Late-night restaurants - central Tokyo

Omotesando

Marzac (Omotesando - Izakaya). 6418-5063
Charcoal-grilled meaty snacks and good-value wine by the glass are the draw at this casual late-night bar. There's a selection of around ten decently drinkable wines from France, Italy and the New World for just Y500 a glass, along with a big selection by the bottle. The chalkboard menus list plenty of daily specials, along with simple vegetable dishes and grilled lamb, chicken, pork and beef.
SunmapShibuya 2-2-3, Luca Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Den Aquaroom Aoyama (Omotesando - Bar). 5778-2090
This elegant, very relaxed bar features gigantic fishtanks filled with exotic tropical fish from Okinawa and environs. The menu includes tasty original cocktails and light food items. There's a Y700 per person table charge.
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-13-3. Open 6pm-2am daily.
!!Cicada (Omotesando - Mediterranean). 6434-1255
First-rate Mediterranean cuisine from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor group (Beacon, Ivy Place). Now located in the heart of Aoyama (after a decade in Hiroo), the spacious quarters are evocative of a luxury tropical resort, with comfortable terrace seating, pools of water and an appealing open-air bar. The complex also houses a branch of TY Harbor's excellent bakery, Breadworks, and a casual cafe space called Crisscross. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-7-28. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO) daily.
A to Z Cafe (Omotesando - Cafe). 5464-0281
Those with a fondness for cartoon-character dolls and action figures will find a kindred spirit in Yoshitomo Nara, whose paintings and sculptures of devilish children are as disconcerting as they are cute. A joint project with the Graf design firm, A to Z Cafe, with its original artwork, mismatched furniture, and liberal use of worn wood and corrugated iron, is a cool place to spend the afternoon. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-8-3, Equbo Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
Toriyoshi (Omotesando - Yakitori). 3403-7720
Spectacular chicken wings and other chicken specialties, and a tasteful, traditional Japanese interior.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 3-18-16, Behind exit A4 Omotesando station. (across from El Torito) Open 5pm-4:30am daily.
!!Torimikura (Omotesando - Yakitori). 5770-5039
Excellent charcoal-grilled yakitori and other chicken dishes are the specialty at this branch of the Aburiya Fudo group of restaurants.
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 3-12-4. Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
!!Galali (Omotesando - Izakaya). 3408-2818
This stylish little izakaya offers excellent food, a good sake selection, and an entire menu page devoted to different varieties of salt - 12 of them in all. Charcoal-grilled seafood and vegetables are among the food highlights. Budget around Y2500 without drinks. [Go to branch review]
SunmapJingumae 3-6-5. Open 6pm-3am daily.
Uotami (Gaienmae - Izakaya). 3408-4288
A very inexpensive izakaya-style menu, with the emphasis on fresh seafood. Good food for the price, and mostly private rooms.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 3-8-40, 2F. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Office (Gaienmae - Bar). 5786-1052
For those who hate leaving work, this popular DJ bar is decorated like an office, with file cabinets, bookshelves, and copier machine. Different DJs nightly, a young crowd, a full food menu, and a good nighttime view down Aoyama-dori.
SunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
!!Jap Cho Ok (Gaienmae - Korean). 5410-3408
Jap Cho Ok serves up modern Korean cuisine that hasn't lost its bite, with an emphasis on herbs and spices and fresh, top-grade ingredients. The menu is large and diverse, with plenty of vegetarian items. [Note that the restaurant is located in the basement of a large modern building between Nishi-Azabu and Gaienmae, underneath some shops, and it's fairly difficult to find; readers regularly report that it's closed.] [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 4-1-15, Alteka Belte Plaza B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Lapaz (Jingumae 2-chome - Cafe). 6438-9624
Oh, it's another trendy, all-day, late-night cafe-bar that also sells clothing and furniture! Lapaz's food menu includes oatmeal, quinoa salads, lentil soup and wrap sandwiches, and breakfast is served from 7:30am. Note that they close a bit earlier on Sundays (6pm) and Mondays (midnight).
SunmapJingumae 2-22-2. Open 7:30am-4am daily.
Bepocah (Jingumae 2-chome - Peruvian). 6804-1377
Bepocah serves upscale Peruvian fare, with an impressive selection of cebiches, tiraditos and other marinated fresh-seafood dishes. Prix-fixe menus are Y4500 and Y5000, or you can order a la carte. The convenient late-night hours - open until 5am on weekend nights - are an added bonus.
mapJingumae 2-17-6. Open 5pm-2am (Fr, Sa -5am). Closed Sundays.

Nishi-Azabu

Implicito (Nishi-Azabu - Wine bar). 5774-4433
A small, casual Italian wine bar that serves around twenty wines by the glass, in all price ranges, along with light snacks. [Show more]
SunmapHigashi 4-6-3. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Helmsdale (Nishi-Azabu - Bar). 3486-4220
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and kipper herring. Open shockingly late.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 7-13-12. Open 6pm-8am daily.
Ahill (Nishi-Azabu - Teppanyaki). 5766-2020
A snazzy little grill-counter setup specializing in Japanese beef steaks and other grilled meats (lamb, Iberico pork), French teppanyaki style. The prix-fixe menus also include the shop's original curry-rice after the main course. The all-French wine list ranges from Y3000 - Y177,000 per bottle; dinners from Y4095.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 4-22-10, Prestage Nishi-Azabu 1F. Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
Tafia (Nishi-Azabu - Bar). 3407-2219
Officially known as "Rhum et cafe Tafia," this bar's emphasis is more on the rum end of the spectrum, with a breathtaking variety (some 300 bottles) that includes limited-edition labels that you won't find in shops.
mapNishi-Azabu 2-15-14, West Point Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
La Boheme (Nishi-Azabu - Italian). 3407-1363
A convenient late-night Italian standby.
no smokingSunmapNishi-Azabu 2-25-18. Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
Taku (Nishi-Azabu - Sushi). 5774-4372
It's unusual to find high-quality sushi like this outside Ginza, but here it's presented in a modern dining room with late-night hours. They also serve French wines as an alternative to sake; wines from Y1000/ glass or Y10,000-Y150,000/ bottle. Budget around Y18,000 for dinner.
no smokingmapNishi-Azabu 2-11-5. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Zest (Nishi-Azabu - Tex-Mex). 3400-2235
Well-prepared, casual California-Mexican dishes and a variety of ever-popular frozen margaritas.
no smokingSunmapNishi-Azabu 2-13-15. Open 11:30-2:30am daily.
Gompachi (Nishi-Azabu - Japanese). 5771-0170
Good sushi and other straight-ahead Japanese fare from the late-night Global Dining group (La Boheme, Zest, etc.). The massive, multi-story space is always buzzing with activity, and sometimes seems to be the center of an international social scene in Tokyo.
no smokingdecorSunmapNishi-Azabu 1-13-11. Open 11:30am-2:45am daily.
!Gogyou (Nishi-Azabu - Ramen). 5775-5566
Excellent miso-style ramen. Gogyo blackens their miso in a kitchen-side fire show while preparing the soup.
SunmapNishi-Azabu 1-4-36. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-2:30am daily.
!Chinese Cafe Eight (Nishi-Azabu - Chinese). 5414-5708
Very good Peking duck and other Chinese fare at amazingly low prices. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNishi-Azabu 3-2-13, Court Annex 2F. Open 24 hours a day.
!Restaurant J (Hiroo - International). 5798-9070
The very talented Chef Ueki serves up contemporary international cuisine with a French base; it's the kind of place where the staff lovingly describe every ingredient on each plate as it arrives at your table. The separate bar area is open till 4am (except Sundays); Y500 table charge. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Bondi Cafe (Hiroo - Cafe). 5422-9449
A casual, open-air, dog-friendly cafe on a back street behind Hiroo station. The food menu tends toward Hawaiian and Asian fusion, with above-average prices.
SunmapMinami-Azabu 5-15-9, Barbizon70 1F. Open 9am-2am daily.
Hanauta (Hiroo - Okinawan). 5791-2524
A wide range of Okinawan standards and unusual original dishes (like aloe sashimi), plus plenty of awamori.
SunmapHiroo 5-17-6, Kawakami Bldg. B1F. (Walk west from Hiroobashi and turn left on the second corner (before Homework's); Hanuta is on the right after 1 min.) Open 6pm-3am daily.
La Pitchouli de Loulou (Hiroo - French). 3440-5858
This cozy bistrot serves hearty French country cuisine - cassoulets, blood sausages - and many reasonly priced wines by the glass or bottle. The late-night hours are convenient, and perhaps the best time to visit; the counter can get a bit cramped and smoky earlier in the evening.
SunmapEbisu 2-23-3. Open 7pm-3am. Closed Mondays.
Tenement (Shirokanedai - Cafe). 3440-6771
The atmosphere is relaxed and the music is downbeat at this very casual late-night cafe-bar. The drinks menu offers a decent selection of cocktails.
mapEbisu 2-39-4. Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
La Boheme (Shirokanedai - Italian). 3442-4060
One of the few late-night spots in the neighborhood; pizzas and pastas in a multi-level, palatial setting.
no smokingSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Blue Point (Shirokanedai - Cafe). 3280-2020
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.
SunmapShirokanedai 4-19-19. Open 11:30-3am daily.
!Himonoya (Meguro east side) (Meguro - Izakaya). 3442-8088
A relaxed late-night izakaya with good food and drink. One of the specialties is himono, various types of dried fish that are served grilled. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food and drink.
SunmapKami-Osaki 2-14-5, Crystal Tower B1F. Open 11am-2, 5pm-5am daily.
65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe (Meguro - Beer bar). 6450-4665
Located very near Meguro Station, this world-beer bar is most notable for its late-night hours (until 7am every day). The 100-odd beers on offer seem almost randomly chosen, but there are a few very nice Belgians, microbrews and British ales among them, along with bar snacks like fish and chips. The basement dining area is reasonably large, with a big-screen TV showing an odd mix of sporting events (football, billiards).
SunmapKami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Ippudo (Gotanda - Ramen). 5740-7697
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
SunmapNishi-Gotanda 1-25-5. Open 11am-4am daily.
Ringer Hut (Gotanda - Japanese regional). 6408-6585
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice. Open Mondays 7am-midnight; Tuesday-Friday 24 hrs; Sat midnight-5am; Sun 11am-10pm.
SunmapHigashi-Gotanda 1-14-15. Open 24 hours a day.
Nonki (Gotanda - Izakaya). 3443-2515
A small sake pub with good food, some of it Okinawan-style.
mapHigashi-Gotanda 1-6-6. Open 6pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Anna Miller's (Shinagawa - Coffee shop). 3443-3385
The last surviving Japan branch of the former cult favorite coffeeshop, Anna Miller's serves a variety of pies and American-style breakfasts.
SunmapTakanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F. Open 7:30am-3am daily.
Adan (Shirokane-Takanawa - Okinawan). 5444-4507
An Okinawan bar/restaurant with live music.
mapMita 5-9-15. Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.

Roppongi

Cyclo (Roppongi - Vietnamese). 3478-4964
Vietnamese standards competently prepared, plus a very limited wine list. The high points are the charming modern decor and the convenient late-night hours.
decormapRoppongi 6-6-9, Piramide Bldg. 1F. Open 11:30am-5, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Shonzui (Roppongi - Wine bar). 3405-7478
The selection at this tiny wine bar is mainly French, with an emphasis on organic varieties and good value for money. There are usually around a dozen wines by the glass (starting at Y900) and many more by the bottle. The food menu is simple bistrot-style fare - pates and rillettes, charcuterie and cheeses. Budget around Y3000 for food.
mapRoppongi 7-10-2. Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
!!Ryugin (Roppongi - Kaiseki). 3423-8006
Chef Seiji Yamamoto does a very impressive take on experimental cuisine from a Japanese perspective, with eye-openers like edamame foam with pulverized ice cream and foie gras with figs. Eleven-course prix-fixe menus run Y15,750, Y21,000 and Y26,250, and there's a seven-sake selection paired with the food for an extra Y5000.
no smokingmapRoppongi 7-17-24, Site Roppongi Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sunday.
Belg Aube (Roppongi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3403-1161
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
mapRoppongi 7-9-2. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
Zero Bar (Roppongi - Wine bar). 5775-0010
Like a good man, a predator-free champagne bar in Roppongi is hard to find. Fortunately, there's Zero Bar. Conveniently located near Tokyo Midtown, this place is just the ticket for a glass of bubbly before the last train at night, or before the first train in the morning (the bar stays open until 5am Tuesday - Saturday). [Show more]
SunmapRoppongi 4-10-5. Open 8pm-4:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
LB6 (Roppongi - Grill). 3478-0222
A reasonably priced, very casual wine bar and grill. The eclectic wine list starts from Y2500/bottle, with 11 wines by the glass or decanter. There are also microbrew beers from Baird Brewery and artisanal cocktails. The food menu features dishes like grilled loin of pork and lamb chops, assorted hams, and shellfish steamed in wine.
no smokingSunmapRoppongi 4-11-13. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Havana Cafe (Roppongi - Tex-Mex). 3423-3500
A casual but hip cafe serving fajitas, burritos, BBQ, burgers, etc. prepared Japanese-style.
SunmapRoppongi 4-12-2. Open 11:30-5am daily.
Ippudo (Roppongi - Ramen). 5775-7561
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
SunmapRoppongi 4-9-11. Open 11am-4am (Fri -5am, Sun -1am) daily.
Vegematto (Roppongi - Italian). 6804-3791
Italian-inspired late-night vegetable dining, with produce from organic farms around Japan. Prix-fixe menus are Y3000-4000, and include cheese fondue or bagna cauda as a main course. There are more than fifty wines, starting at Y3000/bottle.
mapRoppongi 3-9-3, Dai-2 Roppongi Village Bldg 1F. Open 7pm-7am. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Hard Rock Cafe (Roppongi - Burgers). 3408-7018
Tasty burgers, loud music, big crowds. Open 11:30am-2am (M-Th), to 4am (Fri., Sat.), to 11:30pm (Sun.)
SunmapRoppongi 5-4-20. Open 11:30-2am (weekends to 4am) daily.
Ant 'n Bee (Roppongi - Beer bar). 3478-1250
More than twenty Japanese microbrew beers are served on tap at this late-night beer specialist. The food menu is limited to fish and chips and similar bar fare.
SunmapRoppongi 5-1-5, B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Jomon (Roppongi - Yakitori). 3405-2585
Hataka (Kyushu) style kushiyaki is the specialty here, with excellent (though rather salty) grilled skewers of chicken and pork parts and vegetables. Seating can be a bit cramped and smoky but the food is fantastic. A sister shop to Teyandei in Nishi-Azabu.
SunmapRoppongi 5-9-17. Open 6pm-5am daily.
Cafe Frangipani (Roppongi - Cafe). 3478-2966
This extremely casual venue is furnished with patched-up and mismatched sofas, herds of stuffed animals, and an actual VW bus with a table and chairs inside. There's a rotating art exhibition on the walls, and some outdoor tables up front. The small menu includes dishes like gorgonzola bacon tortilla wraps and an assorted "deli" platter, plus chai and cocktails.
SunmapRoppongi 6-8-21. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Chianti (Iikura) (Roppongi - Italian). 3583-7546
An expensive (and very good) Italian restaurant downstairs, and a cafe upstairs serving drinks, coffee and desserts.
SunmapAzabudai 3-1-7. Open noon-2:30am (LO) daily.
Kitchen Salvatore, The (Roppongi Hills - Italian). 5772-0065
Upscale Italian cooking from the popular Salvatore Cuomo chain.
decorSunmapRoppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 507. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Kushinobo (Roppongi Hills - Kushiage). 5771-0094
Late-night kushi-katsu, with shochu, awamori and sake from around Japan.
SunmapRoppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 509. Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Bali Cafe Putri (Roppongi Hills - Indonesian). 5786-7795
Curries and other Balinese standards in a pleasant setting, with a good deal of outdoor seating. It's also a nice place to stop for an out-of-the-ordinary dessert and coffee.
SunmapRoppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside B103. Open 11am-4am (LO) daily.
Ukyo (Azabu-Juban - Izakaya). 6804-6646
The fantastic sake list here (more than 200 varieties) is supported by a solid sake-friendly food menu, including many Okinawan dishes and luxurious items like foie gras and uni. Budget around Y7000 for ample food and drink.
SunmapAzabu-Juban 2-6-3. Open 6pm-4am daily.
Craft Hands (Azabu-Juban - Beer bar). 3568-3723
This intimate neighborhood beer bar covers all the bases, with a dozen domestic craft beers on tap, plus a fridge filled with another fifty crafty US and Belgian imports by the bottle - the Belgians complete with matching glassware. Oh, and wine too - some sixteen varieties by the glass. [Show more]
SunmapAzabu-Juban 1-3-13, Casa Esencia 1F/B1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
La Boheme (Azabu-Juban - Italian). 6400-3060
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night hours.
no smokingSunmapAzabu-Juban 2-3-7. Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.
Burgaz Ada (Azabu-Juban - Turkish). 3769-0606
The recipes at Burgaz Ada are from Constantinople, not Istanbul, as the chef is ambitiously working to recreate historical dishes from the Ottoman Empire - the roots of modern Turkish cuisine. Full-course menus Y6,900-13,650, wines from Y4,500/bottle. An a la carte menu is available after 9pm.
SunmapAzabu-Juban 3-7-4, Azabu Rikudo 3F. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Franziskaner (Kamiyacho - German). 3436-6949
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Die Wurst")
SunmapToranomon 5-11-12. (above Kamiyacho station) Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.

Central Tokyo

Zipangu (Akasaka - International). 3580-3661
Japanese fusion, sushi, sake and drinks in a very spectacular, fun setting. Budget around Y10,000 for dinner and drinks.
decorSunmapNagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu 14F. Open 5pm-2:30am (LO) daily.
Ninja Akasaka (Akasaka - International). 5157-3936
You might go only once for the novelty factor, but this entertaining ninja-themed restaurant has better food than one might expect. Multi-course tasting menus are Y5,555-15,000 and feature dishes like foie gras and veal creme brulee, and Ninja-style roast lamb with Korean flavoring.
decorSunmapNagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Spain Club Ala (Akasaka - Spanish). 3586-6011
Tasty tapas and main dishes and reasonable Spanish wines from the popular Spanish chain.
mapAkasaka 3-7-17. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Chinese Cafe Eight (Akasaka - Chinese). 6234-9788
You'll find great Peking Duck here - just Y3680 for a portion big enough for three or four people - plus a big menu of surprisingly inexpensive dumplings and small-plate dishes. [Go to branch review]
SunmapAkasaka 3-8-8, Akasaka Floral Plaza Bldg B1F. Open 24 hours a day.
Sangendou Akasaka #2 (Akasaka - Izakaya). 5575-3411
This very reasonably priced izakaya chain offers good food and good value. The impressively diverse menu features soba noodles, kushiyaki (both yakitori and other meats on skewers), homemade tofu, "Kyoto-style oden," and lots of good seasonal specials. There are over a dozen different sakes to try, and you can choose any three as a "tasting set" for Y1000; other drinks include awamori cocktails, shochu, beer and wine. There are two other Akasaka branches nearby.
SunmapAkasaka 3-21-10, Akasaka NS Bldg 1/2F. Open 11:30am-1:45, 5pm-5am (-10pm weekends) daily.
Butta (Akasaka - Izakaya). 5545-5443
Butta specializes in yakiton - some two dozen types of grilled pork on skewers - from premium name-brand pork. There are also grilled vegetables and pork motsunabe (stew made from pork innards); budget around Y2500 at dinnertime.
mapAkasaka 4-2-3, Dia City Akasaka Hitotsukikan 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Antwerp Port (Akasaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3584-3301
An excellent selection of Belgian beers and good Belgian cuisine. The dining space is large and has a European-style feel to it. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime; there's a Y500 cover charge. [Go to branch review]
SunmapAkasaka 4-3-6, Hitotsugi Lip 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5pm-2am (LO). Open every day.
Uotami (Akasaka - Izakaya). 3224-9188
An inexpensive and lively chain of izakayas with very convenient hours and all private dining rooms.
SunmapAkasaka 2-14-33, Akasaka Mita Bldg. 4F. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Comme a la Maison (Akasaka - French). 3505-3345
If you don't mind spending around Y10,000/person for bistrot-style seating and a fairly limited menu, the food here is pretty good - authentic regional dishes from the southwest of France.
mapAkasaka 6-4-15. Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ringer Hut (Shimbashi - Japanese regional). 3436-4453
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
SunmapShimbashi 3-11-2. Open 10am-5am (Sun -10pm) daily.
Dedesuke (Shimbashi - Izakaya). 3431-3442
Most Shimbashi drinking spots close before midnight, but if you've somehow managed to miss the last train, Dedesuke is certainly worth knowing about. Open until 4am, this casual izakaya serves budget wines, a handful of well-chosen sake, and great charcoal-grilled pork and chicken skewers and A5-grade beef. Budget around Y2500-4000 for food and drink.
SunmapShimbashi 3-16-4. Open 4pm-3am (LO; Sun 1-10pm) daily.
Zest (Ginza - Tex-Mex). 5524-3621
Reasonably priced fare from the Tex side of the Tex-Mex border, with colorful frozen and non-frozen margaritas.
no smokingSunmapGinza 1-2-3. (under the highway, across from Seiyo Hotel) Open 11:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
Sala Amabile (Ginza - Italian). 3535-6669
A more casual sister restaurant of the very upscale Aroma Fresca, with late-night hours and lunch service. Budget around Y6,000 for lunch and Y12,000 at dinnertime for food.
mapGinza 2-6-5, Ginza Trecious Bldg 12F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30pm-1am (LO). Closed Sun.
Houblon (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3564-1671
The multi-level complex comprises a Belgian restaurant on the top floor, a shot bar in the basement, and a Belgian beer specialist on the ground floor. They stock more than 300 beers by the bottle, plus five taps devoted to a rotating selection of guest beers.
SunmapGinza 3-2-11. Open 3pm-3am (Sat, Sun noon-3am). Open every day.
Ippudo (Ginza - Ramen). 3547-1010
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
SunmapGinza 4-10-3, Central Bldg 1F. Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -3; Sun -1) daily.
Roy G. Biv (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3569-2380
A late-night hideaway bar in Ginza, with just twenty seats and a selection of around 25 Belgian beers. There's also a small snack menu. (They close at midnight on Saturdays.)
mapGinza 5-6-14, Ginza Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
La Boheme (Ginza - Italian). 3572-5005
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night service.
no smokingSunmapGinza 6-4-1, Tokaido Ginza Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:45am (LO) daily.
Kuri (Ginza - Bar). 3573-8033
Sliding open the door of Kuri feels like unearthing a secret treasure. Hidden on the second floor of a drab building in Ginza, this cozy bar seats a scant twelve, yet boasts a menu featuring over 100 varieties of sake. The modern Japanese decor deftly employs noren curtains, dark wood, and soft lights to create an intimate and inviting space. Sake bottles are attractively displayed behind the bar on a tall shelf set into the wall. There's room for six at the bar, with a handful of small tables on the other side of a slatted-wood partition. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapGinza 6-4-15, Tony Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-2:30am (LO; 3am Fri, midnight Sat). Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Antwerp Six (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5568-0091
You'll find good Belgian food (including mussels and great frites), a nice selection of beers, and convenient late-night hours from this branch of the Belgian Beer Cafe chain (they also run Antwerp Central in Marunouchi). [Go to branch review]
SunmapGinza 8-2-1. Open 11:30am-4am daily.
Paka (Shintomicho - Bar). 3551-2500
This tiny local bar is worth knowing about for its budget-friendly happy hour (6-8pm) and its good pizzas and other bar snacks. Most of the action is up front at the stand-up bar, but there are a couple of miniature seating areas in back for parties of 2-4 people.
mapShintomi 2-1-3. Open 6pm-4am. Closed weekends.
Zanmai Bekkan (Tsukiji - Sushi). 5148-3737
Good value and convenient hours at this outer-market Tsukiji sushi shop. It's fairly spacious so there aren't long waiting lines, and there's an English menu if you need one. Nigiri set menus start at Y3000, or you can order by the piece.
SunmapTsukiji 4-10-6. Open 24 hours a day.
Zanmai Sushi (Tsukiji - Sushi). 3541-1117
Fresh fish, cheap prices, convenient hours at this well-known tuna specialist.
SunmapTsukiji 4-11-9. Open 24 hours a day.
Anthemble (Marunouchi - Singaporean). 5220-1923
A Singapore-style dining bar with a nice view out over Marunouchi Brick Square. Budget around Y4000 for dinner. Open until 2am Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
SunmapMarunouchi 2-6-1, Brick Square 3F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Mucho Modern Mexicano (Marunouchi - Mexican). 5218-2791
This lavishly decorated late-night restaurant offers a variety of small-plate Mexican dishes for Y300 and Y500, with items like pork ajillo, shrimp and avocado ceviche, and softshell crab fritters. They also serve Tex-Mex standards like enchiladas, burritos and fajitas. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
decorSunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 2F. Open 11am-3:15am (LO; Sun -10:15pm) daily.
!Antwerp Central (Marunouchi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5288-7370
AC's atmosphere and decor are very European in feel, and the large food menu includes surprisingly authentic Belgian specialties like "stoemp" - a hearty platter of mashed potatoes and root vegetables. The bar serves more than 30 Belgian beers, including Leffe Blond and three others on tap. Ample terrace seating is available. Bar open until 4am weeknights, midnight weekends. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia B1F. Open 11am-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
Franz Club (Marunouchi - German). 5224-8678
Part of the popular Franziskaner chain, Franz club offers a decent selection of German beers and nice roast meats, sausages, ham and similar fare, served well into the wee hours of the morning. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. There's also a deluxe weekend brunch priced at Y2980.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
So Tired (Marunouchi - Chinese). 5220-1358
Better-than-average creative Cantonese cooking in a festive setting, part of the Shin Maru Building's seventh-floor "Home" complex. The assorted appetizer platter is worth a try, as is the chozume sausage. Last order for lunch is 5pm. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
decorSunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 7F. Open 11am-3:30am (LO) daily.
Soba Kichi (Marunouchi - Izakaya). 5222-5133
You might not expect to find a bustling late-night drinking scene on the seventh floor of an office building, but Soba Kichi is just one small part of the very lively "Home" restaurant complex in the Shin-Maru Biru across from Tokyo Station. Budget prices are a big part of the appeal - you can enjoy a couple of drinks and snacks here for under Y2000. [Show more]
SunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 7F. Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
Bannzai Vino (Kyobashi - Wine bar). 5542-1889
If you're looking for a wine bar in Kyobashi that won't doesn't roll up the shutters at 11pm, Bannzai Vino is open until 4am (except Sundays), and serves fairly decent food along with wine from Y700/glass.
SunmapKyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden 1F. Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
Fairfax Grill (Yotsuya 3-chome - International). 3353-6540
Innovative Pacific Rim cuisine, convenient late-night hours, friendly service, and a large, well-chosen New World wine list. The atmosphere has the feel of a comfortable neighborhood bistro. The food menu promises adventure, an ever-changing selection with tastes ranging from sea urchin and ikura with green tea noodles to Louisiana shrimp. [Show more]
SunmapFunamachi 8. Open 11am-2am daily.
!Dodo (Yotsuya 3-chome - Yakitori). 3356-8403
Memorable charcoal-grilled yakitori for Y4,000 to Y8,000 per person (with drinks). They've got an interesting sake list, including multiple variations from Kubota and other small brewers.
mapFunamachi 12. (on Gaien-Higashi-dori) Open 6pm-5am (Sat. to 11pm). Closed Sundays.
Carino (Yotsuya 3-chome - Spanish). 3225-6226
"Jamon y vino" is the simple yet enticing concept at this small tapas bar, with Spanish wines starting at around Y3800 per bottle. Typical dishes include Iberico chorizo sausages, Catalan-style pizzas, and grilled meats and seafood on skewers. The food is great, but the pace of delivery can be somewhat leisurely. Budget around Y4000 for food and drink.
mapArakicho 1, Nakabayashi Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tsuruya Vino (Yotsuya 3-chome - Wine bar). 5368-0307
This tiny neighborhood wine bar has the unusual policy of letting you try before you buy - you can take a sip or two of whatever bottles are open before committing to their wine by the glass. The food is also quite good, with game birds and meats in season and numerous smaller dishes if you just want a quick nibble. Budget around Y4000-7000 at dinnertime. [Show more]
mapArakicho 7-3, Monserrat Yotsuya 1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Akiyama (Akebonobashi - Izakaya). 5269-6093
Udon noodles and decent izakaya fare are served until late at night at this neighbhorhood drinking spot. Open until 11pm Saturdays, 2am on weeknights (LO).
mapArakicho 23-15. Open 5pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bottega (Yotsuya - Wine bar). 3358-9547
This casual bistro offers value-priced wines and meaty Mediterranean snacks late into the night. The spacious basement dining room has a warm feel to it - heavy on the wood and brick, with floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with wine bottles surrounding the tables. [Show more]
SunmapYotsuya 1-24, Mitsui Garden Hotel B1F. Open 5pm-3am (LO; Sat, Sun - 11:30pm) daily.
!Salsa Cabana Bar (Yotsuya - Tex-Mex). 3225-1774
Solid Tex-Mex food and friendly service.
SunmapYotsuya 1-20-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Yotsuya Brewery (Yotsuya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3353-1009
No, despite the name this isn't a brewpub, simply a small neighborhood bar with a decent selection of Belgian beers on tap and by the bottle. Prices are around average, and opening hours are very late.
SunmapYotsuya 1-8, Nakagawa Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-5am (Sat -2am, Sun -12) daily.
Ajanta (Kojimachi - Indian). 3264-4255, 3264-6955
A huge menu, great food, a surprising variety of different breads, and extremely convenient hours.
SunmapNibancho 3-11. (Across from Nihon TV.) Open 24 hours a day.
Pauke (Ichigaya - German). 3264-7890
Traditional, meaty German fare along with live music.
mapYonbancho 4-8, B1F, Nomura Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-2am (LO 1:30). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Ringer Hut (Kagurazaka - Japanese regional). 3260-2978
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
SunmapTenjincho 63-1. Open 11am-2am daily.
Sakurasaku (Kagurazaka - Izakaya). 5206-8547
The specialties here are charcoal-grilled fish and seafood on skewers, plus deep-fried fish and vegetables on skewers. There's a big open kitchen and counter area, plus high tables with stools. Budget around Y2800 for food and some drinks.
SunmapKagurazaka 6-8. Open 5pm-3am (Sat, Sun -11pm) daily.
!La Cuchara (Kagurazaka - Spanish). 5228-5058
Convivial bonhomie beams from the second-story window of this lively tapas bar in Kagurazaka. Inside, ceramic plates painted in sunny Andalucian colors hang above the brick-lined counter. Bottles of wine, conveniently marked with prices and descriptions, line the tall wooden shelves at the far end of the room. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the space seem bigger than it is - the bar seats a scant twenty-four - and create an atmosphere that feels both intimate and open. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapKagurazaka 4-3, Omiya Bldg 2F. Open 5:30pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
!El Pulpo (Kagurazaka - Spanish). 3269-6088
Tapas bars and restaurants are over Tokyo, but El Pulpo may be the only place that bills itself as a "marisqueria" - a Spanish restaurant specializing in seafood. The food here is fantastic, using fresh seafood that's delivered directly from Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapKagurazaka 4-3, Miyazaki Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
!Bitter (Kagurazaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5261-3087
Often hidden backstreet bars like this - quiet, sophisticated, with tasteful but understated decor - specialize in expensive Scotch whisky or cocktails, so it's nice to find a place like this with a serious Belgian beer menu. Food includes freshly shaved Parmesan, pork rillettes and shepherd's pie, and prices are a bit higher than average (around Y1200-1500 for a typical bottle of Belgian). Located upstairs in a residential-looking building, the bar can be very hard to find, but that's part of its charm.
mapTsukudocho 1-14, Sun Heights Sakatabashi 203. (walk up Kagurazaka-dori and turn right at Gojuban Chinese steamed bun shop, it's on the right side after about 4 min.) Open 5pm-2am. Closed weekends.
!Shugo (Kagurazaka - Italian). 5228-1801
Shugo is the kind of laid-back neighborhood Italian restaurant where you can order from the menu or just leave things up to the chef - it's hard to go wrong either way. Main dishes are built around top-grade ingredients like aged Hokkaido beef and Hokkaido crab, and there's a nice selection of creative pastas. The wine list includes many good wines in the Y3000-6000 range - not only Italians but some New World choices as well. [Show more]
mapTsukudo Hachimancho 5-12. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO). Closed Sun, first Mon.
El Camino (Iidabashi - Spanish). 3266-0088
A tapas bar with Spanish wines.
mapKagurazaka 3-1. Open 5:30pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Frigo Est (Suidobashi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3262-1138
A comfortable and spacious Belgian specialty bar with nearly 100 beers by the bottle that you can select and serve yourself from the big glass refrigerators. They also have unusual beers on draft (Witkap Pater) and a modest food menu.
SunmapNishi-Kanda 2-1-12, Umezawa Bldg 2F. Open 5:30pm-2am daily.
Ringer Hut (Ochanomizu - Japanese regional). 5283-6230
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
SunmapKanda Surugadai 2-6-11, No. 87 Tokyo Bldg. Open 10am-4am (Sun -2am) daily.
Maenam no hotori (Jimbocho - Thai). 3238-9597
The dishes here are authentic and spicy, from a fairly wide menu, and the late-night hours are convenient. Budget around Y2000 at dinnertime.
mapKanda Jimbocho 2-1. Open 11:30-2:30, 5pm-1am (LO; Sat. to 9pm). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Brussels (Jimbocho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3233-4247
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
mapKanda Ogawamachi 3-16-1. Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays.
Jha Bar (Awajicho - Beer bar). 3252-3258
Four beers on tap and many more by the bottle at this late-night bar, with an unusual selection mostly from Belgium, Germany and the UK. The food menu features pizzas, salads and tapas-style small dishes. Open until 4am Friday nights, 11:30pm Saturdays.
mapKanda Tacho 2-5, Togin Kanda Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Sengoku Jiman (Sengoku - Ramen). 3944-0336
Good, solid tonkotsu ramen is served here, and they do a "vegetable ramen" with lots of fresh vegetables to go with your pork.
SunmapHon-Komagome 6-5-4. Open 11am-2am (Sun -midnight). Closed Wednesdays.
Vivo Daily Stand (Otsuka - Wine bar). 5972-4622
Cheeses, pates and other snacks are just Y400, while wine ranges from Y500-700 per glass at this casual neighborhood wine bar.
SunmapKita-Otsuka 2-12-6. Open 5pm-2am daily.

East Side

Marcato (Bakurocho - Burgers). 6206-2352
The signature "Asakusa burger" in this neighborhood hangout is made with Black Angus wagyu beef. The shop also hosts live music and occasional darts matches.
SunmapNihonbashi Bakurocho 1-9-1, KN Bldg B1F. Open 11am-3am (Sun -7pm) daily.
Ippudo (Okachimachi - Ramen). 5807-2772
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
SunmapUeno 3-17-5. Open 11am-3am daily.
Ringer Hut (Okachimachi - Japanese regional). 5807-1045
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
SunmapUeno 6-8-5. Open 10am-2am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
Vinuls (Ueno - Spanish). 5826-5753
Spanish food and reasonably priced French and Spanish wines, with convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink at dinnertime. (From the same management as the Aux Amis des Vins chain of French wine bars.)
SunmapUeno 7-1-1, Atre 1F. Open 11am-4:30am daily.
Zanmai (Ueno - Sushi). 5807-6543
This convenient 24-hour branch of the popular Tsukiji-based budget sushi chain offers good value for money.
SunmapUeno 2-7-12. Open 24 hours a day.
Bar Six (Asakusa - Bar). 5806-5106
Located at the top of the very cultural Amuse Museum, Bar Six offers a nice evening view of the illuminated pagoda and temple buildings of nearby Sensoji Temple. Weather permitting, the outdoor terrace seats offer the best view. Drinks include cocktails and a few Belgian beers, and the casual food menu includes tasty snacks like fried chicken.
SunmapAsakusa 2-34-4, Amuse Museum 6F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Ringer Hut (Asakusa - Japanese regional). 5826-7362
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
SunmapHanakawado 1-2-5, Asakusa KS Bldg. Open 11am-2am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
Zanmai (Asakusa - Sushi). 5826-1375
Good value for money and a wide selection of fish at this convenient 24-hour branch of the famous Tsukiji-based sushi shop.
no smokingSunmapAsakusa 1-3-6. Open 24 hours a day.
Rigoletto (Oshiage - Italian). 5809-7401
Rotisserie chicken is the highlight of the menu at this Spanish-Italian chain restaurant. Open until 4am, Rigoletto is one of the few late-night choices in the neighborhood. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
SunmapOshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 2F East Yard. Open 11am-4am (-11pm Sun) daily.
Franz Club (Hamamatsucho - German). 6430-0128
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe menu consists of assorted German hams, sausages, pork cutlets, spaetzel dumplings in cheese sauce, and a pretzel. Unusual for this neighborhood, they're open till 4am Thursday and Friday nights.
SunmapKaigan 1-2-20, Shiodome Building 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10pm; Thu/Fri 3am; Sat/Sun 8pm. Open every day.
Italiana Enoteca D'Oro (Hamamatsucho - Italian). 6383-1522
There's no need for an elaborate meal if you're not in the mood; here you can settle in with a simple pizza margherita, a sampling of their fifteen different hams and salamis, and a nice bottle or two of Italian wine. The cellar stocks around 300-400 different bottles, so it may take awhile to choose. Open late Thursday and Friday evenings; budget from Y4000 at dinnertime with drinks.
SunmapKaigan 1-2-20, Shiodome Building 1F. Open 11am-4, 5-10:30pm (LO; 3am Thu/Fri). Open every day.
Ringer Hut (Hamamatsucho - Japanese regional). 5733-1051
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the above but in a pork-based soup). Side dishes include gyoza dumplings (regular, cheese, and mentaiko-cheese) and fried rice.
SunmapHamamatsucho 1-27-14. Open 10am-4am (Sat, Sun 11am-11pm) daily.
Keawjai (Kinshicho - Thai). 3634-9991
Excellent, authentic Thai food at reasonable prices. There are a few outdoor tables for the warmer months of the year. Budget around Y2000 at dinnertime.
SunmapKotobashi 2-15-4. Open 10am-4:15am (LO) daily.
Buono (Daiba - Bar). 3599-7777
In case you somehow miss the last train home from Odaiba, this very casual darts bar is open until morning, serving inexpensive food and drinks to go with your darts.
SunmapDaiba 1-6-1, Decks Tokyo Beach 1F. Open 11am-4:30am (LO) daily.
Gompachi (Daiba - Izakaya). 3599-4807
Inside Glien Passage, the theme-park-extravaganza restaurant complex in Aquacity, Gompachi offers a straight-ahead robatayaki menu - yakitori, grilled fish, assorted side dishes and a handful of soba variations to round things out. [See FULL REVIEW.]
no smokingdecorSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
La Boheme (Daiba - Italian). 3599-4801
Late-night pastas and Italian wines.
no smokingSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Monsoon Cafe (Daiba - World cuisine). 3599-4805
Assorted southeast Asian dishes and a large bar.
no smokingSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Zest (Daiba - Tex-Mex). 3599-4803
Dependable late-night Tex-Mex food and fun decor.
no smokingdecorSunmapDaiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.