Roppongi Nightlife – Your Guide
Roppongi's reputation precedes it and its name as the hottest nightlife spot in Tokyo is hard to deny. But where exactly to head? Let us be you guide through the hazy world of Roppongi nightlife.
By day, Tokyo’s central district of Roppongi is one of the city’s premier cultural and shopping hotspots, replete with a number of art galleries and high-end shopping centres. Roppongi Hills, a glitzy residential, entertainment and business complex; Roppongi Crossing, the focal point and entryway to the district; and Gaien Higashi Dori, Roppongi’s main boulevard, form a nexus that is the beating heart of the area.
By night, Roppongi becomes Tokyo’s most foreigner-centric nightlife spots, a cornucopia of late-night hedonism and fun. Bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants jostle for attention among the bright lights, giving visitors in search of a good time options aplenty.
To help you navigate and make the most of it all, we’ve put together a complete guide to Roppongi nightlife; a guide dripping with top recommendations and all the information you could ever need.
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Designed as the ultimate melding of business and pleasure, Roppongi Hills is a complex that smoothly integrates living space, office space and entertainment facilities all in one. Find here a multiplex cinema, art gallery, observatory and some of the best shopping in Tokyo. Although most of Roppongi’s nightlife takes place outside of Roppongi Hills itself, it’s perhaps a good place to begin a night or soothe tomorrow’s hangover.
Check out our complete guide Roppongi Hills for more info.
If you’re coming to Roppongi from elsewhere, Roppongi Crossing will inevitably be your first point of call. Located right outside the main train station, the crossing is where all good Roppongi nights out begin, used as it is as a meeting place and rallying point. From Roppongi Crossing you can begin your exploration of adjoining Gaien Higashi Dori, Roppongi’s main strip.
Gaien Higashi Dori
Gaien Higashi Dori is Roppongi’s main thoroughfare and where you’ll find the majority of the area’s top clubs and bars. It’s always a good idea to take a stroll up and down this road at the beginning of your night, this way you’ll be able to check out everything on offer before committing yourself.
Clubs of all kinds prosper in Roppongi. Here’s a preview of some of the very best:
1. V2 Tokyo Restaurant & Nightclub
V2 Tokyo attracts an international crowd all looking for the same thing: good times. Situated on the top floor of the prominent Roppongi Roa Building, the club, wrapped in glass and steel, offers revellers a backdrop of the Tokyo skyline to enjoy as they party. Decked out with a cutting edge sound system which never fails to get people dancing, V2 is the first word in Roppongi nightlife. The downside? The price. Entry fees are generally pretty high, that is, if you’re are a man. Women get in free whilst men can expect to pay between 2,000 and 3,000 yen on weekdays and 3,500 yen on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sun-Sat 18:00 – 05:00
2. ODEON Tokyo
A club for those who can party all night. While most Roppongi clubs close around five in the morning, ODEON, on a weekend, doesn’t stop until lunchtime the next day. Located right in the heart of the district and featuring contemporary interiors, friendly staff and excellent music, this is another top Roppongi nightlife choice. What’s more, entry costs just 1,000 yen.
Mon-Wed 21:00 – 08:00
Thu 21:00 – 10:00
Fri&Sat 21:00 – 12:00
3. Esprit Tokyo
A one minute stumble from Roppongi Station, Esprit Tokyo is a club where you’re guaranteed to hear some of the best tunes going. Attracting big names in the international DJ scene and local talent alike, there’s something interesting going on here every night of the week. Entry fees aren’t too bad either, with females paying between 500 and 1,000 yen and males somewhere between 1,000 and 2,500 yen depending on the event.
Sun-Sat 22:00 – 05:00
4. Muse, Tokyo
Muse’s central location means it’s always jammed, especially on the weekend. But, get over the crowds and the club, split over three floors, is a decent place to hang out. The cave-like basement is particularly good, and the billiards and darts are a good feature, too. Women get in free but men are expected to fork out 3,500 yen to get through the door.
Tue-Thu 21:00 – 02:00
Fri-Sun 22:00 – 04:40
5. Club Six Tokyo
Club Six Tokyo offers a classic clubbing experience. The large dancefloor, most of the time shrouded in a thick layer of smoke, fills with partiers of all types each weekend, all out to dance the night away. Expect the latest chart hits, EDM and anything else with a beat. The crowd is usually a good mix of Japanese and gaijin (foreigner) and the mood friendly. Prices vary: On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday men are charged 2,500 and women 1,000 yen, whilst on Friday and Saturday men are asked to cough up 3,500 and women 1,500 yen. Prices include a drink.
Wed-Sun 22:00 – 05:00 (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
6. Maharaja Roppongi
Although some might say the 80s interior (think mirror balls) is in sore need of an update, we’d argue it’s all part of this place’s charm. Whilst the decor may be a tad retro, the music certainly is not: a mixed bag of contemporary hits and old school bangers. Another solid Roppongi club. For info on the admittedly complicated pricing system, take a look here.
Mon&Tue 19:00 – 24:00
Wed&Thu 19:00 – 03:00
Fri&Sat 19:00 – 05:00
If you’re more focussed on drinking than dancing or want somewhere to warm up before the club, one of Roppongi’s many bars is what you’re looking for.
1. Bar Propaganda
A favourite among tourists, students and anyone else who enjoys a drink or two, Propaganda never disappoints. The long bar and extensive drink selection allows the alcohol to flow all night long if that’s what you’re after, though get there anytime before nine for half price drinks. The clued up staff are always happy to recommend something if you’re out of ideas.
Mon-Fri 18:00 – 05:00
Sat&Sun 19:00 – 05:00
2. Bar & Restaurant 55 (ex JUMANJI55)
On a budget? This is the club for you. Get there for seven, pay 1,000 yen on the door and you’re treated to a full four hours of all you can drink alcohol. Now that’s unbeatable value. Get there as early as you can to beat the crowds.
Restaurant: 10:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Bar: 19:00 – 06:00
3. HUB British Pub Roppongi
The Hub chain of British-style pubs is well-known in Japan. If you’re after a drink and only a real pint will do, the Hub is for you. The Roppongi branch is large, offers a relaxed atmosphere and even pumps out some top quality tunes to hum along to. Get there before seven for happy hour when the drinks are significantly cheaper.
Mon-Sat 17:00 – 23:30
Sun 17:00 – 23:00
4. Tokyo Sports Cafe
It won’t come as a great surprise to find out that the Tokyo Sports Cafe specialises in satisfying all of your sports related needs. With projectors screening every significant sports event going, a pool table, darts board, karaoke and even a VIP room, it’s got you covered on all fronts. The bilingual staff and friendly vibe are very welcome, too.
Mon-Sat 18:00 – 05:00 (Closed on Sunday)
5. Wall Street Cafe & Bar
Spread over three floors, whatever vibe you’re going for, Wall Street can help you out. The first floor is for dancing, the second a so-called ‘romantic’ lounge and the third a sports bar. What’s more, the food here is pretty great and very reasonably priced. A good night out guaranteed.
Sun-Thu 18:00 – 05:00
Fri&Sat 18:00 – 07:00
6. Two Dogs Taproom
You’d be forgiven for overlooking the Two Dogs Taproom as just another bar among many. But you’d be very wrong. With 24 beers on tap, mostly brewed domestically but with a few imports, the craft brew selection is the best you’ll find in Roppongi. If you think you can handle it, go for the 3,600 yen all-you-can-drink (nomihodai) option and soak it all up with something from the simple but tasty food menu.
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 – 14:30
Dinner: Tue-Sat 17:00 – 03:00/Sun&Mon 17:00 – 23:30
7. Geronimo Shot Bar
Geronimo Shot Bar is part of Roppongi folklore; a den of debauchery and drinking that is now in its 21st year. The atmosphere is always lively, the staff up for a party just as much as the clientele. If your wallet’s a little heavy, bang the drum and buy the whole house a shot, or try out the 15 shot challenge and try secure your place in the “Shot Hall of Fame.” Not for the faint hearted.
Mon-Fri 18:00 – late
Sat&Sun 19:00 – late
You may as well be in London or Manchester if you’re visiting Roppongi’s Hobgoblin, a fully authentic British-style pub. The largest of its kind in Tokyo, there’s plenty of space for a good old fashioned knees up in here. Let the pints flow, the darts fly and the good times roll. The food is also pretty good, with pub classics like fish and chips featuring largely.
Mon-Fri 17:00 – late
Sat&Sun 12:00 – late
9. VIVO Bar Tokyo
An elegant but fun-filled Roppongi bar, VIVO is a great place to head any day of the week. On weekdays, good tunes fill the air, making it a decent place to hang out, while on weekends, top DJs and musicians attract revellers of all types. There are plush booths for private parties and even a good tapas menu if you get a little peckish.
Mon-Fri 11:00 – late
Sat&Sun 18:00 – late
10. Bar Quest
If you’re down in the dumps, try being Downunder instead at Bar Quest, Tokyo’s foremost Australian bar. The place is large, with plenty of room to take it easy and enjoy your drink. There’s multiple big screens showing all the latest sports, plus the authentic Australian grub is worth splashing out for. Happy hour from 19:00 to 22:00 each night and all day Sunday puts all drinks at just 500 yen – crikey mate!
Sun-Sat 19:00 – late
11. Milwaukee Bar
Hidden in a Roppongi basement, Milwaukee Bar has the look and feel of a genuine American bar. It’s casual feel and laid back staff make it the perfect place to kick back in, sink a few Buds and shoot the breeze. A great place to begin or end a night out in Roppongi.
Sun-Sat 18:00 – 06:00
12. Motown House, Roppongi
As you might have guessed, Motown House is big on Motown. Popular with the more mature end of the expat crowd, this place has a nicely relaxed vibe and sense of sophistication you may struggle to find elsewhere. Once everyone is suitably liquored up the dancing breaks out, usually lasting until the wee hours. Drinks aren’t cheap, but worth it for the vibe.
Sun-Sat 18:00 – 05:00
Roppongi Live Houses
A live house is the Japanese term for a music venue. Although Roppongi isn’t too well known for its live music scene, there are still a good few decent live houses to discover in the area.
A super cool little venue. Designed by a pair of architects as “a bar, a gallery, a kitchen, a jazz club, a cinema, a library, a school…” and so on, it puts on all kinds of nights and events, from avant-garde artists to brass bands. If Roppongi is a little too mainstream for your sensibilities, SuperDeluxe is the antidote. Try some of their very own Tokyo Ale whilst there.
Depends on the schedule
2. Roppongi Kento’s
Although a chain of restaurant-cum-live houses, Kento’s brand of feel-good nostalgia is hard to resist. Each night live music – from rockabily and Motown to rock and pop – accompanies the American-style food. Crowds are lively, though sometimes a little on the mature side, and the atmosphere light. Definitely a good option for a bit of alternative Roppongi nightlife.
Sun-Sat 18:00 – 24:00
3. Abbey Road Tokyo
What surprises many when they first land in Japan is the near ubiquity of one band: the Beatles. Beatlemania has never subsided in Japan and it doesn’t seem as if it ever will. One of the best places to get in on the act is at Roppongi’s Abbey Road live house; here, several different Beatles tribute bands take it in turns to wow the crowds with their note-perfect renditions of Fab Four classics. Drinks aren’t cheap, but no ones here for the booze.
Mon-Sat 18:00 – 23:30 (Closed on Sunday)
1. El Cafe Latino
El Café Latino is one of Tokyo’s very best salsa clubs. Come the weekend, the two dance floors come alive with life and dancers from all over the world. Don’t be intimidated, all are welcome, and all are guaranteed a great night. Moreover, drop by on a weekday and learn some new moves in one of the regular salsa classes.
Tue-Thu & Sun 18:00 – 24:00
Fri&Sat 18:00 – 05:00 (Closed on Monday)
2. Salsa Sudada
With nightly salsa classes for as little as 1,500 yen, this is the place to hone your salsa skills. Once firmly honed, dance the night away to the live band within a sea of fellow salsa lovers. Established in 1993, Salsa Sudada is one of Tokyo’s longest running salsa clubs and one of its best loved. The food here is also great.
Sun-Sat 18:00 – late
3. Salsa Caribe
Salsa Caribe has a reputation for attracting Tokyo’s best salsa dances. Try not to be intimidated, though, the largely foreign crowd is always friendly, though you may well be shown up by the couple dancing next to you. Again, this salsa club offers lessons for everyone from beginners up. Check the website for the schedule.
Sun-Thu 18:00 – 01:00
Fri&Sat 18:00 – 05:00
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