Tokyo Nightlife

The sheer diversity of nightlife in Tokyo is breathtaking. Rickety street stands sit yards away from luxury hotels, and wallet-crunching hostess clubs can be found next to cheap and raucous rock bars. Whatever your style, you'll find yourself in good company if you venture out after dark.

Most bars and clubs in the main entertainment districts have printed price lists, often in English.

Drinks generally cost ¥800–¥1,200, although some small exclusive bars and clubs will set you back a lot more. Be wary of establishments without visible price lists. Hostess clubs and small backstreet bars known as "snacks" or "pubs" can be particularly treacherous territory for the unprepared. That drink you've just ordered could set you back a reasonable ¥1,000; you might, on the other hand, have wandered unknowingly into a place that charges you ¥30,000 up front for a whole bottle—and slaps a ¥20,000 cover charge on top. If the bar has hostesses, it's often unclear what the companionship of one will cost you, but you can bet it will cost you a lot. Ignore the persuasive shills on the streets of Roppongi and Kabuki-cho, who will try to hook you into their establishment. There is, of course, plenty of safe ground: you’ll find hotel lounges, jazz clubs, Irish-themed pubs, sake bars, and sedate retreats where the social lubricant flows past millions of tonsils nightly.

Major nightlife districts in Tokyo include Aoyama, Ginza, Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinbashi, and Shinjuku. Each has a unique atmosphere, clientele, and price level.

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Advocates Cafe

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Almost every great gay night out begins at this welcoming street-corner pub, where the patrons spill out onto the street. This is the...


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The spacious basement joint hosts a wide range of events for gays and lesbians every night. The events include 30-something, underwear-only...

Arty Farty

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Cheap and cheesy, Arty Farty is a fun club, complete with a ministage and stripper pole. Those with aversions to Kylie or Madonna need...


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This venerable bar claims to be Shinjuku's oldest—established in 1951—and has hosted Yukio Mishima and Akira Kurosawa among many...

Dragon Men

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Despite the name, Tokyo's swankiest gay lounge also welcomes women. The neon-lit, art-deco space would look right at home in New York...


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This men-only club carries a whiff of the old days when things were less mainstream. Video monitors blast contemporary and classic European...

Gold Finger

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This posh but relaxed bar for "women who love women" is a cozy den of vintage lamps and cafélike ambience. Men are welcome on Fridays.

Hot House

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This could very well be the world's smallest jazz club. An evening here is like listening to live jazz in your living room. Live acts...


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This small basement jazz joint features one of the best jazz experiences in Tokyo, with a Saturday "12-hour jam session" that stretches...

New York Bar

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Even before Lost in Translation introduced the Park Hyatt's signature lounge to filmgoers worldwide, New York Bar was a local Tokyo...