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Belgian beers

Brugge - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shinjuku
Belgian beers and good food from the popular "Belgian Beer Cafe" group.
Beer Signal - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
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...
Little Delirium - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
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...
Frigo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
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.
Cafe Hoegaarden - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
This spacious, two-story bar from the Brussels chain serves very good Belgian food along with a wide assortment of beers.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Harajuku
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...
Hemel - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shibuya
"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....
Belgo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shibuya
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...
Beer Kitchen Aoshima - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
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...
Agoo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Hamamatsucho
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...
Belg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Roppongi
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kamiyacho
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...
Antwerp Port - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
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.
Delirium Cafe Reserve - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
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...
Bois Cereste - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
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. ...
Delirium Cafe Tokyo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toranomon
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...
Au Fil des Jours - Belgian rest/beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Belgian beers from the popular Brussels chain of specialty bars.
Favori - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
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...
Houblon - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
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,...
Roy G. Biv - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
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.)
Antwerp Six - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
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...
Antwerp Central - Belgian rest/beer bar: Marunouchi
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...
Frigo Repos - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yaesu
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...
Gent - Belgian rest/beer bar: Otemachi
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...
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Otemachi
A good selection of beers in a pleasant, intimate setting, from the popular chain of Belgian beer bars.
Liege-Guillemins - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nihonbashi
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...
Antwerpen - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nihonbashi
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...
Yotsuya Brewery - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yotsuya
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...
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kagurazaka
A relaxed after-work place serving lots of Belgian beers and good light food, including tasty pita sandwiches.
Bitter - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kagurazaka
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...
Frigo Est - Belgian rest/beer bar: Suidobashi
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...
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Jimbocho
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.
Champ de Soleil - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kanda
French/Belgian bistro fare, with mussels and other seafood as well as frites. Ten Belgian beers averaging Y900-1,000.
Bernardus - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kanda
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...
Harmonic - Belgian rest/beer bar: Asakusa
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...
Belg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toyosu
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.
Spibble - Belgian rest/beer bar: Tennozu Isle
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...
Zinc - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nakano
(Pronounced "Zanc") A friendly neighborhood bar with a good assortment of Belgian beers, an electronic dartboard, and simple Japanese/Korean snacks.
Caravan Tale - Belgian rest/beer bar: Koshigaya Laketown
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.
Patrasche - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kawasaki
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.
Cheers - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yokohama Sta.
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...
Le Temps Perdu - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yokohama Sakuragicho
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.

Mainly British

Al's Cafe - British: Takadanobaba
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...
Aldgate - Beer bar: Shibuya
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...
What the Dickens - British pub: Ebisu
A bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu - live bands, English beers (mostly bottled), and inexpensive, filling pub dishes like shepherd's pie.
Tavern, The - British pub: Meguro
Assorted British beers and food, including Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie.
Black Lion - British pub: Meguro
(Formerly "Little Euro") A London-style pub that attracts an eclectic cross-section of the expat community. Assorted British beers and pub-style food.
Hobgoblin Pub - British pub: Roppongi
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...
Hobgoblin Pub - British pub: Akasaka
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.
Campion Ale - Brewpub: Asakusa
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...
Tavern, The - British pub: Yokohama Sta.
A well-established, very popular "gaijin bar" with a lively atmosphere.
Full Monty - British pub: Yokohama Kannai
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...

German beers

Keitel - German: Shinjuku
Typical German dishes and selected German wines and beers from this long-running establishment, now in a new location. Budget around Y5000 for dinner.
Stein Haus - German: Nishi-Shinjuku
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.
German Farm Grill - German: Shibuya
A few good German beers at sensible prices, along with sausage-and-meat platters.
Franz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
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...
Franziskaner - German: Roppongi
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.
Bernd's Bar - German: Roppongi
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
Franziskaner - German: Kamiyacho
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")
Zum Einhorn - German: Kamiyacho
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...
Zum Eichen Platz - German: Akasaka
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
Baden Baden - Beer bar: Hibiya
Nestled under the Yamanote train tracks, this venerable Tokyo establishment serves 15 different German beers along with German food.
J.S. Lennep - Beer bar: Hibiya
Right next to Baden Baden under the rumbling JR tracks, and even sharing the same address, they offer a similar selection of beers.
Franz Club - German: Marunouchi
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. ...
Franziskaner - German: Nihonbashi
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...
Franziskaner Bar & Grill - German: Awajicho
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...
Viehausen-49 - Beer bar: Nakano-Sakaue
German beers and food are served in this small neighborhood bar.

Other world beers

Failte - Beer bar: Shibuya
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.
Amusement - Beer bar: Shibuya
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,...
65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe - Beer bar: Meguro
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...
Cerveza - Beer bar: Roppongi
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.
Drunk Bears - Beer bar: Shiodome
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,...
Dasenka - Czech: Yotsuya 3-chome
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...
Jha Bar - Beer bar: Awajicho
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...
Columbus - Bar: Kanda
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...
Sekai no Beer Hakubutsukan - Beer bar: Oshiage
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...
Puca Puca - Beer bar: Fujisawa-shi
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...

One or two interesting beers

Brooklyn Parlor - Cafe: Shinjuku
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...
Konne - Antenna shop: Nishi-Shinjuku
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...
Beacon Bar - Bar: Omotesando
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...
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/burgers: Omotesando
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/burgers: Gotanda
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus microbrews from Kona Brewing Company.
Takara - Japanese: Marunouchi
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...
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/burgers: Awajicho
Hawaiian-style hamburgers and sandwiches, plus Hawaiian microbrews from Kona Brewing Company (Y500/bottle). Deliveries to 9pm.
23 Banchi Cafe - Brewpub: Asakusa
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...
Azumabashi - Brewpub: Asakusa
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...
Super Dry - Beer bar: Oshiage
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...
Newzea Platform - Wine bar: Yoyogi-Koen
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,...
Fuglen - Bar: Yoyogi-Koen
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,...
Caffe Cocco - Italian: Ota-ku
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...
Tori no Iru Cafe - Cafe: Kiba
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...
Park Cafe Green - Cafe: Yokohama Minato-mirai
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...
Spring Valley - Brewpub: Yokohama
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...
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/burgers: Kamakura
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.