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Bar High Five

A tiny old-school institution that makes the perfect cocktails. Low lighting and an interesting mix of characters add an air of mystique.

  • +81 0 3 3571 5815
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  • 26 Polestar Building 4F, 7-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku
    Tokyo

Library Lounge These

An intimate late-night spot with a speakeasy vibe filled with vintage books and comfortable sofas. Sip on fresh fruit cocktails until the early hours of the morning.

Bonobo

A cool hipster spot that feels like you’re partying in someone’s house. It also has a secret club in the back that plays everything from electronic music to rock – check the listings on their website before you go.

  • +81 3 6804 5542
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  • 2 Chome 23-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo

Piano Bar

Once you find the ornately carved wooden door and get passed the ¥1,000 (£5) seating charge, you will sip on calvados from goblets in a plush setting of red velvet and chandeliers. Just be warned, it’s pretty small, there’s only space for eight…

  • +81 3 5467 0258
  • 1-25-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo

Two Rooms

When the weather is warm, which it often is in Tokyo, all you want is a great view and a terrace, and the rather slick Two Rooms Bar and Grill offers both. Perfect for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks (or even all four).

  • +81 3 3498 0002
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  • 5F AO Building, 3-11-7 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku
    Tokyo

Gen Yamamoto

Mixologist Gen Yamamoto is to comcktails what Heston Blumenthal is to food. A cosy eight-seater sushi counter lookalike, this bar takes cocktails very seriously. Not cheap, but this is an award-winning, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • +81 3 6434 0652
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  • Anniversary Building 1F, 1-6-4 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku
    Tokyo

Kinfolk

Hipster bicycle-makers from Brooklyn run this dimly lit wooden watering hole. Sip mojitos and rub shoulders with bike enthusiasts, travellers and locals.

Zoetrope

Zoetrope is known amongst connoisseurs for its vast collection of whiskies. But the drinks menu is not the only reason to visit; subtitled films play on a projector here as award-winning soundtracks fill the bar. Dimly lit, and fitting only about 30 people, Zoetrope has a list of whiskies unrivalled anywhere else in the city and meeting the incredibly knowledgable barman/ owner will make the visit well worth your time.

  • +81 3 3363 0162
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  • 3F, 7-10-14, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    Tokyo

Berry

Housed in an old jeans factory in and amongst the old offices of VICE, a photo studio and a marketing agency, Berry is a secret bar where anything goes. Play beer pong with the hottest new start-ups or just revel in the randomness of it all.

  • +81 3 6412 8182
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  • 3F Fujiya Building, 1-3-9 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku
    Tokyo

8Bit Café

Almost impossible to find, on the fifth floor of what appears to be an apartment block, the whole bar is about the size of a living room with mismatching furniture. The staff speak very little English and their menus are in Japanese, but if you are feeling brave then ask them to give you what they think you would like. All the drinks are based on different retro video game characters and the bar has a variety of vintage games and figurines. The clientele tend to be friendly and very eccentric. 8bit is one of the best novelty bars to visit in Tokyo − if you can find it.

  • +81 3 3358 0407
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  • Q Building 5F, 3-8-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    Tokyo

Golden Gai

Golden Gai is a tiny fragment of old Tokyo that has miraculously survived through the years, although it is somewhat dwarfed by the surrounding high-rise buildings. It consists of six tiny alleyways lined by almost 200 tiny bars. Some are so small that only five or six people can fit in at any one time and most have a seating charge due to being so small.

Albatross

Albatross is a tiny three-storey bar that seats, in total, around 30 people. You want to be sitting at the bar, where there are giant chandeliers and jewellery-wearing animal heads on the walls. Your favourite R&B hits will be played throughout the night and the drinks are great, if a little overpriced.

  • +81 3 3203 3699
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  • 1-2-11 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    Tokyo

Nana Bar

Set up by a Japanese woman called Nana who was a Flamenco singer, the bar has since been passed down through friends. They are very loyal to her and the way in which she ran the business. The staff are super-friendly and very keen to tell you the story behind the grafftied walls and painted ceiling. If you hang around long enough then the barman may even offer you some traditional Japanese cucumber, which he grows on a plot nearby, with his special dressing as a bar snack.

Oath

The most influential club on the techno scene in Tokyo at the moment. There is no entrance fee and all drinks cost about £3. When you’ve had enough of Oath, venture deeper into the building to fellow-techno club Tunnel in the basement.

  • +81 3 5888 5847
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  • Aoyama Building 1F, 4-5-9 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo

Vanity

Models and bottles, Vanity is Tokyo’s answer to Boom Boom Room in New York. Situated on the 14th floor with a phenomenal 360-degree view of the city, it is a great spot for Tokyo first-timers. DJs spin crowd-pleasers like Rihanna and Avicii for the boys and girls dressed to the nines. There are also private karaoke rooms for when you get tired of dancing.

  • +81 3 5474 0091
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  • ROI Building 13F, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
    Tokyo

Air

A famous old-school techno club (as seen in Lost in Translation) that has become part of Tokyo’s fabric. Large but not impersonal, come here to listen to some of the best DJs in town. When you get hungry pop upstairs to the decent café for a bite to eat.

  • +81 3 5784 3386
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  • Hikawa Building, B1F-B2F, 2-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo

Sound Museum Vision

A well-respected establishment that has one of the best sound systems in the world, Sound Museum Vision is an enormous club sitting in the heart of Shibuya. It is separated into rooms which have different ‘moods’ and considers itself a meeting point for motion graphics and music.

  • +81 3 5728 2824
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  • Shintaiso Building B1F, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyoe

Trump Room

If you follow directions to Trump Rooms, you will arrive at a building with a grate over the door where you can hear the music. Head around the back of the block and you will find a diverse mix of Japanese and foreigners from the fashion, film and art worlds overflowing from the club. It is made up of four floors each decorated slightly differently with a variety of music styles to match.

Bar High Five

Library Lounge These

Bonobo

Pianobar

Two Rooms

Gen Yamamoto

Kinfolk

Zoetrope

Berry

8Bit Café

Albatross

Nana Bar

Oath

Vanity

Air

Sound Museum Vision

Trump Rooms

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