In Tokyo, you can sip champagne in skyscraper bars above Shinjuku district or experience the laid-back side of Tokyo nightlife in French-influenced Iidabashi. To the south of Tokyo, nightlife gets hectic in lively Roppongi and intimate in Ebisu's tiny, arty bars. For a taste of traditional nightlife in Tokyo, explore Ginza district.
Tokyo nightlife: bars
Kick off your circuit of nightlife in Tokyo by joining the after-work crowd as they unwind at bars in Tokyo's business district, Marunouchi. Head west to Ebisu and Daikanyama for Tokyo nightlife at its hippest - think hideaway bars with baby grand pianos and graffiti-covered walls. Or, head north to Iidabashi district for tranquil canalside beers. For the colourful side of Tokyo's nightlife, visit Roppongi, where locals and expats mix in animated bars.
Tokyo nightlife: clubs
Top international DJs flock to Tokyo's clubs, serving up house, commercial hip-hop and eletronica to Tokyo's achingly fashionable clubbers. Go west for a taste of Tokyo's nightlife at its most edgy, at hole-in-the-wall clubs in Shibuya, Ebisu and Daikanyama. Further north, Shinjuku Ni-chome is home to Tokyo's gay nightlife. For the ultimate in Tokyo nightlife, make the trek to ageHa, a sprawling superclub with its own pool.
Tokyo nightlife: entertainment
Experience Edo-style Tokyo nightlife with a kabuki theatre show in traditional Ginza, or book a concert at the Nippon Budokan for a glimpse of rock n' roll history. The Beatles played at this charismatic venue. Explore Tokyo nightlife in Shibuya or Ebisu districts, where local and international bands play rock, country, heavy metal and more in local bars. If you're a jazz fan, the Blue Note in Minami-Aoyama deserves a place on your tour of Tokyo nightlife.
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