The best happy hours in Ni-chome

Bar-hopping in Ni-chome? Start your evening early and take advantage of these drink deals
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Words by Joseph Eddy

Tokyo’s gay district has a split personality. During the day, the streets look no different to any other, but at night the few blocks that comprise the world’s most densely packed gay neighbourhood come alive. To kick off your Ni-chome exploration, here are six bars with noteworthy happy hour deals.

The six best happy hours in Ni-chome

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Gold Finger

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Set off from the main road, Gold Finger is focused on women, with their Saturday-night events admitting only ladies. During the week, however, they open their doors to everyone and you're likely to end up sharing drinks – and singing karaoke – with people from all over the world. The bartenders, who are all female, will serve you two drinks for ¥1,000 between 6pm and 8pm from Monday to Friday.

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Paddy's Junction

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With its cosy Irish pub atmosphere and friendly staff, Paddy’s Junction is a welcome respite from the dark and loud bars of Ni-chome. The pub is tucked away off the main street and boasts alfresco seating as well as a large indoor space where they host international mixer parties. Paddy’s also offers open-mic karaoke on Fridays and is decked with an 80-inch screen for sports fans. Their happy hour runs Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 7pm, with 50 percent off on all cocktails.

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Dragon Men

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Set in a large space on the edge of Ni-chome, Dragon Men’s dancefloor gets packed at the weekends. The friendly crowd is a mix of Japanese and foreign men and women. As for the happy hour, it runs all week long: from Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 8pm, you get ¥200 off all drinks; from Friday to Sunday, the fun lasts until 9pm. In addition, Sunday also features Dragon’s famed Beer/Cocktail/Wine Blast, which is an all-you-can-drink special for just ¥1,000.

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Aiiro Café

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On busy nights, you'll be welcomed by Aiiro's motley crew of revellers – young, old, gay, straight, male and female – spilling out onto the bustling street under the red torii gate that guards its entrance. Aiiro provides a perfect vantage point to indulge in some people watching as the curious characters of the night emerge for their nocturnal stroll out on the main street. Aiiro's all-you-can-drink beer blast, offered daily from 6pm to 9pm for ¥1,000, makes it the perfect place to start a fun-packed night in Ni-chome.

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Alamas Café

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Alamas Café sits right on the main street opposite the famous Shrine Mart convenience store. This relaxed Southeast Asian bar has a great vibe thanks to its ever-changing DJ sets and cool wooden interior where drag queens mill about the crowd. Alamas also serves nibbles from ¥400 alongside its wide selection of cocktails. Happy hour draws the crowds daily from 6pm to 9pm offering drinks for ¥500.

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MofuMofu

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Ni-chome has its big bars full of people but the best places are usually hidden away and can accommodate only a few customers. Easily overlooked in a building packed with bars is MofuMofu, a quaint spot themed after the band Momoclo (perhaps explained by the fact that its owner Mo-Co is a member of a Momoclo drag tribute act). Its friendly staff have a knack for creating an intimate atmosphere over small talk with their customers, numbering no more than a dozen at a time. The bar offers free karaoke and an all-you-can-drink happy hour from Monday to Saturday between 8pm and 10pm for ¥2,000.

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