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Tanakaya - Liquor shop: Mejiro
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
This spacious basement shop near Mejiro station offers one of the best selections of American craft beers in Tokyo, along with Hasegawa Liquors (Yaesu) and World Beer Market (Kita-Senju). You'll...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Shinanoya - Liquor shop: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 11am-4am daily.
A good selection of wines and spirits and a dozen or so European beers at discount prices, plus random imported food items.
Open 11am-4am daily.
Omotesando Niigata Kan N'espace - Antenna shop: Omotesando
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Niigata is well known for its sake, and this large prefectural antenna shop carries over 100 varieties, with many available in 300ml mini-bottles and one-cup sizes. There's also non-alcoholic...
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Good Meals Shop - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open noon-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open noon-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Night Owl - Liquor shop: Ebisu
Open 1-9pm daily.
This tiny shop serves as a standing bar, specialty liquor shop and gourmet grocer, with a bit of art gallery thrown in for good measure. Five taps serve craft beer from Japan and abroad (Y500 for a...
Open 1-9pm daily.
National Azabu - Retail: Hiroo
Open 9am-8pm daily.
One of the best of the international supermarkets, with the widest range of imported foods in Tokyo (along with Nissin in Azabu-Juban). You'll find good selections of wines, cold cuts and imported...
Open 9am-8pm daily.
Nissin - Retail: Azabu-Juban
Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Meat is Nissin's strong point, with over a dozen types of cold cuts, a cornucopia of sausages, and unusual items like pheasant, rabbit, and even kangaroo meat. And the third-floor wine shop is worth...
Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Ibaraki Marche - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Sake, fresh produce and specialty foods from Ibaraki Prefecture are on sale at this large antenna shop; they also serve regional food and drink in the attached bar-restaurant (03-5524-0827). You'll...
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Iwate Ginga Plaza - Antenna shop: Higashi-Ginza
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
This rather expansive prefectural specialty shop sells everything from crabmeat, uni and ikura bento boxes at the front entrance to mochi rice cakes, Iwate beef and dairy products. There's a...
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Le Collier - Retail: Yaesu
Open 8am-10pm daily.
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...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Liquors Hasegawa North - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
An amazing selection of hundreds of craft beers - both domestic and imported - can be found in the refrigerators and shelves of this underground liquor shop, along with a decent selection of sake,...
Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
Liquors Hasegawa - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Liquors Hasegawa focuses on hard liquors, with an impressive selection of rare Bourbons and Scotch whiskeys. Best of all, you can try them out in the shop - Y150-200 gets you a 10ml pour of many of...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Hokkaido Foodist - Antenna shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-8pm daily.
This huge, garishly lit shop is a veritable supermarket of Hokkaido food and drink. The dairy section is especially well stocked, with a bewildering variety of cheeses, lots of butter, and something...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Sekai no Beer Hakubutsukan - Beer bar: Oshiage
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
World Beer Market - Liquor shop: Adachi-ku
Open 10am-10pm daily.
World Beer Market, or Biama as it's called in Japanese, offers a fantastic selection of craft beers from Japan, the US and Europe - possibly the best in town. And while you can order online through...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Stone - Bar: Asagaya
Open 6pm-2am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-2am daily.
Le Petit L'ouest - Liquor shop: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 4-11pm (Sat 2-11, Sun 2-9). Closed Tuesdays.
This neighborhood liquor shop stocks a wide selection of over 100 Japanese craft beers, although it helps to know what you're looking for, as there are plenty of clunkers as well as hidden gems. You...
Open 4-11pm (Sat 2-11, Sun 2-9). Closed Tuesdays.
Pigalle - Beer bar: Sangenjaya
Open 4pm-1am (Sun 2-10pm). Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 4pm-1am (Sun 2-10pm). Closed Mondays.
Deguchiya - Liquor shop: Naka-Meguro
Open 11am-10pm (Wed 2-10pm). Closed Sundays.
Mainly a wine specialist, Deguchiya also has a very good craft-beer selection, and they will let you drink anything you buy here after adding a small corkage charge. They're probably stronger in US...
Open 11am-10pm (Wed 2-10pm). Closed Sundays.
Aeon Liquors Jiyugaoka - Liquor shop: Jiyugaoka
Open 10am-11pm daily.
The flagship for Aeon Liquor's craft-beer sales, the Jiyugaoka branch of this nationwide chain offers an impressive selection of both bottled and canned imported beers. They also host a number of...
Open 10am-11pm daily.
National Den-en - Retail: Denenchofu
Open 10am-11pm daily.
This sister of the temporarily shuttered international supermarket National Azabu offers a similarly diverse selection of imported foods and wines. Despite their suburban location (midway between...
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Antenna America - Beer bar: Yokohama Kannai
Open 3-11pm daily.
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...
Open 3-11pm daily.
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