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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.
Highbury - British: 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 Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes and are...
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: Ebisu
Open 5pm-2am (LO 1-ish). Closed Mondays.
This live-music spot and pub offers a bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu, for better or for worse. They serve English beers (mostly bottled) and inexpensive, filling pub dishes, and are...
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: 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.
Good Meals Shop - Cafe: Futako-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: Yokohama Kannai
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather British-style 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...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.

German beers

Zum Bierhof Neu - German: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Run by German beer importer Zato Trading, this spacious beer hall offers traditional German fare and five draft beers from Hofbrau Munchen brewery in Munich. The two dining areas seem to be...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz - German: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
This rapidly expanding German beer-bar chain offers a nice roster of eight German and German-style beers on draft, all priced at Y650. The food is meaty German fare like charcuterie platters,...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
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 5:30pm-3am 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 5:30pm-3am daily.
Spatzle - German: Harajuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (Sun -9:30) daily.
Spatzle serves modern German cuisine along with German wines and beers in a casual, stylish dining room. Their namesake spatzle egg noodles come in tempting variations like uni-cream sauce and...
Open 11am-10:30pm (Sun -9:30) daily.
Schmatz - German: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This casual German beer bar offers eight German and German-style beers on tap, including five of Schmatz's original brews, and you can order a tasting flights of any three beers you like. There's an...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Wasserfall - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-2am (LO; Sun -11) 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-2am (LO; Sun -11) daily.
Schmatz - German: Gotanda
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz Gotanda is the twelfth Tokyo-area branch of this popular German restaurant and beer bar, and like its sister shops it offers a list of original German-style craft beers, a few guest beers...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz - German: Shibaura
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
The popular chain of German restaurants serves up a menu of meaty, but not overly heavy, casual German cuisine. Eight draft beers include six original German-style craft beers (brewed by Brimmer...
Open 11am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Franz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
Open 11:30am-1:30, 4-10:30pm (LO). 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 11:30am-1:30, 4-10:30pm (LO). Open every day.
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.
Die Wurst - German: Kamiyacho
Open 5pm-3am (LO). Closed weekends.
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-3am (LO). Closed weekends.
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 well-executed menu of schnitzel, sausages and other meaty German fare to go with your...
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.
Wurst Haus - German: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 3-11:30pm (Sat 1-9:30). Closed Sundays.
The food menu here includes more than a dozen types of sausage, along with ham and cheese platters, grilled meats and salads. Seven taps dispense Japanese and German beers from breweries like Far...
Open 3-11:30pm (Sat 1-9:30). 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.
Zugspitze - German: Ginza
Open 5:30-10:15pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
Billing themselves as a "Continental Restaurant-Pub," Zugspitze serves several German and Austrian beers on tap, along with bottled beers and German and Austrian wines. The food menu features...
Open 5:30-10:15pm (LO; Sat -9pm). Closed Sundays.
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.
Schmatz - German: Suidobashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Hot dogs at the ballpark are always a winning combination, so this Tokyo Dome mini-branch of the popular German bar-restaurant serves up German hot dogs in novel variations like Pizza Genovese and...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Schmatz - German: Kanda
Open 5-11pm daily.
Hearty German food and a roster of reasonably priced German-style draft beers are the draw at this popular German chain restaurant. The eight beers on tap are priced at Y650 and Y950 for small and...
Open 5-11pm daily.
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.
Schmatz - German: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This German bar-restaurant chain offers a variety of German and German-style beers at very reasonable prices, especially compared to other German restaurants in town. The eight beers on draft are...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) 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.
Schmatz - German: Kawasaki
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular German beer-bar chain offers eight German-style beers on tap (including five of Schmatz's original brews), all priced at Y650 per glass. The extensive food menu offers pizzas, pastas...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Great German Cook (GGC) - German: Kawasaki
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -midnight) daily.
With its old-fashioned wood-themed decor and its traditional German food menu, this long-running beer hall feels like a relic of past times. The extensive beer list is quite up to date though - in...
Open 5pm-5am (Sun -midnight) 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.
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.
Malt Road - Beer bar: Awajicho
Open 6pm-2am (Sat -midnight). Closed Sundays.
This late-night bar serves four beers on tap and many more by the bottle, with an unusual selection mostly from Belgium, Germany and the UK. The food menu features pizzas, salads and tapas-style...
Open 6pm-2am (Sat -midnight). 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.
World Beer Museum - 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.
World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Open 11am-10pm (LO; lunch -1:30pm) daily.
This massive 200-seat bar-restaurant serves more than 200 beers from all over the world - including 19 beers on tap - along with an international food menu. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a...
Open 11am-10pm (LO; lunch -1:30pm) daily.
See also our listings for craft beer bars and Belgian beer bars
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