In Tokyo, the party is never-ending and is always changing, depending on who you are and the mood you’re in.
To Party Like A Foreigner: Head to Roppongi, an area replete with clubs and bars; Feria is a high-end post offering up tasty cuisine and sounds from the world’s most famous DJs. In the same area, The Pink Cow is a hybrid resto–art gallery–club in Shibuya, and is popular among expats. Low-key fun at its best (thepinkcow.jp).
Party Like A Native: The neighborhood of Shinjuku (Kabukicho) possesses what seems like an infinite row of destinations for the adventurous. The area is also popular for what the locals call couple kissa or “happening bars,” which are exclusive, with members vetted beforehand. But there is plenty of other fun in the area, which is akin to Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
Party Like A Fashionista: M Event Space & Bar in Daikanyama is an open event space that’s typically booked for parties packed with shoulder-to-shoulder chic. Come like the Sartorialist is manning the velvet rope and your night is on. m-event-bar.com
Party Like You’re in the ’70s: Roppongi’s Bar Funky boasts that it’s all about “Black Music & More For Funky People”; and it’s pure truth in advertising. Walk in and you’re instantly transported back to a time of Afro puffs and bell-bottoms, but in a laidback den—more Shaft than Soul Train. Expect ’70s memorabilia, including posters of an Off the Wall–era MJ and 45s blaring rarities such as Sharon Redd’s top-of- the-’80s groove “Can You Handle It?” ’Nuff said.
Above: Isoul Harris hanging with his new Sumo wrestling friends after a practice session in Tokyo.