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Known as a city that never sleeps, Tokyo fully embraces the moniker with a huge selection of brilliant nightclubs, some of which are open until 6am. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back spot to discover new music or somewhere to enjoy a big night out, Tokyo has it all.
Want an alternative to the commercial music played at many Tokyo bars? Located underneath the hustle and bustle of Shibuya is The Room, a small basement where you can listen to jazz, soul and R&B tunes. Although it’s small in size compared to your average Tokyo nightclub, The Room’s great selection of music and relaxed atmosphere make up for it. This is the spot to be if you’re looking for a low-key evening spent sipping on whiskey with good company.
Arty Farty is a great place to stumble into after a few boozy drinks in the Shinjuku Ni-chōme area, Tokyo’s LGBTQ hub. The popular dance club always has a fun and welcoming crowd, the menu is foreigner-friendly and the drinks are reasonably priced. A cover charge of ¥2,500 (£17) provides guests with one drink once inside and allows you to come and leave as you please, meaning you can hop back and forth to the club from nearby bars. The entrance fee also gives you access to their sister club, The Annex, which is located nearby.
Bar Bridge is like no other club in Tokyo, delivering a wide range of music from jazz and hip-hop to cheesy music from the 1980s, all pumped through their top-grade sound system. Located only a minute away from Shibuya station, the club has an impressive view of the famous Shibuya crossing and features a number of resident DJs who rotate throughout the week. Some of Tokyo’s top DJs play here from time to time, and the venue attracts a diverse crowd, from college graduates to businesspeople reliving their disco days.
This nightclub franchise, which originally opened its doors in Manchester, UK, has locations worldwide and has now opened an outpost in Tokyo. Occupying the top two floors of Q-Plaza, Sankeys Penthouse overlooks Harajuku’s colourful and busy streets. Grab a drink in the casual bar area and dance the night away on the 10th floor, or go upstairs and sit on an almost-too-comfortable couch to chat with friends. With tall ceilings and a terrace, the top floor replicates a fancy hotel bar, making it the perfect place for a sophisticated night on the town.
Ginza is Tokyo’s most popular shopping district, featuring high-end brands and numerous department stores. But among all the glitz and glamour is one of the city’s hottest nightclubs, PLUSTOKYO, which opened its doors in November 2018. Each room has a different theme – step inside to be greeted by an enormous painting of Mount Fuji that resembles murals in Japanese public baths. Continue into several rooms and hallways decorated with modern art pieces and neon signs, a punk-themed VIP room and another room illuminated with pink-hued lighting, all of which combine to make PlusTokyo the perfect playground for art aficionados. This venue has hosted several popular DJs already, including Steve Aoki and Alice Wonderland.
This is an updated version of a story originally created by Lucy Dayman.