enigmatic's Reviews ( Roppongi )

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  • Cerveza (Beer Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/30
  • Benjamin Franklin said, "beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Places like Cerveza are proof that mankind agrees. And in my eyes, any place that offers beer so enthusiastically should be revered. It should be worshiped as often as possible. Not only does every beer have a glass that perfectly highlights the the beverage's unique flavors, there is a snack somewhere on the menu that perfectly compliments it. You can be snobby about the selection if you like, but it is rare to find places with such variety in Tokyo. Now if only someone would start importing Fat Tire...
  • Lupicia: Roppongi == CLOSED == (Tea / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/30
  • This place is wonderful. I felt terrible for having lived in a tea-centered culture for so long and knowing so little about it. So one afternoon on a shopping trip I went into the store. The staff is fabulous, friendly, helpful, and passionate about tea. I learned a lot from them, and went back for a couple of tea making classes. Once you figure out what you like, you can start ordering for home delivery. This is really good if you live far out of the city and don't have a chance to get to Roppongi very often. I think it's also a good place to bring out of town visitors to learn more about tea.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amrta (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • I've only been here once before on a weekday when the bill was being covered by the company expense account, so I have absolutely no idea how much anything cost. And the place was pretty much empty. But the music is great, the decor and atmosphere are wonderful, and the staff is awesome. Everyone seems just genuinely happy to be there and the vibe was really chill (again, could be because it was a Thursday). If you're in the area, it's worth a trip down the stairs into the basement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tokyo Tower (Night View Spots / Azabu-juban)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The Monet of tourist attractions: cool from a distance but a total let-down when you see it up close. It is nothing more than a radio tower surrounded by stinky tour buses with a pathetic shopping center crammed underneath it. The only people who actually go here are tourists who allow Lonely Planet to jerk them around and foreign guys who think their Japanese girlfriends actually want to go here. Let me clue you in: IT'S NOT THE EIFFEL TOWER, DUMMY! There is absolutely nothing romantic about a giant orange radio antenna. If you want play off of a city view, don't be a stingy schmuck: go to Roppongi Hills.
  • Tokyo Midtown (Landmarks & Historical Places / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • It's taller than Roppongi Hills by a couple of meters. Who says size doesn't matter? While they may not have the city night view (the top floors are obscenely expensive condos, not tourist attractions), they do have some great bars/restaurants in the area. It's only a night spot if you like taking walks in the park or having a relaxing glass of wine at a restaurant. The only club-like atmosphere you'll find is at A-971 (which is choc full of depressed finance people, these days). Luxury shopping and the same basic amenities you find in Roppongi Hills, minus the theater.
  • Roppongi Hills (Landmarks & Historical Places / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Wonderful dreamscape. Every single time I go there I feel like I'm in Disneyland. Everything is immaculate. It feels so space-age. Wonderful restaurants. Good museum. Beautiful view, especially at night. Great luxury shopping as well as affordable boutiques. Oh, and the movie theater is pretty nice, too. If you have a chance, definitely check out the premier seating. Enjoy a beer with your movie and recline. Not your average theater. Because of the large numbers of foreigners who flock to this capitalist mecca, virtually all staff speak English.
  • 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.
  • El Cafe Latino (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Wonderful dance experience. Friendly staff and environment. I really really enjoyed being able to actually dance on the dance floor. Plenty of people but not too crowded and definitely a place to work up a sweat. Lively and entertaining with a good international crowd. The cover is a bit steep, but if you consider that it is for an entire evening of entertainment, it really isn't too bad.
  • 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.
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