studebaker's Reviews ( Dance Clubs / Nightclubs )

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  • la fabrique (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • I've been to a few events here, featuring dancing, electronic music, djs and drinking. The bar is pretty much an open plan with a loft looking down on the scene from above. Drinks run at average prices, with events usually giving out drink tickets at the door. The place is just down the street from the north entrance of HMV.
  • Club Asia (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This place is crowded and a laid out to be a circuit. Main bar, upstairs area, stage area, hallway, and back to the main bar. Club asia isn't as welcoming to foreigners as some of the clubs in the area. Most of the time, the club plays hip-hop and reggae, and the Japanese people who come go to great lengths to dress in clothes which match the style. This is worth seeing, even if the club isn't that great.
  • Le Baron de Paris (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Over the past year or so, Le Baron has become the 'it' place to be for spotting celebrities and people who act like they are rock stars. It's stylish, it's sexy and it has such a darned cool entrance. Plus, it's far enough away from the other nightspots in Tokyo, that if you come, you'll stay. The general lack of places to sit down for Non-VIP people is a little disappointing. Recently the resident DJs were replaced and the music improved, drawing more people. If you come, behave yourself and don't spoil it.
  • Lounge Bar 911 (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This place is very much like so many of the other small bar/club spaces in Roppongi that caters to the foreign crowd, except it is a little better decorated than most. When making the Roppongi tour, it is easy to head into the place to check out, so do it. It may be a little more upscale than its neighbors, but it features the same Roppongi people, loud, drunk and having fun.
  • Gaspanic : Shibuya Center gai (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This place is a scar in senta-gai. Every self respecting Japanese person avoids this place like the plague. Don't waste your time with this place and take the time to find something better; there are a lot of places nearby which are comparable in price and much higher in quality.
  • Odeon Tokyo (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This is where the party people end up after having been to their various events of the night. It is listed as closing at 6:00am, but I seem to remember leaving at 7:30 after a new DJ had just come on and the people were still dancing. Strippers and hostesses come here after work to unwind, so there might be a disproportionately high number of beautiful eastern Europeans, Brazilians and Russians in the mix. Good times.
  • Gaspanic : Roppongi (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Gaspanic is the bottom of the metaphorical nightlife barrel in Tokyo. Even Japanese people who don't go clubbing know that it isn't cool. They even force you to buy a drink if you don't already have one in your hand! This is a good place if you are from the Yokosuka US Military base, or if you like those types of 'people'.
  • Muse (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Muse is bigger than you'd think when you first walk in. There is the main room with a big bar and a pool table, a casino table and a few tables. The next room features loud music and dancing and another bar. Downstairs contains another bar, different music and more people dancing. There are also all sorts of nooks and corners in which people find themselves having conversations.
    Muse is just close enough to Roppongi for people to walk to, but far enough for people who have arrived to want to leave; so it gets busy.

  • Feria Tokyo (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Feria has a bad attitude. The VIP section is larger than the main area, and welcomes only models (mostly eastern european) and friends of the club. Being neither, I was crammed into a small area with full booths and a bar on either side of a packed area that was supposedly a dance floor.
    The bar was a mix of about 50% foreign, 50% Japanese, with more Japanese women than men. I'd go again, but only if I were allowed into the rest of the bar.

  • Ageha (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Odaiba)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Ageha is the biggest club in Japan. Go in the summer to enjoy the outdoor area as well as the indoor area. (Officially there is no swimming allowed in the pool, but people have been known to 'fall in'. The whole complex is HUGE! The most popular times to go are for Halloween (huge costume contest) and New Years. Ageha brings A-list DJs from around the world to perform in front of huge audiences. There are busses out to the event leaving from Shibuya, on the east side of the station, near the Reggae club Nuts.
  • warehouse702 (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/17
  • The Warehouse has some pretty good events. They're known for their bikini parties and other scandalous events. They bring in some pretty cool DJs and rock Azabu until the wee hours of the morning. There isn't much else in the neighborhood if the place isn't busy, so go on a good night. In the main room, there is an upstairs loft section which has pretty much all of the seating, and it happens to be the VIP section. So if you're not a VIP, you'd better enjoy standing until the show starts, or arrive after it's busy.
  • Flower (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Others)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Flower is pretty big and open, so if the place isn't busy, it looks empty. I've never been here when it's actually busy and rocking. They have all kinds of different events here, in the front room (which is carpeted for some strange reason) and the back room which is where the dancing apparently happens, although it was never busy enough for me to see any dancing when I went. Maybe I chose the wrong night, 3 times.
  • Womb (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This is Tokyo's most famous club. It's a little pricey, but go for the experience. If you stay until the end, they'll let you join their member's club and get discounts for future events. The place has 4 floors, with a main room which holds crowd that come to see top level DJs from around the world. They have an ass-kicking cool full color laser which does some really great effects over the crowd. Womb does get crowded and hot, but dancing under the high powered air conditioners quickly solves the latter problem.

    The entrance is really unassuming and you might miss it if you don't know where you are going. The easiest way is to take the inokashira line one stop on the local to Shinsen station. It's less than 100m from the gates.
  • Air (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Daikanyama)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This club is hit or miss. Sometimes it's really busy, friendly and fun, sometimes... not so much. They bring out some pretty good DJs to play, nothing 'A' list, but the music (mostly electronic) pumps the crowd up and gets the party going. Like most clubs in Japan which play electronic music, all the people face the DJ when dancing. There is an upstairs gallery from which you can look down on the goings-on below. Air is one of two clubs in Tokyo that I know of that has security guards out on the street to make sure people aren't too noisy after leaving or before entering. This is because the club is in a residential neighborhood. It's about a ten minute walk from Shibuya, next to the tracks of the Yamanote line.
  • Club Pure (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Drink as much as you can until 5:00 am. Listen to hip-hop, get drunk, meet people of questionable moral standards and have fun dancing the night away! The Japanese people who come here know what they are signing up for when they come, so in terms of a foreigner friendly pickup bar, this is a good place to meet easy girls. But use protection, for the sake of the guy she's taking home next week. There are several love hotels within a short stumble of Pure.
  • Club Atom (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Most of the Japanese people who come here do so to avoid the stereotypical foreign clubbing man. The crowd wasn't too friendly to the foreign group of three I was in. The lowest floor was playing psy trance, was themed like a cave and featured a few gyaru who were doing something more than just drinking. The main floor was playing more mainstream electronic music and got pretty busy. Other than the crowd being a little cold to my friends and I, it was a pretty decent time. If you want to go watch Para-para dancing in Tokyo, Atom is the place to find it.
  • alife (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • I believe that Alife is the 3rd largest club in Tokyo, after Ageha and Womb.
    This club features 3 floors: an upstairs with an uber secret VIP room for the owners and their friends with punch perms; the main floor which is open throughout the week for food and drinks, and the big basement with dancefloor, bars and seating galore. The night I went, it was crowded, smokey and dark. The two small staircases out of the basement just scream fire-trap, but with almost nothing flammable other than clothing, I'm sure Alife is a safe place to have fun. Drinks are fairly reasonable, but due to the average customer being Japanese, the bartenders don't pour strong ones. From what I've seen on flyers, ads and in magazines, the music varies from night to night depending on who is throwing the party. Just like most big clubs, its noisy, but there are a few quiet places to make conversation.