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This guide introduces the best places to find craft beers (mostly from the US and Japan) and other interesting beers from around the world, including a large number of Belgian beer bars.
This guide introduces the best places to find craft beers (mostly from the US and Japan) and other interesting beers from around the world, including a large number of Belgian beer bars.

Craft beers

Beer Saurus - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 6pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
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...
Open 6pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Vivo - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
The amply punctuated Vivo! Beer + Dining Bar serves interesting beers and foods from around the world. There are some twenty beers on tap, including local brews like Yona Yona real ale on draft and...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Pump - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Pleasantly modern in its decor, Pump Craft Beer Bar is quieter and more low-key than the other craft beer bars in Ikebukuro, offering a decent selection of both imports and domestic beers from its...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Takadanobaba Taproom - Beer bar: Takadanobaba
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-11) daily.
Yet another bar from the Shizuoka-based Baird Brewery, Takadanobaba Taproom offers the usual range of more than twenty Baird beers on tap in a casual space. Like the other Taprooms around town, the...
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-11) daily.
Bamboo Beer Pub - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-2am daily.
This cozy basement bar attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars with a selection of craft beers and a simple food menu. The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Vector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar....
Open 5pm-1am (LO, Sat -11:30). Closed Sundays.
V.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Open 5pm-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
While they may be somewhat pricier than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain does its own importing, and carries some interesting beers that you won't find elsewhere in town. They also...
Open 5pm-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
Tap Stand - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Tap Stand Craft Beer and Pizza is the full name of this shop, and their creative dishes like Pulled Pork Jalapeno Pizza are worth a try. Half of the twenty taps are devoted to well-chosen Japanese...
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Berg - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 7am-11pm daily.
More of a fast-food coffee shop (hot dogs are Y290) than a beer bar, Berg does offer a couple of Japanese craft beers on tap and maybe a dozen US imports by the bottle to go with your snack. It's...
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Tavern on S - International: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 7am-3:15am (LO) daily.
Open 21 hours a day and conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's south exit, this glitzy new bar-restaurant is a fun destination whatever you're looking for - a casual group dinner, a...
Open 7am-3:15am (LO) daily.
YYG Brewery - Brewpub: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun from noon) daily.
One of the main attractions at this new (March 2016) brewpub is its very comfortable outdoor wooden deck, which looks out over a quiet side street just a few minutes from Shinjuku Station. The beer...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun from noon) daily.
Watering Hole - Beer bar: Yoyogi
Open 3-11.30pm daily.
Unlike Shibuya, the Shinjuku-Yoyogi area isn't quite so well populated with craft beer bars, but Watering Hole helps to fill the gap. This lively little bar serves twenty craft beers, mostly from...
Open 3-11.30pm daily.
Hohokam Cafe - Burgers: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Choose from more than two dozen burger variations at this comfortable American-style cafe, including fun combinations like baked apple and gorgonzola or chili, cheddar and jalapeno. They also offer...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
San Francisco Peaks - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Harajuku Taproom - Brewpub: Harajuku
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
More than twenty craft beers from the excellent Baird Brewery in Shizuoka are on tap here, along with decent yakitori and other light fare. The bar is popular with an international crowd and the...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Las Dos Caras - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
This glitzy two-story bar-restaurant is worth knowing about for their late-night hours and their selection of three craft beers on tap, from US breweries like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast...
Open 11:30am-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Smith - International: Harajuku
Open noon-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -11) daily.
Smith's eclectic international menu features dishes like foie-gras truffle pizzas, grilled Iberico pork, and oven-baked chicken and mushrooms with raclette cheese. Drinks include eight Japanese...
Open noon-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -11) daily.
Smokehouse - American: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's...
Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Crisscross - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
A casual cafe attached to the popular Mediterranean restaurant Cicada; there's pleasant outdoor seating in the front courtyard when the weather permits. Craft beer fans can choose from six brews...
Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Omotesando
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
A dozen beers from the popular Yo-Ho Brewing in Karuizawa are on tap here, including a very drinkable IPA and some seasonal specials. The food is well above average for a beer bar, with appealing...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
Gar Eden - Italian: Omotesando
Open 6-11:30pm daily.
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft...
Open 6-11:30pm daily.
Craftheads - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
There's an excellent range of nineteen craft beers on tap (mostly US and Japanese) at this stylish basement bar, plus some very hard-to-find bottled imports for when you want to splurge. It's also...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
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.
Goodbeer Faucets - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
One of Shibuya's roster of serious craft beer bars, Goodbeer Faucets offers more than forty beers on draft, focusing mainly on Japanese, American and Belgian brews. The spacious bar attracts a very...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kiminchi de Nama Beer wo - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Located in a third-floor walk-up space in an old office building, this very casual standing bar features cheap craft beers that you pour for yourself. Four taps dispense common Japanese microbrews...
Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Wailele - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Wednesdays.
This lively after-work bar is one of the "Cerveza Gym" trio of specialty beer bars, devoting their two to four taps to American craft beers from breweries like Sound, Diamond Knot and Maui. Just as...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Wednesdays.
Ibeer Le Sun Palm - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 11am-11pm (LO; Sun -10:30) daily.
Le Sun Palm offers ten Japanese craft beers on tap - a fairly average selection, with reasonably priced half pints if you just want a quick beer on the run. Almost all draft beers are Y530 for 240ml...
Open 11am-11pm (LO; Sun -10:30) 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.
Footnik - Beer bar: Ebisu
Open 3pm-1am daily.
Not just for football fans, this British pub serves a half dozen craft beers on tap, from breweries like Avery, Green Flash and Evil Twin, along with the usual Kilkenny and Yebisu. A 2/3 pint glass...
Open 3pm-1am daily.
Burger Mania - Burgers: Ebisu
Open 11am-midnight daily.
This branch of the popular burger chain offers a well-chosen selection of craft beers to go with your burgers, from breweries like Green Flash, Ballast Point and Far Yeast. The six taps include one...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
TBE Brewing - Beer bar: Ebisu
Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
A cozy neighborhood bar serving both domestic and imported craft beers. Open 1-11:30pm weekends and holidays.
Open 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Bakushuan - Beer bar: Ebisu
Open 4-11:30pm daily.
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, and you find yourself in Ebisu, this branch of Otsuka's legendary Bakushuan beer bar is the place for you. Ten mainly Japanese craft beers are served on...
Open 4-11:30pm daily.
Spring Valley Brewery - Brewpub: Daikanyama
Open 8am-midnight (Sun -10pm) daily.
Run by Kirin Brewery, this brewpub is a massive 200-seat all-day dining restaurant. There are usually six craft-style beers available, priced at Y680 for a regular 360ml glass, or Y1000 for a set of...
Open 8am-midnight (Sun -10pm) daily.
Burger Mania - Burgers: Hiroo
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches are served here, with six taps of craft beer in different styles - lager, pale ale, IPA and so on. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Burger Mania - Burgers: Shirokanedai
Open 11am-11pm daily.
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale,...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Gotanda
Open 5-11pm (Sun 3-10) daily.
DevilCraft offers one of the best selections of US and local craft beers in town, along with good Chicago-style pizzas and other bar fare. This third branch of the brewery-bar chain, located on the...
Open 5-11pm (Sun 3-10) daily.
Taiyo Sakaba - Yakiton: Shinagawa-ku
Open 4-11pm (Sun 12-9). Closed Mondays.
This cozy neighborhood izakaya serves seven taps of Japanese craft beers plus a decent selection of sake to go with their grilled-pork delicacies. The manager is a veteran of Baird and Wiz...
Open 4-11pm (Sun 12-9). Closed Mondays.
Craft Meat - Beer bar: Shibaura
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sunday nights.
Craft Meat serves a good assortment of craft beers along with their fancy meat dishes. Since it's off in a rather obscure corner of Shibaura, reservations are recommended, as there aren't many...
Open 6-10pm. Closed Sunday nights.
Soul Bird - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This laid-back neighborhood craft-beer bar feels like a comfortable place to have an after-work party or just hang out. The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of soul music and Japanese rock and pop, and...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Lower Right - Grill: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
This stylish basement grill offers both Japanese craft beers and popular Belgian beers on tap. The meat-centered food menu features a section called "Meat Meat Meat!!!" with grilled pork, chicken,...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
On the Table - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Many craft-beer specialists make due with lackluster bar fare to accompany their drinks, so we were pleasantly suprised by the high standards of the kitchen at On the Table. A sister shop of the...
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Open 5-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
One of Tokyo's best craft beer bars, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves thirsty visitors from a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since...
Open 5-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
Ant 'n Bee - Beer bar: Roppongi
Open 6pm-7am daily.
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.
Open 6pm-7am daily.
Craft Hands - Beer bar: Azabu-Juban
Open 5pm-2am daily.
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...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Twelve beers from the Yona Yona (Yo-Ho Brewery) lineup are on tap here, including hand-pumped Yona Yona Real Ale and the very nice Aooni IPA. Food menu highlights include good roast chicken, and...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
135 Tavern - Izakaya: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Charcoal-grilled, kushiyaki-style brochettes and steaks are the main specialties here, with some very good Japanese craft beers to wash them down. The attractively furnished dining room is...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Spice Diner - Indian: Tameike
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Craft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Bono - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
A tiny, half standing bar, Oyster Bar Bono is notable for their selection of eight Japanese craft beers on tap, priced at Y690 (+tax) for a medium-sized glass. The food menu is relatively...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Brasserie Beer Blvd. - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
A pleasantly appointed craft-beer venture from the former manager of the legendary Dry Dock bar, Beer Blvd includes a very casual standing area as well as tables. Six or seven taps dispense both US...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Shinshu Osake Mura - Bar: Shimbashi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
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...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Dry Dock - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Ginza
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
While they may be a tad more expensive than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain (with branches in Shinjuku, Akihabara and Tokyo Skytree) does its own importing, and carries some...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Bulldog - Beer bar: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm daily.
Although it looks like an ordinary after-work salaryman hangout, Bulldog offers a nice selection of ten beers on tap, including some guest taps for local and imported craft beers. US brews are also...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm daily.
Igarashitei - Japanese regional: Ginza
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
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. ...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
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.
BarBAR Tokyo - Beer bar: Yaesu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Mostly a standing bar with just a few stools, BarBar is a pleasant enough spot in which to grab a quick snack and a craft beer or two on your way to the train. There are a few Japanese microbrews on...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Bacchus - Beer bar: Yaesu
Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight (-3am Fridays). Closed Sundays.
Swanlake Pub Edo - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Towers - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
This tiny standup bar always has a number of good Japanese microbrews and international beers on tap. Food is limited to snacks.
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed weekends.
Ibrew Wired - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 4pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-10pm) daily.
Friendly, knowledgeable service, reasonably priced craft beers, and decent pizzas and other snacks are the draw at this casual beer bar. The ten taps dispense a good selection of US and European...
Open 4pm-midnight (Sat, Sun noon-10pm) daily.
Ibrew - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Tokyo Beer Hall and Beer Terrace 14 - Bar: Otemachi
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ample terrace seating (weather permitting) and a wide selection of microbrew beers from Coedo Brewery are the advertised attractions here, although they serve cocktails and a decent wine selection as...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Otemachi
Open 11am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
A wide selction of reasonably priced craft beers along with good food are the draws at this popular chain of bars. Each branch has its own distinctive menu, and Otemachi specializes in...
Open 11am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.
Hachi - Beer bar: Hatchobori
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
There aren't many craft-beer bars in this neck of the woods, so Hachi is worth knowing about if you're looking for a beer in this neighborhood. The basement room is spacious and comfortable, with a...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Mile Post Cafe - Indian: Kayabacho
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Perched above an expensive bicycle shop, Mile Post serves Japanese craft beer and an eclectic food menu in a waterfront setting. When the weather is nice the cafe's ten-seat terrace area, looking...
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Beer Wars - Beer bar: Kodenmacho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (Sat 1-10:30). Closed Sundays.
A solid selection of US craft beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere make this a popular destination for neighborhood beer lovers. Six taps are devoted to US breweries like Karl Strauss,...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (Sat 1-10:30). Closed Sundays.
Marumugi - Beer bar: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
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...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Cruz Burgers - Burgers: Yotsuya
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Burgers and craft beers are on the menu here, with five taps dispensing beers from breweries like Lagunitas, Brewdog and Kikuchi (Hitachi no Nest), plus one tap for cider. The burgers are around...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
G7 Craft Beer Highball - Bar: Yotsuya
Open 5pm-3am (LO; Sun -10:30) daily.
Comfortably furnished, stylishly decorated and open very late, G7 is aiming for a wider target audience than the typical Tokyo craft-beer bar. The food menu is more ambitious too, with original ham...
Open 5pm-3am (LO; Sun -10:30) daily.
No 4 - Bakery: Ichigaya
Open 8am-9pm daily.
A casual bakery and all-day cafe, No 4 (named after its Yonbancho location) offers local diners everything from fresh-baked sourdough bread, pastries and fantastic coffee (from the excellent Nozy...
Open 8am-9pm daily.
CoCo Craft - Dim sum: Ichigaya
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Chinese dim sum is served with a small selection of Japanese craft beers at this casual cafe, open since February 2016. Eight varieties of steamed and fried dumplings are on offer, along with nine...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Server Land - Beer bar: Iidabashi
Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.
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...
Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.
Hop-Scotch - Bar: Iidabashi
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Craft beers and whiskey are given equal billing at this small but well-stocked bar. Eight taps dispense mostly US craft imports, typically priced at around Y700-800 per glass and Y1000-1100 per...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market Terrace - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Located a few minutes from CBM's first Jimbocho outlet, this branch offers a spacious open-air seating area for when weather permits. Beers are the same budget-friendly prices as at other branches...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gachimaya - Okinawan: Jimbocho
Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
If you like Okinawan food and enjoy trying new craft beers, this casual basement izakaya is well worth a visit. Along with a selection of well-prepared Okinawan fare you can choose from nine...
Open 11am-2, 5pm-midnight daily.
Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Craft Beer Market Awajicho - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
The second Tokyo outlet of Nagano Prefecture's Yo-Ho Brewing, this Kanda branch offers a more ambitious food menu as well as a dozen of the brewery's beers on draft, including a couple of hand-pumped...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30am-) daily.
Maltan - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 6pm-1am (Fri -4am). Closed Sundays.
Himalaya Table - Nepalese: Kanda
Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Do craft beers go with Nepalese cuisine? The folks at Himalaya Table Craft Beer and Spice think so, and so they offer eight microbrews on tap - chosen to go well with your momo mutton dumplings,...
Open 5-11pm (Sat 3-11). Closed Sundays.
Tap Tap - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO; Sun 3-10) daily.
One of many craft beer bars in the Kanda station area, this small bar serves mostly Japanese microbrews at reasonable prices, with around twenty taps of craft beer. The food menu includes various...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO; Sun 3-10) daily.
Kura Kura Ji-beer House - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Kanda
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is served here, and the fifteen taps in the cozy ground-floor bar area dispense a good selection of craft beers from Japan and the US, including some from...
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Bookshelf Cafe - Cafe: Hamacho
Open 8:30am-9pm (Sat 10-6). Closed Sundays.
This neighborhood cafe offers Hitachino Nest beers (six by the bottle, one or two on draft) and espresso beverages from Horiguchi Coffee. Lunch specials include taco-rice, ciabatta sandwiches and...
Open 8:30am-9pm (Sat 10-6). Closed Sundays.
Hitachino Brewing Lab - Beer bar: Akihabara
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sun -8:30pm) daily.
Occupying one of the most stylish settings for a taproom in Tokyo, this brewing laboratory from the ever-popular Hitachino Nest beer offers seven beers on tap, including some experimental lab-only...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sun -8:30pm) daily.
D's Diner - Beer bar: Asakusa
Open noon-midnight daily.
With some sixty choices by the bottle, at first glance the drinks list at this self-styled beer hall looks like a typical "world beer" mishmash. However, in addition to their collection of lagers...
Open noon-midnight daily.
Bakushuan - Beer bar: Otsuka
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
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...
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Riddle Coffee and Bar - Beer bar: Otsuka
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Gourmet coffee, natural wines and craft beers are the focus of this self-styled gastropub. There's a decent selection of offbeat US imported craft beers by the bottle, and a few taps devoted to US...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Sakazuki Brewing - Brewpub: Adachi-ku
Open 4-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 1pm-). Closed Mon, Tue.
Open since March 2016, this neighborhood brewpub offers six taps of their own beer, priced at Y540 for a 300ml pour. The interior is very brightly lit but the bar is welcoming and friendly, with...
Open 4-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 1pm-). Closed Mon, Tue.
Beer++ - Brewpub: Kita-ku
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat 3-9:30). Closed Sun, Mon.
This small local brewpub serves a few types of ale on tap and a guest cider, while the food menu features organic vegetables grown on the rooftop. There's a standing bar on the ground floor and...
Open 5-10:30pm (LO; Sat 3-9:30). Closed Sun, Mon.
T.Y. Harbor Brewery - Brewpub: Tennozu Isle
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
El Pato - American: Koenji
Open noon-3:30, 6:30pm-2am. Closed Mon, some Tue.
Tasty American-style burgers are the main draw at this casual diner, along with tacos and small tapas-style dishes. They also serve some top-notch craft beers from Nagano brewery Shiga Kogen on tap...
Open noon-3:30, 6:30pm-2am. Closed Mon, some Tue.
Craft Beer Market Koenji - Beer bar: Koenji
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Known for their good food, lively atmosphere and reasonably priced craft brews, the Craft Beer Market chain has been growing quickly, and this fifth branch is their first foray into a residential...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Whale - Middle Eastern: Koenji
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Well-selected and reasonably priced craft beers and wines are complemented by simple Middle Eastern fare (tajines, dips, falafel) at this tiny drinking spot. Located next to a sister shop called...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Bankan - Beer bar: Koenji
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 2pm-). Closed Tuesdays.
This pioneer in Tokyo's craft-beer scene (open since 2011) offers a dozen or so Japanese microbrews on tap along with a menu of bar snacks like curry rice, pate de campagne and "Mexican Salad." ...
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 2pm-). Closed Tuesdays.
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.
Turquoise - Beer bar: Ogikubo
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Four Japanese microbrews are served on tap here at the tiny Craft Beer Stand Turquoise, which has five seats and standing room for another half-dozen or so. If you're hungry, the specialty of the...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The bars in the CBM chain all offer different food menus, and this sixth branch features Okinawan-style Chinese cuisine. The food is quite beer-compatible, with tasty small dishes like maguro poki...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This fourth branch of the popular Yona Yona beer bar, its first venue outside central Tokyo, offers the same lineup of a dozen or so beers from Nagano brewery Yo-Ho, including seasonal specials. The...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Lodi - Bar: Nakano-Sakaue
Open 11:45am-2:30, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11:45am-2:30, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Hangover - Beer bar: Nakano-Sakaue
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -12). Closed Mondays.
"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,...
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -12). Closed Mondays.
Gremlin - Beer bar: Hatagaya
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Six Japanese craft beers are on tap here, including three hand pumps. Prices are reasonable and there's no cover charge. The soundtrack tends towards rockabilly.
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Swanlake Pub Edo - Beer bar: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 9am-10:30pm (LO Sat, Sun 9:30) daily.
If you're in the Uehara neighborhood and have a hankering for craft beer, this taproom run by Swan Lake may be of interest - they offer a handful of beers from Swan Lake plus a few guest taps. Guest...
Open 9am-10:30pm (LO Sat, Sun 9:30) daily.
Ushi-Tora - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
This pioneering craft-beer bar attracts Japanese connoisseurs from all over town with its excellent selection of twenty beers on tap, many of them brewed by Ushi-Tora themselves. Taps include a few...
Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
Hatos Bar - Beer bar: Naka-Meguro
Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Nakameguro Taproom - Brewpub: Naka-Meguro
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
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...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Takiey - Steak house: Toritsudaigaku
Open 11:30am-4, 6pm-1am daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-4, 6pm-1am daily.
Lush Life - Beer bar: Setagaya-ku
Open 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 6-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hikawa Brewery - Brewpub: Omiya
Open 5:30-10:30pm (Sat 4pm-, Sun 4-10). Closed Tuesdays.
Saitama's first brewpub, open since Spring 2014, serves up ten different varieties of freshly made craft beers, including several Pale Ale variations. The food menu offers typical pub fare, with a...
Open 5:30-10:30pm (Sat 4pm-, Sun 4-10). Closed Tuesdays.
Craft Beer Baby - Beer bar: Saitama-ken
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
If you find yourself in Urawa thirsting for a craft beer or two, this small, ten-tap counter will be a welcome site. The tap list represents a well-chosen lineup of (mostly) small Japanese craft...
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Arrows - British pub: Funabashi
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat -3am) daily.
Located in the middle of an entertainment zone a few minutes from Funabashi Station, this spacious British-style pub offers a handful of American and Japanese craft beers on tap as well as more...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat -3am) daily.
Gastro Pub Arrows - British pub: Motoyawata
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
A British-style pub, Arrows serves London Pride on tap along with a rotating selection of Japanese and US craft beers and simple pub food like fish and chips. Located a few minutes from Moto-Yawata...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
Thrash Zone - Beer bar: Yokohama Sta.
Open noon-11:30pm daily.
Extreme beers are the speciaty at this cozy little beer bar - heavy on the hops, and generally higher in alcohol content than your average mainstream lager. Many of the beers are made by Thrash Zone...
Open noon-11:30pm 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.
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.
Green Bashamichi - Grill: Yokohama Bashamichi
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Charcoal Grill Green Bashamichi serves a very appealing menu of grilled meats, fish and vegetables, along with creative starters like hot-and-sour pork and pepper soup, and marinated saury and...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Bashamichi Taproom - American: Yokohama Bashamichi
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Authentic American-style barbecue is the ambitious specialty at Bashamichi Taproom, along with a great selection of craft beers. Taproom's BBQ menu features spareribs, "Fat-boy" ribs, chicken,...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Green Ishikawacho - Grill: Yokohama Motomachi
Open 5pm-2am (Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
Charcoal Grill Green, with three branches in Yokohama, serves good grilled meats along with Japanese craft beers and mostly European wines. The menu offers intriguing-sounding dishes such as Popcorn...
Open 5pm-2am (Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
Spring Valley Brewery - Brewpub: Yokohama
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Mondays (Oct. - May).
Located next to Kirin Brewery's Yokohama factory, this attractively appointed bar-restaurant makes a pleasant stop after finishing Kirin's hour-long factory tour and tasting. The spacious dining...
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Mondays (Oct. - May).
Mokichi Craft Beer - Beer bar: Fujisawa-shi
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO). Closed third Tuesday.
Conveniently located close to Fujisawa Station, Mokichi is a taproom for Shonan Beer, a very drinkable lineup of craft beers made by the Kumazawa Shuzo sake brewery in nearby Chigasaki. They offer...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO). Closed third Tuesday.
Good Mellows - Burgers: Kamakura
Open 9am-8:30pm daily.
A tropical-themed, almost-beachfront restaurant five minutes from Hase station, Good Mellows serves charcoal-grilled burgers and imported craft beers from the US.
Open 9am-8:30pm daily.
Hops and Herbs - Brewpub: Kofu
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Up-and-coming craft beermakers Outsider Brewing run this brewpub twelve minutes away from Kofu station. There are six taps, and prices range from Y450-550 for a 300ml glass, and Y750-900 for a 500ml...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Craftsman - Italian: Sendai
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
A combination beer bar and restaurant, Craftsman offers 31 craft beers on tap as well as a big Italian-Mediterranean food menu. The bar area is a reasonable place to grab a quick drink on your own,...
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Sendai
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Fri, Sat - 2:30am). Closed Sunday nights.
In addition to serving well-selected craft beers at reasonable prices, branches of the very popular CBM chain are also known for their better-than-average food offerings, and the Sendai branch is no...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Fri, Sat - 2:30am). Closed Sunday nights.
Amber Rondo - Beer bar: Sendai
Open 6pm-12am (LO; Fri, Sat -2am, Sun -9pm) daily.
A craft-beer pioneer in Sendai, Amber Rondo offers around a half dozen craft beers on tap and another fifty or so by the bottle. Service is friendly, the late-night hours are convenient and the bar...
Open 6pm-12am (LO; Fri, Sat -2am, Sun -9pm) daily.
Good Beer Market Enn - Beer bar: Sendai
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Unlike many beer bars, Enn is notable for its food, which is more typical of an upscale dining bar or izakaya. There are only three craft beers on tap at any given time, but a lot more are available...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.

Belgian beers

Belg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; drinks LO 10:30) daily.
Located in the unadorned lobby of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, this branch of the popular Delirium Cafe chain has somewhat less atmosphere than usual, although there is a bit of outdoor seating...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; drinks LO 10:30) daily.
Glass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 2-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 2-10pm (LO) daily.
Little Delirium - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Frigo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5:30pm-2am (Sundays 3-11pm). Closed 2nd Sunday.
Frigo offers more than a hundred beers by the bottle, mostly Belgian but with a strong German section as well. The food menu is limited, but includes mussels prepared in several different ways.
Open 5:30pm-2am (Sundays 3-11pm). Closed 2nd Sunday.
Cafe Hoegaarden - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 5:30pm-2am (Sat. to 11pm). Closed Sundays.
This spacious, two-story bar from the Brussels chain serves very good Belgian food along with a wide assortment of beers.
Open 5:30pm-2am (Sat. to 11pm). Closed Sundays.
Pommeke - Belgian rest/beer bar: Gaienmae
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Belgian frites (fried potatoes) - prepared by a former chef at the Belgian embassy - are the specialty at this casual standing bar. Frites are priced at Y550 for a medium-size portion (actually...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hemel - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-3am daily.
"Hemel Belgian Beer and Food" lives up to their name - this comfortable wood-paneled bar offers an appealing menu of Belgian and European food to go with their extensive list of over 100 beers.
Open 5pm-3am daily.
Belgo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.
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...
Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed some Sundays.
Leuven - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shinagawa
Open 11am-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
Part of the Belgian Brasserie Court chain of beer bars, Leuven offers a small roster of draft beers, lots of bottled beers and Belgian-inspired food.
Open 11am-3, 5pm-midnight daily.
Glass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shinagawa
Open 5pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
A popular chain of Belgian beer bars, Glass Dance offers De Koninck, Leffe Blond and a few other interesting beers on tap, and lots more by the bottle. There's a full Belgian-inspired food menu and...
Open 5pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Comme la Gueuze - Belgian rest/beer bar: Mita
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
If you're used to seeing the same handful of Belgian beers on draft wherever you go around town, the six rotating taps at Comme la Gueuze will be a welcome change. The twenty-seat bar has a...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Agoo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Open 5pm-1am (2am Fri/Sat). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5pm-1am (2am Fri/Sat). Closed Sundays.
Glass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Several Belgian beers are sold by the bottle here, along with Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout and Paulaner Hefeweiss on tap. The kitchen serves jerk chicken, fish and chips, and sausages. Budget around...
Open 11:30am-2, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Belg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Roppongi
Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
Open 6pm-2:30am (LO); 6pm-4:30am weekends. Closed Sundays.
Delirium Cafe Reserve - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
Open 11am-midnight daily.
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...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Bois Cereste - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akasaka
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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. ...
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Delirium Cafe Tokyo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toranomon
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Au Fil des Jours - Belgian rest/beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 11am-11pm. Closed weekends.
Belgian beers from the popular Brussels chain of specialty bars.
Open 11am-11pm. Closed weekends.
Favori - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Houblon - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Open noon-2am (Fri, Sat -3am; Sun, Mon -11pm). Open every day.
Houblon's late-night, ground-floor Belgian beer bar is always lively, and their hefty bound menus list more than 300 beers by the bottle. There are also five taps devoted to a rotating selection of...
Open noon-2am (Fri, Sat -3am; Sun, Mon -11pm). Open every day.
Roy G. Biv - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
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.)
Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Delirium Cafe - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (Fri -2am) daily.
The popular Belgian chain imports its own beers, and offers around 30-40 Belgian beers on tap. The kitchen turns out meaty fare like grilled Iwate beef and Hokkaido venison tartare. No lunch on...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (Fri -2am) daily.
Antwerp Six - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Open 11:30am-4am daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-4am daily.
Antwerp Central - Belgian rest/beer bar: Marunouchi
Open 5pm-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
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...
Open 5pm-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.
Frigo Repos - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yaesu
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Liege-Guillemins - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yaesu
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Gent - Belgian rest/beer bar: Otemachi
Open 11am-11pm (LO; 9:30pm Sat, Sun) daily.
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...
Open 11am-11pm (LO; 9:30pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Otemachi
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
A good selection of beers in a pleasant, intimate setting, from the popular chain of Belgian beer bars.
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Antwerpen - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nihonbashi
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
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...
Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.
Brugse Zot - Belgian rest/beer bar: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-1:30, 2-11pm (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
This rather large, 110-seat Art Nouveau-style restaurant specializes in beers from De Halve Maan, a 450-year-old brewery in the Belgian city of Bruges. They serve lots of other Belgian beers as well...
Open 11am-1:30, 2-11pm (Fri, Sat -4am) daily.
Yotsuya Brewery - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yotsuya
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri -4am; Sat, Sun -11) daily.
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...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri -4am; Sat, Sun -11) daily.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kagurazaka
Open 5:30-2am, Sat. 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
A relaxed after-work place serving lots of Belgian beers and good light food, including tasty pita sandwiches.
Open 5:30-2am, Sat. 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Bitter - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kagurazaka
Open 5pm-2am. Closed weekends.
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...
Open 5pm-2am. Closed weekends.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Jimbocho
Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays.
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.
Open 5:30pm-2am (5:30-11pm Sat.). Closed Sundays.
Champ de Soleil - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kanda
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
French/Belgian bistro fare, with mussels and other seafood as well as frites. Ten Belgian beers averaging Y900-1,000.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bernardus - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kanda
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Oerbier Man - Belgian rest/beer bar: Akihabara
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The Delirium Cafe chain of Belgian beer bars import their own beers, and this branch features beers from De Dolle Brouwers in Essen, Belgium, along with the usual vast Belgian selection. Food ranges...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Harmonic - Belgian rest/beer bar: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
DAD - Belgian rest/beer bar: Adachi-ku
Open 7-11:30pm (LO; Sat 6pm-). Closed Sundays.
This cheerfully decorated, lively bar serves a few dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, plus a few on tap, although when we visited several of our choices were out of stock. It's worth knowing about...
Open 7-11:30pm (LO; Sat 6pm-). Closed Sundays.
Belg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toyosu
Open 11am-11pm daily.
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.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Zinc - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nakano
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Formerly a Belgian beer specialty bar, Zinc (pronounced "zanc") now offers US and Japanese craft beers as well, although prices for draft beer tend to be higher than average. They also serve simple...
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Bicke - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
The very spacious Bicke feels like an old-fashioned Tokyo bar, with dark wooden furnishings, a big-screen TV showing sports, and bouncy eighties R&B on the sound system. The beer selection is mostly...
Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
Aglio - Bar: Shimo-Takaido
Open 6:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Aglio is a cozy neighborhood bar with a nice selection of Belgian beers and frites. They also serve several wines by the glass.
Open 6:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
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.
Barbee's - Belgian rest/beer bar: Omiya
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
A cozy Belgian beer bar-restaurant, Barbee's eight taps include a few unexpected choices like Mikkel's Dream (from Danish brewery Mikkeller) and De Ranke XX Bitter. There's a reasonably large...
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Glass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kawasaki
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Brasserie Muh - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kawasaki
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Run by the popular Delirium Cafe group of Belgian beer bars, Muh offers an impressive selection of grilled meats - premium wagyu, Iberico pork, Hungarian duck, Ezo venison and lots more. Beers...
Open 5-11:30pm daily.
Cheers - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yokohama Sta.
Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Glass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yokohama Sta.
Open 11am-2:30, 3-11pm (LO) daily.
The ubiquitous Belgian beer chain offers Antwerp's De Koninck and a few other Belgians on draught, and over seventy beers by the bottle, served with proper glassware. The food menu features...
Open 11am-2:30, 3-11pm (LO) daily.
Le Temps Perdu - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yokohama Sakuragicho
Open 6-11:40pm. Closed Sundays.
Yokohama's original Belgian beer bar, Le Temps Perdu is surprisingly decrepit and yet not without charm. The menu offers twenty Belgian beers at around Y1000-1200 per bottle.
Open 6-11:40pm. Closed Sundays.
Delirium Cafe - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sendai
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Located in the new (2016) Parco 2 shopping complex, Delirium is a branch of a popular Tokyo-based chain that import their own beers from Belgium. This lively spot offers over thirty Belgian beers on...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Crepuscule Cafe - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sendai
Open 10am-9:30pm. Closed 4th Thursday.
Located on the ground floor of Fumihiko Maki's landmark Mediateque arts complex, this combination cafe-bar surely has the most architecturally stunning backdrop of any beer bar in Japan, although the...
Open 10am-9:30pm. Closed 4th Thursday.
Dabos - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sendai
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sunday nights.
An old-fashioned basement bar with an impressive selection of over 100 Belgian beers by the bottle, Dabos is quite different in style from newer, airier spots like Delirium Cafe. Smoking is...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sunday nights.

Mainly British

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.
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.
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.
German Farm Grill - German: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-4am daily.
A few good German beers at sensible prices, along with sausage-and-meat platters.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6pm-4am 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.
Bitte - German: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Casual German cuisine; an order of Berliner Curry Wurst mit Pommes will set you back Y1200, while cheese spatzle is Y1480. There are also nicely priced all-you-can-drink deals with German beers. ...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
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.
Franziskaner Bar & Grill - German: Ogawamachi
Open 10:30am-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 10:30am-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.
65 (Rokugo) Beer Cafe - Beer bar: Meguro
Open 6pm-7am daily.
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...
Open 6pm-7am daily.
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.
Columbus - Bar: Kanda
Open 11:30am-4am. Closed Sundays, some Sat.
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...
Open 11:30am-4am. Closed Sundays, some Sat.
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.
Beacon Bar - Bar: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) 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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