The best bars in Tokyo are spread far and wide right across this huge metropolis. We have selected a wide range of pubs and bars, from classy cocktail lounges with live music to western-style watering holes where you can expect friendly banter and a wide range of beers.  

    Some of these drinking establishments in Tokyo offer the Japanese tradition of nomihodai which means 'all-you-can-drink'. For a set price, you can have your fill of your favorite drink and pay by the hour. If it’s your first time exploring Tokyo, be aware that many venues are not on ground level. You will probably have to take an elevator up (or down) to find your chosen destination. No matter what neighbourhood of Tokyo you find yourself in, you won’t be far from a good bar.

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    Asahi Super Dry Hall

    Famous designer Philippe Starck was responsible for the curious look of the Asahi Super Dry Hall. One wonders what Starck was going for when he created the large golden form that sits atop the hall roof. Inside, the same shape appears at unexpected moments, never quite explaining itself.

    Within the high-rise building, the first and second floors contain the Flamme d’Or bar, which serves 1 of the freshest draft Asahi beers you're ever likely to find, or you could take the elevator up to the 22nd-floor Asahi Sky Room for a cold beer with a view.

    Location: 1-23-1 Azumabashi, Sumida, Tokyo 130-8602, Japan

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    Hard Rock Café Uyeno Eki

    Located within the old Ueno train station building, Hard Rock Uyeno is the classic bar and restaurant brand that plays rock'n'roll and serves the all-American fare. It's that classic taste of home that we’ve come to expect of the Hard Rock brand. This lively bar is full of memorabilia from the history of rock providing plenty to muse over in between toe-tapping tunes.

    Location: Atre Ueno 1F, 7-1-1 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005 Japan

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)3-5826-5821

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    Kirin City

    The largest beer brand in Japan, the Kirin Brewery Company introduces beer lovers to a whole new realm of experience at Kirin City in Ueno. The staff at this specialized beer pub are all expertly trained in a 3-step method for pouring the perfect beer. The technique is slow – taking between 3 and 5 minutes per glass – but some good things in life do take time. The menu even has dishes that were specially created to complement Kirin beer.

    Kirin City is a good spot for large groups as the menu mixes western and Japanese favorites and the casual atmosphere is welcoming for all. 

    Location: Ueno KS Bldg.1F, 6-8-8 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 11 pm. Closes at 10 pm on Sundays.

    Phone: +81 (0)50-3476-4777

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    Bar Lupin

    Anyone with an interest in Japanese literature will enjoy Bar Lupin, where photographs of Japan’s most celebrated writers dot the walls. Steeped in history, it was a favorite hangout for many famous Japanese writers including Kafu Nagai and Osamu Dazai. The menu is concise and sticks to whiskeys and a few cocktails, but everything served is first-class. It's a lovely place to lounge in Ginza. It’s worth bearing in mind, this blast from the past stays true to its roots as a cash-only bar.

    Location: 5-5-11 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 11.30 pm

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    Den Aquaroom

    Den Aquaroom has a huge aquarium as a focal point so you can enjoy a cocktail while angel fish glide by. How about a tequila next to a tetra? The Den Aquaroom is one of the most visually stunning bars in Aoyama. Inspired by the ocean, this swanky cocktail bar has floor-to-ceiling fish tanks bordering plush lounges where you can lounge back and enjoy a few drinks. It's a great date spot. You can find this stylish bar and restaurant close to Omotesando Station.

    Location: B1F, KDX Minami Aoyama Bldg., 5-13-3 Minami, Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6 pm to 2 am. Saturdays from 5 pm to 2 am. Sundays from 5 pm to 11 pm

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    Golf & Bar Grip

    If sitting at a bar while enjoying a drink sounds too predictable, what about experiencing the national passion for golf at the Golf & Bar Grip. The bar has a realistic golf simulator with a 150 inch screen that makes you feel you’re really on the fairway, but you can play a whole round of golf in just under an hour. Booths have gloves and clubs for use and are of course fully serviced by the bar. This is ideal for people who want to play golf in the middle of the city. The use of their golf clubs is included in the price.  

    Location: Akasaka Tomoe Bldg. B1, 3-12-1 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan

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    The Rose and Crown

    Styled after an authentic British pub, the Ueno branch of The Rose and Crown serves a wide range of beers and offers a semi-English experience in Tokyo. Located in the Atre shopping complex connected to Ueno station the Rose and Crown has a Happy Hour every day from 5pm to 7pm and serves a tempting range of British beer food favorites. It's a friendly spot with plenty of locals who are more than willing to say hello and practice their bar-room conversation. This classic British boozer is walking distance from Ueno Station.

    Location: Atre Ueno 2F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11.30 pm

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    Bellovisto at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

    Located on the 40th floor of the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, Bellovisto is a romantic cocktail lounge where you can unwind with a drink and some great views of the evening cityscape of Japan. There's live piano performances most nights, which adds to the chic atmosphere. The bar has a smart casual dress code which means no shorts or sleeveless shirts for the guys. 

    Location: 40F Tokyu Hotel, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8512, Japan

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    My Scotch

    My Scotch is a bar conveniently located a few minutes away from Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station. This is something of a secret hideaway where you can enjoy night views of Roppongi while listening to live piano. As the name suggests, there’s a great selection of Scotch whiskey, along with popular Japanese whiskeys and cocktails to try.

    You can enjoy excellent views of Roppongi while enjoying a glass of whiskey. Reserve the sofa seating if you're with a group of friends. Happy hour typically lasts until 8pm. A variety of food is available at My Scotch – the pizza with housemade dough is especially popular.

    Location: 8F DM Building, 7-18-11 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 6 pm to midnight

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3402-6649

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    Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo

    Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo was opened in Roppongi in 1983 as the first Hard Rock outlet in Asia. It’s a restaurant and bar that serve hearty American food with loud rock music playing in the background. It’s also a cool place if you want to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo has an onsite Rock Store that sells limited-edition pins and t-shirts.

    Location: 5-4-20 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 2 am, Friday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 4 am

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3408-7018

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