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  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Night View Spots / Shinjuku)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The building itself is a beautiful example of architecture. And this building is a one-stop shop of anything bureaucratic. Literally any government function you can dream up can be found here. Very popular tour destination in the heart of the skyscraper district in Shinjuku. But if it's a view you're after, Roppongi really is a better bet. Especially since there is usually a pretty lengthy line for the elevator up to the top.
  • Tsukiji Fish Market (Landmarks & Historical Places / Tsukiji)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Due to the inability of drunken foreigners to STOP LICKING THE TUNA the entire fish market has been redesigned. It is now much harder to see the market as it used to operate. Most people forget when they travel here that it is an actual work place for fishermen and brokers. It is interesting to see, but party people who stumble in here after a night of binge drinking have started ruining it for everyone. If you go, play nice.
  • la fabrique (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Great location right in the center of Shibuya and a great place to dance the night away after shopping all day long. It's also a good place to stop in for a quick snack in the middle of your day. Ritzy atmosphere and classy appearance - definitely dress to impress. A little overpriced for dinner but when it's all said and done, I'd go back.
  • Pink Sweet Berry (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Tasty fro-yo is a nice break from the heavy ice creams at places like Cold Stone or even Baskin Robbins. They've got lots of topping options and the staff is friendly with limited English ability (you can order easily, but asking for directions might get a bit more difficult). Prices are pretty much what you'd expect at a place like this. There is usually space available for sitting. Nothing majorly special.
  • Club Asia (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pumpin' every night of the week...house music, hip-hop, and I've heard that some nights are even rock and roll...but don't quote me on that. During the weekends there are not many foreigners in the place, but during the week there's a good mix.
  • Condomania: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Like other locations of Condomania, the shop is small. But in a small space you can have quite a selection of condoms. And they do have a nice selection. They've got a wide variety of conventional brands, colors, flavors, lubricants, etc. It is much more of a novelty shop than a toy shop, though. Penis straws, gag-condoms, boobie stress toys, etc. are much more condomania's thing. All in all, a pretty fun place to go.
  • Don Quijote (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • A giant warehouse crammed with boxes of stuff that seems to have just inexplicably found its way to the same place, Don Quijote is unique. And INCREDIBLY crowded. All the time. Some other locations seem to have peak times, like Friday and Saturday nights. But this location is always jammed and the lines for the cash registers will make you feel like you're waiting in line at an absurdly packed amusement park. The variety of products is extensive, but actually getting into the aisle you want is a challenge. It's an excellent place for cheap kitchen electronics (microwaves, toaster ovens, blenders, etc.) and they have a good selection of imported non-perishable foods. But again, the number of people swarming this location make it far from desirable...hit up a different location on a weekday morning for less hassle.
  • Loft: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This unique quasi-department store has a lot of really fun and interesting products that make great gifts. The atmosphere is really great here, and it is a really fun shopping experience. The only thing to note is that they carry the same products as other department stores and boutiques but for much higher prices. If you know where to look, you can certainly do your window shopping here and do your actual purchasing in other places for quite a bit less.
  • Odeon Tokyo (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This tiny little after-hours spot doesn't really get going until after first train (you know, the one at 5am?). It's still pretty fun before then, but if you want to see the who's who of Roppongi nightlife then be sure to pace yourself and hold out for 8 am. Ever wonder how you get on THAT LIST that makes people so special? You might just bump into a few of the right people here.
  • Cock o'the Walk ====CLOSED==== (British pubs / Irish pubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Beer, beer, and more beer. That and a little booze. It's the real reason you go to a pub in the first place, and as long as you don't expect anything stellar you won't be disappointed. The staff is fabulous, but the food definitely leaves something to be desired. Honestly, there are a lot of pubs in Tokyo with better food. But it's a really charming environment to grab a drink with friends.
  • Paddy Foley's ---- CLOSED ----- (British pubs / Irish pubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This pub has large spaces and can be used for group get togethers if you let them know far enough in advance. It's great for sports events and is a nice getaway from typical "Roppongi". The selection of beers is good, but the Newcastle is, unfortunately, refrigerated. Snacks are tasty and their booze selection is solid. Combine this with bartenders who actually know what they're doing, and you've got yourself a pretty solid spot. Just be warned that if you walk in on a weeknight, everyone will turn and stare at you for a minute or two.
  • Propaganda (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/16
  • A fantastic blend of music, 1950s to modern alt rock favorites, wonderful staff, and a cozy atmosphere. If you're new to this bar, be wary of the bell. If you ring it, you'll have to buy everyone in the bar a drink. But a great way to share that exhilaration of a big bonus, stock payout, or other windfall with others in the bar. Beer and hard alcohol selection are average.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Roppongi (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/16
  • Wow, does this place bring back memories. If you're ever looking to revisit memories, grab a slice of your childhood, or learn a little bit about rock and roll, this is definitely a great option. Classic American food served by English speaking staff and a bar menu with a lot variety. Frequented by a lot of foreign tourists, it's definitely not the place to go for a Tokyo experience. But it might be a nice place to have dinner with friends before heading off to the clubs for the night. Very busy on weekends.
  • Wolfgang Puck Express (American / Harajuku)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Although it looks like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, inside it actually has a very large dining space. The staff is friendly, but forgetful. We had to order the same soda three times before it came. And for a gourmet restaurant, the food was woefully average at gourmet prices. If you're looking for a Wolfgang Puck experience, then go to the full restaurant in Shinjuku at the top of Lumine 1.
  • Starbucks: Shibuya (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Perfect place to sit and watch the world's busiest intersection. But if you want to sit anywhere, be prepared to wait. Unlike it's other million locations, this Starbuck's comes with one-size cups and a limited menu due to the sheer volume of customers.
  • Towncryer : Kamiyacyo (British pubs / Irish pubs / Tameikesanno)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Typical foreigner patronized pub in the middle of Kamiyacho. Very difficult to find without explicit instructions, unless, of course, you work across the street in Shiroyama Trust Tower, in which case it is THE hangout. Good but typical pub-style food. The beer selection is very nice, but a bit on the expensive side. Budget about 800 yen per pint. It is not usually packed to the gills, so if you can find it, it's a great place to go.
  • TGI FRIDAY'S: Shibuya (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • The deliciousness of the food and the famed variety in mixed drinks barely compensates for the long wait in this location, the inattentive staff, and the atmosphere. Frequented by many families, many with small children, the noise level is quite high. During lunch hours, it's a quiet spot filled with businesspeople with lunch specials that cater to both the Japanese and foreign palate for 1,000 yen. If you are looking to hit up a TGI Friday's for a peaceful dinner, it is probably better to go to the Roppongi or Shinagawa locations.
  • Aoyama Book Center: Main Store (Bookstores / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • While this book store doesn't have as large of a foreign collection as, say, Kinokuniya in Shinjuku, it does have a different selection of books. I've found books here that I never even noticed or was unable to locate in Kinokuniya or Libro. Like most bookstores, it is very relaxed and inviting. But I do have a tendency to worry about touching things in ABC simply because all the displays are white and always look so pristine...
  • Absolut Icebar Tokyo (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Ok, any bar that can charge 3500 yen cover, impose a time limit, and requires reservations all while freezing your butt off? Yeah, there's probably something pretty cool about it. Either that or they've got the greatest scam ever dreamed up. All that aside, I had a great time here. But I'm also the kind of person who savors and enjoys an occasional memorable experience. It's not something I think I'd ever repeat, though.
  • Grail: Roppongi (British pubs / Irish pubs / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's your basic pub with a ton more options for fans of hard liquor. The food is pretty typical of most bars in Japan...both pub food and izakaya food. The staff is friendly and it usually isn't crowded (but that may just be because I typically go there on weekdays). If you really have a desire to try out some quality whiskeys they can help you with that, too.
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