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Whiskey, bourbon

Hazelburn - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Hazelburn offers an impressive line-up of Scottish whiskies, along with English draft ales and well-prepared Scottish and English pub food.
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Zoetrope - Bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays, some Monday.
Perhaps the best bar in the world for Japanese whiskey, with some 300 varieties available, including some rare bottles that are no longer sold in stores. They also serve craft beers from Osaka's...
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays, some Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stone - Bar: Asagaya
Open 6pm-2am daily.
In addition to craft beers, this quiet bar offers a nice selection of single-malt whiskeys.
Open 6pm-2am daily.
Screw Driver - Bar: Kichijoji
Open 7pm-4am daily.
This small specialty bar offers the biggest selection of rums in Tokyo, with more than 400 varieties. They also stock 100 kinds of bourbon.
Open 7pm-4am daily.
Speyside Way - Bar: Jiyugaoka
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays.
This Jiyugaoka whiskey specialist boasts an astounding list (around 800 varieties), with new bottles arriving almost daily. The bar also features a different "guest beer" on tap weekly. Old-fashioned...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays.

Rum

Los Barbados - Bar: Shibuya
Open 11:45am-1am. Closed Sundays.
Despite its tiny size (just seven seats) and hard-to-find location, Los Barbados offers an impressive list of premium rums and a surprisingly diverse food menu, along with an excellent Afropop...
Open 11:45am-1am. Closed Sundays.
Tafia - Bar: Nishi-Azabu
Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
Officially known as "Rhum et cafe Tafia," this bar's emphasis is more on the rum end of the spectrum, with a breathtaking variety (some 300 bottles) that includes limited-edition labels that you...
Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
Trader Vic's - Bar: Kioicho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Probably best known in Tokyo for their popular Y6,600 "Champagne Brunch" on Sundays, featuring all the sparkling wine you can drink, Trader Vic's is also has a decent selection of rum at the bar. ...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Screw Driver - Bar: Kichijoji
Open 7pm-4am daily.
This small specialty bar offers the biggest selection of rums in Tokyo, with more than 400 varieties. They also stock 100 kinds of bourbon.
Open 7pm-4am daily.

Tequila

Agave - Bar: Roppongi
Open 6:30pm-2am (4am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
Hundreds of tequilas, including tasting flights, served in a cave-like basement. Although it turns into a Roppongi-style pickup bar after 8 or 9pm, it's a bit more relaxed earlier in the evening.
Open 6:30pm-2am (4am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
Junkadelic - Mexican: Naka-Meguro
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.
A friendly, casual little spot with some of the better Mexican fare available in town. The bar has a good assortment of tequilas and tequila-based cocktails.
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Wednesdays.

Umeshu

ZuZu - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
The smart drink list offers eleven choices of popular umeshu like Saika and Kakutama, plus a few liqueurs based on anzu (apricot), yuzu and even decopon (the orange-tangerine hybrid). Lots of...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Daichi no Okurimono - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
This natural-foods buffet restaurant offers an open-bar plan including 100 varieties of umeshu (plum wine) based on shochu, sake and brandy - a great opportunity to explore.
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Cocktails

Mixology - Bar: Akasaka
Open 6pm-3am (Sat -2am). Closed Sundays.
This seems to a more tourist-friendly branch of Yaesu's legendary Codename Mixology bar, known for their amazingly inventive cocktail creations. It might be hard to imagine a blue-cheese martini or...
Open 6pm-3am (Sat -2am). Closed Sundays.
Mixx Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Mixx is among the first bars in Tokyo to wholeheartedly embrace the trend of molecular mixology. Signature cocktails include the Caprese, spiced tomato juice and vodka topped with mozzarella foam and...
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Mixology - Bar: Yaesu
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Fri -3:30am). Closed Sundays.
Codename Mixology serves inventive, wonderfully oddball drinks, and just might be our new favorite cocktail bar in Tokyo. The bartenders make use of fresh herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables,...
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Fri -3:30am). Closed Sundays.

Other specialty drinks

Aquavit Bar - Bar: Gaienmae
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
This very stylish Scandinavian-design lounge features immense Austin Powers-style chairs in which you can plot world domination while you sip on unusual aquavit-based cocktails. They also serve...
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Blen Blen Blen - Brazilian: Shibuya
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
If you're thirsty for a cachaca cocktail in the wee hours of the night, follow the circle-stamped road past Mark City to Blen Blen Blen. This bone fide Brazilian bar, tucked into a faded white...
Open 8pm-4am. Closed Mondays, some Sunday.
Champagne Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This refurbished bar, hovering over the main lobby of the ANA Hotel, serves several different champagnes by the glass or the bottle, ranging from Y1300 to Y3000 per glass. There's also a limited...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Podo - Korean: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun-8:30pm) daily.
This lively after-work pub is a great place to try makkoli, the very drinkable Korean version of milky-white nigori ("cloudy") sake. Eleven different types are served, in unexpected flavors like...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun-8:30pm) daily.
Kanoya Hagiwara - Kyushu: Marunouchi
Open 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A very casual counter-bar serving food from Kagoshima and further south - satsuma-age (fish cakes), tonkotsu (pork stew), goya kimchee, and of course plenty of shochu.
Open 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) 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.
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Updated 2017-03-04