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.
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.
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.
Operating since 2011, Craft Beer Market has become a favorite hangout spot among the locals and tourists who love beer. This bar boasts of offering over 30 different beer varieties on tap and features local beer labels like Baird, Iwate Kura, Aquala and others. In case you feel hungry, you can pick from the scrumptious small-plate menu offered at Craft Beer Market. The menu is priced moderately so you can enjoy the beer without worrying about digging a hole in your pocket. The bar's friendly staff and casual ambiance make it a great spot to unwind after a hectic day.
Although it is part of the chain of Hub Pubs which has branches all over Japan, HUB Roppongi is a great place to visit since it opened all the way back in the 1980s and has retained its popularity over the years. If you are tired of izakiyas and Japanese noodle houses, this is the place to come to. Offering the drinks, food and ambiance one usually associates with a British public house, this pub serves British classics like fish and chips, roast beef and, the favorite drink of the Irish, Guinness. All in all, this is a great place to come for a drink with friends, especially during happy hours.
Motion is an awesome place if music is your passion. It is a well known music venue that regularly showcases and covers regional and local Japanese bands. Motion can be described as a live music venue but it also features a bar, thus combining two essential fun factors of both music and drinks. With the capacity to house around 120 standing people and a stage, Motion is a compact and comfy venue for music shows that don't need too much of space.
A liquor store with a difference, Sagamiya also doubles as a bar/coffee shop. It has two counters with seats for 20 customers and serves local and imported draft, bottled or canned beers, wines and cocktails. Sandwiches and various Japanese lunch boxes and snacks are also available. In the basement is a wine cellar offering wines from the moderately priced to top vintage French wines and champagnes. And, naturally, there is a large selection of Japanese sake and shochu, the local equivalent to vodka. Home delivery is available by telephone of fax.
Founded and headed by New York-based mixologist Gen Yamamoto, this eponymous bar is a cutting-edge cocktail bar located in Azabu-Juban. His unique cocktails reflect the use of Japanese seasonal fruits and vegetables, bringing forth an explosion of flavors in a single glass. The eight-seater format of this bar requires one to reserve a seat here beforehand, if you want to taste cocktails oozing with ingenuity.