Tokyo Nightclubs

A visit to Tokyo is virtually incomplete without a visit to the nightclubs that are scattered all over the city. Like everything in Tokyo, the club scene is developing fast with new venues opening by the month. Here are some of the most popular nightclubs in Tokyo. Whether it's jazz, reggae, dance clubs, mania, or madness that you're searching for, Tokyo has it all.

Antiknock

Antiknock, Shinjuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

One of the oldest punk clubs in Tokyo with daily gigs, check out their website for concert schedule. To get to Antiknock take the South-east exit of Shinjuku station, walk along Kousyuukaidou (the big road, you'll see Tower Records on the left of it and Takashimaya Times Square on the right) until you reach Meiji-dori. Turn right (you should see a Yoshinoya on the corner) and walk along Meiji-dori. Antiknock is on the left hand side in the basement of the Rei Flat building.

Address: B1 Rei Flat Building, 4-3-15 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station (South-East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3350-5670
Website: http://www.antiknock.net (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Varies, check website for schedule
Admission: Varies, check website for more info

Blue Note Tokyo

Blue Note Tokyo, Harajuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Jazz has a large and ever growing following in Tokyo and there are numerous venues offering excellent live jazz music. The best known is The Blue Note Tokyo featuring impressive artists and high prices. Like its sister jazz club in New York City, all intimate, deep velvet and dark wood. Top musicians play to sophisticated clientele. Well-stocked bar and strong wine list meets up with a menu full of steak and seafood. Better make your reservations early.

Address: Raika Building, 6-3-16 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station (Exit B3)
Telephone: +81 3-5485-0088
Website: http://www.bluenote.co.jp
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 17:30 to 01:00, Sun 17:00 to 00:30

Crocodile

Crocodile Live House, Harajuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

The Crocodile Live House is a legendary venue, located on Meiji Dori halfway between Harajuku and Shibuya, where the Tokyo Comedy Store performs the Main Show on the fourth Friday of the month. Other nights it's a casual rock'n'roll club offering a wide range of live bands, check out their website for a schedule. The club has an interesting interior and a cool, laid-back atmosphere. Go to Meiji Dori from Shibuya Station and head towards Harajuku. It'll be on your right just before the tiny parking garage, with a big flashing crocodile sign - hard to miss!

Address: New Sekiguchi Building B1, 6-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station or Meiji-Jingumae Station
Telephone: +81 3-3499-5205
Website: http://www.crocodile-live.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 18:00 to 02:00 daily; Music starts at 20:00
Admission: ¥ 2,000 - ¥ 4,000, occasionally more for big acts

Garam

Garam is a cool little reggae club in Shinjuku. This swinging, foreign-owned Jamaican dancehall and reggae club has become something of an institution, with Japanese MCs and sharp DJs spinning a mix of dub, hip-hop and roots reggae. Check their website to find out about the latest special events. To find it, head out of the east exit of Shinjuku station and down the street next to the Studio Alta TV screen. Cross Yasukuni Dori, and it's the third building on the right.

Address: Dai-Roku Polestar Building 7A, 1-16-6 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3205-8668
Website: http://www17.big.or.jp/~kamal/
Opening Hours: 21:00 to 05:00 daily
Admission: 1,500 yen (incl. 1 drink)

La Fabrique

La Fabrique, Shibuya Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

La Fabrique nightclub doubles as a restaurant during the day time and has music and dance events in the evenings. It's a slightly upscale club and oriented toward an older crowd. The food is good, including many vegetarian options, but a little pricey. La Fabrique is located in the basement of the Zero Gate building, a ten minute walk from the Hachiko exit of JR Shibuya station.

Address: B1F Zero Gate, 16-9 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shibuya station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5428-5100
Website: http://www.lafabrique.jp
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 to 02:00, Fri-Sat 11:00 to 05:00, Sun 11:00 to 23:00

Loft

Loft, Shinjuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Loft is a basement venue with two stages that accommodates about 500. It is one of the best places in Tokyo to see new as well as established indies and new wave Japanese bands. There is a service area offering a variety of refreshments such as soft drinks, wine, beer and (according to the staff) a wide variety of cocktails. The food menu leans towards traditional Japanese yatai (hawker) goodies, such as broiled chicken and fried noodles as well as simpler stapes like fried potatoes.

Address: B2F Tatehana Building, 1-12-9 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5272-0382
Website: http://www.loft-prj.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Varies, check website for schedule
Admission: Varies, check website for more info

NewLex Edo

NewLex Edo, Roppongi Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

A must-stop spot for visiting models, celebs and jetsetters, this Roppongi nightclub (formerly Lexington Queen) has reopened as a bar/restaurant/lounge space. The difference is only in the name: expect the same classic ambience and exciting crowd that made the club famous all over the world.

Address: B1F 3rd Goto Building, 3-13-14 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station
Telephone: +81 3-3479-7477
Website: http://www.newlex-edo.com
Opening Hours: 20:00 to 05:00 daily
Admission: Women ¥ 3000, Men ¥ 4000, with 3 free drinks

Velours

Velours, Harajuku Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Very bubble-era restaurant/bar/club with plush sofas, chandeliers, mirrors and lots of other things that glitter. It's like the Bubble never burst. Tokyo's extravagant '80s get a rerun at this new venue, where crystal chandeliers and antique French furnishings try to disguise the narrow dimensions. The swanky setting at Velours has made it a popular venue for unashamedly glitzy events by the likes of Dazed & Confused magazine and various fashion brands. The space operates as an unremarkable restaurant on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Address: Almost Blue B1, 6-4-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station
Telephone: +81 3-5778-4777
Website: http://www.velours.jp
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 18:00 to 02:00, Fri-Sat 18:00 to 04:00

Womb

Womb, Shibuya Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Womb is a trendy nightspot in Shibuya and one of Tokyo's largest clubs. Womb was ranked second for "The World's Top 10 Killer Clubs" by an English club magazine. This Tokyo nightclub has three floors full of lounges, bars, VIP rooms and dance floors, great lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, cutting-edge DJs and what claims to be Asia's largest mirror ball. For those who like clubbing, Womb is a must-visit.

Address: 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinsen Station and Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5459-0039
Website: http://www.womb.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 22:00 to 05:00 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)