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Tokyo's Cotton Club, an offshoot of the legendary Cotton Club in New York, hosts the creme de la creme of jazz talent - Martha Reeves, Lena Horne, Delfonics; these are just some of the huge names that have played to Cotton Club's crowd of passionate jazz fans. Tickets aren't cheap but tickets for the best rarely are; reservations are recommended. Opening times vary according to programming.
In the sea of Tokyo nightlife, if you walk into the wrong atmosphere, finding the right club to mingle with locals and other people from abroad can be a disheartening experience. Most people who come to Tokyo usually find themselves taking a trip to the infamously sleazy Roppongi nightlife scene—but just about 10 minutes on foot from Roppongi Hills, is the popular and more attractive Club Muse. Well-known among the foreign community in Tokyo for being an excellent pick-up spot, count on finding several people (locals/foreigners) who share the same taste for excitement. Average-priced drinks, pool tables, a few karaoke rooms, and 2 dance floors with a mix of music await the arrival of those who are looking for a bit of action during their stay.
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.
The Room isn't easy to find but for jazz aficionados, it's worth searching out. Members of the Kyoto Jazz Massive own this little club, and it attracts top quality DJs, who will often try out new sets here. The atmosphere is intimate, the music a mix of jazz, break beats and house; the sound quality makes the Room well worth a visit.
Unit is a great place to spend the night. You can start in the lounge area, grabbing a bite or a drink, then catch a live show, either local or with solid international talent. Afterwards, you can groove to some of Tokyo's and the world's best DJs. Made up of various spaces of varying sizes, Unit really is a good bet on most nights. While not the biggest club in Tokyo by a long shot, what Unit lacks in size it more than makes up for in high quality. Unit knows what it's doing across the board, from indie, to reggae and beyond-and frankly, you could do a lot worse than just popping in to 'have a look-see'.
Tucked away in the back streets of Shibuya, Club Harlem offers Shibuya's best venue for fans of Hip Hop and Japanese hip hop alike. Onlookers can expect multiple floors of club action in the forms of a DJ based dance room, a stage for live performances, and bar/lounge spaces. The crowd is young, so if you're over 30 and not into the subculture, you might feel out of place. It also helps to have a female in your group, as the doormen are notorious for denying entry to groups of all male foreigners. ID is required, under 18 not allowed.
Womb, a haven for electronic music aficionados is one of the most acclaimed nightclubs in the city. World famous DJs like Dominik Eulberg, Anja Schneider, Richie Hawtin, and Sasha have graced the decks to delight Japan's finest crowds of movers and shakers. The nightclub was featured in the 2006 film Babel. Cover charges vary, but this nightclub is always sure to impress.
There is nothing like a fun time out with friends, and Livehouse Wall was just meant to be a part of all those revelry nights. The bar at the Wall serves libations that are not just reasonable but delicious as well. The food is cheap and tantalizes your taste-buds. The great music, friendly atmosphere and great service make Livehouse Wall all the more appealing!
Enjoy a drink and some great music at Club Heavy Sick Zero. The place has programs like Midnight Express, where DJs Takahiro Morita, Yousuke Nakano and Yohey Omori show off their talent. Although there is always an entry fee, it is definitely worth it, considering the service and kind of drinks you get. Various rock bands perform at the club over the weekends. It is a great sight to watch the crowd dancing and losing themselves to the music. The nightclub opens daily at 9 p.m.