I had the fortune to spend New Years Eve with two friends from high school who visited me in Tokyo all the way from Korea and California! 🙂 We had hilarious and fun filled night at Club Feria. Feria is located in Roppongi (aka America, jk, sort of), one of two major party districts in Tokyo — the other being Shibuya.
Here’s a rundown of the night for those considering partying at Feria:
Layout and Design. Feria is pretty on the outside and inside and is fairly big– I think there’s five (smallish) floors. I loved that the floors were pretty small because it helped our group stay together throughout the night, despite the inevitable inebriation. As long as we didn’t leave the floor we were on, we were able to find each other again. I also LOVED that the place was well ventilated! I didn’t sweat too much. I’ll never forget Slide in San Francisco for its ridiculous sauna-like temperatures and shit ventilation, JESUS.
To break it down further, we spent most of the night on 3F where there was coat/bag check, bathrooms, hip hop music, and a decent crowd — it was busy enough that it wasn’t awk to dance, but not so busy it felt claustrophobic, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment in itself on New Years Eve. B1 was packed that night — the type of bad packed where you’re packed liked sardines sliding past each other in a mist of sweat (GROSS); no amazing ventilation could save that floor. The rooftop was a huge waste of space because it had NO HEATING LAMPS and winter in Tokyo in the middle of the night is — you know, fucking cold. If they added some heat lamps they could have expanded their space by basically 20%.
Price. Admission was expectedly steep for New Years Eve — 4000-yen for girls and 5000-yen for guys, but that included 4 drink tickets each, so that was some minor consolation. But in all fairness, all clubs were over charging for countdown parties, so that kind of price wasn’t by any means unique to Feria and at least we got 4 drinks each.
Bar. Bartenders were fast and able to get everyone drinks in a reasonable amount of time, which was much appreciated. ❤
Crowd. This is where Feria loses the most points for me. Upon entering, my friend immediately pointed out the TERRIBLE ratio (sausage fest anyone?) — this place was all dudes. And not just dudes, like ALL gaijin dudes! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a gaijin too, so I’m not opposed to partying with other gaijins, but there were sooo few Japanese people here. I’d definitely have preferred more of a mixed crowd, but all-in-all Feria must be doing something right because we went nuts that night and had a killer time. ^_^
Happy New Years, everyone!