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Tokyo nightlife

Nightlife in Tokyo is as much dictated by ritual as it is by a desire to cut loose. Drinking is usually accompanied by some other activity, with the izakaya—the country's equivalent to a British pub, where small plates are served alongside frosty mugs of beer or large glasses of whiskey—being a prime example. If all that carousing with jolly, suited salarymen has you miss the last train (the metro does not run all night), seek out one of the city's glitzy clubs, which often feature internationally renowned DJs spinning dance tunes well into the early morning. The Japanese take their tipple seriously; in addition to sampling local brews (including Asahi and Sapporo), Tokyo is a prime spot for trying indigenous alcohols, such as sake (called nihon-shu in Japanese) and shochu (a vodkalike spirit made from sweet potato, rice, or even brown sugar). It is customary to wait until everyone has been served before diving into your drink—and, in keeping with tradition, to shout a hearty "Kampai!" before taking your first sip.

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Ageha, Shinkiba

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,...more

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Amrta, Nishi Azabu

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...more

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Arossa, 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...more

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Blue Note, Aoyama-Omotesando

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...more

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Golden Gai Neighborhood, 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...more

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Le Baron, Minatu-ku

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...more

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The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Marunouchi

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,...more

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Montoak, Harajuku

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...more

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New York Bar + Peak Bar, Shinjuku

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,...more

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Old Imperial Bar, Uchisaiwaicho

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....more

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