Tokyo Nightlife Guide: TOP 30 Bars & Clubs
This is my ultimate Tokyo nightlife guide featuring the Top 30 bars, speakeasies, karaoke pubs & nightclubs which I carefully selected including places such as Club Camelot, Hollow Point, Fight Club 428, ELE Tokyo, 1 OAK, Buri and of course the increduble Tokyo Pub Crawl.
- Why: World's No. 1 Party City
- When: Spring & Fall
- Last Call: Bars & Nightclubs stay open until the first train starts running.
- Accommodation: Book your hotel in Shibuya, Ebisu or Roppongi districts.
- Best Tokyo Bar: Tokyo Pub Crawl (Friday night)
- Best Tokyo Nightclub: Club Camelot (Saturday night)
- Stay Connected: Japan Pocket Wifi Rental ($5 USD per day)
- Book Now: Tokyo Pub Crawl adventure for just $25 USD
Tokyo is absolutely massive, with most popular nightlife hot spots located in Shibuya, Roppongi and Shinjuku districts. There are so many bars and nightclubs in Tokyo, you may wonder - Where do I start? Based on age, I would say Shibuya is for the Japanese youth/teenagers, Roppongi for the 25+ crowd and Shinjuku for the 35+ crowd.
1. Nonbei Yokocho
Cozy alley way loaded with tiny traditional Japanese bars next to Shibuya station.
Famous local cafe to meetup and pre-drink before going to the bigger bars and clubs. No cover!
New bar in Shibuya with a FREE rooftop observatory deck overlooking the Shibuya crossing.
4. Fight Club 428
Most unique bar in Shibuya with combat sparing on Friday night at 9am and vodka protein shakes, entrance is FREE.
Another great pre-drink bar and a Tokyo classic, no cover and the drinks are cheap. This place does get busy early in the evening.
6. Coins Bar
Good music, cozy atmosphere and all drinks 300 YEN ($2.70 USD). Does get extremely packed on weekends.
Okinawan themed izakaya known for great tapas-styled dishes, live music and Okinawa drinks.
Excellent izakaya with the ability to host big groups, prices for dishes are good as well.
Popular nightclub in Shibuya with multiple floors and famous DJs every weekend. Make sure to check the event list before you go.
10. Club Camelot
My favorite nightclub in Shibuya, 3 large floors, pretty girls, cool dudes, fantastic music and a friendly atmosphere. You cannot go wrong at Camelot!
11. Rainbow Karaoke
Down the street from Club Camelot, a great place to continue the party and loose your voice. Dirt cheap Karaoke! Just 380 YEN ($3.50) per 30 minutes.
12. Hollow Point
One of the most hilarious kick-off pre-drink bars in Roppongi, shoot famous guns from video games while you enjoy a few beers, staring at 300 YEN ($2.75 USD) per weapon!
13. Tokyo Pub Crawl
As a newcomer to Tokyo, I highly recommend you join the Tokyo Pub Crawl so you can familiarize yourself with the nightlife and most current nightclubs. Just $20 USD including many shots. 3 Bars + 1 Nightclub in 4 hours of epic fun!
14. Salsa Sudada
The bar with the crazy flame spewing bartender, I have never seen anything like it. You will most likely visit this place during the Tokyo Pub Crawl.
15. LINE Club
Formerly known as Gaspanic, this is still a great club with cheap drinks to meet local and foreigners, make sure to visit on Fridays or Saturdays. Cover is FREE!
16. ELE Tokyo
The most up-scale nightclub in Roppongi, often part of the Tokyo Pub Crawl as well. Beautiful girls, EDM music, pole dancers and 2 floors. The crowd is very Japanese so not much English is spoken here.
17. Jokers Bar
A fun bar to end your night in Roppongi, very popular among Australians and New Zealanders. Big tip: play the crocodile dentist game with a few friendly locals for some good laughs.
Do not feel intimidated by the massive Predator statue outside, Jumanji is hit or miss but highly recommended during Halloween!
19. LEX Tokyo
One of the oldest clubs in Tokyo with a good vibe on Fridays and Saturdays, this place is often rammed with gorgeous European models.
My favorite nightclub in Roppongi, Alife has been around for decades, it has 3 giant floors with all a different atmosphere and vibe. Entrance is pricey 3500 yen ($32 USD), visit on weekends after 2am!
21. 1 OAK
Fantastic hiphop nightclub in Roppongi, one of my favorite places to meet locals in Tokyo. Cover is 3000 YEN ($27 USD), lineups can be expected so come before 12am!
If you like 80s and 90s music than Maharaja is your spot! Maharaja is famous among the older generation where you can dance Japanese ParaPara.
By far THE BEST NIGHTCLUB in Tokyo, quite far from downtown but 100% worth it. Entrance is 3500 YEN ($32 USD) and has the BIGGEST dance floors in Tokyo, gorgeous girls, awesome dudes and epic music.
24. Robot Restaurant
Most unique restaurant in Tokyo, a show you must see before you leave Tokyo. Take your friends, order beers and be amazed by the most bizarre robot show on earth. 38% discount click above!
25. Buri Ebisu
Buri has every Japanese sake cup you can imagine. Their specialty; sake slushies and grilled skewers. Another great spot to start the evening in Tokyo!
26. New York Grill (Bar)
Located on the 52nd floor, also known as the Hyatt Rooftop bar from the movie Lost in Translation which is a movie every Tokyo fanatic must have watched once. Please note, drinks are very pricey!
27. Cafe Eight
Most bizarre 24/7 Chinese restaurant in Tokyo serving incredible after-party dishes like crispy Peking duck and great soups to sober up.
28. Shidax Karaoke
The best location for up-scale karaoke in Tokyo, Shidax is pricey but their rooms offer floor to ceiling windows with the most mesmerizing views of Tokyo.
29. Golden Gai
A tourist favorite, the Golden Gai is a few blocks of super tiny Japanese bars, not really a place to party but a great spot to grab a few cozy drinks in the evening.
30. Tokyo-Bay Yukata Cruise Party
A hidden secret, the Tokyo boat cruise parties in the evening are some of the most unique ways to party hard in Japan. Highly recommended during Halloween season!
The best possible thing you can do is join the Tokyo Pub Crawl on Friday in Roppongi and explore the nightlife of Shibuya on Saturday, those are the best days for an epic weekend in Tokyo.
If you make new friends in Tokyo, you will eventually be asked to be added to LINE. LINE is 'the' chat app in Japan, so if you do not have DATA on your phone during your stay, make sure to rent a dirt cheap pocket Wifi station at the airport. You can take these pocket Wifi stations all over the country and allow you to connect many of your devices. It even fits in your back pocket. Luckily, there is a 10% discount on Japan Pocket Wifi rentals, only $5 USD per day. I personally rent this device everytime when I visit Japan.
The most incredible nightclubs in Tokyo include Club Camelot in Shibuya, ELE Tokyo in Roppongi and Ageha Nightclub in Koto City. Ageha is the best nightclub in Japan, it will be an all night event since it is quite far from downtown but on a big event night you will be amazed by the gorgeous girls, cool dudes and a fantastic sound system. This mega club stays open until 5am and should be high on your Tokyo party bucket list.
Tokyo has the best quality of food in the world, that's why you have to visit at least one of its many izakaya's to try a bunch of authentic Japanese dishes, like Eihire (grilled stingray), Sakura (raw horse meat) and Yakitori (skewered chicken meat). Visit izakaya's Umiya or Sumire in Shibuya to enjoy these dishes.
After dinner join the Tokyo Pub Crawl on Friday @ 8pm which lasts until 12am (4 hours) during which you will visit 3 bars and 1 epic nightclub. Tokyo Pub Crawl is a great event to meet travelers, locals, expats and fully hosted in English. What many travelers do not realize is that English isn't commonly spoken at bars and nightclubs, thus the pub crawl is a great first start. The Tokyo Pub Crawl is ONLY $20 USD for 4 hours of fun, you truly cannot go wrong.
Studying a bit of Japanese and learning common phrases prior to your arrival will definitely make your nightlife experience in Japan 10x times better. I've made many incredible friends during my 6 visits to Japan and these have been some of my most treasured memories by being able to speak a bit of Japanese.
I truly have seen it all in Tokyo since my first Tokyo Nightlife experience back in 2007 - I've seen many bars and clubs come and go, that's why I decided to compile the best possible list for an epic party weekend in the capital of Japan.
Food in Tokyo is very important to me, I highly recommend you also watch my video: 10 MUST-EAT Foods in Tokyo. Also, do not forget to join the insane Mario Kart Tokyo experience which you can purchase with a 10% discount for Mario Kart Tokyo, speaking of discounts.
The most bizarre after party restaurant is definitely 24/7 Cafe Eight in Roppongi, make sure to order the crispy peking duck and pay your respects to the most awkward shrine I've ever seen at a restaurant.
In conclusion, the Tokyo Nightlife is one of world's finest but often travelers have no idea where to go or where to start. There seems to be a lot of confusion as to where the good parties are in town that's why I decided to create this master Tokyo nightlife list of all the things I learned about Tokyo during my 6x visits in the past decade.
Do you want more travel tips for Tokyo?
- You must join the unforgettable Mario Kart Tokyo experience (10% discount).
- Rent a pocket Wifi rental station at the aiport (10% discount).
- When time permits checkout Tokyo festivals; Sensation Tokyo, Ultra Japan or Campus Summit.
- Jump into a wine, coffee and green tea spa at Yunessun Waterpark in the Hakone region.
- Visit a Vampire Cafe and enjoy a bloody salad.
- Drink beers with penguins at the Penguin Bar in Ikebukuro.
- Visit the most colorul cafe in Tokyo; Kawaii Monster Cafe.
- Be mesmerized at the biggest cosplay event in the world: Comiket Tokyo.
- Relax at a Japanese beach nearby Tokyo.
- More tips in my 21 Hidden Secrets in Tokyo travel guide.