Even if you don't care for the nightclubs, rowdy bars and other delights of the Roppongi scene, Caipirinha Bar is one of those rare places that doesn't give off that general "Roppongi" feel that leads some patrons to take their drinking elsewhere. The bar, with its dim lighting and relaxing Brazilian background music, is in stark contrast to the loud entertainment venues that dot the neighborhood.

"We wanted to do something different from Roppongi," says owner Javier Watanabe, who owns several other businesses in the area, including the Reebok CrossFit gym and Tantra, an upscale "gentlemen's club."

"Brazil also has the Olympics and (had) the World Cup coming up (when we opened this bar)," Watanabe points out.