Chilling In Tokyo: Omotesando/ Gaienmae

"Chilling in Tokyo" bar and cafe listings for the Omotesando/ Gaienmae area.

Zoogunzoo (Omotesando - Wine bar). 3400-1496
The smart interior here is a very Tokyo-exotic mix of baked-mud walls, heavy wooden furniture, and organic-looking extra-terrestrial lighting fixtures like something from the set of "Alien". But you're really here for the wine - over 100 different varieties, from all regions of Australia and New Zealand. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decormapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-9-11, Aoyama City Bldg. B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
!Beacon Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 6418-0077
The front bar area of the popular Aoyama steak house is a worthwhile destination in its own right, with excellent original cocktails, a good wine list with many choices by the glass, a casual food menu and outdoor seating on the patio if you're so inclined.
open-airSunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Marzac (Omotesando - Izakaya). 6418-5063
Charcoal-grilled meaty snacks and good-value wine by the glass are the draw at this casual late-night bar. There's a selection of around ten decently drinkable wines from France, Italy and the New World for just Y500 a glass, along with a big selection by the bottle. The chalkboard menus list plenty of daily specials, along with simple vegetable dishes and grilled lamb, chicken, pork and beef.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-2-3, Luca Bldg 2, 1F. Open 6pm-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Den Aquaroom Aoyama (Omotesando - Bar). 5778-2090
This elegant, very relaxed bar features gigantic fishtanks filled with exotic tropical fish from Okinawa and environs. The menu includes tasty original cocktails and light food items. There's a Y700 per person table charge.
latedecorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-13-3. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Bar Rage (Omotesando - Bar). 5467-3977
Fancy fresh-fruit martinis are all the rage here, and owner Tomoyuki Kitazoe makes his own herbal and fruit syrups to use in them. The bar itself, located at the Nishi-Azabu end of Kotto-dori, is quite stylish and features an outdoor terrace area.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 7-13-13, Aoyama Jin & IT Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Kotori Cafe (Omotesando - Bird cafe). 6427-5115
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets, sparrows and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. They serve coffee and cake (Y1580 for a Kona coffee and cake set) and sell a variety of bird-themed paraphernalia. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-3-7. Open 11am-7pm daily.
Nezucafe (Omotesando - Cafe). 3400-2536
The Nezu Museum's cafe looks out onto a beautiful wooded garden - a lovely, serene setting for a cup of coffee or an afternoon snack. The menu offers coffee, matcha latte and desserts as well as light meals - pastas, sandwiches, meat pies and salad Nicoise.
viewdecorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-5-1. Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
Two Rooms Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 3498-0002
Attached to the Two Rooms Grill, the bar and lounge area offers cocktails and a wide choice of wines from around the world in a lovely setting, with a big outdoor terrace looking out over Harajuku and points north. 10% service charge, but no table charge.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 3-11-7, AO Building 5F. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
A to Z Cafe (Omotesando - Cafe). 5464-0281
Those with a fondness for cartoon-character dolls and action figures will find a kindred spirit in Yoshitomo Nara, whose paintings and sculptures of devilish children are as disconcerting as they are cute. A joint project with the Graf design firm, A to Z Cafe, with its original artwork, mismatched furniture, and liberal use of worn wood and corrugated iron, is a cool place to spend the afternoon. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-8-3, Equbo Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe (Omotesando - Danish). 5464-0716
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the food and drink aren't so very different from a dozen other area cafes, the lovely, plant-filled setting and the lively atmosphere set it apart. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-7-2. Open 10am-8pm daily.
A Piece of Cake (Omotesando - Cafe). 5466-0686
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
open-airSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-1-19. Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
!Radio Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 3402-2668
If the walls of Radio Bar could talk, they'd sing like Chet Baker and laugh like Marlene Dietrich. The indigo interior combines elements of traditional Japanese design with Art Deco ornamentation, and exudes an air of Hollywood in the fifties. The space is seductively dim, conducive to tete-a-tetes and true confessions. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-10-34. Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Architect Cafe (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5771-2570
This stylish design-centered cafe offers architecture magazines to browse through while you sip your coffee. They serve a small breakfast buffet (Y1200) from 7-10am.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Aoyama M's Tower 2F. Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Office (Gaienmae - Bar). 5786-1052
For those who hate leaving work, this popular DJ bar is decorated like an office, with file cabinets, bookshelves, and copier machine. Different DJs nightly, a young crowd, a full food menu, and a good nighttime view down Aoyama-dori.
viewlateSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
Sign (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5474-5040
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
petsSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
!Aquavit Bar (Gaienmae - Bar). 5413-3300
This very stylish Scandinavian-design lounge features immense Austin Powers-style chairs in which you can plot world domination while you sip on unusual aquavit-based cocktails. They also serve home-made aquavit (Scandinavian schnapps) in eye-opening flavors like coconut-espresso and mango-lime-chili. The small food menu includes Swedish nibbles like roast beets with goat cheese (Y1750); and duck confit with lamb ragout (Y2400).
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-5-8, Aoyama OM Square 1F. Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5414-6170
This spacious cafe offers typical cafe fare (pastas, sandwiches) during the day, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries from their in-store bakery. In the evening the menu widens to include grilled meats and fish and other Mediterranean-inspired fare. There's some outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Jingu Gaien promenade.
open-airpetsSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-1-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.