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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.
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.
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.
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 daily.
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 daily.
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

Schmatz Lumine Ikebukuro - German: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This department-store branch of the ubiquitous German chain offers eight German and German-style beers on tap, along with a meaty, modern German food menu. Some popular dishes include currywurst,...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Schmatz Q Plaza Ikebukuro - German: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular German chain offers modern German cuisine - currywurst, Schnitzel parmigiana and other meaty fare - along with a half dozen of their own German-style beers on tap. There are also one or...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) 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.
Schmatz Shibuya Parco - German: Shibuya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This branch of the very popular German bar-restaurant offers a full menu of sausages, schnitzel, risotti and pizzas. The seven taps dispense original German-style craft beers and German imports,...
Open 11am-11pm 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.
Brauertafel - Bar: Takeshiba
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Forty craft ciders from Washington State cidermakers are served at this spacious waterfront bar-restaurant, along with brick oven-roasted meats and vegetables. Only one of the ciders is on tap (the...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
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.
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: Toranomon
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.
J.S. Lennup Hanare - German: Hibiya
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
J.S. Lennup has been serving German beers and food under the Hibiya Yamanote train tracks since 1978, so it's only appropriate that they should take their place in Hibiya Okuroji, the flashy new...
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
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: 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.
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 Bakery and Beer - Bakery: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Conveniently located in the Shimo-Kitazawa station complex, this new venture from the popular German chain Schmatz is a combination bakery, restaurant and beer bar, and they even serve breakfast. ...
Open 8am-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.
Schmatz Beer Stand - Beer bar: Machida
Open 10am-7:45pm (LO; Fri-Sun -8:45pm) daily.
The half dozen or so German-style craft beers on tap at Schmatz are probably the most interesting brews you'll find in the Grandberry Park shopping mall. This mini-branch of the popular German...
Open 10am-7:45pm (LO; Fri-Sun -8:45pm) 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.
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.
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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Updated 2023-04-17