No trip to Tokyo would be complete without a night out, and ideally more than one. Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi all have very different things to offer and and usually an adventure or two. For Golden Gai and tiny bars as well as the red light district (if that’s what you’re into), Shinjuku is the place to head to. Shibuya is host to clubs such as Trump Room, Womb and ClubAsia as well as a great drinking spot by the crossing. Roppongi—the slightly sleazy foreigner hot spot—has endless clubs, bars and all-things dodgy, just beware of being hustled into bars with extortionate prices… (if it gets too much, 5 minutes down the road Azabu Juban has rum and library bars though!)
With every night catered for, here are some options: you can choose from the many clubs ranging from 5-floor super-clubs to underground one-off house nights and you can usually do so on a budget. Girls nights, early entry and guest cards handed out near local stations are a great way to save, and a couple of drinks vouchers can balance out seemingly expensive entry fees. If you want a bar crawl then Roppongi is the place for you with specially organized events run every weekend so you can drink shots till you drop—with games and draws offering even more drinks that the vodka-wielding hosts can throw at you. If that doesn’t sound quite like the night you had planned, an izakaya (Japanese-style pub) might be the one for you.With plenty of food it’s the perfect environment for catching up with friends and all-you-can-drink/eat options are great if trying to stick to a budget. However, if it’s summer, there is nothing better than grabbing a few drinks from the conbini and sitting by a river… you will make friends, go on adventures and get to see Tokyo in a whole new light. Never has a night out gone by without the suggestion of karaoke, be it from a friend, colleague or random stranger, and they are usually right. There are countless establishments, some reputable, some less so—but as with your singing, enthusiasm is what counts.