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Womb

Womb (2-16 Maruyamacho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – opened since 2000, this is another popular nightspot for House and electronic dance music fans. This 1,000-person capacity venue typically books a number of local and international DJs from various sub-genres of dance music (even techno and drum & bass). International DJs that have appeared there include Richie Hawtin, […]

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Trump Room

Trump Room (301, 1-12-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – this is one of Tokyo’s nightspots for the high-end “In Crowd”, hence the “Trump” name. This club’s darkly-lit interior is distinctive for its chandeliers, mirrors and velvet sofas. The crowd consists of both locals and expats – all fashion-conscious, so there’s certainly a dress code here. Local […]

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Sound Museum Vision

Sound Museum Vision (2-10-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – despite the name, this is actually a nightclub (in existence since 2011). There are four levels, with a capacity of 1,500 partygoers. In recent times, it has booked a number of international electronic & House music DJs such as Darren Emerson, Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Little Louis, […]

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Muse

Muse (B1F 4-1-1 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – located at the Nishi-Azabu crossing, this nightspot (popular with 20-something year old foreigners, as well as locals) reopened in February 2014 after going through renovations. It’s a three-level venue that has a stellar bar, cavernous areas, and billiards and ping-pong tables. The admission price of ¥3,000 (Fridays & […]

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Heartland

Heartland (West Walk Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – this standing room only bar is popular among mature local yuppies 30 and above (in particular bankers). Some male expats show up as well. When the weather’s warm, Heartland expands into its open-air courtyard (perfect for serving its “Heartland” beer – which is actually brewer […]

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Gaspanic

Gaspanic (2F-3F, 3-15-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – this is one of Tokyo’s most popular bars – especially among visiting foreigners (making up nearly half the patrons there on any given night). There are two levels – the first one is a café-bar; the second level is a dance club and bar. It’s also popular because […]

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Feria

Feria (7-13-7 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo) – this four-level venue is popular with foreigners, with different dance floors playing electronic dance, Hip Hop, and pop music. The ¥3,000 cover charge for men (¥2,000 for women) includes two drinks, and has a casual dress code (but not too casual – no shorts, slippers, tank tops, or visible […]

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Ele Tokyo

Ele Tokyo (Fukao Bldg. B1F-1F, 1-4-5 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – this venue, located at a space formerly occupied by the Hip-Hop nightclub “Village”, plays, mostly electronic dance music, and aims for a sophisticated mature partying crowd (both foreigners and locals). The two-floor space can accommodate 1,000 patrons, and is said to be one of the […]

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Club Camelot

Club Camelot (1-18-2 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – this dance music venue attracts mainly a local crowd, with some foreigners. Male patrons tend to frequent this nightspot, since it sometimes has a women to men ratio of 3:1 (fueled by discount flyers providing women with free admission, while men are charged an entry fee of ¥2,000). […]

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Club Asia

Club Asia (1-8 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – this was a one-time concert space for Asian rock bands that has been a popular dance music club among locals since the late 1990s. There are two floors and a lounge section. Along with DJ-driven events, there are reggae parties, jazz performances, and occasional live rock and local […]