“GINZA OFFICIAL”, the official website of the Ginza district, provides information on events and the area. This page introduces a collection of 10 select bars recommended by GINZA OFFICIAL, the authority on the Ginza district.
Here are 10 blissful bars where you can enjoy Ginza nightlife to the fullest. These 10 bars each have their own rich personalities, including a hideaway where you can imbibe delicious cocktails, a bar where you can have a toast while taking in superb music, and a bar where you can savor drinks paired with authentic cuisine.
One thing you need to know in advance is the charge system. At some bars a charge is added in addition to the actual food and beverages. Said to be a system unique to Japan, it is usually referred to as a “table charge” or “cover charge”, but it is more like a seat charge and may include an appetizer. The amounts range widely, from bars with no charge to high-end establishments that charge upwards of 1,000 yen per person. Some restaurants that offer live music may also add a music charge, so please check in advance if you are concerned.
Located in the basement of a building on Chuo-dori Avenue, this is a sophisticated space surrounded by the warmth of wood.
Various seating options are available to match the size of your group and the situation, including counter seats with large, genuine leather sofas, table seats, and semi-private rooms.
Also be sure to notice the seasonal paintings on the walls. Being able to see the Western and Japanese masterpieces that change with the seasons is a luxury all its own.
Our recommended drinks are the seasonal fruit cocktails (starting at ¥1,800 *Pictured: Watermelon Cocktail). These original cocktails featuring fresh seasonal fruit are made to order and offer beautiful colors and lush aromas.
The delicious appetizers included in the charge are also on a level different than those served at other bars. Choose between roast beef or Earl Grey pudding, both of which are painstakingly homemade with a special, no-frills process for a taste on par with specialty restaurants.
Our seasonal fruit cocktails are a popular choice among both our male and female customers, and are made using the most delicious fruits at the time, such as melon, mango, and pineapple in summer, grapes and pears in fall, and citrus fruits and strawberries in winter. Pictured is the “Melon Cocktail”, made with a base of white wine and vodka, and packed with the sweet, fruity taste and aroma of melon! If you don't like a certain type of alcohol, we can always make substitutions, so please let the bartender know your preferences so they can make a drink that’s right for you.
Our selection of Japanese whiskeys (starting at ¥1,200) is also recommended. Options include famous brands such as Suntory and Nikka, and up-and-coming single malt whiskeys such as Hiroshima's Sakurao and Okinawa’s Kyoda are also definitely worth trying.
Charge: Table charge ¥1,500, 10% service charge
No. of seats: 14
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Address:1-8-15 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo
TANAGOKORO TEA ROOM 3F
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TANAGOKORO THE BAR B1F
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The moody brick exterior of shot bar the mint stands out as a Ginza landmark. Since the entrance faces the street, it’s an easy place to drop by, making it a great place to meet up with people and maybe have one last drink before heading home.
The atmosphere of the bar matches calm demeanor of the owner, and mainly has counter seating. The jazz music playing in the background creates a relaxed air that you can enjoy without it feeling overly formal.
A wide selection of liquors is available, including gin, vodka, rum, tequila, and Bourbon, and if you tell the bartender what you like, they will make a cocktail suited to your request. Both the standard cocktails (starting at ¥1,000) and Japanese whiskey (starting at ¥1,000) are reasonably priced, which is also a nice touch.
Our “Old Fashioned Glass” (¥1,650) is a popular choice among our customers from overseas, featuring a Bourbon base with a sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters melted to taste. It is then topped with orange juice foam, an original touch devised by the owner, which adds a refreshing aroma. The snack menu mainly features dried foods such as nuts (¥900).
shot bar the mint
Address: Daini Yoshida Bldg. 1F, 2-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (6:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays)
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Charge: Table charge ¥550, 10% service charge
No. of seats: 20
Smoking: Smoking area available
*Reservations not accepted
The name of this bar comes from its predecessor, the Namban Teahouse, which opened in 1934. In 1999, it was renovated into a bar that offers delicious, authentic sake and great hospitality. The spacious area features a counter made from a single 300-year-old zelkova tree and a relaxing lounge with a hotel-like feel, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and luxury.
An ideal space for those who want to drink in a quiet atmosphere or celebrate special events with close friends. Party plans for large groups are also available (120 minutes of all-you-can-drink plus food, ¥12,000 and ¥15,000 plans available, minimum of 10 people, reservations required at least 3 days in advance). Accommodations can be made for private parties, private rooms, and other uses. Especially popular is our “Special Live Night” held once a month. This event is a great opportunity to have drinks while enjoying live jazz and other music performances, without an additional music charge.
Our vast selection of drinks ranges from rare whiskeys to beer, wine, cocktails, shochu, and other alcoholic beverages. In particular, our cocktails, the drink that lets each bar show off its own personality, are the highlight of our menu. Their delicious tastes are crafted by veteran bartenders with 20 to 40 years of experience in the industry, who continue to hone their skills daily to keep our customers satisfied.
The “Namban Martini” (photo right, ¥2,000), which can only be enjoyed here, is a popular choice made with a premium gin base and sherry added for depth. Our seasonal fruit cocktails made with seasonal fruits (photo left: “Grape Cocktail” *fruits used change seasonally) are popular among our female customers, with options that include non-alcoholic fruit cocktails (¥2,200), fruit cocktails (¥2,400), and champagne fruit cocktails (¥2,600), depending on your preference.
Another unique service that we offer is that you can also enjoy dishes from the long-established and famous Western-style restaurant Namban Ginentei, and the famous Japanese restaurant Ginza Kojyu, both located in the same building. The “Special Beef Filet Cutlet Sandwich” (¥3,600), a long-time favorite at Namban Ginentei, is a particularly popular choice. Crispy fried filet cutlets and cabbage are coated in a homemade cutlet sauce with a fruit-like sweetness. It’s also cut into bite-sized portions to allow easy eating for that extra touch of hospitality.
Bar Lounge Namban 1934
Address: Carioca Bldg. 6F, 5-4-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to midnight (until 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays) *Last order for drinks is 30 minutes before closing; last order for food is 90 minutes before closing (1 hour before closing on Saturdays)
Closed: Sundays, holidays
No. of seats: Approx. 50
Smoking: No smoking *Smoking space available
*Reservations recommended for large groups
The Royal Park Canvas Hotel Ginza Corridor is located on Ginza Corridor Street, home to a number of casual drinking establishments. On the second floor of the hotel are two bars with two different and unique atmospheres where you can enjoy drinks and music from the daytime to late at night.
The main bar, CANVAS LOUNGE produced by P.C.M., offers counter and sofa seating as well as terrace seating that overlooks Corridor Street.
This is an address that you’ll definitely want to remember, because not only can you enjoy a drink during the day here, it’s also a versatile spot suitable for a variety of uses, including meals, as a café, and for meetings. Live DJs also perform nightly (Monday to Saturday from 20:00 to midnight), so you can be enveloped in a mix of light, sound, and video, with a drink in hand.
Our expansive drink lineup ranges from cocktails to whiskeys. Wine by the glass (¥800) and Heartland beer (330ml, ¥800) are also available at reasonable prices. Enjoy our gargantuan “Tomato & Cheese Pizza Slice” (¥700), a 1/8 slice of a 50cm-diameter pizza, along with other hotel-made delicacies.
On the same floor is the OMIKI BAR, a bar that specializes in Japanese spirits. Pass through the noren curtain decorated with an ukiyo-e motif to enter a quiet and relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy our superb selection of sake and shochu.
In addition, a selection of roughly 300 records of genres ranging from Japanese nostalgic melodies to Western music are available, curated by GINZA RECORDS & AUDIO, a select store for records located in the Hankyu Men’s Tokyo shopping center. If you have any requests, just let us know. Feel the richness of sound that only analog records can deliver.
The “Tasting Set” (¥1,500), featuring three types of sake from the famous sake brewer Hakkaisan, is perfect for those who want to find what kind of sake they like best! You can enjoy a little bit of each type: honjozo sake with its deep flavor and fruity aroma, junmai sake with its straightforward taste, and ginjo sake with its fragrant aroma.
Another popular choice is the “Tencha Experience Set” (¥1,300), which allows you to experience a casual take on traditional tea ceremony. You can watch a video in English on how to make tea as you make it, so even complete beginners can enjoy this traditional experience.
CANVAS LOUNGE produced by P.C.M. & OMIKI BAR (inside The Royal Park Canvas Ginza Corridor)
CANVAS LOUNGE produced by P.C.M.: 11:00 - 4:00 next day (until 22:00 on Sundays & holidays)
OMIKI BAR: 17:00 - 4:00 next day (until 22:00 on Sundays & holidays)
Open 365 days a year
No. of seats:
CANVAS LOUNGE produced by P.C.M.: Indoor: 168 + standing area, Terrace: 6 + standing area
OMIKI BAR: 20 seats
*Reservations available https://www.tablecheck.com/ja/shops/canvaslounge-omikibar/reserve
Since its opening in 1993, this famous Ginza bar has produced a number of legendary bartenders. Upon opening the massive door, the first thing you see is a unique horseshoe-shaped counter, creating an openness to the space that belies its basement location. The bar’s interior, designed by the late architect Takahiko Yanagisawa, has an eye-catching arched ceiling that curves gently to create a soft, enveloping atmosphere. The walnut chairs are pieces by woodworker George Nakashima. They boast not only a beautiful shape but also a gentle comfort, providing a secure feeling with the wooden seat for a moment of pure relaxation.
Our homemade appetizers include hot onion soup and three small side dishes (dishes change periodically).
There is no set drink menu here, so all you have to do is let the bartender know what you like when you place an order.
One of our must-try drinks is the “Bloody Mary” (¥2,420) This cocktail combines Amela tomatoes, a breed known for their high sugar content, with homemade infused vodka, spices, and more.
This drink is a cut above what other establishments offer, and an embodiment of our belief that “the true test of a bar’s quality lies in its classic cocktails”.
Our “Seasonal Fruit Cocktails” (starting at ¥2,420) are also quite popular. These cocktails lock in the aroma and freshness of seasonal fruit for a taste so eye-opening and intense that you won’t want to be finished with it. Other offerings include Japanese whiskeys (starting at ¥1,650) and a diverse repertoire of whiskey-based cocktails.
Address: KN Bldg. B2F, 6-4-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (until 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays)
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Charge: Table charge: ¥1,650 (includes appetizer)
No. of seats: 25
Smoking: Smoking area available
*Reservations after 8:00 p.m. not accepted
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, a lifestyle hotel by Hyatt, is now home to a customer-friendly bar that even first-time visitors can enjoy with ease. The stylish atrium space offers both counter and table seating, as well as terrace seating overlooking Namiki-dori Street, with the luxury and friendly hospitality you expect from a hotel. The site of the hotel was once the location of the newspaper company where famed Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume worked, which serves as the inspiration for the artwork featuring cat figurines and typographic characters that decorates the building and gives it a sophisticated air.
The food menu is diverse enough to suit all tastes, with items ranging from light snacks to entrees that are sure to fill you up. The highlight of the signature menu is the customer-favorite “Shiretoko-Shari Takumi no Buta Sachiku Mugio Pork Cutlet Sandwich with Tokyo-made Tokiwa Sauce” (¥2,640). Pork shoulder loin with a fine texture is covered in a crispy batter that is perfectly complemented by the fruity Tokiwa Sauce and karashi mustard. You can choose between French fries or salad as a side, but the fries are by far the more popular choice.
The “667 Highball” (¥2,200) is made with Kansas brand unaged whiskey, which is popular among newcomers to whiskey for its refreshing and easy-to-drink flavor.
Happy Hour runs from 17:00 to 19:00 and offers great prices on select cocktails and beers. Five types of alcohol in particular, including red, white, and sparkling wines, are all available for just ¥667 (¥734 including tax), in keeping with the name of our bar, making this a deal you can’t miss! The drink on the right is “Nori-san’s Gimlet” (¥734 between 17:00 and 19:00), named after our general manager. The “Shiso Smash” (¥2,200), pictured on the left, is also a popular choice, featuring a base Roku Japanese craft gin with cranberry juice and other ingredients made as a delicious tribute to Ginza 6-chome.
Charge: No cover charge, 15% service charge
No. of seats: 44 counter, 22 lounge seats, 12 terrace
Akatsuki Taps Japan Ginza is a bar directly operated by a microbrewery founded in 2016 in Setagaya City’s Kyodo district. It also offers Japan’s first organic beer from its own brewery in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture, making it a must for beer enthusiasts.
The organic beer is brewed using geothermal power as the energy for the brewing equipment, organically grown malt and hops, and natural water from Hachimantai’s Kanazawa Shimizu Springs, selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan, to ensure that it is gentle to both people and nature.
The bar is designed to resemble a mountain cabin, decorated with iron artwork featuring a brewing tank design, creating a modern yet at-home air. Artwork fashioned from tree stumps also adorns the wall of the table seating area in the back. The warmth of nature that envelops the room gives it a very relaxing atmosphere.
The taps lined up on the counter offer six classic tastes available year-round, including Akatsuki Ale (S size, ¥770) with its mild bitterness and aroma, and Dragon Eye Magma (S size, ¥770) with a more fragrant air and extra bite, as well as one to three seasonal brews.
For those who want to enjoy a variety of tastes, the “Beer Tasting Set” (50ml x 5 kinds, ¥1,650), which gives you four standard beers and one limited edition beer, is highly recommended.
Our beers are characterized by their mild taste with low carbonation and bitterness, which pairs well with meals made with delicate ingredients, and are popular even among those who do not like the bitterness typically associated with beer.
We also offer a full lineup of menu items that go well with beer, ranging from vegetable-based dishes such as our “Root Vegetable Chips” (¥660) and “Organic Vegetable Bagna Cauda” (¥1,540), as well as the “Aged Hachimantai Pork Roast with Charred Butter Sauce” (serves 2, ¥2,500) pictured to the left, which is sure to leave you satisfied.
Charge: ¥600 table charge after 17:00
No. of seats: 28
The perfect place to spend a day surrounded by luxury is PENTHOUSE GARDEN, an authentic bar on the top floor of the building. The counter seating is furnished with leather sofas where you can relax and enjoy your favorite drink while gazing at the massive collection of between 600 to 700 bottles lined up behind the bar. At the back of the bar is table seating in a luxurious space decorated with chandeliers and paintings. Back here, an entire section of the wall near the ceiling is lined with bottles of top-quality Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskey, a spectacular sight that can only be seen here.
Terrace seating is also available, which is a rarity in Ginza. The time spent in conversation under the night sky while overlooking the streets of Ginza is sure to be one of the most memorable moments of your life.
A wide range of drinks including fruit cocktails, wine, Champagne, brandy, gin, vodka, and countless others are available, so if you have trouble making up your mind, feel free to ask the bartender.
Cocktails made with sake and Japanese whiskey (starting at ¥1,100) are popular among our customers from overseas. We offer a wide range of whiskeys, from well-known brands such as Hakushu and Yamazaki to small-scale productions for the whiskey enthusiast.
The quality of our food menu is far beyond what you typically expect from a bar, and we owe that to our chefs. The most popular menu item among those in the know is the “Cutlet Sandwich” (¥2,200). The cutlet is made from the Mochibuta Pork loin from Miyagi Prefecture, which is characterized by its fine texture and low fat content, and is deep-fried in rice oil to make the batter impressively light and delicious. The bread we use is baked by Kimuraya, a long-established bakery in Ginza, made especially for this cutlet sandwich. The cutlet absorbs just the right amount of the sweet-tasting cutlet sauce, leaving it perfectly cooked in the residual heat to create a soft and gentle texture.
Be sure to try our “Glenmorangie Highball” (¥1,100) made with single-malt Scotch, the beloved whiskey of Scotland. The ice used is clear and clean, free of impurities, and shaved with a knife one piece at a time, giving your drink an even more delicious flavor and an exquisite appearance that you can only find at a high-end bar.
Address: HULIC &New GINZA 7 10F, 7-3-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Charge: Table charge ¥1,100 (¥2,200 after midnight), 10% service charge
No. of seats: 43
Smoking: Smoking area available, cigar smoking allowed at the counter and terrace areas only
Nico-ginza-Tokyo, located in one of Ginza’s many multi-tenant buildings, boasts a cozy atmosphere that is apparent the moment you open the door. Musician and owner Nico loves drinks as well as Romani music from the South of France. Southern French Romani music has a sound that is passionate and dynamic, and is best known in Japan by the song “Volare” by the Gipsy Kings, which is often used in TV commercials and elsewhere.
Fascinated by Romani music, Nico has been a regular attendee of a Romani festival held every May in the southern French town of Saintes Maries de la Mer, having gone every year since 2004. The town is filled with the sounds of Romani music, and Nico also has had many opportunities to play music together with local musicians. Of course, Nico also performs music at his bar. The fast-paced guitar tones and soul-stirring, passionate singing will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the South of France! Live performances by guest musicians invited by Nico are also held from time to time.
Highly recommended is the “Inbound Set” (3 glasses of whiskey & dried snacks, ¥11,000) that lets you compare the flavors of three different non-vintage Japanese whiskeys (Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Nikka Session). The price includes the table charge, service charge, and music charge to ensure clarity when it comes time to pay. Enjoy a soulful evening basking in the tones of beautiful live music.
Charge: Included in total
No. of seats: 6 counter, 8 sofa
Smoking seating available
*Reservations recommended (Reservation e-mail: email@example.com)
This music bar is an oasis where people who love drinking and music can gather, created by music producer Shinichi Osawa and coffee producer Nobuhiro Toriba. The interior is decorated in a deep, intense blue, giving it a cultural flavor reminiscent of the salons of yesteryear.
The shelves are packed with a collection of 3,500 analog records carefully selected across a wide range of genres, including rock, jazz, electro, and more. The sound system is also equipped with the utmost attention to quality, featuring top-notch gear such as huge Tannoy Westminster speakers from England and a Garrard brand turntable, to give music enthusiasts the most premium sound. One fun part about this bar is that the selector chooses the music to suit the atmosphere of the bar and the clientele at the moment.
The lineup of drinks ranges from wine, beer, and various liqueurs to non-alcoholic beverages. But since you have the opportunity, be sure to try an original cocktail created with free-flowing creative spirit by our French bartender. For example, the Espresso Saketini (¥2,000), made with Dassai 39 sake, coffee liqueur, and Toriba coffee, is a cocktail that combines the mild sweetness and silky mouthfeel of sake with clear, clean, and bittersweet taste coffee.
Delivery from nearby shops in Ginza is also possible. This allows you a wonderful chance to enjoy some sushi, takoyaki, Western food, or other quintessential Japanese flavors together with your drink!
GINZA MUSIC BAR
Address: Brown Place 4F, 7-8-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Closed: Sundays, Mondays
Charge: None *¥500 charge per shop for deliveries
No. of seats: 40
Smoking: No smoking