Cocktail Bars

Stylish cocktail bars

At (Nishi-Shinjuku) 3342-1045
Very stylish, with a terrific view from the 49th floor of the Sumitomo Building, this modern izakaya serves an array of creative tapas, some (panko and Parmesan crusted chicken with a balsamic reduction) more successful than others (paella Valenciana flavored arancini). Tapas dishes start at Y300; budget around Y3000-4000 for a full meal with drinks.
viewdecorSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 2-6-1, Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg. 49F. Open 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
New York Bar (Nishi-Shinjuku) 5323-3458
Perched on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt hotel, the New York Bar makes good on its promise to offer the best view of Tokyo. The interior is a sleek haven of glass and dark wood enlivened by two vibrant Art Deco-inspired paintings on opposite walls. With its ebony chairs and walnut floors, the atmosphere is one of understated sophistication - there's nothing to detract from the stunning cityscape. [See FULL REVIEW.]
viewdecorSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 52F. Open 5pm-midnight (Thu-Sat -1am) daily.
Peak Lounge and Bar (Nishi-Shinjuku) 5323-3461
Enjoy chic cocktails in a bamboo grove high in the sky at the Park Hyatt's internationally famous bar and lounge. They also serve afternoon tea, desserts and light snacks. Cocktails start at around Y1600.
viewdecorSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 41F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Den Aquaroom Aoyama (Omotesando) 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.
latedecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-13-3. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Bar Rage (Omotesando) 5467-3977
Fancy fresh-fruit martinis are all the rage here, and owner Tomoyuki Kitazoe makes his own herbal and fruit syrups to use in them. The bar itself, located at the Nishi-Azabu end of Kotto-dori, is quite stylish and features an outdoor terrace area.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 7-13-13, Aoyama Jin & IT Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Two Rooms Bar (Omotesando) 3498-0002
Attached to the Two Rooms Grill, the bar and lounge area offers cocktails and a wide choice of wines from around the world in a lovely setting, with a big outdoor terrace looking out over Harajuku and points north. 10% service charge, but no table charge.
decorSunmapKita-Aoyama 3-11-7, AO Building 5F. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
!Radio Bar (Omotesando) 3402-2668
If the walls of Radio Bar could talk, they'd sing like Chet Baker and laugh like Marlene Dietrich. The indigo interior combines elements of traditional Japanese design with Art Deco ornamentation, and exudes an air of Hollywood in the fifties. The space is seductively dim, conducive to tete-a-tetes and true confessions. [Show more]
mapMinami-Aoyama 3-10-34. Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
!Aquavit Bar (Gaienmae) 5413-3300
This very stylish Scandinavian-design lounge features immense Austin Powers-style chairs in which you can plot world domination while you sip on unusual aquavit-based cocktails. They also serve home-made aquavit (Scandinavian schnapps) in eye-opening flavors like coconut-espresso and mango-lime-chili. The small food menu includes Swedish nibbles like roast beets with goat cheese (Y1750); and duck confit with lamb ragout (Y2400).
decorSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-5-8, Aoyama OM Square 1F. Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Ishinohana (Shibuya) 5485-8405
This stylishly retro watering hole in Shibuya serves original cocktails crafted with precision and panache. Bartender Shinobu Ishigaki has a winning way with unusual flavor combinations and mixes fruits, vegetables, and herbs into his drinks. [Show more]
mapShibuya 3-6-2, B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Stellato (Shirokanedai) 3442-5588
Upscale California dining in a fun, thirties-movie-palace setting, from the owners of the Zest-La Boheme chain. The mainly New World wine list is well assembled, and dinner with wine generally runs in the Y7,000-Y10,000 range.
no smokingdecorSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lobby Bar, Ritz-Carlton (Roppongi) 3423-8000
Nestled in overstuffed chairs with pillows covered in candy-colored pastel silk, visitors can enjoy spectacular views while listening to live Bossa Nova from 2:30-midnight. Arrive on the early side if you want a window seat - they are usually taken by 6pm. An entertainment charge of Y2500 applies after 8pm. [Show more]
viewSunmapAkasaka 9-7-1, Ritz-Carlton 45F. Open 2:30pm-midnight daily.
Union Square Tokyo (Roppongi) 5413-7780
Even if you're not having a meal here, the large bar in front of the restaurant is a nice place to stop for a cocktail or two, and they make excellent martinis. [Show more]
decorSunmapAkasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Mixx Bar (Tameike) 3505-1111
Mixx is among the first bars in Tokyo to wholeheartedly embrace the trend of molecular mixology. Signature cocktails include the Caprese, spiced tomato juice and vodka topped with mozzarella foam and fried basil, and the Oeuf a la coque, a creamy whip of rum, coconut, mango juice, and vanilla ice cream (Y2500 each). [Show more]
viewSunmapAkasaka 1-13-33, ANA Intercontinental Hotel 36F. Open 11:30am-1am daily.
TwentyEight (Shiodome) 6388-8000
Located in the lobby of the Conrad Hotel, TwentyEight is an oasis of muted monochromes with discrete edges. Dusk is arguably the best time to visit; calm settles over the space as the sunlight fades and votive candles flicker to life. The scene gets busier in the evenings, when the after-work crowd rolls in and the live band strikes up, but beware the Y1800 seating charge after 8pm. [Show more]
viewdecorSunmapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-9-1, Conrad Tokyo Hotel 28F. Open 9am-midnight daily.
Peter: The Bar (Hibiya) 6270-2763
Patrons lounge on pod-shaped seats beneath polished chrome trees, while ambient electronic music mingles with the soft glow of lavender neon from behind the black marble bar. Friendly service and the absence of a cover charge are a plus, making Peter: The Bar a fun place for a drink and a great view of the city. [Show more]
viewdecorSunmapYurakucho 1-8-1, The Peninsula Tokyo 24F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
High Five (Ginza) 3571-5815
Artisanal cocktails made from fresh seasonal fruits are a specialty at this ambitious bar, and their pina coladas and Singapore slings are quite impressive, although perhaps a bit pricier than average. Owner-bartender Hidetsugu Ueno will also improvise cocktails based on your mood and choice of spirits.
mapGinza 7-2-14, 26 Polestar Bldg 4F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
!Ekki Bar and Grill (Yaesu) 5222-7222
Located in the Four Seasons Marunouchi Hotel, Ekki Bar and Grill serves contemporary international cuisine and a nice selection of New World wines in a sophisticated setting. Weekend brunch menus from 11:30am-2pm start at Y3900. Live music Wednesday to Saturday from 9-11pm.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-11-1, Pacific Century Place. Open 6:30-10:30am, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
!Mandarin Bar (Mitsukoshimae) 3270-8188
Sumptuous is the word for the Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Nihonbashi. The interior by Ryu Kosaka, with richly tactile accents by textile designer Reiko Sudo, is chic and inviting, dominated by seductive earth tones. A live jazz band performs nightly for the relaxed and casual crowd, a mix of locals and visitors. No cover charge. [Show more]
viewdecorSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 37F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
!Fuglen (Yoyogi-Koen) 3481-0884
Japanese and Norwegian craft beers and artisanal cocktails are served at this very stylish Norwegian bar - the main branch is in Oslo. During the day they serve coffee and tea (but no food). [Show more]
open-airSunmapTomigaya 1-16-11. Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.

Comfortable hangouts

Fungo Dining (Nishi-Shinjuku) 5339-7123
This simple but stylish Italian cafe-restaurant turns into a relaxed late-night neighborhood bar after 11pm (Tuesday through Saturday nights), with reasonably priced wines and cocktails.
lateSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 6-16-7. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am (LO) daily.
Office (Gaienmae) 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.
viewlateSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
Sign (Gaienmae) 5474-5040
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
petsSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Ai Ai (Jingumae 2-chome) 3403-5575
An entertaining cave-like space with tiny doors, miniature rooms and lots of nooks and crannies. The menu features tasty and reasonably priced Okinawan, Thai and other Asian dishes along with assorted cocktails.
decormapJingumae 2-31-8. Open noon-2, 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shizen (Sendagaya) 3746-1334
Perched on top of a very tasteful store selling pottery and plants, this is a stylish cafe during the day and a casual bar at night, with simple but well-prepared food - salads, grilled fish, onigiri, etc.
decorSunmapSendagaya 2-28-5. Open noon-midnight daily.
Coci (Ebisu) 3442-5151
This stylish two-story cafe-bar looks like a ski chalet that's been sliced along the diagonal, with big windows looking out over the picturesque (at least at night) Shibuya River. Stop in for a late-night drink (there's plenty of reasonably priced wine by the glass or bottle) or a full meal. No cover charge. [Show more]
lateSunmapHigashi 3-16-10. Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-2am (4am Fri, 11pm Sun) daily.
Deep (Yotsuya 3-chome) 3351-2393
A quiet neighborhood spot with an impressive collection of jazz and soul music on vinyl, for your listening pleasure. There's a Y500 cover charge.
mapArakicho 1-2. Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
3rd Stone Cafe (Shimo-Kitazawa) 5481-3350
The decor here is all earth tones, raw concrete and slabs of wood, with a big tree sitting right in the middle of the floor. Music ranges from reggae to laid-back rock, and the atmosphere is totally chilled-out - people talk in hushed voices, which may be exactly what you need when you stumble in here at 3am. It's "cafe time" from 2-7pm, with coffee and cake. No table charge; no English.
lateSunmapKitazawa 2-14-1, OT Bldg 3F. Open 2pm-5am daily.
Vanilla Beans (Futago-tamagawa) 3708-6773
A casual bar/ cafe/ restaurant with a very varied but always appealing izakaya-style menu, with dishes like beef cheeks stewed in beer, Vietnamese spring rolls, and a lavishly constructed Salad Nicoise. The drinks list is similarly eclectic, with very reasonably priced wines.
lateSunmapTamagawa 3-23-24, B1F. Open 6:30pm-3am daily.
Shu (Naka-Meguro) 3712-6661
While gumbo, jazz, and soul music make likely partners in certain parts of the world - namely, New Orleans - the combination seems somewhat bizarre in Tokyo. Oddly enough, the bar's okra-thickened signature dish is not far off the mark.
SunmapKami-Meguro 4-9-2. Open 7pm-1am. Closed Tuesdays.

Unique Tokyo spots

Garlic Chips (Takadanobaba) 3232-1490
Late-night cocktails, jazz, light meals, and garlic chips in a relaxed neighborhood bar. Some outdoor seating.
open-airlatemapTakadanobaba 1-31-8. Open 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Festina Lente (Okubo) 6233-9846
A change of pace from the down-home Korean restaurants and boisterous makkoli bars surrounding it, Festina Lente has ambitions to be a proper cocktail bar. The barman operates his shaker with just the right degree of vigor, and he understands the importance of pre-icing your glass before the pour. On the downside, a very simple drink might take five minutes to arrive even when it's not busy. [Show more]
lateSunmapOkubo 1-16-21 3F. Open 1pm-4am daily.
Tiki Tiki (Shinjuku) 3226-0996
At Tokyo's original Tiki lounge, wooden masks glower, faux torches blaze, and hula dancers shake it, shake it, baby. The kitsch is ubiquitous, self-aware, and executed with formidable slickness. If you're in the right mood, the bar at Tiki Tiki is a fun and convenient spot to meet for a drink with friends. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decorSunmapShinjuku 3-4-8, Frente Shinjuku 3-chome 4F. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Good Life Lounge (Kita-Sando) 5474-7789
This casually hip bar and sometime music performance space is often open many hours later than the official midnight closing time. No cover charge.
lateSunmapSendagaya 2-1-8. Open 7pm-midnight daily.
!Design Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar (Harajuku) 3479-0839
This unusual cafe-bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery space called Tokyo Design Festa. There's a small indoor section where you stand around overturned barrel-tables, and an outdoor portion furnished with normal tables and chairs in the tree-filled garden courtyard. Both sections look onto the gallery's exhibition spaces, so you can enjoy some fresh art along with a bit of nature while you imbibe. [Show more]
SunmapJingumae 3-20-18. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Bonobo (Jingumae 2-chome) unlisted
This comfortable sofa-furnished lounge attracts a Japanese hipster crowd and features jazzy DJs and occasional live performances; there's also a tiny art gallery and chill space upstairs. The hidden entrance is at the back of another bar.
mapJingumae 2-23-4. Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Blen Blen Blen (Shibuya) 3461-6533
If you're thirsty for a cachaca cocktail in the wee hours of the night, follow the circle-stamped road past Mark City to Blen Blen Blen. This bone fide Brazilian bar, tucked into a faded white seventies-style building in Dogenzaka 1-chome, seats a maximum of thirty and stays open til 4am. [Show more]
lateSunmapDogenzaka 1-17-12, Nono Bldg 2F. Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
!Bonsai-ya (Ebisu) 3464-7377
Enjoy the mini-forest of bonsai trees while you relax with a cocktail or a New Zealand wine in this tiny, charmingly quirky early-evening bar.
mapEbisu-Nishi 2-8-9, Daikanyama Takara Bldg III, 4F. Open 8pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Enjoy! House (Ebisu) 5489-1591
The atmosphere at this legendary hipster hangout is funky to the extreme, with raggedy old sofas barely visible in the dim light through a haze of incense. The music is great though - experimental jazz, contemporary electronic and everything in between, depending on the DJ and the night. No cover or table charge.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-9-9, 2F. Open 1pm-2am (-4am Fri/Sat). Closed Mondays.
Vow's Bar (Yotsuya 3-chome) 3353-1032
This tiny second-floor bar has a Buddhist theme - the name in Japanese is "bouzu", or Buddhist priest - with a little shrine in one corner and bartenders dressed in appropriate priestly garb. Drinks include several variations on shochu and plum wine, and there's a small food menu to go with your drinks.
mapArakicho 6-42, AG Bldg 2F. Open 7pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Trader Vic's (Kioicho) 3265-4707
Probably best known in Tokyo for their popular Y6,600 "Champagne Brunch" on Sundays, featuring all the sparkling wine you can drink. (The bar/restaurant area is open later than the main dining room; last order is at 12:30am.)
SunmapKioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 4F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Bar Six (Asakusa) 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.
viewlateSunmapAsakusa 2-34-4, Amuse Museum 6F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Kamiya Bar (Asakusa) 3841-5400
Founded in 1880, this historic bar is best known as the originator of Denki Bran ("electric brandy"), a strangely compelling, rather sweet brandy-like liquor that's used in a variety of cocktails served here. Cheap prices and communal tables encourage a very interactive bar experience.
SunmapAsakusa 1-1-1. Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Vow's Bar (Nakano) 3385-5530
The building may look like it's falling apart, but the bar itself is quite cozy and comfortable. It's run by a Buddhist monk, and he sometimes puts on CDs of Buddhist chanting as background music.
mapNakano 5-55-6, 2F. Open 7:30pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Eat a Peach (Shimo-Kitazawa) 3460-1468
This tiny, ramshackle hole-in-the-wall is a late-night Shimo-Kitazawa legend, going strong since 1974. The space behind the bar is filled with mountains of CDs and shelves of vinyl (many of them 70s UK glam rock and local Japanese bands), and the seating area is so small that you have to step outside to let other customers in and out. When you order a drink the bartender telephones the similarly dilapidated sister bar just upstairs (Trouble Peach) and they deliver. (Y400 cover charge.)
lateSunmapKitazawa 2-9-18. Open 8pm-8am daily.
Cecil B (Naka-Meguro) 3713-6613
It's an early-sixties swinging bachelor pad, with charmingly kitsch decor and a nice collection of vinyl R and B spun on their old-fashioned record player. Drinks are reasonable, and there's a small food menu if you're in the mood for some grub, daddy-o.
latemapKami-Meguro 3-7-5-102. Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sun, 1st and 3rd Mon.
!Junkadelic (Naka-Meguro) 5725-5020
A friendly, casual little spot with some of the better Mexican fare available in town. The bar has a good assortment of tequilas and tequila-based cocktails. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 4-10-4. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.

Casual after-work drinks

!Buchi (Shibuya) 5728-2085
This is the original gourmet stand bar that started the trend - they serve premium sake in attractive one-cup containers along with a huge menu of well-prepared food, all at reasonable prices. There's a sit-down restaurant down in the basement if you start to get wobbly. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapShinsen 9-7. Open 5pm-3am daily.
65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe (Meguro) 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).
lateSunmapKami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Do-zo (Akasaka) 5545-6873
This self-consciously casual drinking spot offers a wide food menu - everything from Okinawan pork stews and stir-fries to udon noodles carbonara and brown-sugar creme brulee.
SunmapAkasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower B1F. Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
!Dry Dock (Shimbashi) 5777-4755
Perhaps this isn't the narrowest bar in Tokyo, but it's certainly the narrowest bar offering such an impressive class of craft beers, both domestic and imported. Cleverly, the tiny space is fashioned to resemble a yacht, with porthole windows and nautical decor throughout. Three small tables fill the upper deck, while the lower deck is standing-room only, with space for maybe seven or eight along the port-side bar. [Show more]
no smokingmapShimbashi 3-25-10. Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
DaPaulo (Marunouchi) 3287-3733
A casual French-Italian bistrot-bar, with lots of original tapas-size dishes, wine by the glass and Belgian beers.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Soba Kichi (Marunouchi) 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]
lateSunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 7F. Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
!Le Collier (Yaesu) 5220-5263
Located at the Marunouchi end of the Grandsta complex inside Tokyo station (near the NeX tracks), Le Collier carries a huge selection of 130 different Japanese craft beers, making it a very convenient place to stock up before a Shinkansen journey (or just a trip home). There's also a small stand-up bar where you can order beer or wine by the glass. [Show more]
SunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station B1F Gransta. Open 8am-10pm daily.
Zero (Nihonbashi) 5203-0900
The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly at this small, well-hidden drinking spot. They specialize in shochu and appropriate snacks - Kyoto-style pickles, Korean chijimi pancakes and uni toast - and there's also a well-chosen selection of five premium sake brands. (No English.)
mapYaesu 1-4-3. Open 7-11:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Maltan (Kanda) 6659-5884
A funky, art-filled basement bar serving Japanese craft beers, single-malt whiskies and an inexpensive food menu. There are five regular beers on draft (including Shiga-Kogen pale ale) plus a couple of guest taps and several more by the bottle.
SunmapUchi-Kanda 3-13-10, Green Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am) daily.

Jazz bars/cafes

Milestone (Takadanobaba) 3200-4513
A neighborhood hangout with jazz on the sound system, dim sum, Chimay beer and cocktails.
SunmapTakadanobaba 1-23-9. Open 1pm-midnight daily.
Cotton Club (Takadanobaba) 3207-3369
Late-night cocktails and snacks, with jazz in the background. Terrace seating is available on the first and second-floor cafe areas.
open-airlateSunmapTakadanobaba 1-17-14. Open 11:30am-4am (LO) daily.
Intro (Takadanobaba) 3200-4396
An old-fashioned "jazz kissa" where you can nurse your drink and nod your head to the music for hours on end.
SunmapTakadanobaba 2-14-8, NT Bldg. B1F. Open noon-midnight daily.
!Samurai (Shinjuku) 3341-0383
Thousands of maneki neko (good-luck cat statues) fill the interior of this spacious cafe-bar. There's a counter and several tables, making this a good venue for a small party. Service is friendly and the air isn't too smoky. The manager seems to be a big fan of Johnny Griffin, whose records are displayed prominently. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku 3-35-5, Tera Bldg 5F. Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
New Dug (Shinjuku) 3354-7776
This popular cafe-bar was featured as a setting in Haruki Murakami's novel "Norwegian Wood." In the afternoons customers enjoy quiet jazz along with a cup of their relatively bitter coffee (Y420), while at nighttime the place is packed with lively groups talking and listening to energetic bebop. There's often a line of customers at the entrance waiting to get in. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku 3-15-12, B1F. Open noon-2am daily.
Narcis (Shinjuku Kabukicho) 3209-6900
The bustling Kabukicho neighborhood may seem like a strange place for a jazz kissa, but Narcis is a great spot for listening to quiet jazz, and their stylish interior design is reminiscent of old cafes in New York City's East Village. The tiny cafe-bar is filled with African-style furniture and beautiful flowers arranged by the mama-san. [Show more]
mapKabukicho 1-13-6, 2F. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Artica (Yoyogi) 3320-3217
Artica is not just a water bar - it's a jazz water bar! There's live music most evenings, with a music charge of Y1000-2000, and a water list featuring more than forty choices. If you want something stronger you can try one of their featured whisky and water sets, or request your favorite cocktail. There's also a cafe menu with curries, pastas and pretty good miniature pizzas.
mapYoyogi 1-41-3, 2F. Open 11am-2:30, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Mary Jane (Shibuya) 3461-3381
You'll hear all sorts of jazz here, with an emphasis on the lastest CDs from American and European musicians. Besides the great music you can also enjoy good food - they serve delicious soups and risotto at dinnertime, and five different pastas at lunch (Y1000 including coffee or tea). [Show more]
SunmapSakuragaokacho 2-3, 2F. Open noon-11pm (Fri -midnight) daily.
Eagle (Yotsuya) 3357-9857
Boasting a big collection of vinyl, an impressive sound system and humongous JBL speakers, Eagle has a certain old-school jazz-kissaten charm, as long as you don't mind the cigarette smoke. In the afternoons it's "quiet time," when you're encouraged to refrain from talking while listening to the music over a strong cup of coffee (Y680) or a snack (quiche, cake, or chili along with a cup of coffee, from Y800). [Show more]
mapYotsuya 1-8-4, Horinaka Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Big Boy (Jimbocho) 3233-4343
With its bright yellow door and sunny, brasserie-like interior, Big Boy has an atmosphere that's the complete opposite of old-fashioned jazz kissas. The management plays jazz both new and old, and the sound system is optimized for piano music, so it's a special treat listening to music from piano trios here. [Show more]
mapKanda Jimbocho 1-11. Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
Eigakan (Hakusan) 3811-8932
This cozy cafe bar is furnished with European and Japanese antiques and heavy-duty lights used for shooting movies; the ambience seems almost like that of a private detective's office in a Raymond Chandler novel. The cafe's resident cat grooms himself to the rhythms of Thelonious Monk. [Show more]
mapHakusan 5-33-19. Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Apollo (Shimo-Kitazawa) 090-2906-8082
This tiny basement bar hosts live performances from local jazz musicians a few evenings a week, and plays a wide assortment of jazz CDs and videos the rest of the time.
lateSunmapKitazawa 2-9-22, Eiko Shimo-Kitazawa Bldg B1F. Open 8pm-3am daily.