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Top 5 Tokyo Nightclubs of 2018

Tokyo Night Owl’s definitive pick of Tokyo’s hottest nightclubs.

Tokyo is one of Asia’s top nightclubbing destinations and for good reason. The city has two of DJ MAG’s Top 100 nights clubs, a long and rich history of night clubbing, and the world’s biggest DJs performing in Tokyo on a weekly basis.

Unfortunately, with such a wide range of nightclubs available, it can be hard to determine which club to spend your night partying away.

Let us ease your nightlife decision making with our updated list of the Top 5 Tokyo Nightclubs of 2018.


Our Selection Criteria

We are making our selection based on the following criteria:

  1. Entertainment: The club needs to be exciting, and provide thrills that customers can’t experience anywhere else. This entertainment could be top tier DJs or an incredible stage production.
  2. The quality of sound: It is a nightclub, after all, and we want to dance without having our ears ringing the next morning.
  3. Popularity: A dead club on a Saturday night is awful, but a club full of thirsty men is the worst.  The venue should also have a decent ratio of male to female guests.
  4. Safety: Feeling safe in a nightclub is a must. Women must be able to enjoy the club without being harassed. Additionally, the nightclub should not be overcrowded with overly aggressive security guards.
  5. Value: Spending a fortune on a simple gin tonic at the bar is “No Bueno.” And no one wants to break their bank at a VIP table with surprise service charges. The club should have a balance between well-priced drinks and reasonable doors prices.

The Top 5 Tokyo Night Clubs

 

Top 5 clubs - Camelot

Club Camelot

Club Camelot has seen an enormous growth in popularity in the past year. To celebrate, Camelot recently opened an entirely new floor effectively making it a 4 story nightclub. Now there are two main floors, two lounge floors, five different bars and literally dozens of VIP seating options.

This nightclub excels at providing several different kinds of parties every night of the week. It never feels too crowded, and the lines at the bar are always short. We believe Camelot provides the most foreign-friendly nightclub in Shibuya especially on the B2 floor.

Pro Tip: Splurge on a VIP table near the round bar on the B2 floor. The Camelot bottle service is second to none, with friendly staff,  and a great view of the party. Book your table at ENVYME.JP for cheap deals starting from 50,000 yen.

Average Door Price: 3,500 Yen for Men, 1,500 Yen for Women

Address:  〒150-0041 1-18-2, Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo,

Access: About a seven-minute walk from Shibuya station, located around the corner from TGIF.

Website: http://www.clubcamelot.jp/

 

Best of Tokyo - Harlem

ALIFE

With several re-openings and name changes, the ALIFE club has gone through some growing pains in the past few years. But apparently, it has been worth it because ALIFE is now the definitive nightclub of Roppongi. The ladies dress up, the VIP tables are full, and the dance floors are packed with hip young people. Get your Top 40 fix here with international hits being played loud on three different floors. The club is a safe distance away from the seedy massage parlors, and kebab stands that litter the Roppongi street.

The VIP section surrounding the DJ booth on the b1 floor can get rowdy, but that’s all part of the fun.

Pro Tip:  This club is very popular with beautiful party people. If you are looking for where the models party in Tokyo, this is the spot. Also, arrive early! This nightclub has a brutal lineup every Friday and Saturday night.

Address: 106-0031 Nishi Azabu 1-7-2 Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo

Access: ALIFE is a seven-minute walk from Roppongi station towards Roppongi Hill.

Website: http://www.e-alife.net/

 

Best of Tokyo - Ageha

ageHa

ageHa is a must-see for anyone looking to have a memorable nightclub experience. The nightclub has seen a decline in popularity in the last year, so it is becoming increasingly difficult to suggest ageha.

Regardless, the club boasts four different dance floors, three VIP sections, three large bars, an outdoor pool, a garden area and a food court. The main floor is a large arena encircled by octagon shaped speakers that pump out an enormous amount of sound. Many of the world’s most famous DJs have held concerts here with over 3,000 partygoers in attendance.

The food court itself is amazing with a variety of foods on sale including kebabs, beef bowls, ramen and more. ageHa also offers free shuttle buses from Shibuya station. The party atmosphere on these buses can be a fantastic way to make new friends before arriving at the club.

We recommend checking out ageHa in the summer when they throw foam parties at the pool every weekend. Nothing beats dancing at the pool as the sun rises over the horizon.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your photo ID at this club. Being stuck at ageHa with no trains available can be a nightmare. Remember they do not accept student IDs or photocopied IDs. Also, review the event schedule posted on their website before making the journey out to ageHa.

Average Door Price: 3,500 Yen

Address: 〒136-0082 2-2-10 SHINKIBA, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Access: ageHa is not centrally located, so guests will need access the club via train or the free shuttle bus available every 30 minutes after midnight from Shibuya station.

Website: http://www.ageha.com/

 

1 Oak Tokyo

1 OAK Tokyo

Without a doubt, 1 Oak Tokyo is the most hype nightclub in Tokyo in 2018. On an almost weekly basis, 1 Oak Tokyo books popular hip-hop artists to perform or DJ live. The women are beautiful, the men dress up, and international celebrities often appear in the VIP. The entire experience feels like a New York nightclub. And for that reason, 1 Oak may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for an international night clubbing experience… this is the place to be.

Pro Tip: 1 Oak Tokyo has a strict door policy! Groups of guys will need to line up, and on busy nights wait till other men leave the club. Try to arrive at 1 Oak with a few ladies in your group to guarantee entry. Also, the door price is high, so we recommend arriving before midnight for discounted entry. Men are 2,000 yen with 1 drink and ladies are 1,000 yen with 1 drink. 

Average Door Price: 4,000 Yen with 2 Drinks for fellas, 2,500 Yen with 2 Drinks for ladies. *These prices may fluctuate during special events.

Address:〒106-0032 5-10-25, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan

Access: From Roppongi station, take exit 3, turn right and at the Almond cafe, immediately turn right and walk down the street for about six minutes. 1 Oak Tokyo is directly across the street from the large Tsutaya / Starbucks. You can’t miss it.

Website: http://www.1oaktokyo.com/
Read our full review of 1 Oak Tokyo here: http://www.tokyonightowl.com/1oak-tokyo-review/

 

Best of Tokyo - Harlem

WOMB

WOMB continues to be the go-to nightclub for house, techno, and bass music parties. It was ranked  #56 in the DJ MAG Top 100 nightclubs prestigious list which makes WOMB the must-see Shibuya nightclub for most Tokyo travelers. The club’s interior recently received a makeover, including new lighting, an upgraded lounge floor and an entirely new VIP balcony that overlooks the main floor. Saturday nights at WOMB can provide some of the purest nightclub experiences available in Tokyo.

Pro Tip: Skip the weekdays. Despite WOMB’s status as a top-tier Tokyo nightclub, the weekday events are always slow featuring DJs who play disturbingly cheesy EDM music.

Average Door Price: 3,500 Yen

Address: 〒150-0044 Tokyo, Shibuya, Maruyamacho, 2-16

Access: WOMB is about a ten-minute walk from Shibuya Station. The club is hidden within the Shibuya love hotel district, so we recommend checking google maps.

Website:  www.womb.co.jp
Read our full review of Womb Tokyo here: http://www.tokyonightowl.com/tokyo-club-review-womb/

 

 


Honorable Mentions:

ELE Tokyo

ELE Tokyo is a gorgeous two-story nightclub with dozens of VIP options. This club regularly books sexy go-go dancers and top international DJs who perform on the weekends. Unfortunately, the flow of the club is awful with choke points everywhere, and the dance floor is cramped.

Website: http://www.eletokyo.com/

VISION

Sound Museum Vision can be a fantastic nightclub for seeing famous guest DJs from commercial EDM to deep underground acts. We enjoy the underground vibe of the club and the maze-like layout of the different floors. But, the main floor sound system is painfully loud requiring earplugs. There are also four different dance floors. However, only two are worth checking out. Also, the wait times at the door can be obnoxious.

Website: http://www.vision-tokyo.com/

ATOM TOKYO

ATOM is another popular nightclub in the Shibuya with a long operating history, 13 years to be exact. Everything about this club screams, Shibuya! Recently the club gave its 4th floor a much-needed makeover and added a hip-hop lounge on the 1st floor. Friday and Saturday nights can be unbearably crowded, with overly aggressive security. But we are adding this club to our honorable mentions because the weekday parties here are the best in all of Tokyo. Always busy, loads of ladies only seats, three different floors, and cheap 500 yen drinks.

Website: http://atom-tokyo.com/

Harlem

Harlem is the most authentic Hip-Hop Nightclub in Tokyo, if not Japan. You will discover a scene here rich with history and packed with Japanese hip-hop fans. The club has a modest warehouse aesthetic with a large dance floor on the 2nd floor, and a lounge found upstairs. Check out the BX Lounge on the 3rd floor for its chilled R&B vibes, VIP tables, and intimate setting.

Website: http://www.harlem.co.jp/

Contact

Contact is a true techno lovers nightclub. It’s dark, underground, and the DJs spin some of the most authentic techno sounds this side of Asia. If you crave berlin style warehouses, then don’t skip on this nightclub.

Website: http://www.contacttokyo.com/

Night Owls, what are your favorite Tokyo Nightclubs? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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