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Despite the name, one of the things we like best about this gorgeously appointed bar is its relaxed atmosphere. (The name comes from its location on the top floor of a boutique hotel called The Lively.) There are comfortable sofas to stretch out on and a couple of tables out on the mini-terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower, with well-selected jazz playing in the background and an attentive.... [Continue reading]
This branch of the original Joe's Shanghai in NYC is best known for their first-rate xiaolongbao (shoronpo) soup dumplings as well as their 59th-floor view. If you want a full dinner, prix-fixe menus start at around Y7,000, but you can also put together a lighter meal from small dishes like xiaolongbao (with both crabmeat and pork fillings), steamed shrimp dumplings, pork shumai and fried.... [Continue reading]
Pizza Strada's hulking, riveted-metal pizza oven is a steampunk work of art. Sitting just behind the main counter area, it provides customers with a ringside view of their pizzas as they're fired up and acts as a natural center of attention in the busy dining room. The pizzas baked in that oven are first-rate, and have won international recognition from overseas pizza critics who judge.... [Continue reading]
Among the handful of shops preparing Hawaiian plate lunches for take-out, the biggest, most diverse menu we've found is here at Maikai Kitchen, located in a narrow alleyway on the island of Tsukishima. The main draw is their lineup of a dozen types of poke, ranging from lomi-lomi salmon and maguro yukke to ahi jalapeno and ebi garlic. You can order poke or other items from the deli case.... [Continue reading]
Zebra is a comfortable spot to relax for an hour or two - you can chat with friends or read a book while enjoying the view of the ships and boats out on Tokyo Bay. People bring bicycles, dogs, babies, dogs in baby carriages - there's plenty of room for everyone in the sprawling open space. An open-air terrace on one end accommodates people with pets, while seats at the other end offer a.... [Continue reading]
It feels just like a Taiwanese night market during the Lantern festival at Taiwan Yoichi 101, but fortunately without the pungent aroma of the stinky tofu stalls. Colorful lanterns, check. Friendly staff, check. Odd tables and plastic stools, check. Delicious small plates at reasonable prices, check. Taiwan beer and cocktails, check! For a tiny place that seats about thirty people,.... [Continue reading]
Lien serves excellent modern French cuisine with a flair. They also offer a good selection of affordable wines from around the world (not just France), with eleven wines poured by the glass. Lunch is an especially good deal, with a choice of main dish (from five daily offerings) plus a buffet of appetizers. Pretty, colorful terrines are a fun way to start off a meal and an.... [Continue reading]
Carmine is an old-fashioned neighborhood pizzeria, with small tables decked out in red checkered tablecloths, walls covered with travel and food posters, and a kitchen turning out good, solid Italian fare at reasonable prices. The four-course lunch is a great deal, especially if you have a hearty appetite. A very appetizing array of starters is followed by a hefty pizza or pasta, then.... [Continue reading]
"Asian-style deli" is the unifying theme at this all-day dining cafe, where you can custom-assemble a meal from hot and cold dishes of your choosing. They also serve chicken burgers (in six varieties!), pastas and pho. The dining room is relaxed and cheerfully decorated, or you can sit outside on the front terrace when the weather permits, with or without a dog. Among the menu.... [Continue reading]
Attached to fancy French restaurant Bertrand Larcher, the Bar a Cidre is a great place to explore French ciders along with modern Breton cuisine. The food is first rate, with very appetizing starters like roast cauliflower in Bechamel sauce and leeks in vinaigrette sauce, and substantial main dishes like roast Daisen chicken and roast salmon. They also serve buckwheat galettes - both.... [Continue reading]
Malaysian-style snacks and light meals are the draw at this casual cafe, which opened in Bakurocho in summer 2023. With its down-home snacks and sweet drinks, Malay Kampung Kopitiam (it means "Village Coffeeshop" in Malay) is the perfect pick-me-up after a stroll around the department stores of Nihonbashi or the art galleries of Bakurocho. The traditional Malaysian breakfast of Nasi.... [Continue reading]
The "Mixed" pizza at this New York-style pizzeria is piled so high with delicious ingredients that we needed a fork to manage it. Garlic cloves, big chunks of onion, semi-raw green peppers, spicy pepperoni slices - each bite full of pleasant surprises. Other varieties like Mushroom, Cheese, and Italian Sausage & Green Pepper are also toppings-heavy and quite satisfying. Jalapeno &.... [Continue reading]

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Six taps dispense a rotating selection of Hitachino Nest craft beers at this small train-station bar, and you can get any of their draft beers to go. The bar is furnished with 15 seats at two shared tables and there are...
This food-court branch of the popular German craft-beer chain is conveniently located in the same building as Yokohama City Hall, with outdoor seating looking out on Minato Mirai in the distance. As this is a "Beer Stand"...
It's certainly unexpected, but perhaps the best craft beer retailer in Yokohama is this bayside branch of 7-Eleven. Located in front of the Yokohama Hammerhead shopping complex and ship terminal, they attract craft-beer...
Located in one of the quieter corners of Ikebukuro, Little Delirium offers ample terrace seating and numerous party plans featuring unlimited craft beers. If you're going a la carte you can choose from grilled meat dishes,...
Located near the entrance to the Toyoko line tracks in Yokohama Station, this is a convenient spot to grab a pint or a tasting flight when you're passing through the area. It's part of the food court area on B2F of Cial...
Isetan Shinjuku has really beefed up their retail craft beer selection, stocking around 220 different canned and bottled beers from breweries around the world. The craft beer zone is in the far corner of their excellent...

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With its inspiring collection of housewares, stationery and assorted knickknacks from up-and-coming designers, Koncent is a fun shop to browse even if you don't need anything. You'll find colorful tote bags, beautiful pastel...
This relatively large contemporary art gallery is conveniently located just behind Yokohama City Hall, in one of the beautifullly restored Imperial Silkworm Warehouse buildings that date back to 1926. Run by the BankART...
This small building on a Bakurocho side street looks like it's midway through the process of being demolished, but it's actually home to three cutting-edge contemporary art galleries on its three floors. It's definitely...
Located on the second floor of a popular pet shop, Coorikuya has a more relaxed atmosphere than your average cat cafe. Unlike places in more touristed neighborhoods like Shibuya or Akihabara, there were only a handful of...
Young children who are fascinated by package-delivery services are perhaps the main audience for this rather specialized corporate facility, although professional museum designers and connoisseurs of quirky museums may also...
We were greeted by loud squawks as we entered the building - just a small taste of the exotic-bird adventure ahead. In spite of the name, this current incarnation of Tori no Iru Cafe (Cafe with Birds) isn't technically a...

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Craft Beer Bars Japan

The latest listings from our sister site Craft Beer Bars Japan.
Six taps dispense a rotating selection of Hitachino Nest craft beers at this small train-station bar, and you can get any of their draft beers to go. The bar is furnished with 15 seats at two shared tables and there are...
This food-court branch of the popular German craft-beer chain is conveniently located in the same building as Yokohama City Hall, with outdoor seating looking out on Minato Mirai in the distance. As this is a "Beer Stand"...
It's certainly unexpected, but perhaps the best craft beer retailer in Yokohama is this bayside branch of 7-Eleven. Located in front of the Yokohama Hammerhead shopping complex and ship terminal, they attract craft-beer...
Located in one of the quieter corners of Ikebukuro, Little Delirium offers ample terrace seating and numerous party plans featuring unlimited craft beers. If you're going a la carte you can choose from grilled meat dishes,...
Located near the entrance to the Toyoko line tracks in Yokohama Station, this is a convenient spot to grab a pint or a tasting flight when you're passing through the area. It's part of the food court area on B2F of Cial...
Isetan Shinjuku has really beefed up their retail craft beer selection, stocking around 220 different canned and bottled beers from breweries around the world. The craft beer zone is in the far corner of their excellent...

Where in Tokyo

Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
With its inspiring collection of housewares, stationery and assorted knickknacks from up-and-coming designers, Koncent is a fun shop to browse even if you don't need anything. You'll find colorful tote bags, beautiful pastel...
This relatively large contemporary art gallery is conveniently located just behind Yokohama City Hall, in one of the beautifullly restored Imperial Silkworm Warehouse buildings that date back to 1926. Run by the BankART...
This small building on a Bakurocho side street looks like it's midway through the process of being demolished, but it's actually home to three cutting-edge contemporary art galleries on its three floors. It's definitely...
Located on the second floor of a popular pet shop, Coorikuya has a more relaxed atmosphere than your average cat cafe. Unlike places in more touristed neighborhoods like Shibuya or Akihabara, there were only a handful of...
Young children who are fascinated by package-delivery services are perhaps the main audience for this rather specialized corporate facility, although professional museum designers and connoisseurs of quirky museums may also...
We were greeted by loud squawks as we entered the building - just a small taste of the exotic-bird adventure ahead. In spite of the name, this current incarnation of Tori no Iru Cafe (Cafe with Birds) isn't technically a...
 
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