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Scramble Cafe and Bar 1

Scramble Cafe and Bar 1

Just a 5 minute walk away from the Hachiko exit of Shibuya is the Scramble Cafe and Bar. This convenient spot is great for an easy lunch or dinner and is a common meeting spot for expats.

The Scramble Cafe and Bar menu (in both English and Japanese) is egg-themed, with pictures to help those people whose words have finally failed them after a long night of partying or are just waking up to breakfast (whatever time of day that meal occurs for them). It is a cozy little place right from the get-go, almost like a seaside café right by the beach! The food Western-styled, which includes Eggs Benedict, quiche, stew, and confit. All the dishes are a mix of traditionally American and French dishes with a Japanese twist. I had the Eggs Benedict, which came with pasta, potatoes and a mixed salad with some Japanese dressings and ingredients. The Eggs Benedict themselves were more like Eggs Royale, with its ham and the salmon on muffins, including fried egg on the salmon. It is the perfect post-clubbing late-night meal for the steamy Tokyo summer. Or could be your lunch, being a pleasant stop during your mid-day shopping spree. And it went pretty well with the iced Earl Grey.

Scramble Cafe and Bar 3

Scramble Cafe and Bar has two dining sections – an open area that is used in the daytime, and a more relaxed ‘evening’ dining section for late meals. It’s a great little place to sit back and take in the atmosphere, with good food at a good price for a town as busy as Tokyo. And the bar part? Scramble transforms in to an exciting bar with reasonably priced drinks at night. There is also a Saturday happy hour, and DJs start around 6 PM.

So there it is–perfect for lunch during the day and a drink or two at night, all within view of the Shibuya Scramble and not far from Shibuya station. Get your seat while you can!

Scramble Cafe and Bar Information

Website (Japanese and English) | Facebook page

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station Hachiko exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 9am – 2pm; Friday and Saturday 9am – 5am; Sundays and Holidays 9am – 12am

“Why Go?”: Reasonably-priced meals and drinks in the heart of Tokyo!

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November 17, 2016 0 comment
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Womb nightclub sign, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Womb is a legendary Shibuya nightclub that frequently makes the Top 100 Clubs in the World list compiled by DJMag. With its nondescript entrance hidden down the small back-streets of Tokyo’s love hotel district (Dogenzaka), you might be wondering why.
Womb nightclub sign, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
The cover charge varies depending on each event, usually ranging from ¥1500-¥4000. If you have a flier (normally found on their website) or a Womb membership there is a small discount, usually ¥500. Once inside, there are a few different floors playing different music. There is a bar in each room serving the usual stuff, with prices around ¥700 per drink. The drinks aren’t particularly strong or special, so if you’re on a budget it’s probably best to just stick to beer.

Arguably, the best thing about Womb is the fact that its reputation attracts some of the world’s best DJs from all genres of electronic music. Each night of the week  has a different style of music and a few nights every month are dedicated to certain styles. A personal favorite of mine is the drum and bass night, 06S, which frequently brings top drum and bass DJs from around the world to headline. In a city where techno seems to dominate the club scene, this is a breath of fresh air and gives me a chance to see some of the names I could experience if I was back in England. To know what type of music would be playing on certain days, make sure to monitor their social media (laid out at the end of the article)

The lighting and sound is some of the best in the city. They have a state-of-the-art sound system and lasers that ensure a multi-sensory musical experience. They also have Japan’s largest disco ball which can be pretty awe-inspiring to see, especially if you’re not entirely sober.

Overall, if you love dance music, awesome sound and lighting and a friendly crowd, Womb is one of the best places in the world. Although it is surprisingly small compared to some other internationally renowned clubs, it can certainly hold its own when it comes to providing top quality music and an amazing atmosphere.
Womb nightclub, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Womb also holds annual events outside of the club that are on a much bigger scale and attract thousands of clubbers. Every December, Womb Adventure is held in a huge warehouse space in Chiba and combines top class DJs, with phenomenal lighting and a great crowd. Make sure to check it out!

Womb Information

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LINE
International Ratio: More international
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Style: Smart Casual
Music Genre: Techno/house, other electronic,
Suitable For singles, couples, partying,
Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station or 4-minute walk from Shinsen Station (Keio Inokashira Line)


Hours of Operation:Thursday-Saturday 10:00PM-5:00AM 
Estimated Price:¥700-¥1200 (excluding ¥2000 -¥4000 cover charge)
“Why Go?”:To check out one of the must-see clubs in Tokyo, with awesome lights and sounds.
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June 6, 2016 0 comment
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Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku has quite a deep, dark, and complex history. From the 1960 riots and protests, to the controversial dark Kabukicho and performance arts, Shinjuku is an area littered with drama, controversy, and heresy. The most infamous area of which is Ni-chome.

 

HIV Prevention Sign, Ni-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Walking through Ni-chome during the day seems like your normal, everyday stroll through Tokyo. Actually, you wouldn’t even notice that you’re in Ni-chome if it wasn’t for the few blatantly LGBTQ targeted signs and shops outside. But Ni-chome wasn’t always a neighborhood haven for this community. Rather, it was once a popular area for prostitution until it was made illegal in Japan by post-WWII allied forces. After that, the gay underground culture soon flourished in the void left by the absence of prostitution.

 

Club signs in Ni-Chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Ni-chome is an exciting area full of bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, saunas, love hotels, gay pride boutiques, host clubs, nightclubs, massage parlors, parks, and gay book and video stores. I’ve been to Ni-chome on two occasions (I am a heterosexual man, by the way) and I enjoyed myself both times. If this is your first visit, I advise you to go with a LGBTQ friend as they can show you the ropes and take you somewhere safer than where you might wander into by yourself. Ni-chome can be just as dangerous as Roppongi or Shibuya, so you’ll have to be careful when you’re out there enjoying the evening/night, which means watching your drink, wallet, or purse.

Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo, Japan

Streets of Ni-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo

 

In addition to its nightlife, Ni-chome has a variety of restaurants, lounges, and cafes. So if clubbing isn’t your thing, head over to one of the other popular establishments, including famous Uoya-itchō (うおや一丁) and grab a bite, or the local cafè if you fancy a cup of coffee instead.

Ni-chome isn’t for your run-of-the-mill individual: you have to be seeking something a little extra if you are wanting to brave this storm. Ni-chome’s nightlife is the one of the best to be found in Tokyo, and perhaps in Japan. So prepare yourself for a wild night of fun, excitement, and—if you were like me, a heterosexual guy who has had very limited interaction with members of the LGBTQ community—a night you won’t soon forget.

November 6, 2015 0 comment
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Roppongi is known for the bar and club scene. This part of Tokyo rules the night with parties that would not stop until the sun rises and people leave while laughing with their friends at 24-hour izakayas to try to beat that hangover.

Since then, Roppongi has gotten a reputation for being a place that’s a little too expensive to go shopping at during the day, and a little too seedy to go out to at night. The groups of people, young and old, that used to walk the streets have been replaced with hosts and waitresses practically pulling you into their establishments so you can spend a little cash.

While the old club scene of Roppongi is a thing of the past, there are a few places opening up in this area that are trying to revamp the all night long party. Ele Tokyo, located just north of Azabu-Juban Station, is a club like Roppongi has never seen.

Ele Tokyo has made itself out to be the most upscale and classiest of clubs around, so be warned – they enforce a strict dress code and make no exceptions. No T-shirts, plain old jeans, hoodies, or open toes sandals are allowed here.

If your outfit is up to par, your I.D. accepted (you will not be able to get in without one), and you have paid the cover charge (guys up to ¥4000 depending on the DJ that night, free for ladies), it’s time to enjoy the club! Everything inside of Ele Tokyo is new, modern, and almost too beautiful. Step up to the titanium bar and order yourself a hand crafted one-of-a-kind cocktail, or a small snack to munch on. When you have had your fill of cocktails and chit-chat in the lounge area, move to the dimly-lit dance floor and dance to the great music spun by world-class DJs (see their upcoming line-up here).

Ele Tokyo Location Information

Website (Japanese and English) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (via Google Translate) ||| Instagram ||| Tumblr (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station Exit #7 (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open evenings 8pm – 1am

“Why Go?”: If you want a taste of what the new club scene in Roppongi is like, then head to Ele Tokyo and have a good night!

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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POLESTAR

Located on 45th floor of the upmarket Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Polestar sells itself as a “sky bar” and with it’s gorgeous panoramic views of Tokyo, it truly feels like you’re in the sky. Drinks here are expertly made and extremely delicious (with a price-tag to match). The view from the bar is awesome, particularly at night when you get to see the whole of downtown Tokyo lit-up.

The barmen spoke good English when I visited and were very friendly; even specially serving my friend and me a couple of our cocktails in glasses coated with ice. They really went the extra mile to make our evening, and drinks, special. If there’s a drink you want that isn’t on the menu, just ask! The barmen here are happy to be creative and make you something a little different.

Most of the other customers were Japanese, with presumably most of the foreign visitors to this bar being guests at the hotel. It is not really a place to come if you want to meet and socialize with new people though; everyone pretty much keeps themselves to themselves, whether they’re sat at the bar or a table. This is nice if you go there on a date or to just chat with a friend or business associate as it gives you a sense of intimacy and privacy.

International Ratio: More Local
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 1300-2300 JPY
Comments: Sky Bar
Style: smart casual/dress to impress
Entrance Fee (Male): no cover charge
Entrance Fee (Female): no cover charge
Happy Hour: No
Music Genre: Other (Lounge)
Suitable For couples, great drinks, sophisticated night-out,

Address:160-8330 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, 2 Chome−2−1
GPS:35.68968479999999, 139.69466439999997
Telephone:03-3344-0111
Web:http://www.keioplaza.com/restaurants/bar.html#polestar
October 20, 2014 0 comment
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