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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • warehouse702 (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This secluded club on the way to Azabu-juuban supports great local DJs that are on the Pure circuit. Whether you're gay, straight, or just a little ghetto, there will definitely be a night for you as this club caters to everyone. It just depends on the day of the week you decide to stop by. Not too bad for private parties, either.
  • Gaspanic : Roppongi (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Regardless of the fact that Gaspanic is a typical foreigner hangout with lecherous white guys trolling the crowds, it's really hard to say no to 500 yen drinks. And hip hop music. It's not that often you see Japanese guys with cornrows. But if you ever grew up in the ghetto and are craving a taste of home, here's where you can find it.
  • 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.
  • Hub : Roppongi 1 (British pubs / Irish pubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • All hail 1300 yen liters of beer. Like every other Hub in Tokyo, don't forget your point card. Fairly typical Japanese attempt of recreating a British pub. But it is an excellent place to stop in if you want a free lesson in English slang. It's also a pretty good place to find an English teacher, as the foreigners who don't work in English schools can afford better hangouts in Roppongi.
  • 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.
  • Geronimo Shot Bar (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/16
  • During the week it's not a very inviting place...a lot of regulars have a tendency to make others feel unwelcome. Oh, and don't forget to take your tie off before you go in, or they'll cut it off for you. Absolutely packed most nights.
  • 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.
  • Barbacoa Grill (Brazilian / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Great place for lunch, but dinner is quite expensive. It is much better to get a plated meal as opposed to the buffet. But this location is THE hangout for fashion industry high rollers. On any given day you can expect to see the head of HR from Gucci to the President of LVMH. Reservations are a must for any time of day, but you better know someone or good luck getting them to take your name. If you do get in, bonus on the tasty dessert bar.`
  • Oakdoor (American / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Can anyone say "largest wine selection in Tokyo"? I thought that you could! Located in the Hyatt, it is one of the most elegant dining experiences you'll be able to have in Tokyo. And no matter what you've chosen from the menu, they've got the wine to perfectly complement it. Service is fantastic and entertaining. There really is nothing more to say, as this place speaks for itself.
    Oh, just don't forget to stop at the ATM before you go...or be sure to remember your credit card. Perfection doesn't come cheap.
  • Baskin Robbins: Azabu (Ice Cream / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Thirty one flavors, and there is nothing wrong with that. Especially since, like the other branches of this chain in Tokyo, there are two or three flavors that change every month, there really is nothing to not love. If it weren't for the small store size and the long lines always found at these stores, I'd probably go every day. So...I just get a hand-packed pint to go and stop by once a week. The staff does their absolute best to be fast (and they do a pretty good job, too). Especially considering it's the type of place that attracts a LOT of children crashing from their last sugar high.
  • Shakeys: Ikebukuro (American / Ikebukuro)
  • 2008/11/11
  • It doesn't matter which location you go to. Shakey's is equally bad all across Tokyo. It is an American chain that has been localized far too well. The pizzas lack adequate cheese topping, and choices run the gamut from classics like the wasabi barbecue chicken pizzas with corn to mochi dessert pizza. They've attempted nachos, but the toppings come on pre-seasoned Doritos. And the sausage doesn't sound too bad, until you look at the picture and realize the coiled shape is far too similar to some less desirable aspects of human digestion. The restaurants are perpetually loud and chaotic, with a frantic staff doing their best to accommodate all demands. If you're forced to patronize this chain, go for the curry fries. It may be the only decent thing on the menu.
  • Kua'Aina : Aoyama (American / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2008/11/11
  • All hail the burger shop with the delicious imported bottles of beer. And not just any import...oh, no...it is one of the best microbrews to ever come out of the States. Combine that with beer-battered onion rings, tasty fries, and some of the best hamburgers to grace your tastebuds in a long time and you've found yourself a new favorite. But it doesn't stop at burgers and the typical side dishes. They've also got sandwiches of all descriptions (from swordfish to turkey to roast beef) and shrimp that don't have to be cleaned of legs at the table. Aloha, hunger!
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