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  • 1. Kamiya Bar

    Asakusa | Bars/Pubs

    Tokyo's oldest Western-style bar hasn't had a face-lift for decades (the main building is registered as a tangible cultural property) and that...Read More

  • 2. New York Bar

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 3. Agave

    Roppongi | Bars/Pubs

    In this authentic Mexican cantina, your palate will be tempted by a choice of more than 450 kinds of tequilas and mescals—making this the world...Read More

  • 4. Aiiro Cafe

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    Almost every great gay night out begins at this welcoming street-corner pub with a large red shrine gate, where the patrons spill out onto the...Read More

  • 5. Akaoni

    Shibuya-ku | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    The emphasis here is nama, unrefined, unpasteurized sake. About 80 kinds from 60 brewing companies are available daily. You may want to sample...Read More

  • 6. Albatross G

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    This tiny, artsy bar and its red walls, hung with paintings and deer head, and many chandeliers attracts crowds with its friendliness and...Read More

  • 7. Arty Farty

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    Cheap and cheesy, Arty Farty is a fun club, complete with a ministage and stripper pole. Those with aversions to Kylie or Madonna need not bother...Read More

  • 8. Baird Taproom Harajuku

    Shibuya-ku | Bars/Pubs

    Expat Bryan Baird runs an acclaimed microbrewery in a Shuzenji area of Izu, and he serves his range of brews in this casual and friendly place...Read More

  • 9. Billboard Live Tokyo

    Roppongi | Music Clubs

    With everything from rock and J-pop to soul and funk, this three-story joint makes one of the best food-and-live music experiences in Tokyo...Read More

  • 10. Blue Note Tokyo

    Aoyama | Music Clubs

    This premier live jazz venue isn't for everyone: prices are high, sets short, and patrons packed in tight, sometimes sharing a table with strangers...Read More

  • 11. Cotton Club

    Marunouchi | Music Clubs

    In these intimate and luxurious surroundings you can listen to not only jazz but also a diverse range of music: soul, R&B, J-pop, and world...Read More

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  • 12. Craft Beer Market

    Greater Tokyo | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This craft beer specialist serves nearly 30 Japanese beers on tap, with regional variations from around the country, at reasonable prices. The...Read More

  • 13. Donzoko

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 14. Dragon Men

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    Tokyo's swankiest gay lounge, the neon-lit space would look right at home in New York or Paris. ...Read More

  • 15. GB

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    Video monitors at this club show contemporary music hits. On weekends the place is packed with rather quiet and reserved gentlemen, mostly in...Read More

  • 16. Ginza Lion

    Ginza | Bars/Pubs

    This bar, in business since 1899 and occupying the same stately Chuo-dori location since 1934, is remarkably inexpensive for one of Tokyo's...Read More

  • 17. Gold Finger

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    This relaxed bar for "women who love women" is a cozy den of vintage lamps and cafélike ambience. Men are welcome on Friday; Saturday is women-only. ...Read More

  • 18. Hot House

    Shinjuku-ku | Music Clubs

    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 are trios...Read More

  • 19. Intro

    Shinjuku-ku | Music Clubs

    This small basement jazz joint is home to one of the best jazz experiences in Tokyo, with a Saturday "12-hour jam session" that stretches until...Read More

  • 20. La Jetée

    Shinjuku-ku | Bars/Pubs

    It should come as no surprise that French cinema is the proprietor's big passion: a film lover's paradise, La Jetée is covered in Euro-cinema...Read More

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