5 Tokyo Summer Terraces to Have Your Next Girls’ Night Out
Food, Drinks, and #GirlTalk
The summer heat is worth it when it means you can eat and drink to your hearts' desire with your best friends by your side.
Is anyone else getting tired of this never-ending rainy weather? We’re putting up our テルテルボーズ (teru teru bozu; handmade white dolls that bring good weather) in every window and crossing our fingers for sunnier days ahead. Tokyo is already queen when it comes to providing a carefree izakaya where you can get together with girlfriends, but summer is a special season where you can enjoy delicious food, bottomless drinks, and all the girl-talk you want at outdoors. As soon as the clouds part and the rays shine through, we’ll be making our way—no, we’ll be sprinting—to these five Tokyo summer terraces.
1. The Soiree Blanche
View this post on Instagram
Don’t be shy: this event was made to make you feel a little more glamorous than your everyday self. The Soiree Blanche is a long-time favorite among expats and anyone who’s looking for an excuse to glam up. The all-white dress code is an annual continuation, but this year’s theme rewinds back to the 1970s French Riviera era. Chances are you and your girlfriends will be taking more group selfies on the terrace than the number of drinks you’ll have (did we mention it’s free-flowing champagne, wine, and cocktails?) Right in the heart of Roppongi Hills, gaze out into the picturesque city while enjoying a traditional Moroccan-style buffet—yes, buffet—that includes Moroccan-spiced roasted beef, lamb kebabs with fire-roasted tomatoes, grilled vegetables with couscous, and more! There’s dessert too: baklava with a side of cardamom or rosewater ice cream. And don’t be shy with the buffet; with a live DJ keeping deep house music echoing throughout the entire terrace and glamorous belly-dancers whisking by you, it’ll be a challenge not to get up and join them.
Dates: Every Saturday until August 31; Sunday, August 11
Open: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: The French Kitchen at The Grand Hyatt 2F, 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku
How much: Standing Plan ¥8,000, Regular Plan ¥12,000. Make reservations here.
2. NAMIKI Beer Terrace
Not the standard square-shaped open terrace that you might be imagining—it’s better. Overlooking the lavish streets of Ginza, Hyatt Centric Ginza’s NAMIKI667 terrace has a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for smaller groups. Come with an empty stomach: the main course is a platter of Japanese pork spare ribs slathered in a specialty sauce created by the chef, mixed-herb potato wedges, and Ratatouille with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top (veggies so counts as healthy, right?). Finish it all off with a fresh mango and passionfruit Pavlova drizzled in a passionfruit liqueur. An especially Instagram-worthy specialty that NAMIKI667 offers is kamiawa foam art on the draft beers; just give them a head’s up and here’s your next go-to venue for all future birthdays and anniversaries. “Beer Terrace” isn’t exclusive to beer only either; this is free-flowing beer, wines, bubbly, and the soft drinks. For those of you who will be sipping on soft drinks, know that you’re keeping the turtles safe because the straws—you’d swear they’re plastic—are made from cornstarch! Eco-friendly and we couldn’t love it more!
Dates: Daily until mid-September
Open: 2:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (reservations are 2 hours long)
Where: NAMIKI667 at Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, 6-6-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku
How much: ¥5,500 per person, minimum of two people per reservation.
3. COMMUNE 2nd
View this post on Instagram
This is the kind of outdoor, summer-relaxing environment that is hard to come by when you’re living in the most populated metropolitan city in the world. Okay, so it’s not a terrace, but this place is too good not to include. Similar to a food truck round-up, this Tokyo-hipster area is a collection of delicious cuisines including signature Brooklyn Ribbon Fries, fresh cilantro Thai karaage (fried chicken), and healthy seasonal dishes that use only ingredients from local farmers. Wash down the meal with a tall, crisp glass of craft beer or a tropical cocktail complete with frozen fruits to keep it chilled and a snack for you to enjoy. With practically every plate costing about ¥1,000, you won’t need to come up with an excuse to order way more drinks than you say you’ll have.
Open: 11 a.m.-9:15 p.m.
Where: 3-13 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
How much: Varies by shop
4. White & Sky Poolside Beer Garden
Eating tacos and drinking beer poolside on a rooftop in one of Tokyo’s most glamorous cities—is there really a summer combination more perfect than this? Self-customizable, go wild on all the taco toppings: chile con carne, ripe diced tomatoes, flavorful sliced red onions, and creamy guacamole. It’s a good thing that tacos are street foods that you can eat with one hand because your other one will be full with one of the 40 different drink options: beer, wine, sours, fruity cocktails, you name it! Although you can’t actually go swimming in this pool (unless you’re a mouse), hanging out here gives all the summer feels; we recommend bringing a big sunhat, some shades, and a whole lot to talk about with your gals.
Dates: Daily until August 31
Open: Mon to Sat 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sundays and holidays 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, Kiriko Terrace Water Side, 5-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku
How Much: Regular course ¥4,500, Premium course ¥5,000; additional ¥500 music charge on Fridays and Saturdays. Make reservations here.
5. Wild Beach: Beach Bar-be-que
View this post on Instagram
Take a trip to the beach without all the time and hassle! One of the only places in Tokyo that truly bring beach vibes into the city, you wiggle your toes into the sand while catching up with your ladies at this rooftop beach barbeque. This beach features all the irresistible bbq must-haves: char-grilled beef, herbed chicken, smokey grilled veggies, guac and salsa, popcorn, and our personal favorite—smores! If you’re a little worried about getting sand in your pants, you can opt for the beer terrace seating where you can still get a fantastic view of the city. Both seating plans include all-you-can-drink beer, wine, and cocktails so that’s a guaranteed #noregrets hangover!
Open: Weekdays 11 a.m.-11 p.m., weekends and holidays 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Where: Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach, 3-38-1 R floor Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
How Much: Beach seating ¥5,500 (120 min), Beer Terrace seating ¥5,500 (150 min). Make reservations here.