Bah...Roppongi....what a joke. In all my trips to Japan, tonight was my first true Roppongi experience.
So this is what Tokyo nightlife is all about to so many foreigners eh? Pathetic. It's no wonder so many gaijin never seem to break the surface of Japanese culture, if they have to cling to their comfort zone like this. I actually felt some sort of culture shock in Japan for the first time ever, because it was so different from what I'm used to. And I heard more English in an hour, than I've heard in three months in Japan.
As for that strip where Gas Panic is, that's one to avoid for sure, unless you enjoy being constantly hounded by a seemingly inexhaustible supply of foreign pimp-type dudes trying to get you into their shady strip-club whore houses. Don't give those suckers an inch, or they'll take you for every penny you have.
You know, if you want to meet cool people in Tokyo at clubs, my recommendation is to go to live houses in places like Shimokitazawa or the area around Kichijouji. If you speak Japanese with the band members and other people there (because, trust me, in normal parts of Japan people don't speak English), you'll likely make some really good friends. For example, just last week, I went to a live show, and afterward was sharing some drinks and good conversation with the singer. Well, it just so happens that she works as an elevator girl at Tokyo Tower, and earlier today I was treated to a free personal tour of the place by her. It was really cool of her, and such a nice person. But looking around the scene in Roppongi, like, who am I going to meet here?, I'm thinking. Glancing around, all I see is worthless disease-dripping skank, that I want nothing to do with.
So yeah, thumbs down to Roppongi from me. If you come to Tokyo, there's a lot of better options than that. Incidentally, the only real reason I was in Roppongi, was to see a certain band I like play, and that as well was a culture shock for me. It was the first time I'd ever been to a live show in Japan where gaijin outnumbered the Japanese. Probably 80% gaijin in fact. And the Japanese chicks that were there....I dunno ....there's something different about them ....but I guess they fit the scene.