatt Tokyo's New York Bar first rose to fame in the film Lost in Translation. The dramatic views of Shinjuku and beyond through the floor-to-ceiling windows and live jazz draw the crowds. There is an evening cover charge.



Address

3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel, Nishi Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1055

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5322 1234

Transport

Shinjuku JR and metro

Website

Park Hyatt Hotel Website

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Roppongi Wazan

Whisky and cigars

The fashionable Tokyo visitors to Roppongi Wazan are immediately wowed by the extensive, glass-fronted wine racks. This Roppongi bar also has a Winston Churchill-style bar for nursing whisky and cigars.



Address

4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5775 3888

Transport

Roppongi metro

Website

Roppongi Wazan Website

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Xex Atago Green Hills

Skyscraping views

Tokyo's Disneyland fireworks, Ginza and the Rainbow Bridge are all visible from the 42nd floor Xex Atago Green Hills. Dressed-up drinkers sip pricey cocktails from the comfort of charcoal-grey sofas at this Atago vantage point.



Address

2-5-1, Atago, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0002

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5777 0065

Transport

Kamiyacho metro

Website

Y's Table Website

Xenlon, Tokyo. © Xenlon
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Xenlon

Chinese beer and snacks

Xenlon in Yoyogi has views of Shinjuku station and the skyscrapers beyond. Decor is modern Chinese, with giant silver and gold dragons suspended from the ceilings. An extensive wine list, Tsingtao beer and dim sum ensure it is busy all evening.



Address

Odakyu Hotel Southern Century Tower, 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0062

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 374 2080

Transport

Shinjuku JR and metro

Website

Xenlon Website

X Y, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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X&Y

Lounge bar for creatives

X&Y, with its disco balls, baby grand piano and discreet nude paintings, is where Tokyo's creative types hang out. Friends gather at this Ebisu bar to wallow in cocktails or umeshu (plum wine) while old Japanese love songs play.



Address

4F Yoshikawa Building, 1-4-11 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 105-0021

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5489 0095

Transport

Ebisu JR and metro

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Muse

Dart boards and dancing

This Nishi-Azabu club offers dart boards, pool and roulette tables in the Amusement Bar. Muse also has chilled seating areas and a caged-in dance floor where crowds of bodies move to commercial house. Dedicated partygoers hang out here nightly.



Address

B1/F, 4-1-1 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5467 1188

Transport

Hiroo or Roppongi metro

Website

Muse Website

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ageHa

Swimming pool clubbing

ageHa is further afield than most Tokyo clubs, but it's worth the bus trip to Koto. This sprawling club comes complete with a swimming pool and international acts like Basement Jaxx. Japan's largest gay party, Shangri-La, happens here.



Address

2-2-10 Shin-Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0082

Transport

Shin-Kiba JR and metro, or shuttle bus from Shibuya

Website

ageHa Website

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Feria

Dancefloor for VIPs

Part of Roppongi bar complex Grace, Feria is frequented by models, celebrities and Tokyo's trendy set. It has high ceilings, a dance floor for grooving to the commercial house and hip hop the DJs play, and comfortable banquettes for VIPs.



Address

B1/F 7-13-7 Grace, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5785 0656

Transport

Roppongi or Nogizaka metro

Website

Feria Music Lounge Website

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Velours

Sumptuous setting for partying

Velours is a Minami-Aoyama hotspot thanks to its antique-chic look. Visitors walk along a glass catwalk past models and cracked mirrors. Look out for the 19th-century Baccarat chandelier and antique chairs.



Address

B1 Almost Blue, 6-4-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Telephone

+81 (0)3 5778 4777

Transport

Omotesando metro

Website

Velours Website

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Air

Top international DJs

This Daikanyama club has seen the likes of funky house DJ Bob Sinclar play its underground dancefloor. Music at Air covers everything from electro and techno to jazzy hip hop, all played to a fashion-aware crowd.



Address

Hikawa Building, B1/F-B2/F, 2-11 Sarugaku, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0003

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5784 3386

Transport

Shibuya JR and metro

Website

Air Website

Kabuki-za Theater, Tokyo. © JNTO
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Kabuki-za Theatre

Elaborate Japanese performances

Kabuki, meaning "song, dance and technique," is a form of traditional Japanese theatre. Known for its elaborate masks and male actors in female roles, it can be experienced at Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza, a residence from the 19th-century Meiji era.



Address

4-12-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 106-0041

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3541 3131

Transport

Higashi Ginza metro

Website

Kabuki-za Website

Blue Note Tokyo, Tokyo. Courtesy of Blue Note Tokyo
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Blue Note Tokyo

Jazz greats

At Blue Note Tokyo in Minami-Aoyama, it's big name jazz in intimate surroundings. The music ranges from traditional to Brazilian rhythms. Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson have both played here. Check the website for programme details.



Address

6-3-16, Raika Building, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5485 0088

Transport

Omotesando metro

Website

Blue Note Tokyo Website

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Fiesta International Karaoke Bar

Singalongs Japan-style

Fiesta International Karaoke Bar in Roppongi offers the traditional private room karaoke experience. Singers can choose from more than 10,000 songs. This karaoke joint also provides wigs for customers to dress up in as they sing.



Address

3F Crest Roppongi Building, 7-9-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5410 3008

Transport

Roppongi metro

Website

Fiesta International Karaoke Bar Website

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