As the sun sets over Tokyo's glittering skyline, the city's luxury bars come alive, offering a compelling blend of expertly crafted cocktails, impeccable service, and stunning city views that beckon you to indulge in a night of sophistication and extravagance. Whether you're seeking an intimate and exclusive atmosphere or a glamorous and lively setting, Tokyo's luxury bar scene guarantees a memorable and indulgent night out. So, let's dive in and check out the top bars that are sure to make your night unforgettable!
Top 14 Luxury Bars in Tokyo
In selecting the best Tokyo bars, we focused on several factors that are typically associated with luxury experiences. These factors include atmosphere, location, specialization, and price. Several of these bars are located in hotels while others are standalone establishments in upscale neighborhoods.
- The Aman Tokyo's Bar
- The Four Seasons' The Bar
- Steller Garden Sky Lounge at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo
- The Park Hyatt's New York Bar
- The Mandarin Bar
- Bar High Five
- Members-only bars
- Peter: The Bar at The Peninsula
- The Grand Hyatt's The Oak Door
- The Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge and Bar
- Gen Yamamoto
- Codename Mixology
- Bar Trench
- Star Bar Ginza
1. The Aman Tokyo's Bar
Located on the 33rd floor of the luxurious Aman Tokyo hotel in Otemachi, Aman Tokyo's Bar is intimate and exclusive. In this elegant space, you can enjoy an impressive wine selection, a craft gin collection, and a next-door fumoir with fifty different types of cigars. Al Pacino would approve! Choose between the craft gin tonic or one of seven varieties of Japanese martinis. A must-try drink at the bar is the signature "Aman Tokyo Negroni" which is a creative twist on the classic Negroni cocktail, made with Suntory Roku Gin, Campari, Vermouth, and a splash of Japanese Yuzu. The average price of a drink here is ¥2,500 but the views of the Imperial Palace Gardens next door are free.
2. The Four Seasons' The Bar
The Four Seasons' The Bar and Champagne Lounge is a sophisticated bar located in the heart of Tokyo's bustling Marunouchi district. The bar features an extensive list of premium spirits, champagnes, wines, and cocktails, emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. For an ultimately boujee experience, try the French 75 Wasanbon, made from Roku craft gin, wasanbon (high-quality Japanese sugar) syrup, lemon juice, and Champagne, priced at ¥3,500. Is your pinky finger elevated yet? With floor-to-ceiling windows offering amazing views of Tokyo's skyline, this is one of the places to be and be seen.
3. Steller Garden Sky Lounge at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo
With views of the iconic Tokyo Tower, this bar and lounge on the 33rd floor of the Prince Park Tower Tokyo hotel has a truly stellar atmosphere. The Steller Garden Sky Louge boasts comfortable couch seating to relax and enjoy a signature cocktail while taking in the night views of Tokyo. For the full experience, book the Katsura Tempanyaki Course, which includes a welcome drink at the Steller Garden Sky Lounge.
4. The Park Hyatt's New York Bar
Designed to evoke the glamour and sophistication of a New York City bar from the 1920s and 1930s, complete with plush leather seats and an impressive collection of spirits and cigars, the New York Bar is probably the most famous in Tokyo. Forming the backdrop of iconic scenes from Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johannson, this bar is located on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
For the full movie experience, try the L.I.T. cocktail, which consists of sake, sakura liqueur, peachtree, and cranberry juice, priced at ¥2,400. You may find yourself lingering for the live nightly jazz performances if the views themselves don't hold you captive.
5. The Mandarin Bar
Located in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Nihonbashi, The Mandarin Bar is known for its captivating interior. Conceptualized by Japanese spatial designer, Ryu Kosaka, it features intimate tables surrounded by water and designer furnishings. The ambiance, views, and noteworthy cocktails make for the perfect date night. Try the award-winning Matabi cocktail made with Hendrick's gin, rose, jasmine tea, Japanese plum, lime pearl, and anise for ¥2,600. If you're tired of cocktails, the Glenmorangie whiskey, aged for thirty-four years and only available at the Mandarin Bar, is an intoxicating experience. Pun is fully intended.
6. Bar High Five
What's more luxurious than bespoke cocktails? This intimate Ginza bar is considered one of the best bars in Asia and the world. The highly trained bartenders use only the finest ingredients, including top-shelf spirits, fresh fruits, and herbs. There is no menu but whether you like your drink shaken or stirred, it will be created to your individual specifications. It's the Tesla of cocktails!
7. Members-Only Bars in Tokyo
While all the other luxury bars are this list are open to the general public, many bars in Tokyo are members-only establishments. This means you must have an introduction by a current member to visit. This is a tall order for most visitors, but on our Members Only Japanese Bars: Sips and Secrets in Ebisu tour you can experience these exclusive members-only bars!
8. Peter: The Bar at The Peninsula
For a night out that's a cut above the rest, try Peter: The Bar at The Peninsula hotel in Chiyoda. Popular with Tokyo's chic trendy crowd, the views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park at sunset make it more than worth the visit. Peter: the Bar is perfect for a diverse group as they have curated a line of signature alcohol-free cocktails with famous mixologist Mari Kamata. Alcoholic specialties include the Afternoon Tea Surprise and the Tokyo Joe -styled after Humphrey Bogart- priced at ¥2,800 each.
9. The Grand Hyatt's The Oak Door
This Tokyo bar specializes in whiskey-based cocktails and the bartenders are highly knowledgeable about the spirit. Recent additions to their cocktail menu include the Oak Fashioned, made with whisky that's been aged in an oak bottle, and the Smokey Negroni, made with cherry wood smoke captured in the bottle. Newly refurbished to create an even greater sense of luxury and exclusivity, the Oak Door Bar is ready to welcome you with its international ambiance.
10. The Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge and Bar
With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, the Ritz-Carlton's Lobby Lounge and Bar's 45th-story perch produces some stunning views of the city along with a sophisticated atmosphere. It specializes in classic cocktails in the heart of Roppongi Hills. Their Diamonds Are Forever Belvedere vodka martini comes with an actual one-carat diamond garnish. You would be forgiven for introducing yourself as Bond, James Bond after that point.
11. Gen Yamamoto
Gen Yamamoto is a highly regarded mixologist and the owner of the Gen Yamamoto bar in Tokyo. He is known for his focus on using fresh, locally sourced, and seasonal ingredients in his cocktails, as well as his mastery of Japanese bartending techniques. The recommended drink is the "Sakura Martini" which costs around ¥2,500. For a related experience, you can visit the nearby Roppongi Hills complex which offers shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
12. Codename Mixology
Tucked away in Akasaka, Codename Mixology is a hidden (literally) gem of a bar that serves up some of the most creative and innovative cocktails in the city. While it may be a bit out of the way, Codename Mixology is well worth the trip for anyone looking for a unique drinking experience. One of the signature cocktails, the "Blue Cheese Cognac", is made with actual blue cheese. Hey Siri, what's the fastest route to Codename Mixology?
13. Bar Trench
Bar Trench is a chic and sophisticated bar specializing in conventional cocktails with a modern flair. It has won several awards for its mixology. A great off-the-beaten-path option, it has a sleek, minimalist design perfect for a date or a quiet night out with friends. The recommended drink at Bar Trench is the "Old Fashioned" served with a touch of Japanese whisky and a sprinkle of matcha powder, which gives a unique and flavorful twist.
14. Star Bar Ginza
This off-the-beaten-path option is located in the heart of the Ginza district and is respected for its intimate setting and high-quality ingredients. The bar is known for its expertly crafted cocktails, made with premium ingredients and served in beautiful glassware. The bartenders at Star Bar Ginza are highly skilled and have won numerous awards for their creations. The bar specializes in gin-based cocktails, and a recommended menu item is the "Ginza Martini," made with gin, vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters, priced at around ¥4,000.
These twelve Tokyo bars have raised the bar, hehe, when it comes to luxury and sophistication. From intimate and exclusive spaces to sophisticated and glamorous settings, Tokyo's luxury bars provide an exceptional opportunity to indulge in expertly crafted cocktails, impeccable service, and stunning city views. So next time you're in Tokyo, be sure to check out these incredible establishments for a night out you won't forget. Cheers!