Beer Bars

Craft beers

Beer Saurus (Ikebukuro - Beer bar). 5992-8217
This large late-night bar offers an excellent selection of beers from around the world, including some very nice US microbrews, at decent prices. The happy hour from 6-8pm is an especially good deal, with many drinks half-price. The extensive food menu offers varied international fare such as Buffalo chicken wings, tacos, pork chops, pizzas and pastas.
lateSunmapToshima-ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro 1-38-5, Seiko Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
!Vivo (Ikebukuro - Beer bar). 3987-1588
The amply punctuated Vivo! Beer + Dining Bar serves interesting beers and foods from around the world. There are some twenty beers on tap, including local brews like Yona Yona real ale on draft and Baird Beers from Numazu; there are also plenty of Belgian and German beers by the bottle.
lateSunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-20-5, B1F. Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Pump (Ikebukuro - Beer bar). 5927-9733
Pleasantly modern in its decor, Pump Craft Beer Bar is quieter and more low-key than the other craft beer bars in Ikebukuro, offering a decent selection of both imports and domestic beers from its ten taps, along with a fairly ordinary pub menu and a rock music soundtrack. [Show more]
SunmapToshima-ku, Minami-Ikebukuro 3-8-3. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Takadanobaba Taproom (Takadanobaba - Beer bar). 5332-7795
Yet another bar from the Shizuoka-based Baird Brewery, Takadanobaba Taproom offers the usual range of more than twenty Baird beers on tap in a casual space. Like the other Taprooms around town, the Takadanobaba branch seems to be popular with craft-beer-drinking foreigners. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 3-2-14, Nakamura Bldg 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-11) daily.
Bamboo Beer Pub (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Beer bar). 3352-5356
This cozy basement bar attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars with a selection of craft beers and a simple food menu. The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of interesting Japanese and US small breweries.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-31-3, Dia Palace B1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
!Vector Beer (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Izakaya). 6380-0742
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar. The charcoal-grilled sumibiyaki tongue (Y980) in particular is a crowd favorite - slightly chewy and cut a bit thinner than average, with a nice charcoal-infused flavor that's complemented by the accompanying wasabi and crunchy pickled hakusai. [Show more]
mapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-36-5, Hotel Park Inn 1F. Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
!!V.B. Factory (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Beer bar). 5315-4744
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting flights are Y1000, with a Y300 table charge that includes a bit of food.
mapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-36-7. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Berg (Shinjuku - Cafe). 3226-1288
More of a fast-food coffee shop (hot dogs are Y290) than a beer bar, Berg does offer a couple of Japanese craft beers on tap and maybe a dozen US imports by the bottle to go with your snack. It's worth noting because of its location - right in the basement of Lumine Est, between the Marunouchi line and JR exits. Note that the atmosphere can get a bit smoky at times.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine EST Shinjuku B1F. Open 7am-11pm daily.
!Tavern on S (Nishi-Shinjuku - International). 6632-9595
Open 21 hours a day and conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's south exit, this glitzy new bar-restaurant is a fun destination whatever you're looking for - a casual group dinner, a late-night snack or just a quick drink or two at the bar. The large dining room is lavishly decorated and quite lively, with a standing bar up front and a greenery-shielded open-air section facing Southern Terrace's pedestrian walkway. [Show more]
no smokinglatedecorSunmapShinjuku-ku, Sendagaya 5-24-55, Food Hall Newoman 2F. Open 7am-3:15am (LO) daily.
YYG Brewery (Nishi-Shinjuku - Brewpub). 6276-5550
One of the main attractions at this new (March 2016) brewpub is its very comfortable outdoor wooden deck, which looks out over a quiet side street just a few minutes from Shinjuku Station. The beer is pretty good too - when we visited recently they were serving five of their own beers along with one guest beer, priced at around Y850 per glass (there's only one serving size). [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-18-3. Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun from noon) daily.
Watering Hole (Yoyogi - Beer bar). 6380-6115
Unlike Shibuya, the Shinjuku-Yoyogi area isn't quite so well populated with craft beer bars, but Watering Hole helps to fill the gap. This lively little bar serves twenty craft beers, mostly from Japan, on draft. Prices are about average for this kind of beer, but note that pints are a much better deal here than half-pints. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-26-5. Open 3-11.30pm daily.
!Hohokam Cafe (Harajuku - Burgers). 5775-5708
Choose from more than two dozen burger variations at this comfortable American-style cafe, including fun combinations like baked apple and gorgonzola or chili, cheddar and jalapeno. They also offer a dozen different sandwiches, including a decent grilled-cheese made with both cheddar and mozzarella. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-22-14, 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
San Francisco Peaks (Harajuku - Cafe). 5775-5707
Gourmet hot dogs are the specialty here, but they also offer a good selection of Japanese craft beers, including interesting small breweries like Sankt Gallen and Baird. The hot dogs are made from pork, beef, chicken, lamb and venison, and livened up with flavorings like Wild Rosemary and Garlic or Chipotle with Smoked Cheese - more than ten varieties in all. There's also a choice of toppings (grilled onions, sauerkraut, jalapenos) and potatoes (chips, fries or hash-brown) on the side. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-28-7. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Harajuku Taproom (Harajuku - Brewpub). 6438-0450
More than twenty craft beers from the excellent Baird Brewery in Shizuoka are on tap here, along with decent yakitori and other light fare. The bar is popular with an international crowd and the atmosphere can be quite lively.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-20-13, No Surrender Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Las Dos Caras (Harajuku - Tex-Mex). 6631-1111
This glitzy two-story bar-restaurant is worth knowing about for their late-night hours and their selection of three craft beers on tap, from US breweries like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast Point. In addition to beer, drinks include Mojitos, Margaritas, and twenty Italian and California wines priced at Y2500 per bottle. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-10-37, Cascade Harajuku B1F/1F. Open 11:30am-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Smith (Harajuku - International). 6419-7789
Smith's eclectic international menu features dishes like foie-gras truffle pizzas, grilled Iberico pork, and oven-baked chicken and mushrooms with raclette cheese. Drinks include eight Japanese craft beers on tap, plus their own house IPA and one US import. There are also another 8-10 craft beers by the bottle for a bit more variety. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-28-6, Q Plaza Harajuku 4F. Open noon-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -11) daily.
!Smokehouse (Harajuku - American). 6450-5855
There's great American-style barbecue and a nice collection of a dozen craft beers to wash it down at this cozy bar-restaurant located halfway along Cat Street. Weekday lunches start at Y1000, and during the evening you can snack on sandwiches (from Y1200) or indulge in mains like their voluminous four-meat platter with two side dishes (Y3800 for two people). In addition to beer, the bar carries well-chosen craft bourbons and other artisanal liquors. The soundtrack leans heavily towards the blues. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-17-13. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
PDX Taproom (Harajuku - Beer bar). 6450-5455
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft beers from various Oregon breweries. Prices are Y700 for a half pint and Y1100 for a pint. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-30-2, 2F. Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Crisscross (Omotesando - Cafe). 6434-1266
A casual cafe attached to the popular Mediterranean restaurant Cicada; there's pleasant outdoor seating in the front courtyard when the weather permits. Craft beer fans can choose from six brews from T.Y. Harbor Brewery available on tap.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-7-28. Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works (Omotesando - Beer bar). 5413-5447
A dozen beers from the popular Yo-Ho Brewing in Karuizawa are on tap here, including a very drinkable IPA and some seasonal specials. The food is well above average for a beer bar, with appealing sausage variations (coriander-lemon, yuzu pepper, spicy squid ink, venison) and very nice roast Date chicken. Convivial service, a lively atmosphere and attractive decor make this a fun spot to drop into for a quick beer or a casual evening meal.
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-18-20, Matsumoto Bldg B1F. Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
Gar Eden (Omotesando - Italian). 6721-1444
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft beers, with some unusual finds (a Swiss sour ale!) that we haven't seen elsewhere. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-6-6. Open 6-11:30pm daily.
!Craftheads (Shibuya - Beer bar). 6416-9474
There's an excellent range of nineteen craft beers on tap (mostly US and Japanese) at this stylish basement bar, plus some very hard-to-find bottled imports for when you want to splurge. It's also one of Tokyo's best bars for bourbon whisky. The food menu is light and casual bar fare, but well above average. Background music is a bouncy mix of hiphop and R&B. (Open from 3pm weekends.)
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jinnan 1-13-10, B1F. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Aldgate (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3462-2983
One of Shibuya's more serious craft beer bars, The Aldgate offers more than twenty craft beers on tap, mostly from Japan, Britain and the US. The food is English pub fare - Toad in the Hole, Cornish pasties, Daal Masala, Fish and Chips. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 30-4, Shiniwasaki Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Goodbeer Faucets (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3770-5544
One of Shibuya's roster of serious craft beer bars, Goodbeer Faucets offers more than forty beers on draft, focusing mainly on Japanese, American and Belgian brews. The spacious bar attracts a very international crowd.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shoto 1-29-1. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kiminchi de Nama Beer wo (Shibuya - Beer bar). 6pm-midnight
Located in a third-floor walk-up space in an old office building, this very casual standing bar features cheap craft beers that you pour for yourself. Four taps dispense common Japanese microbrews like Hitachino Nest and Sankt Gallen, along with two taps devoted to Japanese mega-brews. All beers are priced at Y500 for a 250ml glass. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-6-5, 3F. Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Wailele (Shibuya - Beer bar). 070-6987-1981
This lively after-work bar is one of the "Cerveza Gym" trio of specialty beer bars, devoting their two to four taps to American craft beers from breweries like Sound, Diamond Knot and Maui. Just as interesting though is their impressive line-up of more than sixty bottled and canned beers, representing a who's who of US craft breweries. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-7-8, Araiya Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Wednesdays.
Ibeer Le Sun Palm (Shibuya - Beer bar). 6419-7496
Le Sun Palm offers ten Japanese craft beers on tap - a fairly average selection, with reasonably priced half pints if you just want a quick beer on the run. Almost all draft beers are Y530 for 240ml half-pints and Y930 for 470ml pints, with a four-beer tasting set priced at Y980. There's a comfortably spacious six-seat counter in front and cafe-style seating inside. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-21-1, Shibuya Hikarie 7F. Open 11am-11pm (LO; Sun -10:30) daily.
Good Meals Shop (Shibuya - Beer bar). 6805-1893
Run by the friendly folks at Tokyo Family Restaurant, Good Meals is most notable for their comfortable second-floor "stand" area, where you can pick out some nice imported craft beers from the refrigerators and either take them home or drink them here. (Don't worry, in spite of the name, there is some seating in addition to the standing bar area.) [Show more]
mapShibuya-ku, Higashi 1-25-5. Open noon-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Footnik (Ebisu - Beer bar). 5795-0144
Not just for football fans, this British pub serves a half dozen craft beers on tap, from breweries like Avery, Green Flash and Evil Twin, along with the usual Kilkenny and Yebisu. A 2/3 pint glass will set you back around Y1000. Football matches and other sporting events are shown on the big screen TV.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-11-2. Open 3pm-1am daily.
Burger Mania (Ebisu - Burgers). 6277-4221
This branch of the popular burger chain offers a well-chosen selection of craft beers to go with your burgers, from breweries like Green Flash, Ballast Point and Far Yeast. The six taps include one IPA, one white beer, one stout, and so on, and are priced at Y880 (370ml) and Y1100 (473ml). [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 4-9-5. Open 11am-midnight daily.
TBE Brewing (Ebisu - Beer bar). 6303-1195
A cozy neighborhood bar serving both domestic and imported craft beers. Open 1-11:30pm weekends and holidays.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Minami 2-1-2, Shinhori Guitar Bldg 2F. Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Bakushuan (Ebisu - Beer bar). 3719-3949
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, and you find yourself in Ebisu, this branch of Otsuka's legendary Bakushuan beer bar is the place for you. Ten mainly Japanese craft beers are served on tap, and there's an impressive sake list along with delicate seasonal cuisine to accompany it.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Minami 2-1-5, ES215 Bldg 7F. Open 4-11:30pm daily.
Spring Valley Brewery (Daikanyama - Brewpub). 6416-4960
Run by Kirin Brewery, this brewpub is a massive 200-seat all-day dining restaurant. There are usually six craft-style beers available, priced at Y680 for a regular 360ml glass, or Y1000 for a set of six taster glasses. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Daikanyamacho 13, Log Road Daikanyama. Open 8am-midnight (Sun -10pm) daily.
Burger Mania (Hiroo - Burgers). 5422-7899
Good American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches are served here, with six taps of craft beer in different styles - lager, pale ale, IPA and so on. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also available. The pastrami sandwich (Y1100) is exclusive to this branch.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 5-15-25 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Burger Mania (Shirokanedai - Burgers). 3442-2200
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale, and IPA styles and one seasonal beer. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also available. Delivery within the neighborhood.
SunmapMinato-ku, Shirokane 6-5-7. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Soul Bird (Hamamatsucho - Beer bar). 6450-1639
This laid-back neighborhood craft-beer bar feels like a comfortable place to have an after-work party or just hang out. The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of soul music and Japanese rock and pop, and the interior has a rough-hewn, casual feel, with a wide counter bar, high tables and a spacious back room to handle whatever crowds may turn up. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Hamamatsucho 1-20-5. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Lower Right (Hamamatsucho - Grill). 6809-2797
This stylish basement grill offers both Japanese craft beers and popular Belgian beers on tap. The meat-centered food menu features a section called "Meat Meat Meat!!!" with grilled pork, chicken, beef, and duck. The Hamburg steak (Y1700), made from a mix of ground beef, pork and duck and topped with a slab of foie gras, is wonderfully flavorful and juicy, and well worth a try. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Hamamatsucho 2-1-20, Svax Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
!On the Table (Hamamatsucho - Beer bar). 6435-8678
Many craft-beer specialists make due with lackluster bar fare to accompany their drinks, so we were pleasantly suprised by the high standards of the kitchen at On the Table. A sister shop of the Good Beer Faucets bar in Shibuya, they also serve several of their own beers, custom-brewed under the GBF brand in collaboration with a few established microbreweries. Altogether there are more than twenty craft beers on tap, including a handful of US and European imports. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Shiba-Daimon 1-15-3, Gems Daimon 3F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
!!DevilCraft (Hamamatsucho - Beer bar). 6435-8428
One of Tokyo's best craft beer bars, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves thirsty visitors from a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since late 2015, from their own Tokyo brewing facility. They're also known for their overstuffed deep-dish Chicago-style pizzas, and the Buffalo chicken wings and spinach-artichoke dip with tortilla chips make excellent starters. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Hamamatsucho 2-13-12. Open 5-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
Ant 'n Bee (Roppongi - Beer bar). 3478-1250
More than twenty Japanese microbrew beers are served on tap at this late-night beer specialist. The food menu is limited to fish and chips and similar bar fare.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 5-1-5, B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Craft Hands (Azabu-Juban - Beer bar). 3568-3723
This intimate neighborhood beer bar covers all the bases, with a dozen domestic craft beers on tap, plus a fridge filled with another fifty crafty US and Belgian imports by the bottle - the Belgians complete with matching glassware. Oh, and wine too - some sixteen varieties by the glass. [Show more]
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Azabu-Juban 1-3-13, Casa Esencia 1F/B1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works (Akasaka - Beer bar). 5510-4789
Twelve beers from the Yona Yona (Yo-Ho Brewery) lineup are on tap here, including hand-pumped Yona Yona Real Ale and the very nice Aooni IPA. Food menu highlights include good roast chicken, and some nicely prepared fried potatoes with the skin attached. Lunchtime specials, served until 4pm, include roast chicken (Y1500) and grilled pork with BBQ sauce (Y1200).
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Nagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Spice Diner (Tameike - Indian). 5521-0005
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent visit, while spinach curry and a very spicy mutton and onion stir-fry were also first-rate. [Show more]
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Nagatacho 2-11-1, Sanno Park Tower B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!Craft Beer Market Toranomon (Uchisaiwaicho - Beer bar). 6206-1603
Craft Beer Market offers thirty different brews on draft, including a good number of seasonal specials. Prices are noticeably less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, with pints priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) [Show more]
no smokingmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Shimbashi 1-23-3, SA Grace 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Bono (Shimbashi - Beer bar). 3434-5330
A tiny, half standing bar, Oyster Bar Bono is notable for their selection of eight Japanese craft beers on tap, priced at Y690 (+tax) for a medium-sized glass. The food menu is relatively inexpensive, and features small pizzas as well as oysters. Open noon-10pm (LO) weekends.
SunmapMinato-ku, Shimbashi 4-6-6. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Brasserie Beer Blvd. (Shimbashi - Beer bar). 6435-9266
A pleasantly appointed craft-beer venture from the former manager of the legendary Dry Dock bar, Beer Blvd includes a very casual standing area as well as tables. Six or seven taps dispense both US and Japanese craft beers, at Y1000-1200 per pint. The frites are good, but otherwise food menu here can be hit or miss. (Open Saturdays 4-11pm)
mapMinato-ku, Shimbashi 5-10-8, Culture Center Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Shinshu Osake Mura (Shimbashi - Bar). 3572-5488
People don't come to Shinshu Osake Mura for the atmosphere, or the music (there isn't any). There aren't even any chairs. The reason to visit this hole-in-the-wall, standing-only sake bar, located on the ground floor of one of Shimbashi's most ancient office buildings, is the great sake list. [Show more]
no smokingmapMinato-ku, Shimbashi 2-20-15, Shimbashi Ekimae Bldg #1 1F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!Dry Dock (Shimbashi - Beer bar). 5777-4755
Perhaps this isn't the narrowest bar in Tokyo, but it's certainly the narrowest bar offering such an impressive class of craft beers, both domestic and imported. Cleverly, the tiny space is fashioned to resemble a yacht, with porthole windows and nautical decor throughout. Three small tables fill the upper deck, while the lower deck is standing-room only, with space for maybe seven or eight along the port-side bar. [Show more]
no smokingmapMinato-ku, Shimbashi 3-25-10. Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
Bulldog (Ginza - Beer bar). 3564-0996
Although it looks like an ordinary after-work salaryman hangout, Bulldog offers a nice selection of ten beers on tap, including some guest taps for local and imported craft beers. US brews are also available by the bottle, and there's a wide assortment of bar snacks to go with your beer.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 3-1, Ginza INZ #1, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm daily.
Igarashitei (Ginza - Japanese regional). 5148-2333
Swan Lake is one of Japan's best microbreweries, and their Tokyo outpost serves most of their beers (varying with the season) along with excellent high-end regional cuisine and sakes from Niigata. Prix-fixe menus are Y6,500-13,000, plus an a la carte menu. Most seating is in small private rooms. (Formerly known as Kura-rin.)
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 7-16-21, Kumo Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!Le Collier (Yaesu - Retail). 5220-5263
Located at the Marunouchi end of the basement Gransta complex inside Tokyo station (near the NeX tracks), Le Collier carries a huge selection of 130 different Japanese craft beers, making it a very convenient place to stock up before a Shinkansen journey (or just a trip home). There's also a small stand-up bar where you can order beer or wine by the glass. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station B1F Gransta. Open 8am-10pm daily.
BarBAR Tokyo (Yaesu - Beer bar). 3216-0581
Mostly a standing bar with just a few stools, BarBar is a pleasant enough spot in which to grab a quick snack and a craft beer or two on your way to the train. There are a few Japanese microbrews on tap (from Y520 for a small glass) and several more by the bottle (Y930/Y1030), although the selection is smaller than average. The food is billed as "homemade deli" - grilled octopus, yakisoba, hot dogs, prosciutto - with most items priced at Y500.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
Bacchus (Yaesu - Beer bar). 3231-4666
Bacchus offers a good selection of Japanese craft beers, with rotating guest beers and one hand pump for real ales. They also stock around 25 bottled beers, again mostly Japanese. The small space can get smoky at times.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-7-7, Dai-ni Yamamoto Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). Closed Sundays.
Swanlake Pub Edo (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 5299-6155
Run by the Swanlake Brewery of Niigata Prefecture, one of Japan's first microbreweries, this specialty beer bar serves thirty beers on tap, including several Swanlake varieties and other microbrews from all over Japan. There's also a small menu of simple but well-prepared food, including excellent caprese and home-made smoked bacon. Among their offerings, the beers from Swanlake are reasonably priced.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-6-5, Yaesu Go-no-go Bldg. Open 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Towers (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 3272-8488
This tiny standup bar always has a number of good Japanese microbrews and international beers on tap. Food is limited to snacks.
no smokingmapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-8-10. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
Ibrew Wired (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 3527-9028
Friendly, knowledgeable service, reasonably priced craft beers, and decent pizzas and other snacks are the draw at this casual beer bar. The ten taps dispense a good selection of US and European imports. If you're looking for Japanese beers you can visit their original branch, just around the corner.
SunmapChuo-ku, Kyobashi 3-4-1. Open 4pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-10pm) daily.
Ibrew (Kyobashi - Beer bar). 3281-6221
Good craft beers at very reasonable prices - that's the chief selling point for this tiny, unpretentious beer bar. Ten Japanese microbrews are served on tap, all priced at just Y690 for a large size (410 ml) and Y390 for a regular size (Y230 ml). The pizzas are also surprisingly good, and similarly cheap - they start at Y490, while the most expensive of the bunch is a very tasty four-cheese pizza for Y790. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 2-11-7, Masubi Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Tokyo Beer Hall and Beer Terrace 14 (Otemachi - Bar). 6269-9585
Ample terrace seating (weather permitting) and a wide selection of microbrew beers from Coedo Brewery are the advertised attractions here, although they serve cocktails and a decent wine selection as well. [Show more]
decorSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-4-1, iiyo!! 2F. Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market (Otemachi - Beer bar). 6262-5759
A wide selction of reasonably priced craft beers along with good food are the draws at this popular chain of bars. Each branch has its own distinctive menu, and Otemachi specializes in Mexican-inspired dishes. The thirty taps dispense mostly Japanese craft beers, along with a few imports, priced at Y780 for a large glass. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-9-2, Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube 1F. Open 11am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae (Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar). 6262-3145
CBM offers thirty beers on tap - mostly Japanese craft beers - priced at a very budget-friendly Y480/glass or Y780/pint. The food menu is also fairly impressive, with dishes like roast duck a l'orange, and they offer a small but interesting selection of seasonal sake.
no smokingSunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-5-5, Coredo Muromachi 3, 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
Hachi (Hatchobori - Beer bar). 5541-1333
There aren't many craft-beer bars in this neck of the woods, so Hachi is worth knowing about if you're looking for a beer in this neighborhood. The basement room is spacious and comfortable, with a variety of seating options and old-fashioned wood-heavy decor. Surprisingly though, the 26 taps offered only a few craft beers we were interested in, and only one or two foreign imports were available. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Hatchobori 1-11-6, Tagaiakira Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Mile Post Cafe (Kayabacho - Indian). 5542-7072
Perched above an expensive bicycle shop, Mile Post serves Japanese craft beer and an eclectic food menu in a waterfront setting. When the weather is nice the cafe's ten-seat terrace area, looking out over the Sumida River, is an especially pleasant spot from which to watch the parade of passing boats. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Shinkawa 1-20-6. Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Beer Wars (Kodenmacho - Beer bar). 6661-7319
A solid selection of US craft beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere make this a popular destination for neighborhood beer lovers. Six taps are devoted to US breweries like Karl Strauss, Victory and New Belgium, with 400ml glasses priced at Y880 (and 250ml glasses at Y680). There's also one craft cider on tap, and a small selection of sake and shochu if someone in your party isn't in a craft-beer mood. [Show more]
no smokingmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Odenmacho 12-17. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (Sat 1-10:30). Closed Sundays.
Marumugi (Yotsuya 3-chome - Beer bar). 6380-4745
A tiny (14-seat) second-floor bar specializing in craft beers from around Japan, with an ever-changing selection. The atmosphere is laid-back (there's a muted TV set along with loungey background music), and the crowd is very local. All beers are Y1000 a pint, and there's a limited menu of bar snacks (sausages, cheese) to go along.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Arakicho 1, Ichibankan Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Cruz Burgers (Yotsuya - Burgers). 6457-7706
Burgers and craft beers are on the menu here, with five taps dispensing beers from breweries like Lagunitas, Brewdog and Kikuchi (Hitachi no Nest), plus one tap for cider. The burgers are around average for Tokyo; the most interesting may be their "Green" burger which is topped with spinach, arugula and mozzarella (Y1380). Beers are priced around Y1000-1250 per pint, and come in three sizes.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Saneicho 6. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
G7 Craft Beer Highball (Yotsuya - Bar). 5366-5865
Comfortably furnished, stylishly decorated and open very late, G7 is aiming for a wider target audience than the typical Tokyo craft-beer bar. The food menu is more ambitious too, with original ham and sausage platters and aged beef dishes as well as dining-bar standards like bagna cauda, pastas and ajillo variations. [Show more]
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 1-24, Mitsui Garden Hotel B1F. Open 5pm-3am (LO; Sun -10:30) daily.
No 4 (Ichigaya - Bakery). 3234-4440
A casual bakery and all-day cafe, No 4 (named after its Yonbancho location) offers local diners everything from fresh-baked sourdough bread, pastries and fantastic coffee (from the excellent Nozy coffee roastery) in the mornings to craft beers (from TY Harbor), natural wines and pizzas at dinnertime. Reservations are not accepted.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Yonbancho 5-9. Open 8am-9pm daily.
CoCo Craft (Ichigaya - Dim sum). 6272-8883
Chinese dim sum is served with a small selection of Japanese craft beers at this casual cafe, open since February 2016. Eight varieties of steamed and fried dumplings are on offer, along with nine small dishes, all quite reasonably priced. The four or five craft beers on rotating tap include breweries like Coedo, Fujizakura and Baird, with pints going for Y800-870. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Kudan-Minami 4-6-5. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Server Land (Iidabashi - Beer bar). 6228-1891
A mid-sized basement bar with a big selection of 25 taps and good prices (Y480/glass, Y780/pint), although there's a Y380 cover charge. Not every beer is exciting, but you can usually find something good. Open noon-10:30pm on weekends.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 2-9, Ogawa Bldg B1F. Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.
Hop-Scotch (Iidabashi - Bar). 050-3136-9699
Craft beers and whiskey are given equal billing at this small but well-stocked bar. Eight taps dispense mostly US craft imports, typically priced at around Y700-800 per glass and Y1000-1100 per pint, while whiskey drinkers can choose from some twenty varieties. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Fujimi 2-2-11. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
!Craft Beer Market (Jimbocho - Beer bar). 6272-5652
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different mostly local brews on draft, including an exclusive beer from Baird Brewery. The food is also quite good, with well-prepared dishes like rotisserie chicken and roast duck a l'orange.
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Jimbocho 2-11-15. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Craft Beer Market Terrace (Jimbocho - Beer bar). 5244-5288
Located a few minutes from CBM's first Jimbocho outlet, this branch offers a spacious open-air seating area for when weather permits. Beers are the same budget-friendly prices as at other branches (Y480 for small glasses and Y780 for pints), and the thirty taps dispense both Japanese and imported craft beers. [Show more]
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Nishikicho 3-22, Terrace Square 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gachimaya (Jimbocho - Okinawan). 6273-7807
If you like Okinawan food and enjoy trying new craft beers, this casual basement izakaya is well worth a visit. Along with a selection of well-prepared Okinawan fare you can choose from nine rotating taps of craft beers, representing multiple Okinawan craft breweries. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Jimbocho 1-6, Jimbocho Sun Bldg B1F. Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
Wiz (Awajicho - Beer bar). 6206-8805
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to original versions of Tex-Mex fare like tacos and nachos. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Awajicho 2-105, Watteras Tower Annex 108. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
!Craft Beer Market Awajicho (Awajicho - Beer bar). 5577-3046
The third branch of the popular beer bar chain, CBM offers a variety of microbrew beers priced at a very reasonable Y780 per US pint (smaller glasses are Y480, and there's a small table charge). The bar's thirty taps dispense mostly Japanese craft beers, with a few standard lagers (Heartland, Ebisu) and a few US imports. The food is above average, with tempting dishes like roast duck a l'orange and rotisserie chicken as well as more casual bar snacks.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Tsukasamachi 2-9-1. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda - Beer bar). 5289-4747
The second Tokyo outlet of Nagano Prefecture's Yo-Ho Brewing, this Kanda branch offers a more ambitious food menu as well as a dozen of the brewery's beers on draft, including a couple of hand-pumped real ales. Excellent roast Date chicken, an heirloom breed from Fukushima Prefecture, is the specialty of the house and it's well worth a try. With beautifully crisp skin and juicy meat, it comes in whole, half and quarter bird sizes. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Sudacho 1-24-6. Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
Maltan (Kanda - Beer bar). 6659-5884
A funky, art-filled basement bar serving Japanese craft beers, single-malt whiskies and an inexpensive food menu. There are five regular beers on draft (including Shiga-Kogen pale ale) plus a couple of guest taps and several more by the bottle.
mapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 3-13-10, Green Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am). Closed Sundays.
!Himalaya Table (Kanda - Nepalese). 3525-4110
Do craft beers go with Nepalese cuisine? The folks at Himalaya Table Craft Beer and Spice think so, and so they offer eight microbrews on tap - chosen to go well with your momo mutton dumplings, spicy stir-fried chicken livers, fried peanuts and other beer-friendly Nepalese and Indian fare. [Show more]
mapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 3-5-5. Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Kura Kura Ji-beer House (Kanda - Beer bar). 6206-8866
The off-the shelf snack-bar decor here is perked up by a cozy counter bar with five seats and twelve taps dispensing some of Japan's best microbrew beers. The small menu includes a few good chicken dishes, including raw chicken with pungent wasabi, plus the usual sausages, potatoes, etc. One of the oldest Japanese microbrew bars, Kura Kura was located in Shimo-Kitazawa for ten years before their move to Kanda. No smoking.
no smokingmapChiyoda-ku, Kajicho 1-4-6, Tokyo Kanda Bldg. 3F. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
!DevilCraft (Kanda - Beer bar). 6265-1779
Excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is served here, and the fifteen taps in the cozy ground-floor bar area dispense a good selection of craft beers from Japan and the US, including some from DevilCraft's own Tokyo brewery. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 4-2-3. Open 5-11pm (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Bookshelf Cafe (Hamacho - Cafe). 5614-0241
This neighborhood cafe offers Hitachino Nest beers (six by the bottle, one or two on draft) and espresso beverages from Horiguchi Coffee. Lunch specials include taco-rice, ciabatta sandwiches and keema curry, most of which are also served at breakfast time. [Show more]
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Hamacho 2-35-4. Open 8:30am-9pm (Sat 10-6). Closed Sundays.
Hitachino Brewing Lab (Akihabara - Beer bar). 3254-3434
Occupying one of the most stylish settings for a taproom in Tokyo, this brewing laboratory from the ever-popular Hitachino Nest beer offers seven beers on tap, including some experimental lab-only brews that they're trying out. The brewery's hoppy Nipponia (Imperial Pilsner; 6.5% ABV) is usually available, and we quite enjoyed a single-hop Falconer's Flight Session IPA - quite sessionable at 4.5% ABV. [Show more]
decorSunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Sudacho 1-25-4 N1, Maach Ecute 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sun -8:30pm) daily.
D's Diner (Asakusa - Beer bar). 5806-5566
With some sixty choices by the bottle, at first glance the drinks list at this self-styled beer hall looks like a typical "world beer" mishmash. However, in addition to their collection of lagers from many lands, they offer a respectable list of two dozen Japanese craft beers from around the country by the bottle, and a couple on tap. [Show more]
SunmapTaito-ku, Asakusa 1-15-6. Open noon-midnight daily.
Bakushuan (Otsuka - Beer bar). 3915-4550
Although it looks like an old-fashioned izakaya inside, Bakushuan serves a modern selection of ten Japanese and US craft beers on tap in addition to its very respectable sake list. The food menu is well above average for a beer bar, featuring sake-friendly nibbles and oysters prepared in various ways.
no smokingSunmapToshima-ku, Kita-Otsuka 2-27-1, Yoshimatsu Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Riddle Coffee and Bar (Otsuka - Beer bar). 6912-8331
Gourmet coffee, natural wines and craft beers are the focus of this self-styled gastropub. There's a decent selection of offbeat US imported craft beers by the bottle, and a few taps devoted to US breweries like Schooner Exact.
SunmapToshima-ku, Minami-Otsuka 3-47-8. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Sakazuki Brewing (Adachi-ku - Brewpub). 5284-9432
Open since March 2016, this neighborhood brewpub offers six taps of their own beer, priced at Y540 for a 300ml pour. The interior is very brightly lit but the bar is welcoming and friendly, with ample table seating and a comfortable counter. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapAdachi-ku, Senju Asahicho 11-10. Open 4-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 1pm-). Closed Mon, Tue.
Beer++ (Kita-ku - Brewpub). 5948-5657
This small local brewpub serves a few types of ale on tap and a guest cider, while the food menu features organic vegetables grown on the rooftop. There's a standing bar on the ground floor and tables in the spacious second-floor dining room.
no smokingmapKita-ku, Kamijujo 2-7-13. Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat 3-9:30). Closed Sun, Mon.
!T.Y. Harbor Brewery (Tennozu Isle - Brewpub). 5479-4555
Exciting, well-centered modern American cuisine - drawing on European and middle Eastern and Asian influences - from this bayside brewpub. The wine list is fantastic, with good values at every price level. [Show more]
decorSunmapShinagawa-ku, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-1-3, Bond Street. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
!Craft Beer Market Koenji (Koenji - Beer bar). 5356-7982
Known for their good food, lively atmosphere and reasonably priced craft brews, the Craft Beer Market chain has been growing quickly, and this fifth branch is their first foray into a residential neighborhood rather than an after-work business district. Similar to the downtown branches, CBM Koenji pours a well-chosen lineup of mostly Japanese craft brews from its thirty taps, along with a few ordinary lagers and wine by the glass for those who don't yet fully enjoy the pleasures of craft beer. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapSuginami-ku, Koenji-Kita 2-22-6. Open 5-11:30pm daily.
!Whale (Koenji - Middle Eastern). 5327-8682
Well-selected and reasonably priced craft beers and wines are complemented by simple Middle Eastern fare (tajines, dips, falafel) at this tiny drinking spot. Located next to a sister shop called Kujira Curry Bar and across from a Vietnamese BBQ stall, Whale is one of more than a dozen bars and mini-restaurants making up the Dai-ichi Ichiba restaurant arcade, a retro-style, indoor "food alley" just north of Koenji station. [Show more]
lateSunmapSuginami-ku, Koenji-Kita 3-22-8, Dai-ichi Ichiba. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Stone (Asagaya - Bar). 5373-0312
A half-dozen beers from San Diego's Stone and other craft brewers are served on tap here, at prices ranging from Y980-Y1300 per pint. There's also a well-stocked retail shop with some fifty microbrews from both Europe and the US, ready to take home or drink here (after adding a Y400 bottle charge). [Show more]
lateSunmapSuginami-ku, Asagaya-Kita 2-4-2, 2F. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Turquoise (Ogikubo - Beer bar). 5930-1888
Four Japanese microbrews are served on tap here at the tiny Craft Beer Stand Turquoise, which has five seats and standing room for another half-dozen or so. If you're hungry, the specialty of the house is a spicy jerk chicken baked in a tandoor oven.
mapSuginami-ku, Kamiogi 1-4-9. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
!Craft Beer Market (Kichijoji - Beer bar). 0422-27-6779
The bars in the CBM chain all offer different food menus, and this sixth branch features Okinawan-style Chinese cuisine. The food is quite beer-compatible, with tasty small dishes like maguro poki (tuna poke), stewed pork and chozume (Taiwanese-style sausages). Beers from the bar's thirty taps are priced at the same Y780 per pint as the other branches, while food is also reasonably priced. [Show more]
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre East Wing 1F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Yona Yona Beer Works (Kichijoji - Beer bar). 0422-28-4740
This fourth branch of the popular Yona Yona beer bar, its first venue outside central Tokyo, offers the same lineup of a dozen or so beers from Nagano brewery Yo-Ho, including seasonal specials. The stylishly appointed, massive dining room is far flashier than pretty much anything else we've seen in Kichijoji, and it makes a lively and fun setting when the place is full. [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Honmachi 1-8-10, Kichijoji Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lodi (Nakano-Sakaue - Bar). 050-1141-6227
Located above Nakano-Sakaue subway station, Lodi serves both domestic microbrew beers (with a rotating selection of five on tap), and American wines (with six by the glass). At lunchtime (weekdays only) they serve gourmet coffee. [Show more]
no smokingmapNakano-ku, Chuo 1-38-1. Open 11:45am-2:30, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Hangover (Nakano-Sakaue - Beer bar). 5389-3049
"Craft beer, craft food" is the raison d'etre of this ambitious beer bar, and they do an excellent job on both counts. There's a well-chosen selection of craft beers from the US and Japan on tap, and they also stock a good number of bottles from breweries like Lagunitas, Coronado and Southern Tier. [Show more]
no smokinglateSunmapNakano-ku, Chuo 1-51-4. Open 5pm-5am (Sun -12). Closed Mondays.
Gremlin (Hatagaya - Beer bar). 6300-5723
Six Japanese craft beers are on tap here, including three hand pumps. Prices are reasonable and there's no cover charge. The soundtrack tends towards rockabilly.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Hatagaya 1-3-1, Golden Center B1F. (attached to Hatagaya station, near the McDonald's) Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Swanlake Pub Edo (Yoyogi-Uehara - Beer bar). 5738-7347
If you're in the Uehara neighborhood and have a hankering for craft beer, this taproom run by Swan Lake may be of interest - they offer a handful of beers from Swan Lake plus a few guest taps. Guest beers are priced around Y1350-1400 a large glass, and there's also a table charge. (Open from 1pm Mondays.)
SunmapShibuya-ku, Oyamacho 46-9. Open 9am-10:30pm (LO Sat, Sun 9:30) daily.
!!Ushi-Tora (Shimo-Kitazawa - Beer bar). 3485-9090
This pioneering craft-beer bar attracts Japanese connoisseurs from all over town with its excellent selection of twenty beers on tap, many of them brewed by Ushi-Tora themselves. Taps include a few hand-pumped and cask-conditioned real ales. [Show more]
lateSunmapSetagaya-ku, Kitazawa 2-9-3, Miku Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
Mikkeller Tokyo Spring Popup (Naka-Meguro - Beer bar). unlisted
Eight taps of Mikkeller and guest beers are yours to enjoy at this temporary bar located in an old traditional-style house, open until the end of June 2016. It's mostly standing, and there's no food, although you can bring your own. Directions on the website say "through Chez Chao, in the back." Open until 1am Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 1-11-1. Open 3pm-midnight daily.
Hatos Bar (Naka-Meguro - Beer bar). 6452-4505
Excellent American-style barbecue and nice microbrew beers to go with them are the surprising finds at this charming neighborhood bar. Richly marbled pork belly was our favorite, but we also greatly enjoyed Hatos's baby-back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and very flavorful barbecued chicken. An array of various hot sauces is available if you want to liven things up further. [Show more]
mapMeguro-ku, Naka-Meguro 1-3-5. Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Nakameguro Taproom (Naka-Meguro - Brewpub). 5768-3025
While its office-building setting and generic wood-paneled-den decor aren't especially inviting, this branch of the Taproom attracts an audience of foreign and Japanese beer lovers with its excellent microbrews. There are usually around twenty varieties on tap from parent company's Baird Brewery in Shizuoka, along with two or three guest beers from US breweries. The food menu features "New Haven-style pizzas" and salads. Open from noon on weekends.
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 2-1-3, Naka-Meguro GT Plaza C-Tower 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Takiey (Toritsudaigaku - Steak house). 5731-7484
Steaks, tacos and US craft beers are the specialties at this neighborhood spot, with a good selection of beers from Stone Brewing, Green Flash and other well-regarded craft brewers. Draft beer starts at Y500 per small glass, with bottles priced from around Y1000. Service is friendly, and the blues-heavy background music provides a nice soundtrack.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Tairamachi 1-26-13. Open 11:30am-4, 6pm-1am daily.
Lush Life (Setagaya-ku - Beer bar). 050-3515-5521
Located in the wilds of Setagaya-ku, this rather lush beer bar dispenses a dozen craft beers on tap, including some unusual US brews, along with an above-average food menu. The 24-seat shop is just a few minutes from Sakura-Shinmachi station on the Denen-toshi line.
mapSetagaya-ku, Sakura-Shinmachi 1-11-4, Fujiya Bldg 3F. Open 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hikawa Brewery (Omiya - Brewpub). 048-783-5123
Saitama's first brewpub, open since Spring 2014, serves up ten different varieties of freshly made craft beers, including several Pale Ale variations. The food menu offers typical pub fare, with a larger-than-average selection. Our charcoal-grilled pork tongue was very tasty; they also have lots of German-style sausages and basic small dishes like pickles and curry-flavored potato salad. [Show more]
SunmapOmiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Takahanacho 1-36-1. Open 5:30-10:30pm (Sat 4pm-, Sun 4-10). Closed Tuesdays.
Craft Beer Baby (Saitama-ken - Beer bar). 048-705-3000
If you find yourself in Urawa thirsting for a craft beer or two, this small, ten-tap counter will be a welcome site. The tap list represents a well-chosen lineup of (mostly) small Japanese craft breweries, with most pints priced at Y1000 (or Y700 for a smaller size). Snacks like fish and chips and roast beef are nicely prepared, and wouldn't be out of place in a British pub. [Show more]
SunmapUrawa-ku, Saitama, Takasago 2-8-9. Open 5pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Arrows (Funabashi - British pub). 047-421-4777
Located in the middle of an entertainment zone a few minutes from Funabashi Station, this spacious British-style pub offers a handful of American and Japanese craft beers on tap as well as more traditional English ales. Tasting flights of either three or six beers are a nice way to try out an assortment of brews in one visit. [Show more]
lateSunmapFunabashi, Chiba, Honcho 4-39-6, 2F. Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat -3am) daily.
Gastro Pub Arrows (Motoyawata - British pub). 047-702-5574
A British-style pub, Arrows serves London Pride on tap along with a rotating selection of Japanese and US craft beers and simple pub food like fish and chips. Located a few minutes from Moto-Yawata station.
lateSunmapIshikawa, Chiba, Yawata 2-7-11, 2F. Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
!!Thrash Zone (Yokohama Sta. - Beer bar). 045-514-9947
Extreme beers are the speciaty at this cozy little beer bar - heavy on the hops, and generally higher in alcohol content than your average mainstream lager. Many of the beers are made by Thrash Zone itself, with names like "Speed Kills IPA" (7.8% ABV), although on our most recent visit we also saw offerings from serious US and Japanese craft breweries like Coronado, Lagunitas, Scuttlebutt and North Coast. Prices start at Y500 for a medium-sized glass. [Show more]
SunmapKanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Tsuruyacho 2-10-7, Tamaura Bldg 1F. Open noon-11:30pm daily.
Antenna America (Yokohama Kannai - Beer bar). 045-315-5228
An ever-changing selection of American craft beers - all from top-class breweries like Southern Tier, Coronado and Anderson Valley - is on tap at this tasting room run by beer importing company Nagano Trading. They also carry more than a hundred bottled beers, and they're all sold at retail prices. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Yoshidamachi 5-4, #6 Yoshida Bldg, 5F. Open 3-11pm daily.
Full Monty (Yokohama Kannai - British pub). 045-334-8787
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather authentic British pub must have the best selection in town, if not in all of Japan. They also serve beer of course - on a recent visit the pub's eight taps included such varied fare as Caldera Vanilla Wheat and Rogue Yellow Snow IPA (both from Oregon); Brimmer Porter (from Kawasaki); Greene King Abbot Ale and Fuller's London Pride, with pints averaging Y1000. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Fukutomicho Nishi-dori 41. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Green Bashamichi (Yokohama Bashamichi - Grill). 045-263-8976
Charcoal Grill Green Bashamichi serves a very appealing menu of grilled meats, fish and vegetables, along with creative starters like hot-and-sour pork and pepper soup, and marinated saury and mushrooms with yuzu jelly. California and Washington wines start at Y3800 a bottle, and there's a rotating selection of four Japanese craft beers (priced at Y980 for a large glass).
mapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Bentendori 6-79. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Bashamichi Taproom (Yokohama Bashamichi - American). 045-264-4961
Authentic American-style barbecue is the ambitious specialty at Bashamichi Taproom, along with a great selection of craft beers. Taproom's BBQ menu features spareribs, "Fat-boy" ribs, chicken, brisket and pork shoulder, prepared using Australian grass-fed beef, American pork, and domestic pork and chicken. We enjoyed them all, but the ribs were by far our favorites, especially the Fat-boy ribs. They're sold by weight, and we were given a choice of a few different sizes with various levels of marbling. The end product was just fantastic - smoky, juicy and very richly flavored. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Sumiyoshicho 5-63-1. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
!Green Ishikawacho (Yokohama Motomachi - Grill). 045-662-5993
Charcoal Grill Green, with three branches in Yokohama, serves good grilled meats along with Japanese craft beers and mostly European wines. The menu offers intriguing-sounding dishes such as Popcorn Shrimp with Cajun Aioli; Smoky Pulled-pork Poutine; and Spaghettini with Chinese Bolognese Sauce. They also serve burgers. [Show more]
lateSunmapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Ishikawacho 1-8. Open 5pm-2am (Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
Spring Valley Brewery (Yokohama - Brewpub). 045-506-3017
Located next to Kirin Brewery's Yokohama factory, this attractively appointed bar-restaurant makes a pleasant stop after finishing Kirin's hour-long factory tour and tasting. The spacious dining room is decorated with giant brewing tanks and a library-themed lounge area, with separate open kitchen and bar areas. They offer a handful of Kirin-produced, limited-edition craft-style beers, either separately or as a six-part tasting flight (Y1300), along with a reasonably priced food menu. [Show more]
decorSunmapTsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Namamugi 1-17-1. Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Mondays (Oct. - May).
Mokichi Craft Beer (Fujisawa-shi - Beer bar). 0466-90-3590
Conveniently located close to Fujisawa Station, Mokichi is a taproom for Shonan Beer, a very drinkable lineup of craft beers made by the Kumazawa Shuzo sake brewery in nearby Chigasaki. They offer thirteen Shonan beers on tap, accompanied by a serious food menu featuring hand-made pastas, grilled meats and a few salads. [Show more]
SunmapFujisawa, Minami-Fujisawa 20-19, #2 Harumi Bldg. Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO). Closed third Tuesday.
Good Mellows (Kamakura - Burgers). 0467-24-9655
A tropical-themed, almost-beachfront restaurant five minutes from Hase station, Good Mellows serves charcoal-grilled burgers and imported craft beers from the US.
SunmapKamakura, Sakanoshita 27-39. Open 9am-8:30pm daily.
Hops and Herbs (Kofu - Brewpub). 055-225-2012
Up-and-coming craft beermakers Outsider Brewing run this brewpub twelve minutes away from Kofu station. There are six taps, and prices range from Y450-550 for a 300ml glass, and Y750-900 for a 500ml pint. [Show more]
SunmapKofu City, Chuo 1-1-5, Miyazawa Bldg 2F. Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-) daily.

Belgian beers

Glass Dance (Nishi-Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3348-5920
It's yet another Belgian beer specialty bar in Nishi-Shinjuku, this one with plenty of space (90 seats) and Maredsous and De Koninck beers on tap. There are inexpensive (from Y300), somewhat hit-or-miss Spanish tapas to nibble with your beer, along with tasty Belgian-style mussels steamed in either beer or white wine. (Formerly called Beer Signal.)
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-26-2, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 2-10pm (LO) daily.
Little Delirium (Nishi-Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6300-0807
This mini-branch of one of our favorite Belgian beer bars sits at the Yoyogi end of Southern Terrace; convenient to Shinjuku station but sufficiently removed from the bustling crowds. Despite the small size they boast an excellent beer list, with a rotating selection of ten on tap, plus a respectable food menu featuring roast Iberico pork, grilled horsemeat and of course mussels and frites. There's some outdoor seating.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-2-1, Shinjuku Southern Terrace. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Frigo (Nishi-Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5371-0666
Frigo offers more than a hundred beers by the bottle, mostly Belgian but with a strong German section as well. The food menu is limited, but includes mussels prepared in several different ways.
mapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-11-20, B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am (Sundays 3-11pm). Closed 2nd Sunday.
!Cafe Hoegaarden (Nishi-Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5388-5523
This spacious, two-story bar from the Brussels chain serves very good Belgian food along with a wide assortment of beers.
latemapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-20-16. Open 5:30pm-2am (Sat. to 11pm). Closed Sundays.
Pommeke (Gaienmae - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6804-5884
Belgian frites (fried potatoes) - prepared by a former chef at the Belgian embassy - are the specialty at this casual standing bar. Frites are priced at Y550 for a medium-size portion (actually fairly hefty) and Y650 for an even larger ration. They come with a choice of plain mayonnaise or several other dips (although some of the extra-special dips run an extra Y50). If you're very hungry you can add on small side dishes like meatballs in tomato sauce or Flemish carbonade, a delicious beef and onion stew made with brown beer. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 2-12-27. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hemel (Shibuya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5918-6939
"Hemel Belgian Beer and Food" lives up to their name - this comfortable wood-paneled bar offers an appealing menu of Belgian and European food to go with their extensive list of over 100 beers.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 2-16-8, Sakamoto Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-3am daily.
Belgo (Shibuya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3409-4442
A comfortably cozy little hideaway bar with multi-level seating nooks. Pick your own bottle from the big selection of Belgian and German brews in the refrigerator case. The food menu is limited to light snacks.
latemapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-18-7, Shibuya Ichigokan Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.
Glass Dance (Shinagawa - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3471-6972
A popular chain of Belgian beer bars, Glass Dance offers De Koninck, Leffe Blond and a few other interesting beers on tap, and lots more by the bottle. There's a full Belgian-inspired food menu and convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3200 for dinner, including the Y500 cover charge.
lateSunmapShinagawa-ku, Konan 2-3-26, Montaine Shinagawa Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Comme la Gueuze (Mita - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6435-2463
If you're used to seeing the same handful of Belgian beers on draft wherever you go around town, the six rotating taps at Comme la Gueuze will be a welcome change. The twenty-seat bar has a friendly, neighborhood feel, with a diverse crowd, helfpul staff and proper glassware. There's food too - frites and mussels and sausages - although it's more limited in scope than what you'll find at the larger Belgian establishments. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Shiba 5-24-16, Omamori Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
!Agoo (Hamamatsucho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3432-1535
The vibe at this small neighborhood bar is friendly and laid back - comfortable enough to stop in for a drink by yourself or for a quiet conversation with friends. There's a decent selection of Belgians at average-for-Tokyo prices, plus a small snack menu.
mapMinato-ku, Shiba-Daimon 2-4-5. Open 5pm-1am (2am Fri/Sat). Closed Sundays.
Glass Dance (Hamamatsucho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3436-4901
Several Belgian beers are sold by the bottle here, along with Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout and Paulaner Hefeweiss on tap. The kitchen serves jerk chicken, fish and chips, and sausages. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime, including Y380 table charge. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Hamamatsucho 2-5-1. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Belg Aube (Roppongi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3403-1161
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
latemapMinato-ku, Roppongi 7-9-2. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
Delirium Cafe Reserve (Akasaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5545-7730
Ten Belgian beers are served on draft here, with 100 more by the bottle. The simple menu includes pastas, Flemish-style beef stew, and of course mussels. The big, shiny semi-circular bar is the focus of attention here, but there's also a cozy table section off to the side.
SunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 5-3-1, Akasaka Biz Tower 1F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Bois Cereste (Akasaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3588-6292
A quiet Japanese bar serving an incredible selection of Belgian beers for serious beer connoisseurs, including many brands you won't find elsewhere in Japan. Prices average around Y1,200 a bottle. There's also a restaurant area serving Belgian food. Bar area open to midnight. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 2-13-21. Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Delirium Cafe Tokyo (Toranomon - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3501-3181
This specialty bar imports beers directly from Belgium, and serves an impressive selection of ten different varieties on draft, including varieties we haven't seen elsewhere around town. Open to 1:30am Wed, Thu, Fri nights.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kasumigaseki 3-2-6, Tokyo Club Bldg, Kasumi Dining 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Au Fil des Jours (Uchisaiwaicho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6268-8939
Belgian beers from the popular Brussels chain of specialty bars.
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-Shimbashi 1-5-8. Open 11am-11pm. Closed weekends.
Favori (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6226-6117
The 100-odd different beers in their serve-yourself refrigerator include several previously hard-to-find varieties. Mussels and other Belgian treats are on the food menu, and they're even open on Sundays.
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-10-5. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Houblon (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3564-1671
Houblon's late-night, ground-floor Belgian beer bar is always lively, and their hefty bound menus list more than 300 beers by the bottle. There are also five taps devoted to a rotating selection of guest beers. Food is also very good, and there's a full-fledged restaurant upstairs if you want a full meal.
lateSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 3-2-11. Open noon-2am (Fri, Sat -3am; Sun, Mon -11pm). Open every day.
Roy G. Biv (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3569-2380
A late-night hideaway bar in Ginza, with just twenty seats and a selection of around 25 Belgian beers. There's also a small snack menu. (They close at midnight on Saturdays.)
latemapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-6-14, Ginza Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Antwerp Six (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5568-0091
You'll find good Belgian food (including mussels and great frites), a nice selection of beers, and convenient late-night hours from this branch of the Belgian Beer Cafe chain (they also run Antwerp Central in Marunouchi). [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 8-2-1. Open 11:30am-4am daily.
!Antwerp Central (Marunouchi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5288-7370
AC's atmosphere and decor are very European in feel, and the large food menu includes surprisingly authentic Belgian specialties like "stoemp" - a hearty platter of mashed potatoes and root vegetables. The bar serves more than 30 Belgian beers, including Leffe Blond and three others on tap. Ample terrace seating is available. Bar open until 4am weeknights, midnight weekends. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia B1F. Open 5pm-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
Frigo Repos (Yaesu - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5220-2272
An intimate Belgian beer bar from the Eurobeer chain (Frigo, Belgo), Repos serves over 100 Belgian beers in bottles, and four on draft. Lunch is served until 2pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends. In the evenings the food menu features main dishes like Alsatian-style duck confit and grilled rabbit with three-berry sauce. Last order for food in the evening is 10pm.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-11-1, PCP Marunouchi B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Liege-Guillemins (Yaesu - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3281-2300
An outlet of a popular chain of European-style cafe-bars specializing in Belgian beers, Liege serves four beers on draft and several dozen more by the bottle. In addition to the usual mussels and frites, the menu offers grilled meats and a few game dishes. The bar is open until 3am Friday and Saturday nights.
mapChuo-ku, Yaesu 1-4-16, Yaechika Dining B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Gent (Otemachi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6273-4662
The seventh (and smallest) Tokyo venue from the Belgian Beer Cafe group, Gent (with a hard "g") is located in the basement of a new Otemachi office complex called Ootemori. They offer the the usual selection of several dozen Belgian beers, with four or five on tap, and unusually for this neighborhood, they are open on Sundays (at least for now). Note that there is a Y500 table charge.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-5-5, Otemachi Tower Ootemori B2F. Open 11am-11pm (LO; 9:30pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Brussels (Otemachi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6225-2696
A good selection of beers in a pleasant, intimate setting, from the popular chain of Belgian beer bars.
mapChiyoda-ku, Otemachi 1-9-7, Otemachi Financial City South Tower 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Antwerpen (Nihonbashi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3271-9598
A tiny, charming Belgian beer bar with a small selection of brews, including the city of Antwerp's own De Koninck on tap. There's not really a food menu, but you can order pizza (from Pizza LA) or Chinese food (from a shop downstairs) to be delivered to your table.
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-7-7, 5F. (on the side street one block south of Takashimaya) Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
Brugse Zot (Mitsukoshimae - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5204-1988
This rather large, 110-seat Art Nouveau-style restaurant specializes in beers from De Halve Maan, a 450-year-old brewery in the Belgian city of Bruges. They serve lots of other Belgian beers as well - more than 100 varieties in all. [Show more]
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-3-1, Coredo Muromachi 2, 2F. Open 11am-1:30, 2-11pm (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
Yotsuya Brewery (Yotsuya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3353-1009
No, despite the name this isn't a brewpub, simply a small neighborhood bar with a decent selection of Belgian beers on tap and by the bottle. Prices are around average, and opening hours are relatively late.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 1-8, Nakagawa Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri -4am; Sat, Sun -11) daily.
Brussels (Kagurazaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3235-1890
A relaxed after-work place serving lots of Belgian beers and good light food, including tasty pita sandwiches.
mapShinjuku-ku, Yaraicho 75. Open 5:30-2am, Sat. 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
!Bitter (Kagurazaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5261-3087
Often hidden backstreet bars like this - quiet, sophisticated, with tasteful but understated decor - specialize in expensive Scotch whisky or cocktails, so it's nice to find a place like this with a serious Belgian beer menu. Food includes freshly shaved Parmesan, pork rillettes and shepherd's pie, and prices are a bit higher than average (around Y1200-1500 for a typical bottle of Belgian). Located upstairs in a residential-looking building, the bar can be very hard to find, but that's part of its charm.
latemapShinjuku-ku, Tsukudocho 1-14, Sun Heights Sakatabashi 203. (walk up Kagurazaka-dori and turn right at Gojuban Chinese steamed bun shop, it's on the right side after about 4 min.) Open 5pm-2am. Closed weekends.
Brussels (Jimbocho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3233-4247
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
latemapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Ogawamachi 3-16-1. Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays.
Champ de Soleil (Kanda - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5281-0333
French/Belgian bistro fare, with mussels and other seafood as well as frites. Ten Belgian beers averaging Y900-1,000.
mapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 1-10-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bernardus (Kanda - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6206-8269
One of Tokyo's better Belgian bars, with twenty beers on tap (including everything from the St. Bernardus brewery) and a lot of unusual brews by the bottle. No lunch on Mondays or weekends; open to 1:30am (LO) on Fridays.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 3-6-2. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Harmonic (Asakusa - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5608-3833
This Asahi Beer-run restaurant features several Asahi-imported Belgian beers (Hoegaarden, Leffe, Stella Artois) plus a few microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. Food includes various sausages and pates, mussels, frites, and other typical Belgian bar fare. Budget around Y3000 for food and a few drinks.
SunmapSumida-ku, Azumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
DAD (Adachi-ku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3870-8664
This cheerfully decorated, lively bar serves a few dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, plus a few on tap, although when we visited several of our choices were out of stock. It's worth knowing about if it's past closing time at Sakazuki Brewing (or they're on holiday) and you want a nightcap.
mapAdachi-ku, Senju 1-39-10. Open 7-11:30pm (LO; Sat 6pm-). Closed Sundays.
Belg Aube (Toyosu - Belgian rest/beer bar). 6910-1275
An indoor/outdoor cafe with a nice choice of Belgian beers and enticing food like Iberico ham, duck confit, and of course mussels. In the afternoons they serve chocolate fondue and waffles.
SunmapKoto-ku, Toyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Zinc (Nakano - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5343-2164
Formerly a Belgian beer specialty bar, Zinc (pronounced "zanc") now offers US and Japanese craft beers as well, although prices for draft beer tend to be higher than average. They also serve simple Japanese and Korean snacks, and are open relatively late.
lateSunmapNakano-ku, Arai 2-30-11. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Bicke (Kichijoji - Beer bar). 0422-21-8775
The very spacious Bicke feels like an old-fashioned Tokyo bar, with dark wooden furnishings, a big-screen TV showing sports, and bouncy eighties R&B on the sound system. The beer selection is mostly Belgian, and mostly by the bottle, although if you check out the beer fridge you might find some US and other international craft beers not yet on the menu. [Show more]
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Honcho 2-13-7, Grandale Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
Aglio (Shimo-Takaido - Bar). 5300-1955
Aglio is a cozy neighborhood bar with a nice selection of Belgian beers and frites. They also serve several wines by the glass.
lateSunmapSetagaya-ku, Matsubara 3-42-1. (30 sec. from Shimo-Takaido station) Open 6:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Pigalle (Sangenjaya - Beer bar). 6805-2455
Billing themselves as a European beer pub and bottle shop, this friendly neighborhood drinking spot offers six craft beers on tap and a lot more by the bottle, including US craft beers as well as Belgian and other European brews.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Taishido 2-15-8. Open 4pm-1am (Sun 2-10pm). Closed Mondays.
Barbee's (Omiya - Belgian rest/beer bar). 048-642-3090
A cozy Belgian beer bar-restaurant, Barbee's eight taps include a few unexpected choices like Mikkel's Dream (from Danish brewery Mikkeller) and De Ranke XX Bitter. There's a reasonably large bottled selection, and prices are typical of Belgian bars in Japan; budget around Y4500 for dinner with a few beers.
SunmapOmiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Daimoncho 2-25-2, Nohara Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Glass Dance (Kawasaki - Belgian rest/beer bar). 044-874-8430
A Belgian brasserie serving a good assortment of Belgian beers and food. Dinner averages around Y3000; a five-course "beer hall" dinner with all you can drink is Y5500.
SunmapSaiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Horikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Cheers (Yokohama Sta. - Belgian rest/beer bar). 045-311-7804
A quiet, out-of-the-way little bar with a good selection of Belgian and other beers. Draft beers include Baird (an excellent Japanese microbrew), Edelpils and Pedigree; there are also 30 beers by the bottle, mostly Belgian. Food is a mix of Belgian and British: mussels, frites, fish and chips, shepherd's pie. The basement space is pleasantly decorated, with several nooks and crannies at different levels.
mapKanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Tsuruyacho 3-32-14, Shinko Bldg B1F. (from the underground Diamond mall, take exit 12 south, cross under the highway overpass, turn left at Jonathan's; it's on the right after 1/2 block) Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Glass Dance (Yokohama Sta. - Belgian rest/beer bar). 045-311-0278
The ubiquitous Belgian beer chain offers Antwerp's De Koninck and a few other Belgians on draught, and over seventy beers by the bottle, served with proper glassware. The food menu features beer-marinated roast chicken among other beer-friendly snacks. Prices are around average for Belgian beer bars in Japan.
SunmapNishi-ku, Yokohama, Minami-Saiwai 1-3-1, More's 9F. Open 11am-2:30, 3-11pm (LO) daily.
Le Temps Perdu (Yokohama Sakuragicho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 045-242-9777
Yokohama's original Belgian beer bar, Le Temps Perdu is surprisingly decrepit and yet not without charm. The menu offers twenty Belgian beers at around Y1000-1200 per bottle.
mapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Nogecho 2-78. Open 6-11:40pm. Closed Sundays.

Mainly British

Nonsuch (Ikebukuro - British pub). 3981-4811
English beers and UK rock music are on tap at this cozy second-floor bar; they're named after an album by XTC. The British-inspired menu includes fisherman's pie, traditional fish and chips, and beef-tendon stew in beer. Fuller's ESB and Iwate Kura Real Ale are on tap, along with a guest tap an a guest cask of real ale. Pints are Y1200-1350. There's also a good selection of gin and whiskey.
latemapToshima-ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro 5-1-6, 2F. Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Al's Cafe (Takadanobaba - British). 5937-1905
It's a Tudor-style English tearoom right in the Baba - one with a casual, neighborhood-oriented atmosphere. Traditional dishes like shepherd's pie, steak and Guinness pie, and bangers and mash are all priced comfortably under Y1000, and in the evenings bottled English beers run around Y700, while Bass Pale Ale is Y500/bottle and a small draft Heartland is Y400. A traditional English tea is served on Saturday afternoons.
mapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 3-13-1, Noak Bldg 1F. Open 11am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Aldgate (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3462-2983
One of Shibuya's more serious craft beer bars, The Aldgate offers more than twenty craft beers on tap, mostly from Japan, Britain and the US. The food is English pub fare - Toad in the Hole, Cornish pasties, Daal Masala, Fish and Chips. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 30-4, Shiniwasaki Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-2am daily.
What the Dickens (Ebisu - British pub). 3780-2099
A bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu - live bands, English beers (mostly bottled), and inexpensive, filling pub dishes like shepherd's pie.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Nishi 1-13-3. Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
Meguro Tavern (Meguro - Brewpub). 3779-0280
Four house ales are on tap at this spacious British pub, mostly bitter styles and priced at Y1000 for a UK pint. The rotating food menu features Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie. Two big screens show football and rugby matches, mostly on weekends.
lateSunmapMeguro-ku, Shimo-Meguro 1-3-28, Sunwood Meguro 2F. Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
BrewDog (Roppongi - Beer bar). 6447-4160
Scotland's popular craft-beer brewery has opened their first Japanese bar in the middle of Roppongi. The rather spacious establishment serves twenty brews on tap, including BrewDog's flagship Punk IPA as well as their very impressive Jackhammer IPA, Hardcore IPA, and Dead Pony Club pale ale. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 5-3-2. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Hobgoblin Pub (Roppongi - British pub). 3568-1280
The biggest pub in Tokyo, Hobgoblin offers a large selection of draught beers including several British ales, and attracts a lively expat crowd. There's pub-style food (with a late-night menu Friday and Saturday) and big-screen TVs showing sporting events.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 3-16-33, Aoba Roppongi Bldg. 1F. Open 4pm-late (from noon weekends) daily.
Hobgoblin Pub (Akasaka - British pub). 6229-2636
Draught British beers and food, plus sports shown on big-screen TVs and a lively expat crowd. Weekday lunch is Y999; no lunch on weekends.
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 2-13-19, Tamondo Bldg. B1F. Open 11am-3, 5pm-late (no lunch Sat). Closed Sundays.
Campion Ale (Asakusa - Brewpub). 6231-6554
Five British-style ales on tap, all brewed on premises at this small brewpub. Prices are Y800 for pints and Y500 for half-pints. Food includes shepherd's pie, meat pies and beef stew. Open from noon on weekends.
no smokingSunmapTaito-ku, Nishi-Asakusa 2-2-2. Open 5-11pm daily.
Tavern, The (Yokohama Sta. - British pub). 045-322-9727
A well-established, very popular "gaijin bar" with a lively atmosphere. London Pride and Kilkenny are served on draught, and the food menu features typical British pub fare.
mapNishi-ku, Yokohama, Minami-Saiwai 14-2, Nishiguchi Meiwa Building B1F. Open 5pm-1am.
Full Monty (Yokohama Kannai - British pub). 045-334-8787
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather authentic British pub must have the best selection in town, if not in all of Japan. They also serve beer of course - on a recent visit the pub's eight taps included such varied fare as Caldera Vanilla Wheat and Rogue Yellow Snow IPA (both from Oregon); Brimmer Porter (from Kawasaki); Greene King Abbot Ale and Fuller's London Pride, with pints averaging Y1000. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNaka-ku, Yokohama, Fukutomicho Nishi-dori 41. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.

German beers

Keitel (Shinjuku - German). 3354-5057
Typical German dishes and selected German wines and beers from this long-running establishment, now in a new location. Budget around Y5000 for dinner.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 5-6-4, Diamond Mansion 1F. Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Stein Haus (Nishi-Shinjuku - German). 5908-3558
Serving relatively expensive German beers and decent pub grub in a cavelike basement, this branch of the Franziskaner group is worth knowing about mostly for their late-night hours.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-4-6, Ida Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-5am daily.
German Farm Grill (Shibuya - German). 5457-2871
A few good German beers at sensible prices, along with sausage-and-meat platters. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Shinsen 8-1. (past the top of Dogenzaka on route 246) Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-4am daily.
Wasserfall (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3464-5120
A sister shop of the nearby Hawaiian-themed Wailele, Wasserfall offers an impressively wide selection of German beers, including four on draft. The several dozen bottled beers are organized by style, and they include IPAs and other international styles from craft brewer Crew Republic, as well as more traditional brews. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-11-1, Dai-ni Oban Bldg 404. Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sun -12) daily.
Franz Club (Hamamatsucho - German). 6430-0128
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe menu consists of assorted German hams, sausages, pork cutlets, spaetzel dumplings in cheese sauce, and a pretzel. Unusual for this neighborhood, they're open till 4am Thursday and Friday nights.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Kaigan 1-2-20, Shiodome Building 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10pm; Thu/Fri 3am; Sat/Sun 8pm. Open every day.
Fujizakura (Roppongi - Beer bar). 5411-3333
Run by a Yamanashi brewery known for their excellent German-style beers, this basement venue feels less like a beer bar and more like an old-school Roppongi dining bar, with plush furnishings, fancy spot lighting, subdued piano music and a refined menu of bar snacks. The beers are good though - twelve taps serve both Fujizakura beers and half a dozen guest beers from the usual roster of Japanese craft breweries. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 4-8-7, Shimada Bldg B1F. Open 5-11:30pm daily.
!Bernd's Bar (Roppongi - German). 5563-9232
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
mapMinato-ku, Roppongi 5-18-1, 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Franziskaner (Roppongi Hills - German). 5786-6867
Situated on Roppongi-dori right in front of Roppongi Hills, this branch of the popular chain offers good German beers, sausages and other snacks, and (relatively) late-night hours.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat/Hollywood Plaza 101. Open 11am-1am (LO) daily.
Die Wurst (Kamiyacho - German). 3436-6949
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Franziskaner")
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Toranomon 5-11-12. (above Kamiyacho station) Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
!Zum Einhorn (Kamiyacho - German). 5563-9240
Although the dining room is notably lacking in atmosphere and music, the kitchen prepares outstanding German cuisine, including some fantastic game dishes in the autumn months. Prices may seem high at first, but portions are much larger than average for Tokyo. They also offer a very good selection of German beers - in all different styles - from around the country.
mapMinato-ku, Roppongi 1-9-9, Roppongi 1st Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Bitte (Akasaka - German). 3597-4258
Casual German cuisine; an order of Berliner Curry Wurst mit Pommes will set you back Y1200, while cheese spatzle is Y1480. There are also nicely priced all-you-can-drink deals with German beers. Lunch specials run Y1100-1500. (No lunch on Saturdays, though.)
mapChiyoda-ku, Nagatacho 2-9-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Schmatz (Akasaka - German). 5545-5424
We have great respect for any successful restaurant that started life as a food truck at a farmers market, as Schmatz did, and in fact they still operate a truck at Commune 246 in addition to their sit-down restaurant. Gourmet artisanal sausages are the main focus of the menu here, with variations like herb bratwurst, "spicy spicy", cheese, lamb and wild boar. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 3-19-8. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zum Eichen Platz (Akasaka - German). 5545-6623
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
mapMinato-ku, Akasaka 5-5-11, 2F. (from Akasaka Sta. exit 7 turn right and walk about 2 min.; it's on the right) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Baden Baden (Hibiya - Beer bar). 3508-2807
Nestled under the Yamanote train tracks, this venerable Tokyo establishment serves 15 different German beers along with German food.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Yurakucho 2-1-8. Open 4-9:30pm (LO) daily.
J.S. Lennep (Hibiya - Beer bar). 3595-0417
Right next to Baden Baden under the rumbling JR tracks, and even sharing the same address, they offer a similar selection of beers.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Yurakucho 2-1-8. Open 11:30am-2, 4-11pm. Open every day.
Franz Club (Marunouchi - German). 5224-8678
Part of the popular Franziskaner chain, Franz club offers a decent selection of German beers and nice roast meats, sausages, ham and similar fare, served well into the wee hours of the morning. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. There's also a deluxe weekend brunch priced at Y2980.
lateSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
Franziskaner (Nihonbashi - German). 6225-5485
Hard-to-find German beers, German wines, and assorted snacks are on offer at this branch of the small Franziskaner chain. The meat-heavy food menu is more interesting and diverse than might be expected.
mapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 3-8-16, Buyo Bldg B1F. (1 block S of Takashimaya) Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Franziskaner Bar & Grill (Ogawamachi - German). 5283-6846
Good imported German beers, sausages and other German fare, from the management of German Farm Grill (in Shibuya). The three-story bar is warm and comfortable, especially the spacious third-floor area.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Surugadai 3-1. (on Hongo-dori a couple blocks north of Yasukuni-dori) Open 10:30am-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Blend Meister Cafe (Ariake - Beer bar). 5530-8484
Five beers from Yokohama Brewery are on tap at this cafe-style shop, served in three sizes at average craft-beer prices. The drink-friendly food menu features sausages, pizzas and fried chicken, with daily lunch specials priced at Y900 and served until 2:30pm. [Show more]
SunmapKoto-ku, Ariake 3-6-6, Hotel Sunroute Ariake 1F. Open 10am-11:30pm daily.
Viehausen-49 (Nakano-Sakaue - Beer bar). 3384-1017
German beers and food are served in this small neighborhood bar.
mapNakano-ku, Chuo 4-6-10. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Danke (Hatsudai - Beer bar). 3375-1075
A very lively after-work beer hall, Danke serves a variety of Belgian and German bottled beers and inexpensive wines starting at under Y2000 per bottle. The extensive snack menu offers seasonal pizza variations as well as typical izakaya dishes.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-20-2, Tokyo Opera City Tower, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 10pm) daily.

Other world beers

!Design Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar (Harajuku - Bar). 3479-0839
This unusual cafe-bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery space called Tokyo Design Festa. There's a small indoor section where you stand around overturned barrel-tables, and an outdoor portion furnished with normal tables and chairs in the tree-filled garden courtyard. Both sections look onto the gallery's exhibition spaces, so you can enjoy some fresh art along with a bit of nature while you imbibe. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-20-18. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Failte (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3476-7776
Run by a Belgian beer bar chain, Failty features beers imported directly from Ireland, plus twenty different wines and food prepared by a French chef.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-5-2, Sede Bldg 5F. Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
Amusement (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3464-7971
Worth knowing about for their late-night hours, this comfortably scruffy basement bar-restaurant looks like it's been frozen in time since the early eighties. They offer a handful of interesting beers on draft and in bottles, from Belgium, Germany and some US craft breweries, with three-glass tasting flights. The very eclectic food menu features a Belgian chocolate page and "Russian Roulette Pizza."
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sakuragaokacho 2-9. (underneath JTB) Open 5pm-2am (Fri, Sat -4:30am; Sun -10pm). Open every day.
65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe (Meguro - Beer bar). 6450-4665
Located very near Meguro Station, this world-beer bar is most notable for its late-night hours (until 7am every day). The 100-odd beers on offer seem almost randomly chosen, but there are a few very nice Belgians, microbrews and British ales among them, along with bar snacks like fish and chips. The basement dining area is reasonably large, with a big-screen TV showing an odd mix of sporting events (football, billiards).
lateSunmapShinagawa-ku, Kami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Drunk Bears (Shiodome - Beer bar). 3571-8801
This unpretentious pub serves a big assortment of beers from around the world, including some unusual finds (Rugenbrau from Switzerland) and a few nice Belgians and popular US brands like Sam Adams and Anchor Steam. The food includes lots of fried items (chicken, potatoes) as well as nachos and quesadillas.
mapMinato-ku, Higashi-Shimbashi 1-9-1, Pedi Shiodome 2F. Open 11am-11:30pm. Closed Sat, Sun.
!Dasenka (Yotsuya 3-chome - Czech). 5269-6151
A tiny, bookshelf-lined cafe-bar serving Czech, Polish and other Eastern European fare. Menu items include excellent bramborak potato pancakes, goulash made with beer, Moravian-style roast pork and homemade cornbread. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Funamachi 7, Tajima Bldg 201. Open 6-11:30pm (LO; Mon -10pm) daily.
Jha Bar (Awajicho - Beer bar). 3252-3258
Four beers on tap and many more by the bottle at this late-night bar, with an unusual selection mostly from Belgium, Germany and the UK. The food menu features pizzas, salads and tapas-style small dishes. Open until 4am Friday nights, 11:30pm Saturdays.
latemapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Tacho 2-5, Togin Kanda Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Columbus (Kanda - Bar). 3254-3638, 0120-35-3638
The menu is casual Italian-influenced izakaya fare, with some pleasant surprises (like their salmon mousse appetizers and the pate of the day). They offer a few interesting beers along with wine and cocktails. The multi-level space is comfortable and cozy, with a laid-back atmosphere and late-night hours.
mapChiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 2-12-2. Open 11:30am-4am. Closed Sundays, some Sat.
Craft Beer Tap (Akihabara - Beer bar). 3526-3248
While they're priced at the higher end of the scale for craft-beer dining bars, this branch of Skytree's "World Beer Museum" serves a few craft beers from the US and the UK that aren't otherwise available in Tokyo. They're open all day, and conveniently located on the restaurant floor of Yodobashi Camera.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 8F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sekai no Beer Hakubutsukan (Oshiage - Beer bar). 5610-2648
Rather than trying to represent the entire world, the "World Beer Museum" narrows its focus to brews from five beer-producing countries - Belgium, Germany, the UK, Czech Republic and the US - along with a "world food" menu of representative dishes from those same countries. Choose from 15-20 beers on draft, or another 150 by the bottle. Prices are a tad higher than average, but not outrageously so, given the location. [Show more]
SunmapSumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 7F East Yard 2. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Turquoise (Nishi-Ogikubo - Beer bar). 6913-5658
Craft beer fans will find a few brews of interest at this lively neighborhood spot. Punk IPA is often found on tap (priced at Y900 a pint) along with a couple of guest taps, plus a smattering of imported craft beers in the Y1000-1350 range per bottle. There are also around ten Belgian selections if you want a change of pace. The food menu tends towards simple pub grub like curries and nachos with guacamole.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Nishi-Ogi-Kita 3-14-2, Miyama Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.

One or two interesting beers

!Brooklyn Parlor (Shinjuku - Cafe). 6457-7763
Whether you're here for a dessert break, a casual evening meal, or an afternoon working on your laptop, Brooklyn Parlor supplies a fun, bustling backdrop. Unlike Tokyo's many quiet, hidden-away cafes, here it feels like you've stumbled onto the hub of a social scene. Of course all the standard cafe needs are provided for - free wifi; hip background music; tons of magazines and books on art, design and fashion; good espresso beverages, interesting cocktails and very affordable wines. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-1-26, Shinjuku Marui Annex B1F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
!Konne (Nishi-Shinjuku - Antenna shop). 5333-7764
Souvenirs and various food items from Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu are on sale here, including several types of charcoal-grilled chicken, a specialty of the area. Freshly prepared chicken is served in the small cafe corner, where you can enjoy it along with your choice of Miyazaki microbrew beers. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-2-1, Southern Terrace. Open 11am-9pm daily.
!Beacon Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 6418-0077
The front bar area of the popular Aoyama steak house is a worthwhile destination in its own right, with excellent original cocktails, a good wine list with many choices by the glass, a casual food menu and outdoor seating on the patio if you're so inclined.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Helmsdale (Nishi-Azabu - Bar). 3486-4220
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and kipper herring. Open shockingly late.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 7-13-12. Open 6pm-8am daily.
Takara (Marunouchi - Japanese). 5223-9888
A joint venture between Mushu sake pub and several sake companies, Takara serves both Japanese food and Spanish tapas, plus sake, awamori, shochu, excellent Japanese microbrew beer (Baird's), and Spanish wines. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 3-5-1, Tokyo International Forum B1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
!Salsa Cabana Bar (Yotsuya - Tex-Mex). 3225-1774
The food here is very nicely prepared, and in spite of the simplicity of items like tacos and enchiladas, somehow tastes more Mexican regional than Tex-Mex. Our swordfish tacos had a lot of big flavors, although our nachos needed a bit of extra heat to bring out their best. [Show more]
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 1-20-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Couzt Cafe (Nippori - Cafe). 5815-4660
This very hip, artsy cafe is furnished with comfortable sofas and big tables, a nice setting for a coffee break or creative work session. They serve both espresso and drip coffee, and at night you can choose from a few different craft beers from Dutch brewery DeMolen (priced Y860-940 per bottle) along with a full food menu. The soundtrack tends towards modern jazz, played on an impressive audio setup from their collection of vinyl albums.
SunmapTaito-ku, Yanaka 2-1-11. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
23 Banchi Cafe (Asakusa - Brewpub). 5608-3831
This casual cafe is run by Asahi Beer, on the grounds of their Philippe Starck-designed headquarters. Drinks include coffees, wine, and various Asahi and Asahi-imported beers, including three microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. There's a fairly random cafe-style food menu - fried and grilled free-range chicken, Mexican pizza, chorizo sausages and keema curry. Dogs are welcome out on the wooden-deck terrace, where food and water are available.
SunmapSumida-ku, Azumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Azumabashi (Asakusa - Brewpub). 5608-3832
Run by Asahi Beer and adjacent to their Philippe Starck-designed world headquarters building, this brewpub serves a couple of seasonal microbrews from their Sumidagawa Brewery, plus some unusual Asahi-branded beers. The food menu is typical German-influenced fare - eisbein (Y3500), sausages, roast chicken, cheese fondue and various snacks.
SunmapSumida-ku, Azumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Super Dry (Oshiage - Beer bar). 5637-9031
In addition to their flagship beer, this popular Asahi-run pub pours a rotating roster of draft beers like Leffe, Bass Pale Ale and Hoegaarden; they also serve several varieties of Leffe by the bottle. There's an inexpensive menu of pub food to accompany your drinks.
SunmapSumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 30F East Yard. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Zingaro (Nakano - Cafe). 5942-8382
Located in the midst the manga, anime and toy stores of Nakano Broadway, Bar Zingaro is a project of well-known pop artist Takashi Murakami. The cafe-bar opened in early 2014 along with four contemporary art galleries in the same complex. It's managed by Oslo-based cafe-bar Fuglen in Shibuya, and serves up a similar menu of gourmet espresso drinks and creative cocktails. [Show more]
decorSunmapNakano-ku, Nakano 5-52-15, Nakano Broadway 2F. Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Newzea Platform (Yoyogi-Koen - Wine bar). 5790-9445
Occupying what must be one of Shibuya's thinnest buildings, this specialty bar serves around two dozen New Zealand wines, including several by the glass, as well as three different beers from Stoke, a New Zealand microbrewery. On the first floor is a relaxed, open-air bar; there's also seating on the fourth-floor terrace (until 11pm) and a full-service restaurant on the third floor. (Don't worry, there's an elevator.) Wines start at Y750/glass, and there's no cover charge.
mapShibuya-ku, Kamiyamacho 42-3. Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
!Fuglen (Yoyogi-Koen - Bar). 3481-0884
Japanese and Norwegian craft beers and artisanal cocktails are served at this very stylish Norwegian bar - the main branch is in Oslo. During the day they offer serious espresso beverages and tea, and attract a good-sized following thanks to the comfortable setting and the free wifi. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Tomigaya 1-16-11. Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Caffe Cocco (Ota-ku - Italian). 5756-6159
Looking to share a sociable drink before a departing flight at Haneda Airport, we didn't expect to find anything as fancy as Belgian beers, but this Italian-themed cafe in the Terminal 2 food court area surprised us. They offer three different brews - Orval, Duvel and Vedett - along with simple Italian cafe fare such as pastas and fried chicken. The best seats are outside the shop on the "dining terrace" overlooking the departures concourse.
SunmapOta-ku, Haneda Kuko 3-4-2, Terminal 2, 3F. Open 6:30am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
!Tori no Iru Cafe (Kiba - Bird cafe). 5809-8865
Enjoy the company of owls and parrots while sipping your herb tea and snacking on owl-shaped cookies and coffee jellies. They also offer a selection of beers and wines that feature birds of prey on their labels, including three varieties of the excellent Hitachino Nest Beer (weitzen, white ale, sweet stout) as well as Steenuilke ("Little Owl"), a blond beer from Belgium (all Y1000/bottle). [Show more]
SunmapKoto-ku, Kiba 2-6-7, Seven Star Mansion 1F. Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.