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  • Ageha (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Odaiba)
  • 2009/01/04
  • Ageha, or Butterfly, is definitely just that - a great place to fly all night long. From multiple dance floors to colorful light displays to big-name DJs like Junior Vasquez, DJ Dan, and DJ Tiesto it's a great place to stay all night long, dance til dawn, and watch the sun rise over the bay. Taking the bus from Shibuya is the absolute best method of getting there...unless you have a car of your own.
  • Club Pure (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pure...what is there to say besides ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK. Maybe you didn't hear me...ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK! What kind of club offers this? What club can afford to offer this? Who cares! I got my booty-shakin' on and if you know somebody who knows somebody, VIP is pretty chill. The thing about VIPs, though, is they pay for their drinks. Have fun with that.
    If you're a foreigner looking for a one-night stand, happy hunting. Most girls who go here go to get picked up...don't be afraid to close a deal or seem lecherous.
  • Womb (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • For everything from private events to headlining DJs from around the world to local talent, this is the place to go. Although it is sometimes so tightly packed that breathing can be a struggle, they do a great job of making it feel like it's underground. If you can last until first train and the club closing, you can become one of the few who get a discount by signing up for the Womb VIP club. Oh, and be prepared to be sshhhhhh'd if you have to wait outside the building to get in. People who live in the neighborhood have complained about the noise of the clubs so much that you'll feel like you're lining up for a school assembly. Drink prices are average, but cover is a bit pricey (around 5,000 yen).
  • Tokyu Hands: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • A great department store with a little bit of everything, Tokyu Hands is a great place to start looking for anything you might need if you don't know where to get it. It is particularly good for DIYers, but has an extensive selection of items for home decor and furnishings, traditional Japanese collectibles and gifts for friends back home, and a fantastic "seasonal" section for Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations. The only thing to remember about Tokyu Hands in Shibuya is that, like all stores in Shibuya, it is extremely crowded, particularly when compared to other locations in the same chain. Also, the split-leveling of the store makes it less friendly for navigating (the floors are offset from each other by half flights of stairs...so there's 2A, 2B, and 2C, with 2A and 2C on the same level, 2B offset by half a floor). Awkward layout aside, is really is a great store.
  • Muse (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/17
  • They should call this club "Maze" or at least give you a map on your way in. If it's already getting late in the night and you've had a couple of drinks, this is definitely THE spot. Whether you want to dance, play pool or airhockey, sing karaoke, or relax in a lounge and play some darts, this labyrinthine club will meet your needs. Four different bar areas with just as many different types of music make it suitable for a variety of tastes. Good pockets of seclusion for those...ahem, naughty moments as well.
  • ==Close== Rolling Stone Cafe (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • What a great place. Whether you're hosting an event or looking for a quiet place in Roppongi, it's definitely a good stopover. It has a large patio area, decent food, and a great atmosphere. The bar is very well stocked, and the whole place can be rented out for special events, or you can just host a small group if you make a reservation. The staff is friendly and speedy.
  • Legato (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Gorgeous view looking over Shibuya from the height of 15 floors. Lunch is amazing, and by far the best deal. The salad bar consists of a gourmet tuna macaroni salad with almonds, shallots, and raisins; a potato salad with salmon; and your choice of apple, shallot, or vinaigrette dressings. Lunch meals change daily. Staff is very friendly and courteous. The interior of the restaurant warm and inviting, but slightly reminiscent of what you might expect if you were inside a Christmas ornament. Definitely a must-eat.
  • Zest Cantina (American / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/10
  • The absolute best place for a pitcher of beer and a basket of hot wings in town. You can order the wings by the bucket and specify your preferred level of spicy, all served with creamy caesar dressing for dipping. The other tex-mex items on the menu don't disappoint, either. A good place for the family, the service is good and the large restaurant is far from full if you go early in the evening. The size of the dining room makes it possible to accommodate large groups with a reservation.
  • Frames: Daikanyama (Cafes / Daikanyama)
  • 2008/11/10
  • I have never enjoyed broccoli as much as I did at this cafe with a retro lounge-style atmosphere. It was, by far, the most melt-in-your-mouth garlic infused delectable veggie I've ever had. If Mom had made them like this, she never would've had to tell you to each your vegetables. Broccoli aside, the staff is pleasant, but the popularity of this cafe means they are stretched a little thin. Definitely worth the walk up the hill, the view is wonderful, if you can get a seat by the window.
  • Aux Bacchanales: Akasaka (French / Yotsuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Excellent French bakery, and unlike its counterpart in Roppongi, the staff is very pleasant. The quiche is to die for, the baguettes are baked fresh every three hours, and the pastries are mouth-watering. It is very busy during lunch hours, so be prepared. But the views from the patio are gorgeous, especially in spring. A hangout for many Italian designers doing business in Tokyo.
  • T.Y. Harbor Brewery (American / Shinagawa)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Elegant interior with a beautiful view of Shinagawa and the water outside. A gourmet dining experience with the comfort of a casual atmosphere. There is a full bar area, completely separate from the dining room, with a view of the open kitchen. All the beer is brewed on site, and the beer sampler they offer is by far the best way to choose which of their tasty brews will best accompany your chosen meal. Large groups can be accommodated if you make reservations far enough in advance (2-3 weeks minimum). Thursday through Sunday will most likely require reservations, but to be safe you should always make one. This place is fabulous and popular. The menu regularly changes, so it's always worth a repeat visit. A taxi from the train station is a must.
  • Chinese Cafe Eight: Roppongi (Chinese / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/09
  • One of three locations around the city, this one is characterized by sculptures of genitalia. They're all over the walls, so if you want a place to take Grandma for lunch, make sure it's your Grandma with a rockin' sense of humor.
    Authentic Chinese menu and employees - most of them speak little English or Japanese. But the food is good, particularly the Peking duck. It tastes just as good as the same dish served in small family restaurants just outside the forbidden city. Open 24 hours and serving dim sum for 100 yen a plate, its perfect for a budget meal after drinking away all your cash in Roppongi night clubs. It's also a great place to take a large group as long as it isn't Friday or Saturday night. Large group reservations do NOT require a set course menu. But keep in mind that it is a popular place and family style seating is often used - you could end up sharing a large table with perfect strangers. The whole restaurant is a smoking section. Beer service is super-speedy, but the staff isn't overly friendly.
  • West Park Cafe: Tokyo (American / Tokyo Station)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Not a very large location, but the service was good and the food was excellent. Very California-esque as far as the menu is concerned - a fusion of Japanese and western components with a touch of Mexican seasonings (spice and salsa). If you can get a seat by the window, you'll be treated to a nice view of Tokyo station. A great alternative to Kua'aina Burgers, their neighbor in the Marunouchi Building.
  • 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.
  • Subway (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's a Subway. Seriously, don't expect any water to wine dietary miracles. If you've been to a Subway, you know exactly what you're going to get. They usually have tables of pre-made sandwiches stacked up outside the store for the lunch rush, so if there's one near your office just stop by and grab one quick. But if you're not interested in a sandwich made that morning, be prepared to stand in an epic line.
  • St.Mary's Cathedral (Churches-Catholic / Waseda)
  • 2009/01/28
  • While I'm all about checking out churches and religious sites in other countries, this one was kinda over my head. I mean, I can appreciate the beauty and architectural ingenuity from the outside. But the inside seems almost sacrilegious as far as cathedrals go, in terms of it's austerity. The dark interior seems like something out of a dystopian hallucination. It is definitely a modern take on an old idea.
  • Louisiana Kitchen Bourbon Street (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The best words to describe this place are "a little bit of southern hospitality" and by hospitality, I mean bourbon, spicy food, and rockin' music. Oh, and by "little bit" I mean a lot. This place really is a taste of the Big Easy. Really great chill place. Have to agree that it is, indeed, very non-Roppongi like.
  • Salsa Sudada (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • If you're looking for somewhere to take your Brazilian friends, this is the place. Big hangout for the local Latin crowd. Not as international as other salsa clubs, but still a very good experience. They offer lessons and have a decent selection at the bar. It is a great place to dance till dawn and maybe...meet a friend or two. The dance floor is a tad small, but you can still have a great time.
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