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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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Womb, Shibuya

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...more

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Two Rooms, Aoyama-Omotesando

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...more

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Trump Room, Shibuya-ku

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...more

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Takarazuka Theater, Hibiya

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...more

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Superdeluxe, Roppongi

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...more

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Shinjuku's Ni-Chome Neighborhood, 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...more

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Pit Inn, Shinjuku

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...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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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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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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