Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

BenFiddich

BenFiddich is dark and tiny. Vials of infusions line the shelves, while herbs hang drying from the ceiling. The English-speaking barman, Kayama Hiroyasu, in a white suit, moves like a magician. There's no menu, but …
Top Choice Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Zoetrope

A must-visit for whisky fans, Zoetrope has some 300 varieties of Japanese whisky behind its small counter – including hard-to-find bottles from cult favourite Chichibu Distillery. The owner speaks English and can he…
Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

New York Bar

Head to the Park Hyatt's 52nd floor to swoon over the sweeping nightscape from the floor-to-ceiling windows at this bar (of Lost in Translation fame). There’s a cover charge of ¥2700 if you visit or stay past 8pm (7…
Gay & Lesbian in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Aiiro Cafe

Occupying the former spot of Ni-chome institution Advocates (and many old-time regulars still call it that), Aiiro is the best place to start any night out in the neighbourhood (thanks to the all-you-can-drink beer …
Cafe in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Berg

Berg is an unlikely throwback wedged inside the super-trendy Lumine Est department store. It's cramped and popular with chain-smoking pensioners. And yet, the coffee shop – which charges just ¥216 for a cup – has a …
Lesbian in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Bar Goldfinger

Goldfinger has long been a ladies' haven in Shinjuku-nichōme, though these days just Saturdays are still women-only. It's got a lowbrow-chic decor – designed to look like a '70s motel – and a friendly vibe. Drinks f…
Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

La Jetée

La Jetée, named for the Chris Marker film, is classic Golden Gai. Running for over four decades, the tiny bar (max occupancy: eight) is known as the go-to spot for film industry veterens (the bar appears in Wim Wend…
Gay & Lesbian in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Arty Farty

A fixture on Tokyo's gay scene for many a moon, Arty Farty welcomes all in the community to come shake a tail feather on its (admittedly small) dance floor. It usually gets going later in the evening. Weekend events…
Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Samurai

Never mind the impressive record collection, this eccentric jazz kissa (cafe where jazz records are played) is worth a visit just for the owner's overwhelming collection of 2500 maneki-neko (beckoning cats). It's on…
Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Peak Bar

The views at the Park Hyatt's Peak Bar are arguably just as good as the ones from the hotel's more famous New York Bar. And for bargain hunters, there is the undeniable appeal of the bar's generous 'Twilight Time' a…