Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Welcome to Tokyo

A stinking rich neon-lit metropolis; an Oriental monument to the

 gods of consumerism; a Japanese bow to America and the west. I

 think I know Tokyo even if I haven't been there. But look closer,

 past the McDonald's on street corners, the kids in baseball caps

listening to hip hop and eating in Hard Rock and you'll see

 something unique. From the sushi and saki bars of Roppongi, to

 the design temples of Shibuya and the Bladerunner skyscrapers of

 Ginza, this is a hi-tech, surreal, sci-fi assault on the senses, a city 

like none other on earth. Say sayonara to what you think you know

 and fasten your seatbelts. Welcome to Tokyo.

Bars and Restaurants 

Bar Rage

3F Aoyama Jin & IT Bldg , 7-13-13 Minami-Aoyama , Tokyo.
Telephone: +81 (0) 3 5467 3977
An intimate cocktail bar in the heart of the highly fashionable Aoyama district of Tokyo, Aoyama Bar Rage is a member of the family of acclaimed Rage cocktail bars operated by the Mixologist group. The various cocktail bars operated by Mixologist all have their own distinct style – in the example of Aoyama Bar. The low-lit bar boasts an extensive vintage liquor collection and the bar tenders are dapper in black and white. Try a fruit martini to really a get a sense of what they can do. Their pear martini is like nothing you’ll have tried before. Their mango and honey martini is equally sweet.

 2-3-18 Ginza, , Chuo-ku, Tokyo Building 1F, Tokyo
+81. 3. 557 9317 
Located in the heart of the popular Ginza shopping and entertainment district in central Tokyo,GINZA SAPPHIRE specialises in cocktails based on the premium English gin- BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. The expert mixologists at GINZA SAPPHIRE create a selection of unique martinis using a variety of the freshest seasonal fruits. The fruit selections result in some interesting combinations of flavours, with an attractive presentation. There is always a minimum of 10 different seasonal fruits available for creating the fresh cocktail flavours. In addition to the fruit martinis, there are also a full range of the classic martinis, plus wines, whisky and beers to choose from.

Bar Fifty Seven 
B1F, 4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Japan
81.3.5775 7857

Fifty Seven is a contemporary lounge bar & restaurant with inspiration from the  style of New York’s 57th Street- where East Manhattan meets West Manhattan. Conveniently located near the upmarket Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, Fifty Seven occupies an expansive basement space with high ceilings and a general sense of  openness. The interior has been designed by a noted New York architect, known for his work on leading New York resataurants such as “Sascha” and “Del Posto“. Within the overall space there are six defined areas- the stylish main bar, an “island” styled counter, a luxurious lounge, the elegant main dining area, the 57 private dining room, and exclusive VIP roomsThe cocktail menu at the bar has probably the largest selection of martinis and mojitos in Tokyo, plus a range of domestic and international beers, premium spirits, and a comprehensive wine list with vintages from both New World and Old World wine regions.

Mandarin Bar

Mandarin Oriental, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Tokyo.
Telephone: +81 03 3270 8800
The name Mandarin Oriental has become a byword for high end hotel glamour and that’s certainly the case with their Tokyo outpost. Looking out over the historic Nihonbashi district, the stylish and spacious 37th floor bar has staggering views out over the city and plays host to live jazz most nights, of a suitably chilled out variety. They have an extensive wine list and the bar tenders mix an excellent cocktail (their classic martini is exemplary). The service is smooth as a just waxed floor and as ultra efficient as you’d expect – cigars aficionados might want to inspect the bar’s impressive humidor. Seductive as all these things are, and they really, really are, it’s those views that leave the deepest impression.

Mado Lounge

Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.
Telephone: +81 03 3470 0052
Some bars are all about the view: the city at night, the urban pulse spreading and shining before you as you stare down from high. It’s a thrill, a real rush, to be above it all. The Mado Lounge ticks all these boxes. On the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower, the views are as stunning as you’d expect and the lounge itself is pretty cool. Originally intended to be a pop up venture, only open for one year, the bar proved so popular it became a permanent fixture. It’s easy to see why: it’s hip, with art projected on the walls and occasional live music, and there are also those killer views. Note the added cover on top of the observation deck charge; drinks are on the pricey side too.

New York Bar

Nishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1, Tokyo.
Telephone: +81 3 5323 3458
On the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, 235m up in the air, sip a cognac or glass of California wine up here and you'll feel like James Bond at large in Japan. Rated by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the best roof-top bars in the world, it's done up in dark wood, with ebony chairs, walnut floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. On clear days you can see Mount Fujiyama and as night falls the neon lights up Shinjuku like something out of Bladerunner. Food includes New York-style grilled sirloin and mash or wild mushroom, truffle brie and thyme pizza. The bar also offers great cocktails and the largest selection of American wines in Japan! And they have more than 40 liqueurs, 15 cognacs and a huge variety of whiskies, gins, rums and tequilas. Glad you could make it Mr Bond....


24th Floor Peninsula Hotel, 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Tokyo.
Telephone: +81 03 6270 2888
Up on the 24th floor of the Peninsula Hotel you’ll find one of Tokyo’s hippest cocktail temples, Peter. The room is decorated with metallic trees which give an ethereal indoors-outdoors effect to the space that’s already pretty striking thanks to the digitized projections on the walls. Accessed via a private lift, ambient electro music plays in the background as people perch in the pod-like seats perusing the wide-ranging drinks list. While a large selection of beers and spirits are stocked the cocktails are the way to go and the well-trained know how to mix a killer drink. All this and the near-futuristic views of the Tokyo cityscape make this place pretty special.


Casablanca is one of the hottest night clubs in Tokyo and it's located in the heart of Shinjuku. 
The two levels of Casablanca gives you two floors of fun and excitement. Unwind with friends and colleagues after work at the bar lounge upstairs and enjoy dancing on the spacious dance floor downstairs. 
We have it all. You could call this place a dance club, a DJ bar, a disco, a dance hall or a nightclub. There is even a dart board for those looking for a darts club!
Casablanca is the only lounge bar and dance club of its type in the area. 
If you are looking for a cool and funky place to hang out, come and check out Casablanca.
It's the perfect place for a girls’ night out.

The First Bar
5-5-1 Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan 106-0032

B1 Roi Building
+3 5474 5547
Located in Roppongi, the First Bar offers night owls and party-goers one of the hottest scenes in town. The decor is classy in rich mahogany wood and vibrant color tones, the drinks are decadent and the DJ is always spinning. Treat yourself to a variety of drinks, such as a Caipirinha, as well as a variety of delicious bar snacks and bites. There's a fun vibe every night of the week but certain nights have special themes, such as Brasilian Night with a live samba show on Sundays, and Ladies' Night on Thursdays, featuring free champagne for ladies all night long. VIP treatment and private parties are also available. The dress code is smart-casual.

Club Muse
4-1-1 Nishi-Azabu, B1F, Tokyo

+81 03 5467 1188
In the sea of Tokyo nightlife, if you walk into the wrong atmosphere, finding the right club to mingle with locals and other people from abroad can be a disheartening experience. Most people who come to Tokyo usually find themselves taking a trip to the infamously sleazy Roppongi nightlife scene—but just about 10 minutes on foot from Roppongi Hills, is the popular and more attractive Club Muse. Well-known among the foreign community in Tokyo for being an excellent pick-up spot, count on finding several people (locals/foreigners) who share the same taste for excitement. Average-priced drinks, pool tables, a few karaoke rooms, and 2 dance floors with a mix of music await the arrival of those who are looking for a bit of action during their stay.


2-16 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

One of Tokyo's most popular clubs conveniently situated in the heart of Shibuya. 3 floors overlooking massive dance floor. Obi lounge bar on 1st floor which serves as a cafe during the day. Often afternoon and weeknight events. Mainly house, techno, tribal and drum and bass. Best light/laser show in Tokyo and biggest disco ball.

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