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.
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.
Bahaus, housed in the Imperial Building, is the place to be for all the metal heads in the city. The extraordinary lineup of both local as well as touring rock and heavy metal bands performing at the vibrant spot is a crowd-puller. Visiting this live music bar is a must if downing drinks, enjoying live concerts and meeting new people is your idea of fun. Bahaus has been the prime rock venue in the city since 1981.
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.
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.
Tokyo's gay village isn't that large, but Arty-Farty has been a staple in the community for ages. Having moved to expand, Arty-Farty now hosts a much larger space. Despite its prominence in the LGBT community in Tokyo though, it still welcomes anyone with a fun and friendly attitude. Libations aren't outlandishly expensive, and they suggest recycling the cups from mixed drinks. There may or may not be a cover charge on a given night, but a one-drink minimum is encouraged; and with that you get your hand stamped, further enabling you to pass freely over to their sister bar, The Annex. With a mostly younger crowd, Arty-Farty is a great place to start or end a night out!
With two other very successful locations around Tokyo, Xex is becoming somewhat of a late-night empire. The location in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district ties together a cocktail bar, an Italian kitchen, karaoke, and golf. Their private room offers a golf simulator, perfect for wooing a business client or for taking the edge of a day's worth of work. Oozing the same class as its sister locations, Xex Nihonbashi completes the triumvirate of the upscale, '80s-inspired lounges. Fashionably dressed women with elegantly attired men add to the already slick decor, where ten percent service charges and JPY1000 music charges are par for the course. This is no ordinary pub - this a dress-for-success establishment catering to those who have money to spend. -Stephen Lebovits
Inspired by the Final Fantasy video game, Eorzea is a themed bar located in Akiba, Tokyo. The decor has caricatures of the characters in the game. The extensive menu offers a range of food and beverages, however, the bar is more popular for the tours and the experience that it has to offer. In order to enter, you must purchase a ticket and lose yourself in the world of the game. Check out their website for more information.
This bar doesn't seem like much of an establishment from the inside. Soon after settling down, however, customers will quickly see that the secret concoction lies in the owner's wacky behavior. From a visual interpretation of the drink menu to foreign service adaptations, Mark Kagaya, the owner, delivers a healthy serving of laughs and bizarre entertainment that is unlike anything most people have ever witnessed at a bar. Always playing the hospitable host, Mark may even break out some equally interesting games and karaoke to keep the atmosphere fun, but beware of prank beer mugs and full-sized frog costumes! Though usually closed on Sundays, appointments can be requested.
The Capitol Bar sounds like a place where international government officials and businessmen might meet to discuss the future of the free world. Tranquil and refined, this Capitol Bar is the remake of an older one, which was torn down and rebuilt with new decor and a new attitude. Once housed in the old Capital Tokyu Hotel (The Tokyo Hilton) which was demolished in 2006, it wasn't uncommon to find John, Paul, George and Ringo wetting their whistle here back in the day. Today, however, the new Capitol Bar offers a nice bar where you can languish over your libation of choice, comfortable modern sofas to lounge on, and ceiling-to-floor windows that overlook the lobby. -Stephen Lebovits
True to its name, Mixx is an innovative cocktail bar, displaying a wide variety of mixing ingredients that some might find unusual. Located on the 36th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel, Mixx offers a trendy atmosphere both inside and out to go with the plethora of cocktail possibilities. The interior was designed by a local Frenchman, while the drinks were designed by a local bartender, lured from another popular establishment. With 38 different categories on the menu, you best get comfortable while making a decision about which luxurious drink to imbibe. Though quite expensive, if you enjoy rewarding yourself for a day, week or month of hard work, don't hesitate to Mixx it up one night. -Stephen Lebovits