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This section covers the range from fancy cocktail bars to trendy DJ bars and comfortable neighborhood hangouts, with an emphasis on places where you can relax and unwind.

Stylish cocktail bars

New York Bar - Bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5pm-midnight (Thu-Sat -1am) daily.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight (Thu-Sat -1am) daily.
Peak Lounge and Bar - Bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Den Aquaroom Aoyama - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-2am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-2am daily.
Bar Rage - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-midnight daily.
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...
Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Two Rooms Bar - Bar: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Radio Bar - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
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,...
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Aquavit Bar - Bar: Gaienmae
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Ishinohana - Bar: Shibuya
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Stellato - International: Shirokanedai
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lobby Bar, Ritz-Carlton - Bar: Roppongi
Open 2:30pm-midnight daily.
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...
Open 2:30pm-midnight daily.
Union Square Tokyo - International: Roppongi
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
New York's Union Square Cafe has been a popular gourmet hot spot since the mid-1980s, and the Tokyo sister shop captures much of the energy and excitement of the original. The food is typical...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Mixx Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
TwentyEight - Bar: Shiodome
Open 9am-midnight daily.
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...
Open 9am-midnight daily.
Peter: The Bar - Bar: Hibiya
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
High Five - Bar: Ginza
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Mandarin Bar - Bar: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
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,...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Fuglen - Bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
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 offer serious espresso beverages and tea,...
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.

Comfortable hangouts

Fungo Dining - Italian: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am (LO) daily.
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. Budget...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am (LO) daily.
Office - Bar: Gaienmae
Open 5pm to 3am daily.
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...
Open 5pm to 3am daily.
Sign - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Coci - Italian: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-2am (4am Fri, 11pm Sun) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-2am (4am Fri, 11pm Sun) daily.
Deep - Bar: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
3rd Stone Cafe - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 2pm-5am daily.
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...
Open 2pm-5am daily.
Vanilla Beans - Japanese: Futago-tamagawa
Open 6:30pm-3am daily.
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...
Open 6:30pm-3am daily.
Shu - American: Naka-Meguro
Open 7pm-1am. Closed Tuesdays.
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...
Open 7pm-1am. Closed Tuesdays.

Unique Tokyo spots

Garlic Chips - Bar: Takadanobaba
Open 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Late-night cocktails, jazz, light meals, and garlic chips in a relaxed neighborhood bar. Some outdoor seating.
Open 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Festina Lente - Bar: Okubo
Open 1pm-4am daily.
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...
Open 1pm-4am daily.
Tiki Tiki - Misc. Southeast Asian: Shinjuku
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Good Life Lounge - Bar: Kita-Sando
Open 7pm-midnight daily.
This casually hip bar and sometime music performance space is often open many hours later than the official midnight closing time. No cover charge.
Open 7pm-midnight daily.
Design Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar - Bar: Harajuku
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Bonobo - Bar: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Blen Blen Blen - Brazilian: Shibuya
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
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...
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
Bonsai-ya - Bar: Ebisu
Open 8pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 8pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Enjoy! House - Bar: Ebisu
Open 1pm-2am (-4am Fri/Sat). Closed Mondays.
Still going strong after two decades, this very laid-back DJ bar has a comfortable atmosphere and a very eclectic musical soundtrack, depending on the night and the DJs in charge. Drinks are...
Open 1pm-2am (-4am Fri/Sat). Closed Mondays.
Incubator - Bar: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
It's like a party in a chemistry lab every night at Science Bar Incubator. Drinks are served in beakers and erlenmeyer flasks, food is heated on wire-mesh stands over alcohol lamps, and customers...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Vow's Bar - Bar: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 7pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 7pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Trader Vic's - Bar: Kioicho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Probably best known in Tokyo for their popular Y6,600 "Champagne Brunch" on Sundays, featuring all the sparkling wine you can drink, Trader Vic's is also has a decent selection of rum at the bar. ...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Bar Six - Bar: Asakusa
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Kamiya Bar - Bar: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
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...
Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Vow's Bar - Bar: Nakano
Open 7:30pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 7:30pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Eat a Peach - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 8pm-8am daily.
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...
Open 8pm-8am daily.
Cecil B - Bar: Naka-Meguro
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sun, 1st and 3rd Mon.
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...
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sun, 1st and 3rd Mon.
Junkadelic - Mexican: Naka-Meguro
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.
A friendly, casual little spot with some of the better Mexican fare available in town.
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.

Casual after-work drinks

65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe - Beer bar: Meguro
Open 6pm-7am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-7am daily.
Do-zo - Izakaya: Akasaka
Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
Dry Dock - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
DaPaulo - Bar: Marunouchi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
A casual French-Italian bistrot-bar, with lots of original tapas-size dishes, wine by the glass and Belgian beers.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Soba Kichi - Izakaya: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
This popular after-work drinking spot offers very affordable prices - you can enjoy a couple of drinks and snacks here for under Y2000. Deep-fried kushiage skewers start at around Y140, and you can...
Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.
Le Collier - Retail: Yaesu
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Located at the Marunouchi end of the basement Gransta complex inside Tokyo station (near the NeX tracks), Le Collier carries a huge selection of 130 different Japanese craft beers, making it a very...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Zero - Izakaya: Yaesu
Open 7-11:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
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...
Open 7-11:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Maltan - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am). Closed Sundays.

Jazz bars/cafes

Milestone - Bar: Takadanobaba
Open 1pm-midnight daily.
A neighborhood hangout with jazz on the sound system, dim sum, Chimay beer and cocktails.
Open 1pm-midnight daily.
Cotton Club - Bar: Takadanobaba
Open 11:30am-4am (LO) daily.
Late-night cocktails and snacks, with jazz in the background. Terrace seating is available on the first and second-floor cafe areas.
Open 11:30am-4am (LO) daily.
Intro - Jazz kissaten: Takadanobaba
Open noon-midnight daily.
An old-fashioned "jazz kissa" where you can nurse your drink and nod your head to the music for hours on end.
Open noon-midnight daily.
Samurai - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
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...
Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid) daily.
Dug - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku
Open noon-2am daily.
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),...
Open noon-2am daily.
Narcis - Jazz kissaten: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Artica - Bar: Yoyogi
Open 11am-2:30, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11am-2:30, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Mary Jane - Jazz kissaten: Shibuya
Open noon-11pm (Fri -midnight) daily.
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...
Open noon-11pm (Fri -midnight) daily.
Eagle - Jazz kissaten: Yotsuya
Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays and holidays.
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...
Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Big Boy - Jazz kissaten: Jimbocho
Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
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...
Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd Sat.
Eigakan - Jazz kissaten: Hakusan
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Apollo - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 8pm-3am daily.
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.
Open 8pm-3am daily.
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Updated 2016-06-24