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Tokyo Nightlife

Ageha
2-2-10 Shinkiba
Koto-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5534 2525
Metro: Shinkiba
www.ageha.com

This spacious venue in Tokyo Bay has room for 3,000 clubbers and offers different musical zones, such as the Arena (the main dance floor), an outdoor pool area, and a chill-out tent. It attracts big-name DJs from Japan and around the world, including Fat Boy Slim and the Japanese star Towa Tei.

Amrta
B1F Ohyama Building
2-13-15 Nishi Azabu
Minato-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 3409 3301
Metro: Roppongi
www.amrta.co.jp

Tucked away in a side-street basement, this popular, low-lit bar attracts a well-heeled crowd. It's close to Roppongi and a number of restaurants in Nishi Azabu, stays open late, and is a good spot for an after-dinner drink.

Closed Sundays.

Arossa
1-26-22 Shoto
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 3469 0125
Metro: Shibuya

At this cozy Australian wine bar and restaurant on a small street near Shibuya, the wine list is overwhelming: 500 vintages from Oz. For oenophiles who'd like to try a range, there's a daily selection of ten wines that can be ordered by the glass. Tokyo is a good city for wine lovers, and the Australian and New Zealand wines here are very well priced.

Blue Note
6-3-16 Raika Building, Minami Aoyama (close to Kotto Dori)
Minato-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5485 0088
Metro: Omotesando
www.bluenote.co.jp

Tokyo's best-known jazz club has only 300 seats but draws big-name musicians from all over the world. Class acts range from veterans like Sergio Mendes to younger singers like Angie Stone. The definition of jazz is loose here; past performers have included Ladysmith Black Mambazo. There are two shows nightly.

Golden Gai Neighborhood
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Metro: Shinjuku

This low-rise area of Shinjuku, threatened with extinction for decades, is an atmospheric warren of bars, some only large enough for a couple of stools. There's a hint of postwar Tokyo in the dimly lit alleys, and it makes a nice contrast to the tacky glitz of nearby Kabuki-cho. The steadiest customers prefer to keep their favorite nomiya (counter bars) a secret, and some bars are only open to regulars. Stroll until you find one that looks welcoming.

Le Baron
Aoyama Center Building B1F
3-8-40 Minami-Aoyama
Minatu-ku
Tokyo
Japan 107-0062
Tel: 03 3408 3665
Metro: Gaienmae
www.lebaron.jp/

Don't let the dark alley fool you: Things are hopping almost every night of the week inside this trendy Tokyo nightclub. The space, paying homage to the Paris original with its French bordello decor (dark velvet couches and moody red lights), plays host to the city's party-ready fashion set. Although the dance floor is remarkably small considering the caliber of DJs from around the world stationed behind the decks, everyone manages to fit in and have a good time.—Rebecca Willa Davis

Open daily 10 pm to 4 am.

The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel
Marunouchi Trust Tower, Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku
Metro: Tokyo Station
Tokyo
Japan 100 8283
Tel: 81 3 6739 7888
www.shangri-la.com/en/property/tokyo/shangrila/dining/restaurant/thelobbylounge

As the sun dips over Tokyo's skycrapers, the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge shifts from sedate to sceney. Set on the twenty-eighth floor of Tokyo's newest five-star, it screams high luxe, thanks to an epic two-ton chandelier with 890 hand-blown crystal gingko leaves. Make like your fellow guests (attractive couples and urbane business types) and order the saketini, a heady concoction of sake and dry vermouth, then soak up the glittering nighttime panorama through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Sultry jazz provides the sound track.

Montoak
6-1-9 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5468 5928
Metro: Meijijingumae
www.montoak.com

Montoak is a relaxed cafe-bar on Omotesando, a good place for a pick-me-up after a hard day's shopping. Look out for the building with tinted windows and no sign, next to Kiddyland. The interiors mix mosaic tiling with raw concrete. For the best lounging, sit at the back, on one of the ground-floor sofas. Snacks and light meals are also available.

New York Bar + Peak Bar
Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5322 1234
Metro: Shinjuku
tokyo.park.hyatt.com/tyoph/dining.html

Located at the top of the Park Hyatt, on the 52nd floor, the New York Bar is everything a good hotel bar should be. Its attractions include discreet service, low lights, live jazz, and breathtaking night views across Tokyo. You'll recognize it from Lost in Translation. Get into the spirit and order an LIT cocktail of sake, cranberry juice, lime, and cherry-blossom and peach liqueur (it's no longer on the menu, but the bartender will still oblige), or have a glass of wine from the largest selection of California bottles in Japan. If the New York Bar is full (and these days, it often is), go to the 41st floor's Peak Bar. The views are still superb, and the 50 washi paper lanterns create a soft ambience.

Old Imperial Bar
1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 3504 1111
Metro: Uchisaiwaicho
www.imperialhotel.co.jp

In the Imperial Hotel sits this classic cocktail bar. The decor retains a hint of Frank Lloyd Wright's long-gone 1923 building, and the service is impeccable. In spite of its modern appearance, the Imperial is archetypal Ginza, a reminder of an older, more genteel Tokyo. In the same hotel, you'll also find the Imperial Lounge Aqua, a cozy bar with clubby armchairs and views over Hibiya Park.

Pit Inn
2-12-4 Accord Building, B1
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 3354 2024
Metro: Shinjuku
www.pit-inn.com

This underground jazz club in Shinjuku's Ni-Chome has been a fixture for "J-jazz" (that curious strain of Japanese jazz) for the past 40 years, bringing in top-bill musicians like the avant-garde saxophonist John Zorn and jazz legends like the late Elvin Jones. The 100-seat venue, in a pewlike arrangement, is small enough to feel intimate yet large enough to achieve surprisingly mellow acoustics. The entrance fee can be steep (around $40 for evening shows), but the amazing performances and the dark, smoky ambience are pure old-school, drawing in serious jazz devotees from across the globe.—Updated by Rebecca Willa Davis

Performances daily 2 pm and 7:30 pm.

Shinjuku's Ni-Chome Neighborhood
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Metro: Shinjuku

Tokyo's famous gay bar district is a warren of pleasant backstreets lined with bars and clubs—some lively and welcoming, some hidden and exclusive. It's worth a look if only to take in the wacky bar names: Kings of College, Bar Yes/No, Baby Satan, Judy, Morning Tissue. In fine weather, crowds of Japanese and foreigners spill out onto the street at Advocates Café, an open-air bar on the Naka-dori, the main thoroughfare. The ever-popular GB, Arty-Farty, and Dragon are all within shouting distance, and they are all good places to begin your evening if you're looking for friendly international faces and advice in English. For quiet conversation and mellow music, try Lamp Post or Kinsmen. The nearest subways are Shinjuku 3-chome and Shinjuku Gyoen-Mae.

Superdeluxe
B1F 3-1-25 Nishi Azabu
Minato-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5412 0515
Metro: Roppongi
www.super-deluxe.com

This basement salon near Roppongi is run by Tokyo architects Klein Dytham and graphic designers Namaiki. It's a relaxed, bohemian space with DJ nights, live music, and the popular Pecha-Kucha evenings when a random selection of 13 to 20 people do show-and-tell—presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds each (even famous names don't get extra time). SuperDeluxe events are diverse: Expect anything from crowded fashion parties to obscure musical performances. Check the website for the upcoming schedule.

Closed Sundays.

Takarazuka Theater
1-1-3 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5251 2001
Metro: Hibiya
kageki.hankyu.co.jp/english/

Join the crowds of adoring women (and some men) at this unique, longstanding (since 1914) musical revue where all the parts, including the male leads, are played by members of the fairer sex. Favorite shows include an all-female Gone With the Wind, Phantom of the Opera, and performances by the "heartthrobs," who look like early-'80s pop stars, all sculpted hair and heavy makeup. The gift shop alone is worth a look.

No performances on Wednesdays.

Trump Room
Hoshi Building 4F
Jinnan 1-12-14
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 3770 2325

This gilded Shibuya club attracts equally glitzy partygoers, with even Monday nights feeling like a fashion show. Despite it being a favorite among Tokyo's trendsetters, those not dressed to the nines (or in any sort of costume) can people-watch while sipping on reasonably priced cocktails and lounging below the many chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. International rock and electronic bands passing through town will often schedule impromptu late-night shows here, but don't even think about showing up before 11 pm.—Rebecca Willa Davis

Open daily 10 pm to 5 am.

Two Rooms
AO Building, 5th floor, 3-11-7 Kita-Aoyama
Minato-ku
Metro: Omotesando
Tokyo
Japan 107-0061
Tel: 81 3 3498 0002
www.tworooms.jp

On the fifth floor of the shiny new AO Building, in the shopping neighborhood of Aoyama, Two Rooms is already firmly stamped on the city's cocktail map. Against a backdrop of moody dim lighting, contemporary art, wooden floors, and sharp-lined leather furnishings, it has an atmosphere that is as seductive as it is stylish. Cosmopolitan cocktails—try the kiwi martini—served at a bar made from 50,000-year-old swamp kauri wood from New Zealand, are an exercise in perfection. The bar has become a magnet for fashion industry insiders, slickly dressed businessmen, and expat financiers. Oenophiles can also tap the glass walk-in cellar, with 1,800 carefully curated bottles. The best seats? The terrace's white sofas by low candlelit tables.

Womb
2-16 Maruyama-cho
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81 3 5459 0039; 81 3 5459 0139
Metro: Shibuya
www.womb.co.jp

Among Tokyo's top clubs, Womb is the best-known for techno and house music. One of the most popular nights is Sterne on the first Friday of every month with DJ Takkyu Ishino. The club takes up four floors but can get very crowded on weekends. Check the website for the schedule.

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.