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Nonsuch - British pub: Ikebukuro
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Al's Cafe - British: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Highbury - British pub: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 3-11pm (Sun 1-9) daily.
The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers like Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes...
Open 3-11pm (Sun 1-9) daily.
Aldgate - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 6pm-2am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-2am daily.
What the Dickens - British pub: Ebisu
Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
A bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu - live bands, English beers (mostly bottled), and inexpensive, filling pub dishes like shepherd's pie.
Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
Meguro Tavern - Brewpub: Meguro
Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
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...
Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
BrewDog - Beer bar: Roppongi
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Hobgoblin Pub - British pub: Roppongi
Open 4pm-late (from noon weekends) daily.
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...
Open 4pm-late (from noon weekends) daily.
Hobgoblin Pub - British pub: Akasaka
Open 11am-3, 5pm-late (no lunch Sat). Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 11am-3, 5pm-late (no lunch Sat). Closed Sundays.
Campion Ale - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 5-11pm daily.
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...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Good Meals Shop - Cafe: Futago-tamagawa
Open 9:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nestled in a greenery-filled corner of the lovely Tsutaya Electrics megastore, Good Meals Shop serves gourmet coffee from a Kyoto roastery. The buttermilk-fried chicken with Incan potatoes and...
Open 9:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tavern, The - British pub: Yokohama Sta.
Open 5pm-1am.
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.
Open 5pm-1am.
Full Monty - British pub: Yokohama Kannai
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.

German beers

Keitel - German: Shinjuku
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Typical German dishes and selected German wines and beers from this long-running establishment, now in a new location. Budget around Y5000 for dinner.
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Stein Haus - German: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5pm-5am daily.
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.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Frankenstein - German: Shibuya
Open noon-2:30, 5:30pm-3am daily.
German beers from Franziskaner, Flensburger and Spaten breweries are served on tap here, mostly priced at Y1100 for a regular glass (330ml). There's also a range of German food, with a focus on...
Open noon-2:30, 5:30pm-3am daily.
Wasserfall - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sun -12) daily.
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...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sun -12) daily.
Franz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm; Thu/Fri 3am; Sat/Sun 8pm. Open every day.
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...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm; Thu/Fri 3am; Sat/Sun 8pm. Open every day.
Fujizakura - Beer bar: Roppongi
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
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...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Bernd's Bar - German: Roppongi
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Franziskaner - German: Roppongi Hills
Open 11am-1am (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-1am (LO) daily.
Die Wurst - German: Kamiyacho
Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
It looks just like an ordinary coffee shop, but they serve German sausages, excellent bread and rolls, and many excellent German beers. (AKA "Franziskaner")
Open 5pm-4am (9pm Sat, Sun). Open every day.
Zum Einhorn - German: Kamiyacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
Schmatz - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This casual German beer bar started life as a food truck at the Aoyama Farmers Market, and the kitchen offers a small but well-executed menu of schnitzel, sausages and other meaty German fare to go...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zum Eichen Platz - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Baden Baden - Beer bar: Hibiya
Open 4-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Nestled under the Yamanote train tracks, this venerable Tokyo establishment serves 15 different German beers along with German food.
Open 4-9:30pm (LO) daily.
J.S. Lennep - Beer bar: Hibiya
Open 11:30am-2, 4-11pm. Open every day.
Right next to Baden Baden under the rumbling JR tracks, and even sharing the same address, they offer a similar selection of beers.
Open 11:30am-2, 4-11pm. Open every day.
Franz Club - German: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
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. ...
Open 11:30am-4, 5pm-4am daily.
Franziskaner - German: Nihonbashi
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Blend Meister Cafe - Beer bar: Ariake
Open 10am-11:30pm daily.
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,...
Open 10am-11:30pm daily.
Viehausen-49 - Beer bar: Nakano-Sakaue
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
German beers and food are served in this small neighborhood bar.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Danke - Beer bar: Hatsudai
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 10pm) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 10pm) daily.

Other world beers

Design Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar - Bar: Harajuku
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Failte - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
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.
Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
Amusement - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-2am (Fri, Sat -4:30am; Sun -10pm). Open every day.
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...
Open 5pm-2am (Fri, Sat -4:30am; Sun -10pm). Open every day.
Drunk Bears - Beer bar: Shiodome
Open 11am-11:30pm. Closed Sat, Sun.
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...
Open 11am-11:30pm. Closed Sat, Sun.
Dasenka - Czech: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 6-11:30pm (LO; Mon -10pm) daily.
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...
Open 6-11:30pm (LO; Mon -10pm) daily.
Jha Bar - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Rokugo (65) - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 5pm-7am (Sun -midnight) daily.
Handy to know about if you've missed your last train, Rokugo is open until 7am every night but Sunday. They stock 200 kinds of bottled beer, 100 wines by the bottle and 20 kinds of cheese, so you'll...
Open 5pm-7am (Sun -midnight) daily.
Craft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Akihabara
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) 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.
Shimeji II - Bar: Koenji
Open 5pm-5am (LO; Fri, Sat -6am, Sun -3am) daily.
If you're looking for a change of pace from Koenji's many crowded izakaya and craft-beer bars, Shimeji is a budget-friendly, old-fashioned pub-style bar. The interior is funky and unpretentious,...
Open 5pm-5am (LO; Fri, Sat -6am, Sun -3am) daily.
Turquoise - Beer bar: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.

One or two interesting beers

Brooklyn Parlor - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Konne - Antenna shop: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-9pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Helmsdale - Bar: Nishi-Azabu
Open 6pm-8am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-8am daily.
Takara - Japanese: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Salsa Cabana Bar - Tex-Mex: Yotsuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1:30am (LO) daily.
Couzt Cafe - Cafe: Nippori
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
23 Banchi Cafe - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Azumabashi - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Super Dry - Beer bar: Oshiage
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Zingaro - Cafe: Nakano
Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
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...
Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Newzea Platform - Wine bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
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,...
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Fuglen - Bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
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,...
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Caffe Cocco - Italian: Ota-ku
Open 6:30am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 6:30am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Tori no Iru Cafe - Bird cafe: Kiba
Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
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...
Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
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