Tokyo Bars

Once the sun sets, the pulse in the city starts beating as Tokyo offers a delightful mix of friendly pubs, well-designed bars and nightspots. The drabness fades, the city blossoms into a profusion of giant neon lights and paper lanterns, and its streets fill with millions of people out to have a good time. Feel the pulse of Tokyo's nightlife by visiting some of Tokyo's most popular bars.

300Bar

300Bar, Ginza Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

One of Tokyo's most affordable facilities, with two bars in Ginza (there are similar in Shibuya), where all drinks and foods are only ¥ 300. The simple food menu offers chips and other snacks, while the drink list is more impressive, with 75 different cocktails. The clientele at 300 Bar is a mix of Japanese and westerners. Free entrance. This is most likely the cheapest party venue in the otherwise pricey Ginza.

Ginza 300Bar 5-chome
Address: B1F Fazenda Building, 5-9-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit A3 or A5)
Telephone: +81 3-3572-6300
Website: http://www.300bar.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 17:00 to 02:00, Sun 17:00 to 23:00
Admission: Free

Ginza 300Bar 8-chome
Address: B1F Daini Ginza Column Building, 8-3-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinbashi Station (Exit No. 5)
Telephone: +81 3-3571-8300
Website: http://www.300bar-8chome.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 17:00 to 02:00, Sun 17:00 to 23:00
Admission: Free

Agave

Agave, Roppongi Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Agave is a perfect replica of an upmarket Mexican cantina with a low-lit, comfortable setting. This cantina however stocks 400 varieties of tequila and mescal, at rates much higher than its Mexican counterpart. At Agave you can drink rare Mexican liquors that are otherwise hard to find in Tokyo. The fun is truly in ordering a “tasting set” which lets you sample the difference in ripeness and character of three tequilas, and helps in finding your favorite.

Address: B1F Clover Building, 7-15-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Exit 2) and Toei Subway Oedo Line (Exit 4B)
Telephone: +81 3-3497-0229
Website: http://www.agave.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 18:30 to 02:00, Fri-Sat 18:30 to 04:00 (closed Sundays)

Bar Den Inmu

Bar Den Inmu, Harajuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Austin Powers-esque bar just off Aoyama Dori, with shagadelic purple carpets, white leather sofas and disco lighting deluxe. The music is loungey, the technicolor dimmed, and black is the dress code du jour. Bar Den Inmu is definitely worth a visit.

Address: B2 Aoyama KT Building, 5-50-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station (Exit B2)
Telephone: +81 3-5766-1616
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 19:00 to 05:00, Sun 19:00 to 02:00

Bar Matrix

Bar Matrix, Roppongi Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Named after the Keanu Reeves movie, this Roppongi bar has a futuristic, metallic interior and a cyber feel. Shiny, smooth, chic yet trendy are the few words to describe this place. The music is a mishmash of everything, from rock and trance to reggae, hip hop and R&B. Happy hour is from 6-10pm and the draft beer and wide selection of cocktails flow all night long.

Address: B1 Wind Roppongi Building, 3-13-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Exit 3)
Telephone: +81 3-3405-1066
Website: http://www.matrixbar.jp
Opening Hours: 18:00 to 06:00 daily
Admission: Free

Den Aquaroom

Den Aquaroom, Harajuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Den Aquaroom is romantic, it's swanky, and it aims to make you feel like you're walked into Neptune's palace. It succeeds. While the whole place is dimly lit with glowing blue lights, the bar's claim to fame are the two wall-sized aquariums. They're truly spectacular. What could be more relaxing that watching fish drift above your head as you sip a drink? There's a wide selection of cocktails and an intriguing menu (in English) of good-value Asian-influenced food. Harajuku's Den Aquaroom is the kind of place to take a date or a small group of business friends.

Address: B1F FIK Building, 5-13-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station (Exit B1)
Telephone: +81 3-5778-2090
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00 to 02:00, Sun 18:00 to 23:00

Heartland

Heartland, Roppongi Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

A traditional beer hall in Roppongi in the 1980s that has been converted into a standing bar. They have good food and service, as well as art, music and video. Heartland is a place for many foreigners to start the night, and the crowd flows out the doors to the street on Fridays and Saturdays. Although there is no official dress code, most men wear business attire and the women dress equally upscale. Free entrance, bottled beer ¥ 500.

Address: 1F Roppongi Hills West Walk, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station
Telephone: +81 3-5772-7600
Website: http://www.heartland.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 04:00 daily
Admission: Free

Jam Jam Drag on the Market

This restaurant, commonly called JD2, features two rooms with distinct styles. The first room has a DJ booth, plush couches and dim lighting, in other words the perfect chill-out space for young hipsters. The second is more sophisticated with white walls, attractive furniture and a relaxed vibe. The drink menu includes a variety of unique cocktails to go along with some rather strange food dishes as well. The Dragon Sando with peanut butter, banana, and spam is particularly noteworthy, although try with caution. Other dishes are of a more standard fare and are sure to please. Jam Jam Drag on the Market is located midway between Shibuya and Daikanyama stations.

Address: 1-3 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station and Daikanyama Station
Telephone: +81 3-3461-9099
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 to 01:00, Fri-Sat 11:00 to 04:00

Jicoo Floating Bar

Jicoo Floating Bar, Ginza Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Jicoo Floating Bar is definitely a unique addition to the waterborne crafts plying Tokyo's rivers and waterways. A floating pass goes for ¥ 2,500 with drinks and cocktails starting at ¥ 700, not particularly cheap, but a great way to impress a date. The views of Odaiba to the east and the Tokyo skyline to the west are fantastic. The boat docks at Hinode Pier and Odaiba (from 20:00 to 22:30, every half hour), and cruises on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Hinode Pier is just a short walk from Hinode Station.

Nearest Station: Hinode Station
Telephone: +81 1-2004-9490
Website: http://www.jicoofloatingbar.com
Opening Hours: Thu-Sat 20:00 to 23:00
Admission: 2,500 yen

La Jetee

La Jetee, Shinjuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Tucked into Shinjuku's Golden Gai bar district is the famous La Jetee. The bar is tiny, with movie posters covering the walls. Kawai-san is the owner, and has a deep love for film. The bar has a following among film lovers, and even Quentin Tarantino dropped by for a drink. La Jetee is famous for being one of the most foreign-friendly bars in Golden Gai. There is a reasonably priced food and drink menu, which, combined with the interesting company you will meet, should equal a memorable night.

Address: 1-1-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinjuku-sanchome (Exit B5) on Marunouchi Line or Toei Shinjuku Line
Telephone: +81 3-3208-9645
Website: http://www.lajetee.net
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 19:00 until late (closed Sundays)

Legato

Legato, Shibuya Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Legato, located on the 15th floor of the imposing E-Space Tower in the heart of Shibuya, is a favorite hangout for expats. This bar features fantastic views of Shibuya and a decorative interior with hundreds of balloon-style lights hanging from the ceiling. The superb wine list has over 20 different international wines on offer, and the friendly bartenders are always happy to make cocktail recommendations. The atmosphere is chic, drinks are reasonably priced and the service is excellent, for any occasion Legato is sure to please.

Address: 15F E-Space Tower, 3-6 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-5784-2121
Website: http://www.legato-tokyo.jp
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 17:30 to 02:00, Fri-Sat 17:30 to 04:00

Lovenet

Lovenet, Roppongi Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

There are plenty of Karaoke bars in Tokyo. This hotspot however stands out from the crowd of ordinary karaoke box complexes. Lovenet welcomes guests into an alternate reality of luxury dining and karaoke, with 33 exotically appointed themed rooms. The Ibiza Suite features a DJ booth, The Morocco Suite offers romantic Middle Eastern fun for two, and the Aqua Suite has – you guessed it – a hot tub. Please note that Lovenet has two front desks. For third floor use the stairs right next to Yamazaki Daily Convenience Store. For fourth floor use the Hotel Ibis entrance.

Address: 3F-4F Hotel Ibis, 7-14-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Exit 4A) on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Toei Subway Oedo Line
Telephone: +81 3-5771-5511
Website: http://www.lovenet-jp.com
Opening Hours: 3F 18:00 to 05:00 daily, 4F 18:00 to 23:00 daily
Admission: Varies, check out their website for details

Nuchigusui

Let the helpful wait staff guide you through the menu filled with Okinawan fare and awamori liquor at this island-themed bar in old-town Asakusa.

Address: 1-20-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station
Telephone: +81 3-5828-6788
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:30 to 23:30, Sat-Sun 12:00 to 23:30

The Pink Cow

The Pink Cow, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

The Pink Cow is a restaurant, art bar and funky space where you can enjoy homemade international dishes, a wide selection of wines and beers, art and music and fun events in a relaxing setting. The Pink Cow is located midway between Shibuya and Omote-Sando, across from Aoyama Park Tower and caters to the young foreigner crowd, with regular English-language events such as improv comedy.

Address: B1F Villa Moderuna, 1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit) and Omote-Sando (Exit B2)
Telephone: +81 3-3406-5597
Website: http://www.thepinkcow.com
Opening Hours: 17:00 until late (closed Mondays)

TwentyEight

TwentyEight, Ginza Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

For those of you who like fashionable interior and haven't yet had enough of Tokyo's many breathtaking views. With sensational views over Hama Rikyu, a ceiling height that would be appropriate for a cathedral and staff who take their work very seriously, TwentyEight is one of Tokyo's best hotel bars. There is live music every night after 8 o'clock, and a so-called "music charge" of ¥ 1,500 for all guests.

Address: 28F Conrad Tokyo, 1-9-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shiodome Station
Telephone: +81 3-6388-8000
Website: http://www.conradtokyo.co.jp
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 to 24:00, Sat-Sun 09:00 to 24:00
Admission: 1,500 yen

Vive la Vie

Vive la Vie is a stylish little lounge bar with a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Relax on the sofas and enjoy “Japanese soul food”, quality cocktails and good music. The walls are available for artists - both local and foreign - to book for solo exhibitions of their works.

Address: B1F Sanzen Building, 2-4-6 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Miyamasu-zaka Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5485-5498
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 19:00 to 01:00, Fri-Sat 19:00 to 03:00 (closed Sundays)