A guide to the best rooftop bars in Tokyo | To eat

The rooftop season has finally arrived in this well-deserved summer of 2022. If you’re looking to pair a tangy summer cocktail with a panoramic view of the Tokyo skyline, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a local Tokyo resident or a hopeful tourist, it’s totally okay to crave a thirst-quenching experience in a chic atmosphere. And in addition, it is an advantage to enjoy a night away from the vexing mosquitoes that fly at ground level. Whatever you fancy, we’ve got you covered. From laid-back environments to nightclubs, a rooftop experience should definitely be next on your summer bucket list.

Roku Nana (Roppongi)

The dim lighting, lush plants, and fine menu of fermented grapes make Roku Nana one of our go-to spots. A short walk from Roppongi Hills, Roku Nana offers indoor and outdoor seating, with an emphasis on lighting as the driver for their quiet ambience. Outside, their tables are made of glass, framing beaded candelabras, casting a glow faint enough to contrast the lights of the surrounding building and the blue sky at dusk. Highlighting their truffle popcorn and pickled quail eggs, their menu consists of small starters designed to properly balance their strong drinks.

Ce La Vi Tokyo (Shibuya)

If you’re active in Tokyo nightlife, you probably already know this one. Cé La Vi is a rooftop bar-slash-club that’s popular with many crowds, and with its stunning views of the Shibuya skyline, it’s no surprise. The terrace ccombines distinctly luxurious vibes with the experience of floating above the heart of Tokyo. Even if you’re familiar with Cé La Vi as a club, it’s worth checking them out during the day or in the evening before they fill up with dancing bodies. They have a selection of signature cocktails and an extensive wine list, and their BAO burger is perfect if you’re looking for something a little different but still comforting.

Asakusa’s “MIRROR” building houses five floors of quality time. But if you are new to Asakusa, the top floor is worth a visit. Privado offers indoor and outdoor seating with an overhead view of the Tokyo Skytree. As it overlooks the Sumida River, this intimate space exudes a calm atmosphere accompanied by an excellent playlist of soft jazz. At night, the lights of the surrounding buildings twinkle against the water, making it a perfect setting for a date night. We tried their homemade pickles and their seasonal fruit cocktail, ie melon and fig. The pickles have been fermented enough to contain a considerable amount of acid, balancing out their fruity cocktails. With their extensive list of homemade drinks and snacks, Privado’s laid-back vibe is the perfect place to end your day and start your relaxing evening.


Sky Lounge “Star Garden” (Minato)

In a city flooded with lights, it’s hard to forget the glowing heart of the city, Tokyo Tower, which pumps the blood of its inhabitants. Although the Skytree has had its fair share of glory, in the end the Tokyo Tower is the Eiffel Tower of Japan. And if you want front row seats, head to the “Stellar Garden” Sky Lounge which occupies the 33rd floor of the Prince Park Tower. The drinks menu is full of creative cocktails and flamboyant mocktails. Our favorite was The Charlie Chaplin, made with apricot infused brandy and gin, then lightly diluted with fresh lemon juice. We recommend booking in advance to secure the couple’s seats for the best close-up view.

Roof Dogs (Ginza)

A two-minute walk from Higashi Ginza Station is the brilliant ALOFT Hotel, catching the eyes of young people. Once you’ve taken the elevator to the seventeenth floor, you’re greeted by an electric hallway, leading you to Roof Dogs, a bar reminiscent of Haight Street in San Francisco. As the balcony is outfitted with quaint lights and a vintage Volkswagen tucked in the corner, this bar makes the perfect backdrop for updating your social events. Moreover, this open-air terrace is surrounded by glass, taking care of the view of the Ginza skyline. Plates Roof Dogs American food; including snacks, hot dogs and their signature ALOFT burger. Although their list isn’t long, their drinks are reasonably priced. With wine and sangria at ¥800 a glass and beer at ¥600, Roof Dogs is the one and only that won’t break the bank.

Original article by Jessica Thompson

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