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Tokyo Nightlife

Tokyo's mixture of neon and lamp-lit streets illuminate the city's vibrant nightlife. With plenty of bars and club nestled in Tokyo's back alleys, some stacked upwards a few stories high, even seasoned visitors can't run out of new watering holes. Nightlife distinctly varies by district; in Roppongi, you can dance the night away with locals in a mega club or sing your heart out in a karaoke booth. In Shinjuku, you can hop from one izakaya to another or explore the city's vibrant gay district. Alternatively, splash the cash at some of Japan's most illustrious and exclusive bars and lounges in Ginza. Tokyo is a playground, fit to accommodate any night that takes you.

Bars in Tokyo

Bar Gats

An intimate bar that specialises in warm sake. It has no menu – the bar staff here will pick sake that they think you would like for you. Snacks (otsumami) are available to accompany every pot of warm sake.

Address: Shibuya-ku, Maruyamacho 17-2, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 6317 3254
Website: http://the-sho.com/gats.html

Brooklyn Parlor

A bar, cafe and late-night spot rolled into one, this cozy haunt has adopted a New York hipster aesthetic, with wooden floors, leather armchairs, shelves filled with books and dim lighting. It's a popular hangout day and night - be prepared to queue at busy times. Drinks include imported microbrews and sophisticated cocktails, and food offerings are American-style - burgers, pasta, steaks, sandwiches. 

Address: , 3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 6457 7763
Website: http://www.brooklynparlor.co.jp

Buri

This standing bar has more sake than you could drink in a lifetime. Let the bartender be your guide, although we suggest you give the frozen version a go. This place starts early and finishes late, so be sure to pace yourself if you want to go toe to toe with the locals. The grilled snacks should at least help soak up some of the booze.

Address: Shibuya-ku, 1-14-1 Ebisu-nishi, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 3496 7744

Clubs in Tokyo

Sound Museum Vision

This Shibuya basement club is one for true night owls. There are four floors, namely Gaia, Deep Space, White and D-Lounge, with each floor has a different vibe catering for whatever mood you're in at any given point of the evening. Gaia is the main floor, known for its custom-made sound system, while Deep Space plays underground tunes. The White and D–Lounge floors are designed for clubbers looking to have a breather.

Address: Shibuya, 2-10-7 B1F Dougenzaka, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 5728 2824
Website: http://www.vision-tokyo.com

Womb

Since 2000, Womb has been bringing dance music to the streets of Tokyo. Long lauded by dance music aficionados as one of the best nightclubs on the planet, its three levels, lofty space and massive mirrored disco ball make Womb the only place to party the night away.

Address: Shibuya, 2-16 Maruyama-cho, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 5459 0039
Website: http://www.womb.co.jp

ageHa

Tokyo's largest club has three dance floors, several bar areas for kicking back, and even an outdoor pool if the mood takes. There are regular shuttle buses from Shibuya to its out-of-centre location, but don't let that put you off. The party here is on a par with the best clubs in London, Berlin and New York.

Address: Koutou-ku, 2-2-10 Shinkiba , Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 5534 2525.
Website: http://www.ageha.com

Live music in Tokyo

Blue Note Tokyo

The Blue Note has become something of a jazz classic in Tokyo, with the likes of Tony Bennet, Chick Corea and Sarah Vaughan having graced its stage. Each candle-lit table offers an intimate setting to dine on French cuisine and see the world's best jazz artists perform. While tickets aren't cheap, few jazz clubs rival the experience had at this New York-style venue.

Address: Minato-ku, Raika Bldg 6-3-16 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 5485 0088
Website: http://www.bluenote.co.jp

Liquidroom

A 900-capacity venue complete with a coffee lounge and a gallery, Liquidroom has a busy calendar featuring local and international bands, from up-and-coming artists to mainstream performers. It is definitely one of the best places for live music in Tokyo.

Address: Shibuya, 3-16-6 Higashi, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 5464 0800
Website: https://www.liquidroom.net/

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Claska Hotel

Modern minimalist design and classic Japanese aesthetics brush shoulders in this hip hotel, just outside of the city centre. There’s the chance to choose between a western–style room or traditional tatami space. Each option comes with plenty of home comforts, including beautiful toiletries and access to a huge CD and DVD collection. There’s even an in–house gallery, plus a French/Japanese fusion restaurant.

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Opened in the summer of 2016, Hoshinoya is a unique urban offering for Tokyo, a hotel with a contemporary take on Japan’s legendary omotenashi hospitality, set right at the heart of the city's Otemachi district. Leave your shoes at the door and unwind into spacious quarters, designed with a tasteful nod to the traditional Japenese aesthetic. The 19-floor hotel with stylish lattice exterior forms a bijou enclave in this bustling business district, just a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. You won't want to leave your ochanoma lounge area, allocated exclusively to guests staying on each floor and decked in traditional tatami mats, it has a library, sofas and kitchen space. But if you do the rooftop onsen spa is a truly unique Tokyo experience. The hot spring waters are the perfect cure for urban fatigue and will help you revitalise your body and mind, all the while staring up at the open Tokyo skies above.

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Set only a few minutes' walk from Shinjuku train station and in easy walking distance of a dizzying array of shops and restaurants, Gracery Shinjuku is something of a landmark - it's set in a modern high rise building that's 30 stories high, and there's a giant replica godzilla head peering out the side. If you're willing to pay extra, you can stay in a godzilla-themed room too. Though the rooms are compact, the bathrooms are larger than the norm and the higher rooms have scenic city views; there's also a convenient Italian restaurant on-site and a cinema on the ground floor.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

The Park Hyatt Tokyo's role as muse and backdrop to Coppola's Lost in Translation pushed it onto the world stage in 2003. Towering over fashionable Shinjuku, guests enter on the 41st floor and gaze across the neon-lit Tokyo sky. Art blends with sleek architecture and spacious rooms, and even the spa combines tradition and modernisation with impressive success. Plus, there's something to be said for working out in the gym that tormented Bill Murray.

Hotel Asia Center of Japan

Quite possibly offering the cheapest double rooms in central Tokyo, this hotel is ideal as as a central base for a short visit. Within walking distance of the ex-pat haven of Roppongi, and the restaurants and bars of Aoyama Itchome, guests are well placed for sightseeing.

Imperial Hotel

This 5-star luxury hotel in Vilnius and is set in a historic 16th-century building. Its great Old Town location, super helpful staff and 55 spotless rooms combine to make this a deservedly popular choice with business and leisure travellers alike.