World's Best Bar Crawls

by Darrell Hartman


What's on tap: Kitschy, off-key fun in the karaoke capital of the world

Why it's worth a shot: Tokyo is full of places where you can drunkenly sing your heart out to pop classics. Two tips: The Japanese are well aware that this form of entertainment is more fun to perform than to listen to, so private-room rentals are the norm. Also, the entrance fee typically includes one or more drinks.

Booze route: One place where you can share your slurred version of "Livin' on a Prayer" with a larger audience is gaijin-friendly Smash Hits, which claims to be the world's largest English-language karaoke stage bar. For an only-in-Japan experience, book the Jacuzzi Room at Shakura (pictured), an upscale karaoke lounge in Roppongi, where your botched high notes get muffled by the jets of the hot tub you're lounging in. It might be too much fun for one evening, but Festa, also in Roppongi, has a costume closet full of stewardess uniforms and anime-character outfits that you're free to don before singing. Don't feel bad about passing out at the open-all-night Shibuya flagship of karaoke megachain Shidax: Wasted locals often rent one of the 130 rooms for a nap before catching a morning train home.

Hangover cure: Around the time you're belting out your last encore, the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market is opening up—as are the sushi joints that line its entrance. Give the vocal chords a break with some green tea and the freshest sushi you've ever tasted.

Smash Hits
Tel: 81 3 3444 0432

Tel: 81 3 3401 5711

Tel: 81 3 5570 1500


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