It would be a travesty to visit Ginza and miss out on its famed and liberating night life. From high-end and opulent nightclubs to rugged and artsy bars, there’s a little something for every personality at one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist destinations. Ready to get this party started? Here are our top picks for the best clubs and bars that Ginza has to offer.
Located alongside the high-end boutiques and trendy restaurants scattered all around Ginza, Genius is a luxurious club filled with beautiful women in glittery dresses and dapper men dressed to the nines. If you’re looking for the quintessential Ginza clubbing experience, this is the place to be for a full night of heart-thumping beats, great drinks and exciting company.
- Name: Genius
- Address: 6-4-6 Ginza, Chuo-Ku
- Access: 5-minute walk from the Yurakutyo Station
- Website: http://geniustokyo.jp/index.php
2. The Iron Fairies Ginza
Absolutely sublime, a visit to the magical atmosphere of The Iron Fairies Ginza is bound to leave you breathless or feeling as if you’ve just stepped into a dream. Not only does this Ginza favorite have an intuitive and attentive staff, but their original cocktails are well balanced, absolutely delicious and down right magical. Sip on an Iron Fairies Mule or a Bridgetown Old-Fashioned as various musical talents fill the bar with great music and beats.
- Name: The Iron Fairies Ginza
- Address: Cheers Ginza B1, 5-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
- Phone: +81 3-6274-6416
- Opening hour: 18:00 – 04:00 (Mondays to Saturdays); 18:00 – 24:00 (Sundays)
- Website: http://ironfairiesjapan.com/#_=_
3. Star Bar
Calm, cozy and centered on the craft, Star Bar has been serving up expertly prepared cocktails since 2000. The bar is owned by Hisashi Kishi, the Stephen Hawking of bartenders and, not-so-coincidentally, the Nippon Bartender Association’s director of technical research. Sample their aromatic signature cocktail, the Sidecar, while snacking on spectacular snacks like featherweight crackers topped with salmon mousse.
- Name: Star Bar Ginza
- Address: Sankosha Building B1F, 1-5-13 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-3535-8005
- Price: ¥1,500 – ¥2,000; ¥1,000 (cover charge)
4. Oribe Classic Bar
Boasting a stunning view of the Kabukiza Theatre across the street, the Oribe Classic Bar is amongst the top ten of the best rooftop bars in Tokyo. Aside from the gorgeous view, patrons come in droves for the simple yet stylish decor, knowledgeable staff, fantastic cocktails and drool-worthy dishes. Make sure to taste their specialty cocktail, the Silver Bullet and make a bee-line for a table with the best panoramic view in the joint. Fun fact? The Oribe Classic Bar was named after a samurai and master of the tea ceremony, Furuta Oribe (1544-1615).
- Name: Oribe Classic Bar
- Address: Nagaoka Building 7F, 5-13-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- Phone: +81 3-5565-1122
- Access: Walk from the Higashi-Ginza Station
- Opening hour: 17:00 – 24:00
- Holiday: Closed on Sundays
5. Ginza Suki Bar
Hip, young, fresh and fun-loving, the Ginza Suki Bar is filled with Tokyo’s coolest dudes and fabulous women. While the bar does offer great drinks and tasty treats, the Suki Bar’s regulars will be the first to admit that they keep coming back for the atmosphere and company more than anything else. The bar’s interiors are covered in street art and graffiti and the young patrons are artists in their own rights and are undoubtedly icons in the making.
- Name: Ginza Suki Bar
- Address: 5th Level, 6-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- Phone: +81 3-3573-5544
- Access: Take exit C3 at the Ginza Station
- Opening hour: 18:00 – 02:00
6. Ginza Lion
Practically an institution, Ginza Lion is Sapporo Brewery run beer hall that’s been satisfying thirsty beer-seeking locals since 1934. The bar boasts several levels, but the hardcore beer drinkers can all be found enjoy a cold draft amongst the high ceilings and painted walls of the ground level. Make you enjoy some of the Ginza Lion’s German-inspired menu while you guzzle down a pint. Kainpai!
- Name: Ginza Lion
- Address: 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- Phone: +81 3-3571-2590
- Price: ¥650 – ¥1500
- Access: Take exit A4 at the Ginza Station
- Opening hour: 11:30 – 23:00 (Mondays – Saturdays); 11:30 – 22:30 (Sundays)
- Website: www.ginzalion.jp
7. 300 Bar
A lot of clubs and bars in Ginza love to call themselves affordable or say that their drinks bargains, however, only a handful can actually say it and be telling the truth. Thankfully, 300 Bar is one of these places. Every drink and snack at this hip and lively destination cost 300 Yen, making 300 Bar one of the hottest bars for Tokyo’s young, wild and free party-goers. Get ready to dance the night away!
- Name: 300 Bar
- Address: B1 No. 2 Column Building, 8-3-12 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
- Price: ¥300; No cover fee
- Access: Take Ginza Exit at the Shinbashi Train Station
- Website: www.300bar-8chome.com
Whether you’re ready to spend hours on end on the dance floor or want nothing more than to cap off your day with an excellent drink in a relaxing atmosphere, there’s no doubt that Ginza’s nightlife has you covered. Don’t forget to make some friends and snap some photos because a night in Ginza is bound to be one for the books.
Have a good trip and travel!