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  • 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.
  • Shang lou (Chinese / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • I tried to like this place. I really did. But I had a horrific experience with this dish in Chongqing. That experience (and the horrific week that followed) was enough to make me reluctant to eat more than a couple of bites. Everyone else in the group seemed to really enjoy it, but when I went home I had to make myself a sandwich. Given the price of dinner, for me it was a bit of a disappointment.
  • 4 Count Bar (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/29
  • I don't much care what people say about the lovely drinks and pleasant atmosphere. The fact that the cover charge is hourly is like being in a discount hostess club. No thank you. Left after one drink to go take a shower.

    Nothing whatsoever against the girls, as they are very nice. I just felt like a dirty lech.
  • Inokashira Park Zoo (Parks & Nature / Kichijoji)
  • 2008/12/26
  • The San Diego Zoo it certainly is not. But it is still a fun thing to see inside Inokashira Park. The animals are smaller and there aren't that many varieties, nor are there large numbers of any variety. The aviary has quite a few interesting varieties of winged critters, but that's about it. It's not a depressing zoo, but it really isn't worth going out of your way for, either.
  • Saizeriya (Family Restaurant / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • You know those days when your boss just drives you crazy and you want to have a drink with your lunch? Well, 200 yen glasses of wine at Saizeriya make it possible to do just that without blowing your clubbing budget. It's a pretty standard fast food Italian chain, but like most places in the city, it is absolutely packed during lunch. This is mostly due to, not to the cheap wine, but the very cheap food. And the best part is, the food isn't actually that bad. 500 yen is enough for a filling lunch, and 800 to 1,000 yen will get you a steak with veggies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Subway (American / Ikebukuro)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Just another sandwich shop. Nothing to write home about, but if you're sick of convenience store sandwiches with mystery filling, you'll probably find Subway to be the end-all and be-all of sandwiches. This is, unfortunately, just a side effect of having been away from home and a plethora of tasty sandwich shops for too long. They also have wraps and salads. They just as mundane as the sandwiches. But, if you want a healthier alternative to MacDonald's, get yourself to the nearest Subway.
  • Lock up: Shibuya (Izakaya / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • The speedy service barely fails to compensate for the absence of quality in the food or the juvenile "haunted house" at the entrance. If you're looking for a place to celebrate Halloween all year round, this would definitely be a good start. While the fast service is a welcome break from some other restaurants, it does kind of give you the feeling that they're trying to push you out quickly so they can get another group into your spot. And the theme drinks are very weak on alcohol content. The noise level varies from high to very high. Staff does not speak English. All in all, a C-.
  • Dubliners' Irish Pub : Shinjuku (Live Bars/Jazz Bars / Shinjuku)
  • 2008/11/10
  • If you're looking for a vintage Irish pub, you'll want to take this one with a grain of salt. It's owned by Sapporo. Nevertheless, they have decent pub food for good prices, and a few of the import beer favorites. If you're looking to get a seat, or even standing room for more than three people on a Friday or Saturday, you'll be happier going elsewhere. The clientele is a more balanced mix of foreign and Japanese than a lot of other similar pubs around town.
  • Beer Restaurant Lion : Ginza 7 chome (Bars / Ginza)
  • 2008/11/09
  • The location is certainly one to visit for it's historical value, but if you're looking for a high-quality dining experience, this is not for you. The sub-par pub style food is a bad attempt to replicate western-style pub snacks. It is also a little on the expensive side for what it is. It is, however, a great place to duck in for a quick beer before heading on to your restaurant for the evening.
    The staff does not speak English, but they are friendly and patient.
  • 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.
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