Chilling In Tokyo: Special features

This section introduces chill spots with special features - open-air or outdoor seating; good views, late-night hours, and pet-friendly policies.

Good views

At (Nishi-Shinjuku - Izakaya). 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 - Bar). 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 - Bar). 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.
Bills (Harajuku - Australian). 5772-1133
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (Y1400), and ricotta hotcakes with fresh bananas and honeycomb butter (Y1400). [Show more]
viewopen-airpetsno smokingSunmapJingumae 4-30-3, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F. Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nezucafe (Omotesando - Cafe). 3400-2536
The Nezu Museum's cafe looks out onto a beautiful wooded garden - a lovely, serene setting for a cup of coffee or an afternoon snack. The menu offers coffee, matcha latte and desserts as well as light meals - pastas, sandwiches, meat pies and salad Nicoise.
viewdecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-5-1. Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) 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.
viewlateSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
Legato (Shibuya - International). 5784-2121
This international restaurant includes a spacious and popular bar with a good wine list and an excellent nighttime view of Shibuya.
viewSunmapMaruyamacho 3-6, E Space Tower 15F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lobby Bar, Ritz-Carlton (Roppongi - Bar). 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.
!Mixx Bar (Tameike - Bar). 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.
Oregon Bar & Grill (Shiodome - Steak house). 6215-8585
This traditional American steakhouse has a small bar up front serving Oregon wines by the glass. [See FULL REVIEW.]
viewSunmapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-5-2, Shiodome City Center 42F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
TwentyEight (Shiodome - Bar). 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 - Bar). 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.
!Mandarin Bar (Nihonbashi - Bar). 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.
!Canal Cafe (Iidabashi - Italian). 3260-8068
In addition to the main restaurant, Canal Cafe runs a separate outdoor self-service cafe next to the boat docks, serving coffee, cakes and some drinks.
viewopen-airpetsSunmapKagurazaka 1-9. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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.
viewlateSunmapAsakusa 2-34-4, Amuse Museum 6F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.

Outdoor and open-air seating

Garlic Chips (Takadanobaba - Bar). 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.
Cotton Club (Takadanobaba - Bar). 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.
!Park Hyatt Delicatessen (Nishi-Shinjuku - Sandwiches/deli). 5323-3635
Perhaps the best deli counter in town, with a huge selection of cold cuts, pates and salads. Lunches are priced from around Y1000, and breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 to 10:30am. From 6-7pm weekdays they have an open wine bar (Y2500 including snacks). The outdoor terrace seating is pleasant in warmer months. [See FULL REVIEW.]
open-airno smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 1F. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Little Delirium (Nishi-Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6300-0807
This mini-branch of one of our favorite Belgian beer bars sits at the Yoyogi end of Southern Terrace; convenient to Shinjuku station but sufficiently removed from the bustling crowds. Despite the small size they boast an excellent beer list, with a rotating selection of ten on tap, plus a respectable food menu featuring roast Iberico pork, grilled horsemeat and of course mussels and frites. There's some outdoor seating.
open-airSunmapYoyogi 2-2-1, Shinjuku Southern Terrace. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Ikiba (Harajuku - Bar). 6447-2457
An experimental venture from the trendy folks who run the Aoyama Farmers Market, this cafe-bar complex has several distinct zones - two separate bars, lots of outdoor seating in the yard, a tiny treehouse-style space up front, and a second-floor library and small exhibition room where cigars and pipes are on display. [Show more]
open-airdecorSunmapJingumae 3-21-17. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Bills (Harajuku - Australian). 5772-1133
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (Y1400), and ricotta hotcakes with fresh bananas and honeycomb butter (Y1400). [Show more]
viewopen-airpetsno smokingSunmapJingumae 4-30-3, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F. Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Eco Farm Cafe 632 (Harajuku - Cafe). 3498-0632
A quiet spot hidden on a back street just a few steps from central Harajuku. There's a spacious cafe up front with fresh-baked pastries, a nice outdoor courtyard where dogs are allowed, and a full bar up on the balcony level. In back is a sprawling dining room where you can even get breakfast (9-11am).
open-airpetsSunmapJingumae 6-32-10. (in the street behind Condomania) Open 9am-11pm daily.
!Beacon Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 6418-0077
The front bar area of the popular Aoyama steak house is a worthwhile destination in its own right, with excellent original cocktails, a good wine list with many choices by the glass, a casual food menu and outdoor seating on the patio if you're so inclined.
open-airSunmapShibuya 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
A Piece of Cake (Omotesando - Cafe). 5466-0686
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
open-airSunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-1-19. Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5414-6170
This spacious cafe offers typical cafe fare (pastas, sandwiches) during the day, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries from their in-store bakery. In the evening the menu widens to include grilled meats and fish and other Mediterranean-inspired fare. There's some outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Jingu Gaien promenade.
open-airpetsSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-1-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Cocongo (Jingumae 2-chome - Cafe). 3475-8980
The decor of this cute little cafe is a mix of early-sixties batchelor-pad modern with African and Asian knick-knacks, while the soundtrack covers the range of Afro-pop and world music. There are plenty of cozy seating areas, including a couple of chairs perched in the tiny back garden. The menu features flavored teas, original cocktails, Singaporean chicken rice and Thai curries.
open-airpetsdecorSunmapJingumae 2-31-9. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Good Morning Cafe (Sendagaya - Cafe). 5775-4800
Breakfast is served from 6am here, either in the vast living-room-style indoor space, the sprawling back garden area, or up front where you can watch foot traffic heading to and from Sendagaya station. In the evenings there's a casual cafe menu plus a range of cocktails, herbal liqueurs, inexpensive wines and microbrew beers from Kona Brewery in Hawaii. [Show more]
open-airSunmapSendagaya 1-20-3. Open 6am-11pm daily.
Deux Magots (Shibuya - Cafe). 3477-9124
French-style cafe beverages and pastries. The courtyard seating is unusual in that you're in the basement of the Bunkamura complex, but still out under the open sky. (Indoor seating also available.)
open-airpetsSunmapDogenzaka 2-24-1, Bunkamura B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Cantik (Shibuya - Cafe). 5728-6228
Tiki-torch lights, wooden patio furniture, and covered terrace seating conduce to a beach-bungalow atmosphere at this dog-friendly cafe. The "Healthy Plate" for dogs (Y480) includes a chicken and vegetable main dish, some soft beef jerky and a milk-flavored bone for chewing on. C
open-airpetsSunmapSakuragaokacho 4-17. Open noon-5, 6pm-midnight daily.
Le Lion (Ebisu - Wine bar). 3445-8131
With its red leather upholstered seats and wood and brass fixtures, Le Lion offers a little slice of Lyon on the backstreets of Ebisu. Welcoming staff, covered terrace seating, and excellently prepared brasserie - or, rather, bouchon - fare make this cafe/wine bar a lovely place for a casual meal or late-afternoon tipple. [Show more]
open-airSunmapEbisu 1-21-16. Open noon-11:15pm (LO; -5:15pm Sun ). Open every day.
!Frames (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5784-3384
A very spacious, relaxing place to while away some time. Wine and other drinks are relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of light dishes to nibble on. Pets are allowed, and dog biscuits and water bowls are available. [Show more]
open-airpetslatedecorSunmapSarugakucho 2-11. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Sign (Daikanyama - Cafe). 3780-9570
This relaxed cafe-bar is a perfect meeting spot, right in front of Daikanyama station.
open-airSunmapDaikanyamacho 19-14. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Michelangelo (Daikanyama - Cafe). 3770-9517
This big, European-style cafe opens onto the street for enhanced people-watching, with lots of outdoor seating when the weather permits. The casual food menu includes pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Drinks include Italian wines, grappa and liqueurs. Set lunch from Y1600.
open-airpetsSunmapSarugakucho 29-3. Open 11am-midnight 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.
open-airlateSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-19. Open 11:30-3am daily.
Doichan Chaya (Osaki - Cafe). 5496-3520
A casual "tea house" serving Chinese teas, herb teas, and several varieties of iced tea along with light snacks. Tea time runs from 2-5pm, but if you're hungry you can take advantage of Doichan's late lunch menu (11am-5pm), featuring curries, donburis and sandwiches for under Y1000. In the evenings you'll find grilled meats and creative Japanese and Western dishes, plus beer, wine, sake and cocktails; budget around Y3000. Pets are welcome on the outdoor terrace.
open-airpetsSunmapOsaki 2-1-1, Thinkpark 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Aux Bacchanales (Roppongi 1-chome - Cafe). 3582-2225
A cheerful cafe with a nice lunch menu (under Y1,000) and a take-away bakery department.
open-airpetsSunmapAkasaka 1-12-32, Ark Mori Bldg. 2F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bar Del Sole Due (Ginza - Cafe). 5159-2020
This picturesque little Italian-style cafe-bar is worth noting for their late-night hours (till midnight most evenings); stop by for coffee, a glass of wine or a light Italian snack.
open-airSunmapGinza 2-4-6, Ginza Velvia-kan 1F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Marugo (Marunouchi - Wine bar). 6269-9105
This Marunouchi branch of the excellent Marugo wine bar is less cramped than the original shops in Shinjuku, but it can still get smoky sometimes. The outdoor seating is recommended when the weather is nice. The menu includes eighteen French wines by the glass, hundreds more by the bottle, and a small selection of tasty snacks like pork terrine.
open-airSunmapMarunouchi 2-6-1, Brick Square 1F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) 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.]
open-airlateSunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia B1F. Open 11am-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
Paul (Yotsuya - Cafe). 5368-8823
Good pastries and plenty of outdoor seating.
open-airSunmapYotsuya 1-5-25, Atre Yotsuya 2F. Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Kioicho - French). 5276-3422
A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper French meals, and plenty of outdoor seating, heated in winter. The cafe serves light snacks like quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise and steak frites.
open-airpetsSunmapKioicho 4-1, Shin-Kioicho Bldg. 1F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
!Canal Cafe (Iidabashi - Italian). 3260-8068
In addition to the main restaurant, Canal Cafe runs a separate outdoor self-service cafe next to the boat docks, serving coffee, cakes and some drinks.
viewopen-airpetsSunmapKagurazaka 1-9. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Vinuls (Ueno - Spanish). 5826-5753
Spanish food and reasonably priced French and Spanish wines, with convenient late-night hours.
open-airlateSunmapUeno 7-1-1, Atre 1F. Open 11am-4:30am daily.
23 Banchi Cafe (Asakusa - Brewpub). 5608-3831
This casual cafe is run by Asahi Beer, on the grounds of their Philippe Starck-designed headquarters. Drinks include coffees, wine, and various Asahi and Asahi-imported beers, including three microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. There's a fairly random cafe-style food menu - fried and grilled free-range chicken, Mexican pizza, chorizo sausages and keema curry. Dogs are welcome out on the wooden-deck terrace, where food and water are available.
open-airpetsSunmapAzumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Belg Aube (Toyosu - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6910-1275
An indoor/outdoor cafe with a nice choice of Belgian beers and enticing food like Iberico ham, duck confit, and of course mussels. In the afternoons they serve chocolate fondue and waffles.
open-airSunmapToyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Canteen (Aomi - Cafe). 5530-0261
Run by Transit General Office (Sign, Office) and designed by Wonderwall, this cafeteria-style cafe features outdoor terrace seating, a magazine library and wi-fi access.
open-airmapAomi 2-7-4, the SOHO 1F. Open 9am-10pm (Sat 10am-6pm). Closed Sundays.
Enotria Diana (Tennozu Isle - Cafe). 5769-0910
A very casual Italian cafe where you can find wines by the glass (from Y500) along with simple fare like salamis, grilled chicken and organic vegetable salads.
open-airSunmapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-2-4, Tennoz First Tower 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Spibble (Tennozu Isle - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5783-4321
This oddly named "European Beer Terrace" is open only between April and October, and offers pleasant outdoor seating facing the canal at the edge of Tennozu Isle. Most of the beers are Belgian, plus a few German and English selections, with nine or so on tap and another fifty by the bottle. Meat and deli items and simple Belgian dishes like mussels accompany the beer.
open-airmapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-2-4, Tennoz First Tower 1F. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Breadworks (Tennozu Isle - Bakery). 5479-3666
Luxuriously spacious and modern in feel, this combination bakery-cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a coffee and pastry, or a quiche, cup of soup and salad. There's also a bit of outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent canal. Take-out breads include tempting savory creations like gorgonzola-walnut and bacon-rosemary rolls, as well as focacia, whole-grain loaves, bread made with beer yeast (from TY Harbor Brewery next door) and assorted pastries and cakes.
open-airSunmapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-1-6. Open 8am-8pm daily.
Pole Pole Za Space Cafe (Higashi-Nakano - Cafe). 3227-1405
The very artsy cafe includes a gallery space in back where you can catch the latest exhibit while enjoying coffee or cocktails; there's also window seating up front, a few outdoor tables, and a movie theater in the basement. Drinks include Chinese teas, hot cocktails (rum and apple, coffee and cointreau), and eight Belgian beers by the bottle. The food menu is limited to curry rice and a smattering of small deli items.
open-airno smokingSunmapHigashi-Nakano 4-4-1. Open 11:30am-11pm (-6pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
!Fuglen (Yoyogi-Koen - Bar). 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.
Globe (Ikejiri-Ohashi - Cafe). 5430-3550
A big, sprawling antique shop with a charming little cafe and dessert corner; the best seats seem to be out front, looking out onto the street.
open-airdecorSunmapIkejiri 2-7-8. (on Mishuku-dori, just south of Route 246) Open 11am-8pm daily.
Snobbish Babies (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 3461-7601
Take your doggy for a leisurely meal at Snobbish Babies, a high-end canine clothing store and cafe along the Meguro River. Choose crepes, beef stew, or the daily lunch plate for yourself, and pick something off the Dog Menu for your four-legged friend. Lunch until 5pm.
open-airpetsSunmapAobadai 2-16-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Koop Cafe (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 5725-6055
This late-night riverfront cafe offers a casual Italian-Mediterranean menu and open-air seating up front.
open-airlateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-5-10, Meguro Mansion 106. Open 11:30am-2:30am (LO) daily.
Patisserie Potager (Naka-Meguro - Bakery). 6279-7753
If you love dessert but also love vegetables, this unique pastry shop is the place for you. Sample tempting creations like avocado cheesecake, buckwheat chai mousse, arugula jelly with black-sesame and soy-milk mousse, and daikon and yuzu mousse wrapped in chocolate. There's a twenty-seat open-air terrace cafe in front of the shop where you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee along with your vegetable-based sweets.
open-airSunmapKami-Meguro 2-44-9. Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.

Pet-friendly

Bills (Harajuku - Australian). 5772-1133
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (Y1400), and ricotta hotcakes with fresh bananas and honeycomb butter (Y1400). [Show more]
viewopen-airpetsno smokingSunmapJingumae 4-30-3, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F. Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Eco Farm Cafe 632 (Harajuku - Cafe). 3498-0632
A quiet spot hidden on a back street just a few steps from central Harajuku. There's a spacious cafe up front with fresh-baked pastries, a nice outdoor courtyard where dogs are allowed, and a full bar up on the balcony level. In back is a sprawling dining room where you can even get breakfast (9-11am).
open-airpetsSunmapJingumae 6-32-10. (in the street behind Condomania) Open 9am-11pm daily.
Nalu (Omotesando - Cafe). 5786-1642
Far off the beaten path, on a backstreet between Omotesando and Gaienmae, Nalu Cafe packs a little something for everyone into a tiny space. It's a smart cafe/art gallery that serves take-out during lunchtime, located above a groovy hair salon in the basement. You could, theoretically, pop in for a drink or a slice of cake while you're waiting for your perm to set downstairs. [See FULL REVIEW.]
petsSunmapJingumae 4-9-2. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sign (Gaienmae - Cafe). 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.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5414-6170
This spacious cafe offers typical cafe fare (pastas, sandwiches) during the day, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries from their in-store bakery. In the evening the menu widens to include grilled meats and fish and other Mediterranean-inspired fare. There's some outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Jingu Gaien promenade.
open-airpetsSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-1-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Cocongo (Jingumae 2-chome - Cafe). 3475-8980
The decor of this cute little cafe is a mix of early-sixties batchelor-pad modern with African and Asian knick-knacks, while the soundtrack covers the range of Afro-pop and world music. There are plenty of cozy seating areas, including a couple of chairs perched in the tiny back garden. The menu features flavored teas, original cocktails, Singaporean chicken rice and Thai curries.
open-airpetsdecorSunmapJingumae 2-31-9. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Deux Magots (Shibuya - Cafe). 3477-9124
French-style cafe beverages and pastries. The courtyard seating is unusual in that you're in the basement of the Bunkamura complex, but still out under the open sky. (Indoor seating also available.)
open-airpetsSunmapDogenzaka 2-24-1, Bunkamura B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Cantik (Shibuya - Cafe). 5728-6228
Tiki-torch lights, wooden patio furniture, and covered terrace seating conduce to a beach-bungalow atmosphere at this dog-friendly cafe. The "Healthy Plate" for dogs (Y480) includes a chicken and vegetable main dish, some soft beef jerky and a milk-flavored bone for chewing on. C
open-airpetsSunmapSakuragaokacho 4-17. Open noon-5, 6pm-midnight daily.
Dexee Diner (Ebisu - Cafe). 5464-3721
A second branch of the popular cafe, with late-night hours, good food, and good prices. (Formerly called Lenox Saloon.)
petslatedecorSunmapHiroo 1-1-39, Ebisu Prime Square Tower. Open 11am-2am daily.
Holy (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5456-3363
This spacious cafe offers an eclectic menu of drinks, food and music. It's a comfortable place to hang out, and dogs are allowed.
petslateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-19-8. Open 11am-2am daily.
!Frames (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5784-3384
A very spacious, relaxing place to while away some time. Wine and other drinks are relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of light dishes to nibble on. Pets are allowed, and dog biscuits and water bowls are available. [Show more]
open-airpetslatedecorSunmapSarugakucho 2-11. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Michelangelo (Daikanyama - Cafe). 3770-9517
This big, European-style cafe opens onto the street for enhanced people-watching, with lots of outdoor seating when the weather permits. The casual food menu includes pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Drinks include Italian wines, grappa and liqueurs. Set lunch from Y1600.
open-airpetsSunmapSarugakucho 29-3. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Doichan Chaya (Osaki - Cafe). 5496-3520
A casual "tea house" serving Chinese teas, herb teas, and several varieties of iced tea along with light snacks. Tea time runs from 2-5pm, but if you're hungry you can take advantage of Doichan's late lunch menu (11am-5pm), featuring curries, donburis and sandwiches for under Y1000. In the evenings you'll find grilled meats and creative Japanese and Western dishes, plus beer, wine, sake and cocktails; budget around Y3000. Pets are welcome on the outdoor terrace.
open-airpetsSunmapOsaki 2-1-1, Thinkpark 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Aux Bacchanales (Roppongi 1-chome - Cafe). 3582-2225
A cheerful cafe with a nice lunch menu (under Y1,000) and a take-away bakery department.
open-airpetsSunmapAkasaka 1-12-32, Ark Mori Bldg. 2F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Kioicho - French). 5276-3422
A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper French meals, and plenty of outdoor seating, heated in winter. The cafe serves light snacks like quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise and steak frites.
open-airpetsSunmapKioicho 4-1, Shin-Kioicho Bldg. 1F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
!Canal Cafe (Iidabashi - Italian). 3260-8068
In addition to the main restaurant, Canal Cafe runs a separate outdoor self-service cafe next to the boat docks, serving coffee, cakes and some drinks.
viewopen-airpetsSunmapKagurazaka 1-9. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
23 Banchi Cafe (Asakusa - Brewpub). 5608-3831
This casual cafe is run by Asahi Beer, on the grounds of their Philippe Starck-designed headquarters. Drinks include coffees, wine, and various Asahi and Asahi-imported beers, including three microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. There's a fairly random cafe-style food menu - fried and grilled free-range chicken, Mexican pizza, chorizo sausages and keema curry. Dogs are welcome out on the wooden-deck terrace, where food and water are available.
open-airpetsSunmapAzumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Les Deux Bleue (Toyosu - Cafe). 3536-8326
Bring your canine companion and choose from a large doggy menu, including cheese pizza, chicken-breast jerky, tofu burgers and cake. For after-dinner exercise there's a big, fenced-in dog run right outside the cafe.
petsSunmapToyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Snobbish Babies (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 3461-7601
Take your doggy for a leisurely meal at Snobbish Babies, a high-end canine clothing store and cafe along the Meguro River. Choose crepes, beef stew, or the daily lunch plate for yourself, and pick something off the Dog Menu for your four-legged friend. Lunch until 5pm.
open-airpetsSunmapAobadai 2-16-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Note that pet policies vary, and areas where pets are allowed may be limited. Please call ahead for specific information.

Late-night

Garlic Chips (Takadanobaba - Bar). 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.
Cotton Club (Takadanobaba - Bar). 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.
Festina Lente (Okubo - Bar). 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.
Marugo (Shinjuku - Wine bar). 3350-4605
Choose from about fifteen wines by the glass or bottle, or pick a Latour or Mouton from the back and put it on your expense account. France is amply represented, with biodynamic wines comprising nearly half of the choices on the frequently changing list. [Show more]
lateSunmapShinjuku 3-7-5. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Marugo II (Shinjuku - Wine bar). 3356-1052
This second branch of the popular and always-packed Marugo wine bar serves two dozen wines by the glass, about half of them French, with a new selection every day. The food menu is Italian and very reasonably priced. Get there early to avoid the crowds. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapShinjuku 3-9-4. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Cona (Shinjuku - Italian). 3354-8823
Inexpensive late-night pizzas and drinks in a very casual setting. Wines are Y1900 per bottle or Y500 by the glass, and all pizzas and side dishes are Y500 each.
lateSunmapShinjuku 3-11-12. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Hazelburn (Shinjuku Kabukicho - Bar). 5285-1470
Hazelburn offers an impressive line-up of Scottish whiskies, along with English draft ales and well-prepared Scottish and English pub food. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapKabukicho 1-6-6, Hashimoto Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
ZuZu (Shinjuku Kabukicho - Bar). 5292-3703
The smart drink list offers eleven choices of popular umeshu like Saika and Kakutama, plus a few liqueurs based on anzu (apricot), yuzu and even decopon (the orange-tangerine hybrid). Lots of shochu, a short but sweet selection of nihon-shu, and oodles of cocktails give you more reasons to sit and linger, while dainty servings of chazuke - twelve kinds, as a matter of fact - and other small dishes provide delicious distractions from the hectic world outside. Budget around Y3000 for drinks and a light meal. No English spoken.
lateSunmapKabukicho 1-21-2, Itoh Bldg 3/4F. Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Zoetrope (Nishi-Shinjuku - Bar). 3363-0162
Perhaps the best bar in the world for Japanese whiskey, with some 300 varieties available, including some rare bottles that are no longer sold in stores. They also serve craft beers from Osaka's Minoh Brewery, as well as Japanese rum and grappa and some imported liquors. The light food menu includes home-smoked dishes. Often old movies are shown (silently) in the background while you drink.
latemapNishi-Shinjuku 7-10-14, Gaia Bldg 4, 3F. Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays, some Monday.
Marble Lounge (Nishi-Shinjuku - International). 3344-5111
Open twenty-four hours a day, the Hilton's Marble Lounge offers various special buffets throughout the day, including a dessert buffet with fountains of chocolate every afternoon from 2:30-6pm (Y4200). Thursday through Saturday evenings from 6:30-9pm there's a chocolate and cheese buffet (Y4200), featuring 20 types of cheese, 15-20 varieties of block chocolate and chocolate desserts, as well as hams and various canapes.
lateno smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 6-6-2, Hilton Hotel. Open 24 hours a day.
Fungo Dining (Nishi-Shinjuku - Italian). 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.
Cafe Lolita (Yoyogi - Cafe). 3379-3227
With its inexpensive food menu (pastas, rice dishes) and late-night hours, this is a convenient spot for a late-night drink and snack.
lateSunmapYoyogi 1-58-10. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Good Life Lounge (Kita-Sando - Bar). 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.
Tokyo Apartment Cafe (Harajuku - Cafe). 3401-4101
Designed to resemble a stylish Tokyo dwelling (complete with bedroom, living room, and dining room), this popular Harajuku cafe offers shoppers a comfortable place to sit and watch the world go by. Lunch sets from Y840 on weekdays and Y945 on weekends.
lateSunmapJingumae 1-11-11. Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
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.
lateSunmapShibuya 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.
latedecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-13-3. Open 6pm-2am 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.
viewlateSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
Frames (Shibuya - Cafe). 6415-6822
They bill themselves as an oasis of quiet in the midst of Shibuya's shopping neighborhood, with pretty good food and late-night hours. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapUdagawacho 13-16, Kokusai Bldg. 2F. Open 11am-4:30am daily.
Astral Lamp (Shibuya - Cafe). 5458-5055
This cozy Shibuya hangout has a homey feel - literally. The cafe's six sections are all decorated to look like the rooms of a house. Make yourself comfortable in the bedroom, kitchen, or children's room and have a drink or a bite to eat.
lateSunmapUdagawacho 11-6, 8/9F. Open 5pm-3am. Closed Mondays.
Cona (Shibuya - Wine bar). 3770-5729
It's hard to beat the prices at this casual wine bar in Shibuya. All of the 70+ varieties of wine are available for Y1900. Choose your own bottle from the small glass cellar, or ask for recommendations from the knowledgeable young staff. [Show more]
lateSunmapDogenzaka 2-7-5. Open 11:30am-4:30am (LO) daily.
Kuni (Shibuya - Wine bar). 6415-4592
A slightly more upscale relative of the wine bar Cona that features a standing area on the ground floor, a wine bar on the second, and table seating on the third. All pizza and pasta dishes are Y1000.
lateSunmapDogenzaka 1-5-5. Open 11:30am-7am daily.
!Buchi (Shibuya - Izakaya). 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.
Madrid (Shibuya - Spanish). 5459-5507
A two-story late-night Spanish bar and restaurant, with your choice of bar snacks and wines or a complete Spanish meal. The upstairs restaurant has a nice selection of charcoal-grilled meats.
lateSunmapDogenzaka 1-11-3. (behind Tokyu Plaza) Open 11:30am-4am daily.
Blen Blen Blen (Shibuya - Brazilian). 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.
Tio Tio (Shibuya - Spanish). 5458-4188
This cute and casual tapas bar is popular with the after-work crowd in Shibuya. Start with a glass of fino sherry or a copa de cava for Y500 and ask the staff to shave a few slices off the joint of Jamon Serrano proudly displayed on the counter. Wines by the glass change daily. A few seats are available around the bar, but the front is standing room only.
latemapSakuragaokacho 16-7, Suzuki Bldg 1F. Open 5:30pm-2:30am. Closed Sundays.
Cabotte (Shibuya - Wine bar). 3462-7790
Well off the beaten track in Sakuragaokacho, this cozy little wine bar is a nice place to share a bottle with friends on a rainy evening. There's no wine list - the owner will choose something for you based on your preferences and budget. Wines by the glass are available from Y800, bottles from Y4200. [Show more]
lateSunmapSakuragaokacho 12-5. Open 6pm-2am daily.
!Bongout Noh (Shibuya - French). 5464-0858
The Buri group run a couple of popular standup sake bars (Buchi in Shibuya, Buri in Ebisu), and now they've opened a standup French bistrot, with similarly inexpensive food and 100 different wines. If you get tired of standing there's also a sit-down restaurant in back; snacks up front average around Y700, with main courses in the restaurant averaging Y1500. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShibuya 1-10-12, Miyagi Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Belgo (Shibuya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3409-4442
A comfortably cozy little hideaway bar with multi-level seating nooks. Pick your own bottle from the big selection of Belgian and German brews in the refrigerator case. The food menu is limited to light snacks.
latemapShibuya 3-18-7, Shibuya Ichigokan Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.
Coci (Ebisu - Italian). 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.
Dexee Diner (Ebisu - Cafe). 5464-3721
A second branch of the popular cafe, with late-night hours, good food, and good prices. (Formerly called Lenox Saloon.)
petslatedecorSunmapHiroo 1-1-39, Ebisu Prime Square Tower. Open 11am-2am daily.
Voco (Ebisu - Wine bar). 3447-8929
Wood-fired thin-crust pizzas for Y500 and wines by the bottle from Y1900 at at this sister shop of Shibuya's Cona.
lateSunmapEbisu 1-6-1. Open 11:30am-2am (LO) daily.
!Grape Choice (Ebisu - Wine bar). 5789-9597
The owner of Grape Choice has an encyclopedic knowledge of wine, and his list covers France, Italy, Australia, California, Washington and even Japan, starting around Y5000-6000 and climbing rapidly. Food includes grilled meats and fish, and unusual items like pig's-foot croquettes, squid fritters and cheese fondue with organic vegetables. Budget around Y7000 for dinner with a few glasses of wine. [Show more]
latemapHiroo 5-22-3, Hiroo Nishigawa Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-2am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Rue Favart (Ebisu - Cafe). 5421-0688
A very French-style multi-story cafe with a relaxed atmosphere; they serve light food items and desserts as well as coffee and drinks.
lateSunmapEbisu 3-28-12. Open 10am-2am daily.
Bar Guapos (Ebisu - Wine bar). 5728-4741
It's easy to appreciate the beauty of Bar Guapos, where Y1500 is enough for a glass of tinto or blanco and one or two tasty tapas. There are about fifteen Spanish wines on the drink list, plus a number of Sherries. [Show more]
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-3-8. Open 5pm-3:30am (LO; 5-11:30pm Sun, Mon). Open every day.
Buri (Ebisu - Bar). 3496-7744
This stand-up bar specializes in one-cup sake from around the country; the selection perhaps isn't as exciting as a regular sake bar, but the atmosphere is convivial and the shop makes a good first stop on an Ebisu tour.
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-14-1. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Holy (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5456-3363
This spacious cafe offers an eclectic menu of drinks, food and music. It's a comfortable place to hang out, and dogs are allowed.
petslateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 2-19-8. Open 11am-2am daily.
!Frames (Daikanyama - Cafe). 5784-3384
A very spacious, relaxing place to while away some time. Wine and other drinks are relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of light dishes to nibble on. Pets are allowed, and dog biscuits and water bowls are available. [Show more]
open-airpetslatedecorSunmapSarugakucho 2-11. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
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]
lateSunmapHigashi 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.
lateSunmapMinami-Aoyama 7-13-12. Open 6pm-8am 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.
latemapNishi-Azabu 2-15-14, West Point Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
Bon Sweets & Smile (Hiroo - Cafe). 3447-1063
lateSunmapEbisu 2-24-9. Open noon-2am daily.
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.
latemapEbisu 2-39-4. Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
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.
open-airlateSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-19. Open 11:30-3am 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).
lateSunmapKami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
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.
latemapRoppongi 7-9-2. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. 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.
latemapRoppongi 7-10-2. Open 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
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.
lateno smokingSunmapRoppongi 4-11-13. Open 5pm-3am daily.
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]
lateSunmapRoppongi 4-10-5. Open 8pm-4:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
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.
lateSunmapRoppongi 6-8-21. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
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]
lateSunmapAkasaka 4-3-6, Hitotsugi Lip 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5pm-2am (LO). Open every day.
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.
lateSunmapGinza 3-2-11. Open 3pm-3am (Sat, Sun noon-3am). Open every day.
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.]
latemapGinza 6-4-15, Tony Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-2:30am (LO; 3am Fri, midnight Sat). Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
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.)
latemapGinza 5-6-14, Ginza Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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]
lateSunmapGinza 8-2-1. Open 11:30am-4am daily.
Zetton (Higashi-Ginza - Japanese). 5148-3600
Late-night drinks and pan-Asian fun food from the Nagoya-based Zetton group.
latedecorSunmapGinza 5-14-15. Open 4pm-midnight (bar to 5am) 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.]
open-airlateSunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia B1F. Open 11am-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
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]
lateSunmapMarunouchi 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.
lateSunmapKyobashi 3-1-1, Tokyo Square Garden 1F. Open 11am-3am (LO) daily.
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.
latemapArakicho 1, Nakabayashi Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-1:30am (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]
lateSunmapYotsuya 1-24, Mitsui Garden Hotel B1F. Open 5pm-3am (LO; Sat, Sun - 11:30pm) 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.]
lateSunmapKagurazaka 4-3, Omiya Bldg 2F. Open 5:30pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Mondays.
!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.
latemapTsukudocho 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.
!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.]
latemapKagurazaka 4-3, Miyazaki Bldg 1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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.
latemapKanda Ogawamachi 3-16-1. Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Vinuls (Ueno - Spanish). 5826-5753
Spanish food and reasonably priced French and Spanish wines, with convenient late-night hours.
open-airlateSunmapUeno 7-1-1, Atre 1F. Open 11am-4:30am daily.
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.
viewlateSunmapAsakusa 2-34-4, Amuse Museum 6F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Navel (Nakano - Wine bar). 5340-5808
Despite the close quarters, Navel is a relaxing place to enjoy a couple of drinks and a bite to eat. Around ten wines are available by the glass (Y300-), and selections change daily. [Show more]
lateSunmapNakano 2-30-8, Tachikawa Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-4am daily.
Screw Driver (Kichijoji - Bar). 0422-20-5112
This small specialty bar offers the biggest selection of rum in Tokyo, with more than 400 varieties of rum. They also stock 100 kinds of bourbon.
lateSunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-20-15, Toei Bldg 4F. Open 7pm-4am daily.
Aglio (Shimo-Takaido - Bar). 5300-1955
A cozy, warm bar with a nice selection of Belgian beers and also several wines by the glass (surprising for a beer bar).
lateSunmapMatsubara 3-42-1. (30 sec. from Shimo-Takaido station) Open 6:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
!Fireking Cafe (Yoyogi-Uehara - Cafe). 3469-7911
With its spacious, lively dining room, convenient late-night hours, huge bar and wide-ranging food menu, Fireking has established itself as the hub of Uehara nightlife since its opening in 2000. It's busy until late at night with an eclectic and hip crowd.
lateSunmapUehara 1-30-8. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Dish (Yoyogi-Uehara - Wine bar). 5465-6455
In laid-back Yoyogi-Uehara, magazine-reading, designer sneaker-wearing hipsters gather at Dish, a cheerful cafe just a stone's throw from the station. The space has an open, casual feel, decorated with urban mod flourishes - colorful sofas, fiberglass bucket chairs, and sixties-era bric-a-brac - that recall San Francisco's Mission district or Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bouncy ska and Cuban R&B keep the mood lively, and original art is exhibited along the right-hand wall. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapUehara 1-33-16, Otsuka Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-3am daily.
440 (Shimo-Kitazawa - Bar). 3422-9449
This live music venue also serves lunch and keeps their bar open until 3am.
lateSunmapDaizawa 5-29-15. Open 11:30am-3:30 (LO), 5:30pm-3am daily.
3rd Stone Cafe (Shimo-Kitazawa - Bar). 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.
Apollo (Shimo-Kitazawa - Bar). 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.
Eat a Peach (Shimo-Kitazawa - Bar). 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.
Marusan Foods (Shimo-Kitazawa - Cafe). 3485-3838
An extensive vinegar menu is one of Marusan's quirky features: they list several pages of oddly compelling vinegar-based cocktails and soft drinks, and even the food menu has a vinegar soup section (punnily listed as "su-pu"). The atmosphere is laid back, with comfortable sofas and jazz on the stereo. All the food we tried was top-notch; our champuru stir-fry filled with lots of fresh vegetables and our tender grilled chicken set off by an excellent spinach sauce.
lateSunmapKitazawa 2-8-5, AN Bldg 3F. Open noon-3am daily.
Teppen (Sangenjaya - Italian). 6805-5773
This friendly wine bar has a lively atmosphere and a neighborhood feel. Although interior is fairly large (and certainly bigger than it appears from the entrance), the counter setup with its display of tapas-style daily specials gives it a cozy feeling. [Show more]
latemapSangenjaya 2-14-19. Open 6pm-4am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Vanilla Beans (Futago-tamagawa - Japanese). 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.
Koop Cafe (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 5725-6055
This late-night riverfront cafe offers a casual Italian-Mediterranean menu and open-air seating up front.
open-airlateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-5-10, Meguro Mansion 106. Open 11:30am-2:30am (LO) daily.
Kochi (Naka-Meguro - Kyushu). 5722-2778
This busy shochu specialist, with room for only 25 (including the outdoor seating that spills out onto the sidewalk), features over 100 varieties, along with Kagoshima style cooking. Nibble on izakaya standards like grilled chicken and buta no kakuni, or more unusual items like chicken sashimi. Budget around Y4000.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-4-3, Excel Naka-Meguro 103. Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily.
Red Book (Naka-Meguro - Cafe). 3710-3438
This tiny cafe serves tasty curries and dirt-cheap beer all day long. Choose from chicken, keema, or one of their daily specials (from Y650). The sea green walls scream Bangkok, while the single chandelier and squat velour bar seats seem lifted from New Orleans' French Quarter. Together with the tattooed, fedora-wearing clientele, the atmosphere is pure Tokyo.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-3-2. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Cecil B (Naka-Meguro - Bar). 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 - Mexican). 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.
Bar Agrado (Naka-Meguro - Mediterranean). 6659-7223
Tapas and grilled items, a good selection of sherry, plus around 5 wines by the glass are available at this pleasant bar, located on a small side street behind the Nakameguro GT building. The first floor, with its counter seating (and standing room at the front), has a cozy, chilled out feel. Table seating can be found on the second floor. (Open 4-11:30pm Sundays and holidays.)
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 2-7-10. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO) daily.