Nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Ginza & Tsukiji

Cafe de l'Ambre

The sign over the door here reads 'Coffee Only' but, oh, what a selection (coffee from ¥650). Sekiguchi Ichiro started the business in 1948 and – remarkably at the age of 100 – still runs it himself, sourcing and ro…
Top Choice Sake in Ginza & Tsukiji

Japan Sake & Shōchū Information Centre

This isn’t a bar, but who cares when you can get 30mL thimbles of regionally brewed sake or shōchū for as little as ¥100 a shot? There are dozens from which to choose (and tasting sets of three glasses from ¥300 to …
Top Choice Teahouse in Ginza & Tsukiji

Cha Ginza

Take a pause for afternoon tea (¥700 to ¥1400) at this slick contemporary tea salon. The menu is seasonal, but will likely include a cup of perfectly prepared matcha (green tea) and a small sweet or two, or a choice…
Bar in Ginza & Tsukiji

Drum Kan Ginza

It's Japanese-only at this friendly, cigarette-smoke-filled standing bar in the midst of Ginza's drinking district. There's no cover charge, draught beers are a bargain ¥250 and there's a good range of snacks, inclu…
Teahouse in Ginza & Tsukiji

Jugetsudo

This venerable tea seller's main branch is closer to Tsukiji, but this classy outlet in the Kabuki-za Tower has a Kengo Kuma–designed cafe where you can sample the various Japanese green teas, including matcha; sets…
Teahouse in Ginza & Tsukiji

Nakajima no Ochaya

This beautiful teahouse from 1704 (and rebuilt in 1983) stands elegantly on an island in the central pond at Hama-rikyū Onshi-teien, reached via a long cedar bridge. It’s an ideal spot for a cup of matcha (powdered …
Cafe in Ginza & Tsukiji

Turret Coffee

Kawasaki Kiyoshi set up his plucky indie coffee shop next to Starbucks. It takes its name from the three-wheeled delivery trucks that beetle around Tsukiji Market – there's one on the premises. Ideal for an early-mo…
Cafe in Ginza & Tsukiji

Bistro Marx

As well as French chef Thierry Marx' restaurant here, there's his casual bistro-bar where the outdoor terrace has a dress-circle view across to Ginza's iconic Wako department store. It's a fancy spot for an afternoo…
Gay in Ginza & Tsukiji

Town House Tokyo

This long-running joint is friendly to gaijin (foreigners; literally ‘outside people’) and has been serving a wide-ranging crowd for years. It provides plenty of space and even a long balcony for a breather. It has …
Cocktail Bar in Ginza & Tsukiji

Komatsu Bar

Look for the wood and frosted-glass door to enter this gent's-club-like bar. It has a mismatched range of comfy chairs, dark corners and an old grandfather clock that once chimed in a long-gone Tokyo hotel. Wines by…