Do you wonder if there’s a particular dress code for going out in Japan? What is there to bring for a night out? Are tattoos, sandals, shorts allowed? Let us answer your worries and help you prepare for your nights exploring the awesome Tokyo nightlife!
Preparing for a night out in Tokyo is quite easy relative to most countries. From cheap pre-games to lax dress code, all you really need is a buzzing energy and your PKW (Phones, Keys & Wallet).
Japan typically doesn’t have a dress code when you are going clubbing but here are some things you should avoid.
I know it’s unfair to all men out there, but most clubs would refuse to let you in if you’re wearing sandals or shorts; jeans and sneakers are accepted almost everywhere so you can rock up comfortably anywhere with your dancing shoes.
If you somehow wound up on an unexpected night out and in need of pants or shoes, we suggest you check out Don Quijote. It is a mega store with everything you would ever need for a good deal and they are in all the major areas of Tokyo. If there was an apocalypse, now you know where you should hide yourself 😉
Some clubs and bars could refuse your entry if your tattoos are showing. Sometimes, they would even give you duct tape to hide your tattoos, before letting you in! Although getting more relaxed over the years, you should avoid being sent away or covered in duct tape by bringing a jacket or a sweater, to cover your tattoos.
For a night out, you can be as casual as dressing in T-shirts and Jeans, or a bit fancy with shirt and dress with heels, or even wear something extra extravagant. If you want to wear a costume or gown, as long as you don’t have any dangerous objects on you, you are more than welcome to turn heads in the streets and might even get people grabbing photos of you!
What to bring
We all like a good night out without walking into an expensive bar and end up paying a lot, or waking up the next morning and finding our drunk selves have spent everything in our wallets. If you are planning to have a drunk night out on the streets, drinking konbini drinks, it’s totally doable to bring just a few thousand yen. If you want to do a bit of bar hopping, exploring around the city and maybe check out a club after, bring around 10,000yen would be best. Make sure to check out the bars on our website to get exclusive deals at every single spot, to save your wallets from crying!
You don’t want to get all excited to go out and realize you can’t get in just before you forgot your ID! Bring a valid photo ID, preferably your driver’s license or passport would be ideal. If you don’t want to bring your passport around for the fear of losing it, take a photocopy of it and bring along a credit card with your name, to make sure you can get in with no problem!
Pre-Drinks and After Parties
It’s not very common to have pre drinks in someone’s home in Japan as apartment sizes rarely fit the people and it’s rare to be invited into someone’s personal space. Of course this is not the case for share houses and some people of the expat community. Similarity is the case for after parties. That’s why it’s always good to know a few places you can go before and after the club to begin your night and to take refuge until the first train.
Places we recommend and have discounts for pre-drinks in Roppongi and Shibuya!
All-you-can-drink for just¥1,500, this place has a Kareoke room, Jenga and extremely friendly staff that is always down to grab a few drinks with you!
Mezzo – A beautiful bar on the main street of Roppongi, with great selection of drinks and tapas!
If you like beer, you have to come here! With a wide selection of beers, this cozy bar is perfect to get drunk at!
Agua Tequila Bar – Tequila, tequila, tequila! Need I say more? Situated in the middle of the clubbing streets, come to this unique spot for a few shots!
**Konbini: Street drinking is one of the cheapest ways to fuel up with Japan’s most powerful weapon, Strong Zeros.
Gorgeous club with stunning dance performances and eye-dazzling light shows throughout the night!
3 dance floors that can cater to whatever you like. Young crowd and amazing local and international DJs, this is the place you want to be in Shibuya!
If you like shisha, if you like a bar you can chat to random people that are equally as drunk as you are, then this is the place to get drinks! Grab yourself a seat in this spacious bar and enjoy a few drinks with friendly strangers.
You would be surprise how late (or early) this bar is open till. Even at 9am or 10am, you can still find this place crowded with people, either from the night out before, or bartenders from other spots getting their after work drinks.
The name of this bar literally translates to “Heart of Rock”. If you like Rock, you should definitely check out this spot! You can find all kinds of interesting people at this bar, from Japanese to foreigners, at all hours of the night.
After you have danced your night away, after you’ve run around the city, after you’ve drunk enough and need to rest, there is no better place than Reality. The sofas are so comfortable, you might just fall asleep. A wide range of food served here for the drunchies you might have.
With that said, if you’ve found yourself drunk, in the streets of Tokyo, have a wonder and follow some lights. Snack bars, karaoke, and family restaurants are a drunkard’s second home. You’ll find yourself amongst other night crawlers who are resting and regrouping before their journey home.
Do you like these places? Got more interesting places to recommend to us? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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