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Though Tokyo is often praised for its hole-in-the-wall jazz joints and live music venues that span the gamut from indie intimate to multi-storey clubs, a lesser known gem of the city is its plethora of music bars. A music bar or music cafe can have a bit of a broad definition, but is generally distinguished as a place without live music – outfitted instead with a well-stocked record library and usually an audiophile proprietor who really knows their stuff. At these more subdued bars you can enjoy some of the best record collections in the world, drink in a carefully curated selection of music, along with a nice stiff tipple.
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