Brewpubs and 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.
lateSunmapNishi-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 from around the world and foods. 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.
SunmapHigashi-Ikebukuro 1-20-5, B1F. Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Bamboo Beer Pub (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Beer bar). 3352-5356
The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of interesting Japanese and US small breweries.
lateSunmapShinjuku 1-31-3, Dia Palace B1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
!Watering Hole (Yoyogi - Beer bar). 6380-6115
While you can find a number of bars in the Shinjuku/Yoyogi area serving Belgian, German, and "world" beers, one thing missing until now was a place to drink Japanese microbrews. Filling the gap is Watering Hole, a lively little bar with twenty craft beers, mostly from Japan, served 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]
SunmapSendagaya 5-26-5. Open 3-11.30pm 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]
SunmapJingumae 3-28-7. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Harajuku Taproom (Harajuku - Brewpub). 6438-0450
Good craft beers from Baird Brewery in Shizuoka, plus decent yakitori and similar light fare. The bar is popular with a foreign crowd and the atmosphere can be quite lively.
SunmapJingumae 1-20-13, No Surrender Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight 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 smokingSunmapJingumae 5-17-13. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Brimmer Beer Box (Omotesando - Beer bar). none
Living up to its name, this really is a box - it looks like a shipping container, with rather minimalist decor and furnishings, and standing areas inside and outside. They serve four different craft beers fresh from Brimmer Brewery in Kanagawa Prefecture - golden ale, pale ale, porter and ESB the last time we dropped by - for Y500 a glass. There's no food, but you can find good take-out fried chicken at the shipping container next door. Open from noon on weekends.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 3-8-34. Open 4-11pm 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 mostly Japanese craft beers; US pints are Y880, and there's a Y300 cover charge. Open from 11:30am weekends.
SunmapJingumae 3-6-6. Open 6-11:30pm daily.
!Craftheads (Shibuya - Beer bar). 6416-9474
This stylish basement bar has one of the best selections of US microbrews in Japan. You'll also find some good Japanese craft beers and an impressive selection of bourbon whisky. Nineteen beers are on draft, with many more by the bottle. 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.)
SunmapJinnan 1-13-10, B1F. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Aldgate (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3462-2983
One of Shibuya's more serious microbrew bars, The Aldgate offers 21 very nice 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 smokingSunmapUdagawacho 30-4, Shiniwasaki Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Goodbeer Faucets (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3770-5544
One of the trio of serious craft beer bars in Shibuya (joining Craftheads and The Aldgate), Goodbeer Faucets offers more than forty beers on draft, focusing mainly on Japanese, American and Belgian brews.
SunmapShoto 1-29-1. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Bakushuan (Ebisu - Beer bar). 3719-3949
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, this new (February 2014) 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 a fairly impressive sake list and delicate seasonal cuisine to accompany it.
no smokingSunmapEbisu-Minami 2-1-5, ES215 Bldg 7F. Open 4-11:30pm daily.
!!DevilCraft (Hamamatsucho - Beer bar). 6435-8428
The eagerly anticipated second branch of 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. 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 smokingSunmapHamamatsucho 2-13-12. Open 5-11pm 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]
SunmapRoppongi 5-3-2. Open 5pm-midnight 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.
lateSunmapRoppongi 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]
lateSunmapAzabu-Juban 1-3-13, Casa Esencia 1F/B1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
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 smokingmapNishi-Shimbashi 1-23-3, SA Grace 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Bono (Shimbashi - Beer bar). 3434-5330
A tiny, mostly standing bar, Oyster Bar Bono is notable for their selection of eight Japanese craft beers on tap, priced at just Y390 (+tax) for a small (280ml) glass. The food menu is similarly inexpensive, and features small pizzas as well as oysters. Open noon-10pm (LO) weekends. (Formerly called Ibrew Shimbashi.)
SunmapShimbashi 4-6-6. Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Brasserie Beer Blvd. (Shimbashi - Beer bar). 6435-9266
A new (Feb 2014) craft-beer venture from the former manager of the legendary Dry Dock bar. Thirteen taps dispense both US and Japanese craft beers, at Y1000-1200 per pint. (Open Saturdays 4-11pm)
mapShimbashi 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 smokingmapShimbashi 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 smokingmapShimbashi 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 three "guest taps" for local microbrews. US microbrews are also available (by the bottle). There's a wide assortment of bar snacks to go with your beer.
SunmapGinza 3-1, Ginza INZ #1, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm daily.
!Kura-rin (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 Y6,000-12,000, plus a big a la carte menu.
mapGinza 7-16-21, Kumo Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed weekends.
!Le Collier (Yaesu - Retail). 5220-5263
Located at the Marunouchi end of the Grandsta 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]
SunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, JR Tokyo Station B1F Gransta. Open 8am-10pm daily.
BarBAR Tokyo (Yaesu - Beer bar). 3216-0581
The food menu here is billed as "homemade deli" - grilled octopus, yakisoba, hot dogs, prosciutto - with most items priced at Y500. But you're really here for the beer - an impressive selection of Japanese microbrews by the bottle (Y800/Y900), a few microbrews on tap (Y500), and imported beers like Pilsner Urquell and Anchor Steam. There are a few stools but it's mostly stand-up, with small shelves on the side wall and an unusual zigzaggy central table.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-9-1, Kurobei Yokocho (B1F). Open 11am-11pm daily.
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.
mapYaesu 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 smokingmapYaesu 2-8-10. Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
!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]
mapYaesu 2-11-7, Masubi Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae (Nihonbashi - 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.
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-5-5, Coredo Muromachi 3, 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
Bacchus (Nihonbashi - 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.
mapYaesu 1-7-7, Dai-ni Yamamoto Bldg B1F. Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). 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.
SunmapArakicho 1, Ichibankan Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
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.
SunmapKagurazaka 2-9, Ogawa Bldg B1F. Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.
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 smokingmapKanda Jimbocho 2-11-15. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed weekends.
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.
mapKanda Tsukasamachi 2-9-1. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
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.
SunmapUchi-Kanda 3-13-10, Green Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am) daily.
!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 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.
mapUchi-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 smokingmapKajicho 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. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 4-2-3. Open 5-11:30pm 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 smokingSunmapKita-Otsuka 2-27-1, Yoshimatsu Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
!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]
decorSunmapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-1-3, Bond Street. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Stone (Asagaya - Bar). 5373-0312
The eleven taps here dispense beers from San Diego's Stone Brewery along with a rotating list of US and Japanese guest beers. Pints are mostly Y1100, and they also serve quite a variety of whiskey.
lateSunmapAsagaya-Kita 2-4-2, 2F. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Bicke (Kichijoji - Beer bar). 0422-21-8775
This specialty beer bar features craft beers from around the world along with a rotating selection of Japanese microbrews. The food is fancier-than-average bar fare - fried chicken, Caesar salads, spareribs, a risotto of the day. There are several tables and a large counter bar, and the room is dominated by a big-screen TV.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-13-7, Grandale Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
!Holic (Kichijoji - Beer bar). 0422-49-6638
An unpretentious basement bar stocking an excellent selection of craft beers from Japan (particularly Baird and Hitachino Nest) and around the world.
lateSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-8, Keyaki Bldg B1F. Open 7pm-5am; Sat/Sun 6pm-5am 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). 090-3721-6982
"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.
!Ushi-Tora (Shimo-Kitazawa - Beer bar). 3485-9090
Ushi-tora is a specialty beer bar that attracts Japanese connoisseurs from all over town with its collection of twenty beers on tap, most of them local microbrews. We recommend the Yona Yona Real Ale, one of three traditional cask-conditioned "real ales" that are hand-pumped. [Show more]
lateSunmapKitazawa 2-9-3, Miku Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
!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]
mapNaka-Meguro 1-3-5. Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
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 smokingSunmapKami-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.
SunmapTairamachi 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.
Thrash Zone (Yokohama Sta. - Beer bar). 045-514-9947
This cozy little beer bar serves an impressive selection of Japanese craft beers and real ales from microbreweries, including hard-to-find brews like Shinano Brewery's Dragon Ale. The music is mostly thrash metal, and album covers decorate the walls.
mapTsuruyacho 2-19-8, Paseri Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
!Bashamichi Taproom (Yokohama Sakuragicho - American). 045-264-4961
Authentic American-style barbecue is the ambitious specialty at Bashamichi Taproom, along with a great selection of craft beers. The manager and pitmaster here has decades of experience cooking in the most barbecue-conscious areas of the American South, and his recipes capture the best of Texas, Carolina and Kansas City traditions. He slow-cooks his meats over a low-temperature cherrywood fire for several hours, to produce tender and very flavorful results. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapSumiyoshicho 5-63-1. Open 5pm-midnight 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]
SunmapYoshidamachi 5-4, #6 Yoshida Bldg, 5F. Open 3-11pm. Closed Mon-Wed.
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 smokingSunmapFukutomicho Nishi-dori 41. Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Craft Beer Bar (Yokohama Nihon-Odori - Beer bar). 045-651-0440
This elegant little bar, with room for sixteen people, is a destination for serious beer connoisseurs. You'll find several microbrews from both Minoh Aji brewery in Osaka and Baird Beer in Numazu, along with many other Japanese craft beers. There are also thirty single-malt Scotch whiskies, and a small sausage-oriented food menu.
SunmapOtacho 2-31-3, Copo Sunrise Otacho 1F. Open 4-11:30pm (noon-10pm weekends). Closed Mondays.

Belgian beers

Brugge (Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5361-1940
Belgian beers and good food from the popular "Belgian Beer Cafe" group.
SunmapSendagaya 5-24-2, Times Square 14F. Open 11am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Beer Signal (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.
SunmapNishi-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.
SunmapYoyogi 2-2-1, Shinjuku Southern Terrace. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Frigo (Nishi-Shinjuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5371-0666
Over 100 different 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.
mapYoyogi 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.
latemapYoyogi 2-20-2. Open 5:30pm-2am (Sat. to 11pm). Closed Sundays.
!Brussels (Harajuku - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3403-3972
Original pita sandwiches and an impressive assortment of Belgian beers. The big tables can accommodate larger groups than average (5-8 people), but you may have to share a table when they're crowded. There are also a few seats at the bar.
latemapJingumae 1-10-23. Open 5:30pm-2am (Sat-11pm). Closed Sundays.
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 attractive selection of Belgian and European food to go with their extensive list of over 100 beers.
lateSunmapDogenzaka 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 3-18-7, Shibuya Ichigokan Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.
Beer Kitchen Aoshima (Hamamatsucho - Beer bar). 3432-8147
Thirty beers are available, including a small but select group of Belgian brews. The food is a mix of European and Asian snacks - grilled steaks; lamb kebabs; skewers of grilled chicken, beef and duck; sausages; Thai-style curries. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime for drinks and snacks.
SunmapHamamatsucho 2-4-1, World Trade Center Bldg B1F. Open 11am-10pm 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.
mapShiba-Daimon 2-4-5. Open 5pm-1am (2am Fri/Sat). Closed Sundays.
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.
latemapRoppongi 7-9-2. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
Brussels (Kamiyacho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5405-1588
The Kamiyacho branch seems to be one of the liveliest of this chain of Belgian beer bars, attracting an international crowd in this office-building neighborhood. Belgian-style snacks and full meals to accompany your beer.
mapToranomon 5-1-5, Toranomon MT Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-5pm, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Antwerp Port (Akasaka - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3584-3301
An excellent selection of Belgian beers and good Belgian cuisine. The dining space is large and has a European-style feel to it. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime; there's a Y500 cover charge. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapAkasaka 4-3-6, Hitotsugi Lip 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5pm-2am (LO). Open every day.
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.
SunmapAkasaka 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.]
mapAkasaka 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.
mapKasumigaseki 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.
mapNishi-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.
mapGinza 2-10-5. Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Houblon (Ginza - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3564-1671
The multi-level complex comprises a Belgian restaurant on the top floor, a shot bar in the basement, and a Belgian beer specialist on the ground floor. They stock more than 300 beers by the bottle, plus five taps devoted to a rotating selection of guest beers.
lateSunmapGinza 3-2-11. Open 3pm-3am (Sat, Sun noon-3am). 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.)
latemapGinza 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]
lateSunmapGinza 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.]
lateSunmapMarunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia B1F. Open 11am-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.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-11-1, PCP Marunouchi B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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 smokingSunmapOtemachi 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.
mapOtemachi 1-9-7, Otemachi Financial City South Tower 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Liege-Guillemins (Nihonbashi - 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.
mapYaesu 1-4-16, Yaechika Dining B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
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.
mapNihonbashi 3-7-7, 5F. (on the side street one block south of Takashimaya) Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
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 very late.
lateSunmapYotsuya 1-8, Nakagawa Bldg 1F. Open 5pm-5am (Sat -2am, Sun -12) 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.
mapYaraicho 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.
latemapTsukudocho 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.
Frigo Est (Suidobashi - Belgian rest/beer bar). 3262-1138
A comfortable and spacious Belgian specialty bar with nearly 100 beers by the bottle that you can select and serve yourself from the big glass refrigerators. They also have unusual beers on draft (Witkap Pater) and a modest food menu.
lateSunmapNishi-Kanda 2-1-12, Umezawa Bldg 2F. Open 5:30pm-2am daily.
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.
latemapKanda Ogawamachi 3-16-1. Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays and holidays.
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.
mapUchi-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.
SunmapUchikanda 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.
SunmapAzumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
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.
SunmapToyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Spibble (Tennozu Isle - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5783-4321
This oddly named "European Beer Terrace" is open only between April and October, and offers pleasant outdoor seating facing the canal at the edge of Tennozu Isle. Most of the beers are Belgian, plus a few German and English selections, with nine or so on tap and another fifty by the bottle. Meat and deli items and simple Belgian dishes like mussels accompany the beer.
mapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-2-4, Tennoz First Tower 1F. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Zinc (Nakano - Belgian rest/beer bar). 5343-2164
(Pronounced "Zanc") A friendly neighborhood bar with a good assortment of Belgian beers, an electronic dartboard, and simple Japanese/Korean snacks.
lateSunmapArai 2-30-11. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Caravan Tale (Koshigaya Laketown - Belgian rest/beer bar). 048-940-2178
Four or five Belgian beers on tap plus some sixty by the bottle are served at this casual bar-restaurant. The food menu includes reasonably priced tapas-style dishes.
SunmapSaitama-ken Koshigaya-shi, Azumacho 2-8, Aeon Laketown Mori 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Patrasche (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.
SunmapHorikawacho 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.
mapTsuruyacho 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.
Le Temps Perdu (Yokohama Sakuragicho - Belgian rest/beer bar). 045-242-9777
Yokohama's original Belgian beer bar, it's remarkably decrepit and yet not without charm. The menu offers twenty Belgian beers at around Y1000-1200 per bottle.
mapNogecho 2-78. Open 6-11:40pm. Closed Sundays.

Mainly British

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.
mapTakadanobaba 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 microbrew bars, The Aldgate offers 21 very nice 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 smokingSunmapUdagawacho 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.
lateSunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-13-3. Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
Tavern, The (Meguro - British pub). 3779-0280
Assorted British beers and food, including Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie.
SunmapShimo-Meguro 1-3-28, Sunwood Meguro 2F. Open noon-1am daily.
Black Lion (Meguro - British pub). 3491-2312
(Formerly "Little Euro") A London-style pub that attracts an eclectic cross-section of the expat community. Assorted British beers and pub-style food.
SunmapMeguro 1-5-16. (take the west exit and follow Meguro-dori to where it forks, and turn right. The bar is a few steps down the hill, on the left) 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.
SunmapRoppongi 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.
mapAkasaka 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.
SunmapNishi-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.
mapMinami-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 smokingSunmapFukutomicho 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 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.
lateSunmapNishi-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.]
lateSunmapShinsen 8-1. (past the top of Dogenzaka on route 246) Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-4am 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.
lateSunmapKaigan 1-2-20, Shiodome Building 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-10pm; Thu/Fri 3am; Sat/Sun 8pm. Open every day.
Franziskaner (Roppongi - 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.
SunmapRoppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat/Hollywood Plaza 101. Open 11am-1am (LO) 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.
mapRoppongi 5-18-1, 2F. Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Franziskaner (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 "Die Wurst")
lateSunmapToranomon 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.
mapRoppongi 1-9-9, Roppongi 1st Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Zum Eichen Platz (Akasaka - German). 5545-6623
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
mapAkasaka 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.
SunmapYurakucho 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.
SunmapYurakucho 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.
lateSunmapMarunouchi 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.
mapNihonbashi 3-8-16, Buyo Bldg B1F. (1 block S of Takashimaya) Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Franziskaner Bar & Grill (Awajicho - 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.
mapKanda Surugadai 3-1. (on Hongo-dori a couple blocks north of Yasukuni-dori) Open 10:30am-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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.

Other world beers

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.
SunmapDogenzaka 1-5-2, Sede Bldg 5F. Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
Amusement (Shibuya - Beer bar). 3464-7971
A very unpretentious, comfortably scruffy bar that looks like it's been frozen in time from the late seventies. They have a smattering of interesting beers from England, Belgium, Germany and Czech, plus lots of mixed drinks and bar foods.
lateSunmapSakuragaokacho 2-9. (underneath JTB) Open 5pm-5am (1am Sundays). 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).
lateSunmapKami-Osaki 2-16-1, Meguro Kaihatsu Bldg B1F. Open 6pm-7am daily.
Cerveza (Roppongi - Beer bar). 3478-0077
This friendly little bar serves around 100 beers on the regular menu, plus additional seasonal beers that aren't listed, so check the display case before you order. There's also a full food menu.
mapRoppongi 3-11-10. (on Roppongi-dori south side, at the corner of Gaien-Higashi-dori) Open 6-10:50pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
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 micros (Sam Adams, Anchor Steam). The food includes lots of fried items (chicken, potatoes) as well as nachos and quesadillas.
mapHigashi-Shimbashi 1-9-1, Pedi Shiodome 2F. Open 11am-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
!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]
SunmapFunamachi 7, Tajima Bldg 201. Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
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.
latemapKanda 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.
mapUchi-Kanda 2-12-2. Open 11:30am-4am. Closed Sundays, some Sat.
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]
SunmapOshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 7F East Yard 2. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Puca Puca (Fujisawa-shi - Beer bar). 0466-22-1154
Over 100 beers from around the world, including refreshing Belgian Hoegaarden white beer on tap, plus several varieties of Rogue Ales from Oregon. Unfortunately the food (billed as "world garlic cuisine") isn't as exciting as it sounds, and it can take awhile to arrive.
lateSunmapMinami-Fujisawa 20-20, Dai-ni Haremi Bldg 2F. (walk from Fujisawa station one block past Camp Restaurant, then turn left) Open 5pm-2am (LO 1am). Open every day.

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 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 (Y900-Y1,000 for beer and yakitori).
SunmapYoyogi 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 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Omotesando - Sandwiches/burgers). 3407-8001
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-10-21. (on the corner of Kotto-dori and Aoyama-dori, across from Max Mara) Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Gotanda - Sandwiches/burgers). 5437-3800
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
SunmapNishi-Gotanda 1-26-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) 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.]
SunmapMarunouchi 3-5-1, Tokyo International Forum B1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Kua 'Aina (Awajicho - Sandwiches/burgers). 3518-0050
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
SunmapKanda Surugadai 3-5. Open 11am-10:30pm 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.
SunmapAzumabashi 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.
SunmapAzumabashi 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.
SunmapOshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 30F East Yard. Open 11am-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.
mapKamiyamacho 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]
SunmapTomigaya 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 - Cafe). 5809-8865
Cat cafes are so 2011 - bird cafes are the next big thing. 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]
SunmapKiba 2-6-7, Seven Star Mansion 1F. Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Park Cafe Green (Yokohama Minato-mirai - Cafe). 045-641-0611
Looking out over the Nippon-maru, an historic ship that's the centerpiece of the Yokohama Port Museum, this pleasant cafe serves panini sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and other simple fare. Craft beer fans can find Yokohama Brewery's very drinkable IPA and weitzen at Y800/glass. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-1-1, Yokohama Port Museum. Open 10am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
Spring Valley (Yokohama - Brewpub). 045-506-3013
While it's not worth a special trip, Spring Valley is a pleasant place to drop in if you're in the neighborhood. If you get here before 5pm you can go on the tour of the huge Kirin brewery next door. The microbrews include "Spring Valley," a light lager virtually identical to Kirin Lager, an okay dunkel and a changing seasonal special. They offer the usual sausages and stews on the menu. There's also a large noisy restaurant called "Beer Port" right next door, where they offer many different varieties of Kirin on tap. (10-minute walk from Namamugi station on Keihin-Kyuko line. Brewery tour 10am-5pm, except Mondays; 045-503-8250 for info).
SunmapYokohama-shi, Namamugi 1-17-1, Kirin Yokohama Beer Village. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays (Oct. - May).
Kua 'Aina (Kamakura - Sandwiches/burgers). 0467-61-2400
The main drag from Kamakura station to the beach is lined with cafes, fast food and family restaurants. Kua-aina stands out by virtue of its terrace and its reliable mahi-mahi sandwiches.
SunmapYuigahama 4-3-9. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.