You already knew that Tokyo is one of the world's very best cities for both eating and drinking, with everything from cheap eats to Michelin-starred establishments satisfying your culinary cravings and superb bars catering to all your cocktail needs. Imbibers emphasising quantity over quality have not been forgotten either – after all, the city offers an endless variety of nomihodai (all-you-can-drink) deals, including quite a few sneaky set-ups with the potential to floor even the hardiest boozehound.
Combining class with value while steering well clear of any lowly tactics (think inflated promises, unclearly marked 'last orders' times and watery tipples), the unlimited drink plans offered at many of the city's high-end hotels allow you to get buzzed in style without breaking the bank. Read on for our picks of Tokyo's top hotel nomihodai, and get ready to take your liver for a ride. Oh remember, do drink responsibly.
Our favourite boozy deals
When you feel like escaping the city buzz and taking your drinking experience up a notch, the Park Hyatt's bars are an excellent choice. The best-known high-end hotel in Tokyo by grace of Sofia Coppola, it's still cool enough to let guests imbibe unlimitedly – and without spending top yen – while enjoying splendid twilight vistas from the 41st floor. Beginning at 5pm, just when the sun is beginning its descent, you can enjoy free-flowing drinks and buffet-style canapés at The Peak Bar, found on the corner of the hotel's calm and spacious lobby floor. Live DJ tunes add to the atmosphere from 6pm onwards.
How much? ¥4,800 (plus tax and service)
If you're feeling fabulous enough to try multiple kinds of champagne, the ANA InterContinental’s Champagne Bar should be your destination. Their weekday plan Champagne à Volonté is every bubbly-lover's dream deal and features three 'levels': Alice for two kinds of champagne, Béatrice for three and Chloé for five. All plans let you choose from three sets of edibles, centred on foie gras, charcuterie or seafood respectively. To top things off, the cocktails offered at this maverick bar also feature champagne; you have to consume the fine stuff as soon as a bottle is opened, so leftovers of Taittinger, Louis Roederer and so forth are often used for mimosas and the like.
When? 5pm-10pm for two hours (Sun & hols 4pm-8pm)
How much? Reservations from the website: Alice ¥6,400, Béatrice ¥8,100, Chloé ¥9,900 (plus tax and service)
Finished a stressful day of work or a long city stroll? It’s time to head to the bar to wrap up your day. This deal invites you to fill your belly while washing the food down with top tipples. Choose from champagnes or go for some of the bar’s original cocktails while enjoying two plates of warm and cold eats courtesy of the Motif's chef. If you're feeling really fancy, upgrade to the 'First class of the month' deal, which includes unlimited amounts of the monthly champagne, courtesy of one of the world’s top maisons. The hotel’s unique location, right above the railway tracks at Tokyo Station, lets you admire the arrivals and departures of the Shinkansen.
When? 5pm-7pm (last admission), two hours (Sat, Sun & hols from 3pm)
How much? ¥7,000, ¥9,800 for the 'First class of the month' (plus tax and service)
The Prince Park Tower stands right next to good old Tokyo Tower, and the window seats of the lounge, located on the 33rd floor, are perfect for enjoying truly dynamic views of our city’s pretty orange icon. Note that the bar only accepts reservations for the plan, not for seats, and offers window seats to a mere five pairs per day. The Twilight Plan, available only on weekdays, includes free-flowing Barons de Rothschild Brut and over 40 kinds of the resident mixologist’s cocktails. Don't miss her signature mojito or the Tokyo Tower, a Prince Park original.
When? Mon-Fri 5pm-7.30pm (last admission), for two hours
How much? ¥7,500 (plus service)
Suddenly realised you have an extra free evening in your schedule? There's a perfect deal just for you. The three-tiered plates here are occupied by more savoury bites than desserts, while the drink selection includes unlimited sparkling wine, white and red wine, draft beer and soft drinks. The popular live jazz performances in the lounge, as well as the calm views of the hotel's lit-up Japanese garden, add some spice to your evening.
When? 6pm-8.30pm for two hours
How much? ¥4,800 (including tax and service, online reservations (page in Japanese only) required)