a music lover, nowadays, it has become easier to access music. From streaming apps such as Spotify, Apple Music or Soundcloud, we can enjoy music anytime and anywhere, even when we travel. Despite this being the trend, people still love to look for live music even when they travel. Even some of their reasons to travel to a certain country is to attend music festivals and even local gigs around the country.
Japan is no different. A large number of people visiting Japan is for the music. Famous music festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival and Summersonic have a large number of foreign visitors every year. It is unquestionable that Japan is one of the favorites for foreigners to enjoy live music, especially in Tokyo, the center of their pop culture. You can find many—and I mean many —places to enjoy live music here in Tokyo. From Shibuya to Ginza, you can enjoy live music in most of the bars around here. Some of these places even held themed-events to satisfy every kind of sub-genres you love.
These kinds of activities have become more and more popular among travelers nowadays. They hunt for local gigs, or a place to hang out. Some of them are aspiring musicians looking for new inspirations or a band or even gigs. One of these places that I have found and maybe the number one choice for many travelers and foreigners is RUBY ROOM.
Located in Dogenzaka, the center of nightlife in Shibuya, RUBY ROOM is a funky DJ Bar/club/live music venue. It has become very popular among music lovers to check out live performances from local bands or DJs to foreigners sets in a cozy bar setting. No reservation is needed, despite the limited seating arrangements, because the venue is pretty much free standing, where everyone can interact with each other very easily, have a conversation, gain some new friends and make connections.
Every genre of music is welcomed here. The bartenders understand English very well and they are very friendly. Inside is fully equipped with live stage and Power Amplifiers, as well as DJ booth and high quality sound systems. Besides attending events, you can even organize your own. From a small intimate party to a big jam session. They held events pretty much every day so it’s a unique experience every time you visit. They also hold open-mic nights every Tuesdays. This event is Ruby Room’s specialty.
Their open-mic nights are one of the most well-known to the people in Tokyo. Since it is their most well-known event, pretty much every Tuesday night is very busy. Locals and even foreigners come to this event especially for the chance to get on the stage and perform, either it is to promote, or make bands or even just to show their skills.
It takes around 5-minute walk to get to Ruby Room from JR Shibuya Station. Exit the Hachiko gate and cross the famous Scramble Intersection. Walk toward the 109 building and bear left up the tree-lined street known as Dogenzaka. Stay on the right side of the street and you will pass Uniqlo and MOS BURGER on your right. Turn right into a smaller street after MOS BURGER. And you will see a brick building in front of you where there is a hill road. Take a left and walk towards it and you will see the sign says RUBY ROOM on your right hand side. The place is on the 2nd floor of a white tile building and there is a pay parking space right next to it.
Speaking from personal experience, RUBY ROOM is a really great place for music lovers. As mentioned before, it is one of the most famous place in Shibuya for musicians whether it is to perform or just to enjoy good music. From locals to foreigners, small to professional musicians visit and sometimes even perform here. I too sometimes visit this place to enjoy and even perform at their open-mic. If you are musicians looking for a gig, or just simply want to enjoy good music and party and make friends and connections, RUBY ROOM is a great place to visit.
Below is more information about the establishment, address, website, and contact information:
Kasumi Bldg 2-25-17 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3780-3022(evenings) 070-6969-4816(daytime)