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Harajuku Nightlife

Where to Go at Night in Harajuku - Tokyo

The nightlife in Harajuku is as diverse as the crowds it attracts. Being an area of such innovation and creativity some of the bars in Harajuku have amazing elaborate interiors. You can see Turkish harems, aquariums, 1920s speakeasies, Spanish villas, office settings all in one stroll around the area. 

Harajuku houses an eclectic mix of entertainment offering everything from jazz to comedy, vintage lounges to chic bars. There are even a few cat cafes where you can go and pay money to literally pet a cat. Whatever you fancy, chances are you’ll stumble across it in Harajuku.

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Blue Note Tokyo

This is the daddy of all jazz clubs in Tokyo, hailing an impressive history of internationally acclaimed musicians. With branches in New York, Milan and Nagoya this very large club is the best place to see some really great live jazz in Tokyo. You must purchase ticket to attend the live music sessions. Seats range in price depending if you get a table or bar seat.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: Raika Bldg, 6-3-16 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
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Crocodile

Check out Tokyo’s best amateur and professional stand-up comedians at Crocodile. The Tokyo Comedy Store puts on a show here on the fourth Friday of every month with various stand-up acts followed by an hilarious improvisation session. Crocodile opens at 6pm and the laughter starts from 8pm.

  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: B1 6-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Chamao Cat Café

Miss your moggy? Stroke a purring Persian or a sleeping Siamese for a small fee at this cat café. Open late the café offers a great view of the Harajuku nightscape from within a unique soft-pawed setting. You can play with the cats or simply read and relax with a cup of tea. Stressed-out Japanese workers stop by cat cafes like this to unwind with the pets they can’t have in their own tiny homes. With nine cats ‘on-staff’ Chamao is a small window into this new urban trend.

  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 6-5-6Jingumae, Sanpo Sogo Bldg 5F
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Den

Modeled on a Kyoto townhouse Den has a traditional Japanese bar atmosphere with discreet private rooms for parties and a quaint bar area. Den specializes in single malt whiskeys and offers a number of varieties of sake.

  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: B1F t's Harajuku 4-30-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Den Aquaroom

Enjoy a cocktail while an angel fish glides by. Have a tequila next to a tetra, the Den Aquaroom is one of the most relaxing bars in Harajuku. Inspired by the water world the bar exhibits floor to ceiling fish tanks bordering plush lounges where patrons sprawl while sipping trendy drinks.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: 5-13-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
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Bisty’s

Wine appreciation is taken to a new high-tech level at Bisty’s. After purchasing a pre-paid card in whatever denomination you wish, depending on the size of your thirst, you insert the card into a machine that automatically retrieves your selection and pours it in a 20, 50 or 90ml glass. The nitrogen dispenser system also maintains the freshness and quality of the wine. The menu boasts over 80 varieties, mainly French but a with a decent selection of world wines.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line, exit A2 - JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station, Omotesando exit
  • Address: 4-12-4 Jingumae, Omotesando Hills B3F
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Artica

This is a jazz water bar featuring over 40 kinds of bottled water on a special water menu. There is also a good list of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages. They have live music most nights and this comes at a cover charge of Y1000-2000.

  • Subway: Yoyogi Station, Oedo Line
  • Address: 1-41-3, 2F Yoyogi
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Bar Den Inmu

Purple plush-pile carpets and white leather lounges reflect the glittering disco lighting of Bar Den Inmu which is styled after the shagadelic Austin Powers movies. Outlandish furniture, décor and glasses suit the list of interesting cocktails and psychedelic concoctions.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: 5-13-3 Minami-Aoyama B1 FIK Aoyama Bldg
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Office

A novelty bar with an ironic sense of humour, Office commands a great corner-office view over the area of Harajuku that blends into Aoyama. A workplace ambiance is shaped by the presence of a photocopy machine, corporate-looking desks as tables and even water bubblers.

  • Subway: Gaienmae, Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: 5F Yamazaki Bldg, 2-7-18 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku
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