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Tokyo Nightlife: TOP 30 Bars & Nightclubs

Tokyo Nightlife: TOP 30 Bars & Nightclubs

Published on Jun. 17, 2019 by

This is my ultimate Tokyo nightlife guide featuring the Top 30 bars & nightclubs which I carefully selected including places such as Club Camelot, Hollow Point, Fight Club 428, ELE Tokyo, 1 OAK, Buri and of course Ageha, the best nightclub in Japan.

Tips & Advice
  • Why: World's No. 1 Party City
  • When: Spring & Fall
  • Last Call: Bars & Nightclubs stay open until the first train starts running.
  • Accommodation: Airbnb ($46 OFF), stay in Shibuya, Ebisu or Roppongi.
  • Best Tokyo Bar: Tokyo Pub Crawl (Friday night)
  • Best Tokyo Nightclub: Ageha (Saturday night)
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  • Book Now: Tokyo Pub Crawl adventure for just $20 USD  Book you Taipei Pub Crawl adventure

ParaPara Halloween party at Maharaja nightclub in Tokyo in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanParaPara dance event at Ageha nightclub in Tokyo in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanAgefarre festival at Ageha nightclub in Tokyo in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanJapanese girls at Agefarre festival, Ageha nightclub in Tokyo in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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.

Places

  • 1. Nonbei Yokocho

    Cozy alley way loaded with tiny traditional Japanese bars next to Shibuya station. (map)

  • 2. Scramble

    Famous local cafe to meetup and pre-drink before going to the bigger bars and clubs. No cover! (map)

  • 3. Magnet

    New bar in Shibuya with a FREE rooftop observatory deck overlooking the Shibuya crossing. (map)

  • 4. Fight Club 428

    Most unique bar in Shibuya with combat sparing on Friday night at 9am and vodka protein shakes, entrance is FREE. (map)

  • 5. Gaspanic

    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. (map)

  • 6. Coins Bar

    Good music, cozy atmosphere and all drinks 300 YEN ($2.70 USD). Does get extremely packed on weekends. (map)

  • 7. U-miya

    Okinawan themed izakaya known for great tapas-styled dishes, live music and Okinawa drinks. (map)

  • 8. Sumire

    Excellent izakaya with the ability to host big groups, prices for dishes are good as well. (map)

  • 9. Womb

    Popular nightclub in Shibuya with multiple floors and famous DJs every weekend. Make sure to check the event list before you go. (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 18. Jumanji55

    Do not feel intimidated by the massive Predator statue outside, Jumanji is hit or miss but highly recommended during Halloween! (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 20. Alife

    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! (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 22. Maharaja

    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. (map)

  • 23. Ageha

    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. (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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! (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 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. (map)

  • 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! (map)

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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.

LEX TOKYO, making new local Japanese friends in Japan in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanLEX TOKYO, making new local Japanese friends in Japan

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 30% discount on Ninja pocket Wifi stations on Voyagin. I personally rent this device everytime when I visit Japan.

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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.

our new ParaPara band at Umiya Izakaya in Shibuya, Tokyo in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japanour new ParaPara band at Umiya Izakaya in Shibuya, Tokyo

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.

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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.

meeting my Japanese friends at Ageha in Tokyo in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japanmeeting my Japanese friends at Ageha in Tokyo

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.

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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.

drinking sake slushies with my friend Heather at Buri in Nakameguro in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japandrinking sake slushies with my friend Heather at Buri in Nakameguro

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 37% discount for Mario Kart Tokyo, speaking of discounts, there is a 34% discount for the Robot Restaurant as well. 

Buri Nakameguro in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanJapanese dishes at Buri Nakameguro in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanRamen time with my gift Eurobeat Festival from the awesome guys at Sugano Music in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japanbeyond epic after-party food at Sushi Zanmai Roppongi in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japanhanging out at ELE Tokyo nightclub in Japan in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanUmiya Izakaya, this is the epic bottle that gets any night started on a high note: Ryukyu Awamori in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanAlcohol Snake, shots anyone? in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japanwith my good friend Naoyuki at Umiya Izakaya, Shibuya in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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.

Cafe Eight, a 24/7 chinese restaurant in Roppongi in Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanCafe Eight, a 24/7 chinese restaurant in Roppongi

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.

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Do you want more travel tips for Tokyo?

  1. You must join the unforgettable Mario Kart Tokyo experience (37% discount).
  2. Rent a pocket Wifi rental station at the aiport (30% discount).
  3. When time permits checkout Tokyo festivals; Sensation Tokyo, Ultra Japan or Campus Summit.
  4. Jump into a wine, coffee and green tea spa at Yunessun Waterpark in the Hakone region.
  5. Visit a Vampire Cafe and enjoy a bloody salad.
  6. Drink beers with penguins at the Penguin Bar in Ikebukuro.
  7. Visit the most colorul cafe in Tokyo; Kawaii Monster Cafe.
  8. Be mesmerized at the biggest cosplay event in the world: Comiket Tokyo.
  9. Relax at a Japanese beach nearby Tokyo.
  10. More tips in my 21 Hidden Secrets in Tokyo travel guide.

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