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Tokyo Nights: The Best Clubs in the Japanese Capital

At night, Tokyo morphs into an adult’s playground. Darkness descends, salarymen head past neon signs flashing into brilliant life, and throngs of revellers pulse through its busy streets, looking for fun times, frolics, and maybe a little more. The vast metropolis has dozens of venues to revel in, from underground hipster joints to classy rooftop affairs where you can dance the night away with the city shining in the background like the jewel it is. If you’re headed to this sprawling megacity and want to party with the best, then read ahead for our guide to the best nights out in Tokyo.

RAISE

In the heart of the ritzy Ginza neighbourhood, known for its upmarket boutiques and high-end restaurants, RAISE really is a level above when it comes to chic nightlife destinations in the Japanese capital. The venue itself is glass-fronted, meaning you get all the benefits of the 6th floor location, like astounding views over the metropolis as you dance to one of the best sound systems in the city.

Stylish and exclusive is the vibe, with a cool, young crowd to match. The floor is massive, fitting up to 800 revellers, making for a night like no other. Absolutely nothing in the design has been left to chance, either: even the speakers are designed to fit the aesthetic of this club. If you’re intrigued by the chance to spend a night at this fabulous venue, make sure to book ahead for a table and wear your finest threads, so you can get the full experience.

ZEUS

The Roppongi District is known as one of the most vibrant in Tokyo when it comes to nightlife, and nowhere is this more obvious than ZEUS Nightclub. The second you enter the expansive space you’re hit by an incredible light show, a wall of sound, and a heaving mass of beautiful bodies dancing the night away, all while resident and international DJs pump out hit after hit.

ZEUS is also home to some of the best-trained bartenders in the city, managing to shake and stir excellent cocktails with the speed and elegance needed to keep up with the thirsty crowd who frequent the club. They also have a wide range of excellent bottles to sample, including some of Japan’s best whisky. When you add in the dancers and other live acts that grace the dancefloor for your entertainment, it’s no surprise that Tokyo’s top social set are often seen here.

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SANKEYS PENTHOUSE

Sweeping penthouse views and seriously pumping bass define this fashionable venue in the artsy Harajuku neighbourhood. Serving up food with a panoramic view under the sun, there’s also an art gallery to explore, so you can spend the entire day here and have an unforgettable time. However, there’s no doubt that it’s at night time the club comes into its own.

In the earlier part of the evening there’s usually live music from top-quality local bands, covering everything from rock to funk. But when the sun goes down and the mood becomes a little more party-like, DJs take over and the space is filled with Tokyo’s finest, sipping on cocktails and enjoying the view with a little bump-n-grind to match. If you want to party on top of the world, then there’s no better venue in the city.

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WARP

Shinjuku is known for its bright lights, flowing beers, and crowd of fun-loving revellers who know how to party in style - and nowhere symbolises this better than the iconic WARP. The massive venue is as glitzy as it is large, and the crowd that fills it is just as chic and ready to let loose, making it the ideal spot to wander into after downing a few sakes at an izakaya. With international and resident DJs playing an array of tracks, the only thing you need to do is dress your best.

The sound and lighting systems in WARP are among the best in Tokyo, transporting you onto another planet as soon as you enter the club. With raised stages and private areas, and a well-stocked bar run by professional, rapid staff, there’s really something for every kind of clubber here. Add in the table service, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an unforgettable night with Tokyo’s elite.

1OAK

Run by the same owners of the infamous New York nightclub of the same name, 1oak might no longer be ‘one of a kind’ thanks to its various venues dotted across the world, but the Tokyo outpost remains a special place in the sprawling city. One of the Japanese capital’s most exclusive nightclubs, 1oak is the epitome of class in a city known for its plethora of glamorous venues.

Open until the sun rises over the skyscrapers of Tokyo, we’d heavily recommend a table or guestlist so you can skip the queue - even the city’s most prominent socialites have been known to have to wait at the door. Once in, the interior design is unique as it is voguish, only adding to the chic vibe of the venue. The music is generally electronic, and top-shelf drinks flow freely, meaning you can sip on something in style while also enjoying panoramic views of the city. A must-visit if you want to party with the city’s finest.

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