8 awesome places to party in Tokyo
From quiet cocktail lounges to banging basement clubs, there’s a nightspot for everyone in the Japanese capital.EDGAR staff March 29, 2015
With the Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Sky Tree, Senso-Ji Temple, a whole host of museums and the imposing Mount Fuji nearby, Tokyo has to be one of the most exciting and diverse tourist destinations in the world.
The Japanese capital is also up there with them best of 'em when it comes to partying. With a range of nightspots, from quiet cocktail lounges to banging nightclubs, there really is something for everyone.
Here's our pick of the best places to party:
Inside wood and leather furnishings give the dining area of Two Rooms, located on the fifth floor of Omotesando's Ao complex, a high-end feel. But the real jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the terrace, which offers stunning views of the Tokyo skyline, over which a glass of wine from their 1,800-strong list can be enjoyed. Details: tworooms.jp/en
Japan’s fixation with futurist sci-fi is unrivalled. If you don’t believe us then head to Materio – if you can find it that is. Expect quirky metallic interiors, plastic trees and strong cocktails. Details: The bar doesn't have a website, but it can be found in the Tokyo Hands Building, 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-Ku. Good luck.
Mixx Bar & Lounge
One for the adventurous cocktail connoisseur, Mixx Bar & Lounge takes cocktail making down the futuristic molecular gastronomy route. If spiced tomato juice and vodka topped with mozzarella foam and fried basil sounds appealing, this is your place. Details: anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp
A multi-storey basement club with a sound system that shakes the building's foundations, Unit is very much the place to be for those who want to cut loose and party. An eclectic selection of live acts appear there every weekend, and the venue even has an all-night cafe, so you can satisfy those late-night munchies. Details: unit-tokyo.com
If you’re looking for an intimate, Japanese whisky bar, then you’ll not find a better offer than Zoetrope. Not only does it have over 300 malts, but the interior was also designed by Japanese cinematic legend Takeo Kimura. Details: nifty.com/zoetrope
A stalwart of Tokyo's thriving craft beer scene, Goodbeer Faucets proudly boasts of offering more than 40 beers from microbreweries all over the country on tap. Definitely one for the ale connoisseur. Details: goodbeerfaucets.jp
Top of Shinagawa
Located, unsurprisingly, high up on the 39th floor of the luxurious Shinagawa Prince Hotel, the Top of Shinagawa is all about the view, with Shinjuku's skyscrapers, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills and the Skytree all visible. Details: princehotels.com/shinagawa
Hugely popular with cocktail enthusiasts, this old school bar has some serious mixologist chops, and the staff's uniforms are as impeccable as their mixing skills. Details: starbar.jp