As the premier jazz venue in Tokyo, the Blue Note is the place to hear some of the world's greatest jazz musicians. Tied in with other clubs in such cities as New York and Milan, Blue Note is able to attract such names as Natalie Cole, Oscar Peterson and Taj Mahal. Arrive early for dinner and enjoy a wide ranging menu offering everything from steaks to seafood. A rustic, elegant setting provides the perfect vibe to enjoy dinner and music and is a must-visit for jazz lovers while in Tokyo.
This Shibuya hot spot is not only popular with the local youngsters, but also foreigners and tourists from all over. If you want a venue that is brimming with energy with live musical performances, theme nights and an overcrowded dance floor, this is the place to be. Enjoy spectacular live gigs and have a gala time with your friends at Club Asia.
Boasting over 1,000 types of beers, even the pickiest of hops and barley aficionados can find a beer to their liking here. If you have never had an African or Indian beer or would like your friends to learn about your favorites, Billy Barew Ebisu is the place to be. Parties and events can be hosted. For such a range, be prepared to pay some premium prices but it is a worthwhile experience for those who cannot get out of the country enough to enjoy the pleasures of global brews.
Oriental Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental hotel is a great location for those looking for an evening of leisure, good live music, and some pampering. The views of the city from the 38th-floor glass paned windows are breathtaking and is just one of the features that makes this a fine place to spend an evening. Whether you want to enjoy a delicious cocktail in the evening or have a sumptuous breakfast, the lounge has everything. Whether it is the sun-soaked city or the twinkling lights of skyline, the lounge is open from morning to night at your service. There is also a cigar cellar right near the hotel's reception desk, or for those looking for a special afternoon treat, try the afternoon tea service.
This posh establishment offers a great view of Tokyo's neon panorama from its 9th-floor vantage point in the Ginza Fusou Building. Upon entering Penthouse G, one might notice that the interior has a distinct film noir feel to it. This is because the interior of this bar was created by a set designer noted for his work in the film The Year of the Dragon, and while that movie may have been forgettable, the atmosphere and the view from this bar are not. The interiors are impeccably exquisite with leather lounge sofas, rich wooden bar counter and the warm glow of chandeliers that add to the elegance. Offering limited number of cocktails and drinks, you can savor a glass of wine or ask the bartender to make a great concoction for you.
Where else but in Tokyo could you find two Beatles-themed bars just down the road from one-another? Featuring Japanese look-a-like Beatles cover bands, the embers of original Beatlemania still burn bright almost nightly at Abbey Road. With a cover and two-drink minimum, this is not a cheap night out, but then again, when will you ever get another chance to catch the Fab Four? Never. So, while it may seem like a kitsch thing to do, these musicians, as well as the venue staff and owner, are serious about keeping the mop-tops' tunes alive and kicking. Eat, drink, scream, shake, rattle, and roll to all your favorites and all the classics!
The Ocean Deep International Bar is a fashionable and flashy bar that attracts Chiba's beautiful people by the droves. The ambiance can transport you into another world with its fantastic lighting and appropriate music. Dig into their chef's splendid preparations comprising continental and world fare such as chorizos, fried garlic potato, chicken salad, cheese plate, nachos and seafood. Wash these down with a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as Rum & Cola or Apple Cider.
Chiba Look is one of the most happening night clubs in the city. It is known for its live performances by the local bands. The schedule of the bands playing here include names of both renowned artists as well as emerging talents. Local bands are given the otherwise impossible opportunity to perform before a crowd and thus get noticed. The lively venue teems with excited patrons and all the live bands performing with the crowds cheering; the energy thrumming in the space is quite palpable!
Studio Coast is also recognized as Ageha. A modern-designed house, it hosts live shows of international artists from outside Japan and has more than 3500 seats, separated on two floors. Being the nation's first octagonal shaped hall, its acoustical design aims to produce the best quality of sound and light during live performances. The complex features the main hall, various bars, lobby, as well as an outdoor pool on the balcony. The studio is a good 15-minute walk from Shin-Kiba station on Yurakucho Line or there is a free bus that comes every half an hour along the Roppongi-dori from Shibuya station route.
One of the biggest and best nightclubs in Tokyo, ageHa is a massive club space coupled with an amazing sound and light system that truly stands apart from its smaller competitors. World-renowned electronic DJs, like Tiesto, Junior Vasquez, and Paul van Dyk, have performed here and solidified ageHa's reputation in the city's club scene. A bit out of the way from the regular scene in the city, a free luxury bus in Shibuya is offered and will shuttle you back and forth throughout the night. Fridays are mainly reserved for Hip Hop while Saturdays are best for Electronic. An ID is required and patrons under 20 not allowed.