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Exorbitant prices and the fear of finding yourself in an abysmally seedy strip club by accident put many people off cabaret clubs. However, head to the right places and you’re in for a night of titillating adventure. In Japan, these venues are known as ‘show pubs’ and mix laughter-inducing acts with sultry dances. As opposed to burlesque clubs, show pubs are a more casual affair, offering food and drinks to accompany the performances. You can opt to have a meal in front of the stage or sip on a martini as you watch awe-inspiring shows late into the night.
Most of Tokyo’s premier show pubs are crammed into tight venues located on back alleys, so don’t expect Moulin Rouge-style theatrics involving dozens of performers and elaborate stage sets. Instead, expect a friendlier, more intimate setting as you sit mere feet away from the action and let the show take your breath away. Here’s a run down of our five favourites.
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