Drinking experiences you’ll never forget

Tokyo has so many great bars, you could go to a different one every night for a year and barely scratch the surface. Here are a few fun ones I’ve been to that are worth a visit.

A Perfect Bar For Bananafish

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Tiny theme bar chock full of mid-century memorabilia is open all night • Hiroo area

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Apollo

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Tiny basement bar with live jazz most nights of the week • Music is always excellent, atmosphere is friendly and intimate • Cover charge is only around $15 plus a drink • Shimo-Kitazawa area

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Bar Six

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A hidden jewel at the top of the Amuse Museum in Asakusa, Bar Six has an panoramic view of Senso-ji temple • Asakusa area

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Bonji Bar

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Drink if you dare! This hookah and alcohol bar features not only cannabis-infused beer and vodka, but also crazy spirits made from snakes, scorpions and peyote! • Asakusa area

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Beer Mount Beer Garden

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Brews with a view: All-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat for two hours (beer, wine, saké and limited cocktails, Japanese, Chinese & Western food) with a great view of Tokyo from the top of Mt. Takao (Note: the food is mediocre at best, but the atmosphere is nice on a warm summer evening) • Open July 1 – October 2

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Christon Café

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Amusing cathedral/gargoyle/stained glass theme • Fanciful menu and drink items • Customers tend to be cosplayers and Lolita/Gothic Lolitas • Shinjuku area

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Codename:Mixology

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The bartenders here have pioneered some incredible techniques and flavors, resulting in foie gras martinis, coolers that taste exactly like Thai tom yum soup, and libations served in a smoke-filled skull.

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Ebisubashi Bar & Café

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Intimate atmosphere with a secret room behind the bookshelves • In summer, one wall opens to the outside and art movies play on the wall opposite • Good mediterranean-style small plates• Ebisu area

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Medusa

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You’re surrounded by the blue glow of the deep at the jellyfish and shark bar • Ebisu area

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Science Bar Incubator

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Medical research theme bar • Drinks served in test tubes and beakers • Heat your own saké over a Bunsen burner • Borrow one of the bar’s white lab coats to wear for your drink-a-thon • Akabanebashi area

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THESE Library Lounge

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Original seasonal cocktails • Cozy atmosphere amid the books, with many nooks & a mezzanine • If you’re lucky, a spot will open up on the torchlit roof deck • Hiroo area

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Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a natural disaster, Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, where he finds evidence that suggests the impossible. How could the head priest have been murdered by someone who was already dead?…read more