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Ghetto

What are the odds that the characters for 'moon' and 'light' could be pronounced together as 'ghetto'? It's not unlike the uncommon synergy that comes together nightly as musicians, travellers and well-intentioned s…
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Contact

This large – by Tokyo standards – basement club is the city's latest hotspot. Friday and Saturday nights (entry ¥3000 to ¥3500; ¥2000 for under 23s) see big international DJs and a young, fashionable crowd. It's 'me…
Bar in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

B&B

The B&B here stands for an unlikely – but very appealing – combo: books and beer. Head here to mingle with Shimokita's bookish crowd, sipping craft beer (from ¥500) while browsing the painfully hip selection of …
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Womb

A long-time (in club years, at least) club-scene fixture, Womb gets a lot of big-name international DJs playing mostly house and techno on Friday and Saturday nights. Frenetic lasers and strobes splash across the he…
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Nonbei-yokochō

Nonbei-yokochō – literally 'Drunkard's Alley' – is one of Tokyo's anomalous (and endangered) strips of old wooden shanty bars, here in the shadow of the elevated JR tracks. There's a wonderfully eclectic assortment …
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Bear Pond Espresso

Bear Pond is Tokyo's most haloed espresso stand and its most divisive: the thick syrupy 'angel stain' espresso is considered holy grail by many; others vow never to return because of the often testy service (rules i…
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Mother

Mother is a classic Shimo-Kitazawa bar with a soundtrack from the ’60s and ’70s and an undulating, womb-like interior covered in mosaic tile. There's a good line up of shochu drinks and cocktails (from ¥600) as well…
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Beat Cafe

Join an eclectic mix of local and international regulars at this comfortably shabby bar among the nightclubs and love hotels of Dōgenzaka. It's a known hang-out for musicians and music fans; check the website for in…
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Shimo-Kitazawa Cage

Winning the award for most literal name, Shimo-Kitazawa Cage is a fenced-off cube under the Keiō Inokashira Line tracks. Get beers and snacks (from ¥400) from the Thai food kiosk and grab a picnic table. There's a n…
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Tight

This teeny-tiny bar is wedged among the wooden shanties of Nonbei-yokochō, a narrow nightlife strip along the elevated JR tracks. Like the name suggests, it's a tight fit, but the lack of seats doesn’t keep regulars…