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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.

Bars

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  1. 1. New York Bar - Bars

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    New York Bar, Tokyo. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo

    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.Show this on map

    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 Site on the New York Bar

  2. 2. Xex Atago Green Hills - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5777 0065

    Transport

    Kamiyacho metro

    Website

    Xex Atago Green Hills Website

  3. 3. Xenlon - Bars

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    Xenlon, Tokyo. © Xenlon

    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.Show this on map

    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

  4. 4. Garden Lounge - Bars

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    If you prefer the view of a Japanese landscape garden to that of neon lights, get to this place before sunset, where you can look out over a 400-year-old garden complete with waterfall, pond, bridges, and manicured bushes. Cocktails begin at a pricey ¥1,400  and there's also a sumptuous selection of freshly made cakes and pastries available.

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    Address

    4-1 Kioi-cho, Tokyo, Japan

    Telephone

    03/5226-0246

  5. 5. NOS ORG - Bars

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    This jazz bar and restaurant in Shibuya is creatively decorated with large, umbrella-like paper lanterns, walls bearing modern art works and a vertical garden near the entrance. NOS ORG hosts regular live music, particularly by local jazz groups, and there are frequent are exhibits. They serve a good range of cocktails and organic food.  

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    Address

    B1 Shibuya Unizo, 4-3 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    Telephone

    +81 (0)3 5459 1717

    Transport

    Metro: Shibuya

    Website

    NOS Org Website

  6. 6. Pub Cardinal Marunouchi - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5222 1251

    Transport

    Marunouchi metro

Clubs

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  1. 7. Air - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 8. ageHa - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  3. 9. Muse - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  4. 10. Feria - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    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

    Ferria Website

  5. 11. Velours - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    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

Entertainment

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  1. 12. Shimbashi Embujo Theatre - Entertainment

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    Kabuki, meaning "song, dance and technique," is a form of traditional Japanese theatre that's known for its elaborate masks and male actors in female roles. The red-brick Shimbashi-Embujo theatre in Ginza hosts frequent large-scale Kabuki performances which are a good way to experience this popular Japanese artform. English audio guides are available to rent for most performances. 

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    Address

    Ginza 6-18-2, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 3541 2600

    Transport

    Metro: Higashiginza Station

    Website

    Shimbashi Embujo Website

  2. 13. Birdland - Bars

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    This music club used to feature mostly jazz but in the past few years has morphed into the city's number-one spot for Hawaiian music, offered two or three nights a week in addition to jazz. Along with the club's cafeteria-like feel and older, appreciative crowd, this helps give the place a distinctive and interesting atmosphere. 

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    Cost

    Cover ¥3,600, plus ¥900 drink minimum and 10% service charge

    Address

    3-16-7 Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

    Telephone

    03/3583-3546

    Website

    Birdland

  3. 14. Blue Note Tokyo - Entertainment

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    Blue Note Tokyo, Tokyo. Courtesy of Blue Note Tokyo

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +81 (0) 3 5485 0088

    Transport

    Omotesando metro

    Website

    Blue Note Website

  4. 15. Fiesta International Karaoke Bar - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    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 Website

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