Tokyo budget picks and casual standing bars
Filter by time/day more

Budget picks

Here are a few Tokyo-area craft beer bars that charge somewhat below-average prices for craft beers.
craft beer
Vector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
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. The charcoal-grilled sumibiyaki tongue...
craft beer
V.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
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 flights are Y1000, with a Y300 table charge that...
craft beer
Berg - Cafe: Shinjuku
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 worth noting because of its location - right in the...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
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 just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a...
craft beer
Bono - Beer bar: Shimbashi
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 inexpensive, and features small pizzas as well as oysters. ...
craft beer
Shinshu Osake Mura - Bar: Shimbashi
Once devoted almost entirely to sake from Nagano Prefecture, this hole-in-the-wall standing bar now offers an excellent selection of Nagano craft beer as well, all at close to retail prices. The bar serves more than a dozen Japanese craft beers in...
craft beer
Ibrew - Beer bar: Kyobashi
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 (410 ml) and Y390 for a regular size (Y230 ml). ...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Otemachi
A wide selection 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 Mexican-inspired dishes. The thirty taps dispense mostly...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar: Mitsukoshimae
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 l'orange, and they offer a small but interesting...
craft beer
Craft Beer Server Land - Beer bar: Iidabashi
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 good. Open noon-10:30pm on weekends.
craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
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 mostly local brews on draft, including an exclusive...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market Terrace - Beer bar: Jimbocho
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 (Y480 for small glasses and Y780 for pints), and...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market Awajicho - Beer bar: Awajicho
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 bar's thirty taps dispense mostly Japanese craft...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kanda
Craft Beer Market Kanda is the tenth branch of this pioneering chain, so you know they must be doing something right. Some of CBM's main attractions are their creative food menu, friendly staff and reasonably priced craft beers poured from thirty...
craft beer
Maltan - Beer bar: Kanda
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 of guest taps and several more by the bottle.
craft beer
Beer Butterfly - Beer bar: Koto-ku
Beers are just Y500 at this very casual neighborhood spot, located very close to Sumiyoshi station. You'll find an unusual selection of Japanese craft breweries like Y Market, Aqula, Johanna and Rokko, along with seven taps devoted to the major...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market Koenji - Beer bar: Koenji
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 neighborhood rather than an after-work business...
craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kichijoji
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 (tuna poke), stewed pork and chozume...

Standing bars

Here are some casual standing (or mostly standing) bars with good craft beer.
craft beer
Beer Brain - Beer bar: Omotesando
Although it's tiny itself, this cozy standing bar is part of the larger Commune 2nd complex, an assemblage of casual food trucks in the heart of Aoyama. Food options from the surrounding trucks include German sausages, Thai curries, Hawaiian...
belgian
Pommeke - Belgian rest/beer bar: Gaienmae
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 fairly hefty) and Y650 for an even larger ration. ...
beer
Hiranoya - Liquor shop: Shibuya
Offering a nice selection of Belgian and US craft beers by the bottle, Beer Stand Hiranoya has set up a few standing tables in the shop and out front for customers to enjoy their drinks on-premises, with just a small bottle charge. The retail shop...
Retail
Good Meals Shop - Beer bar: Shibuya
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 refrigerators and either take them home or drink them...
Retail
Night Owl - Liquor shop: Ebisu
This tiny shop serves as a standing bar, specialty liquor shop and gourmet grocer, with a bit of art gallery thrown in for good measure. Five taps serve craft beer from Japan and abroad (Y500 for a smallish pour), or you can bring in your own...
craft beer
Bono - Beer bar: Shimbashi
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 inexpensive, and features small pizzas as well as oysters. ...
craft beer
Shinshu Osake Mura - Bar: Shimbashi
Once devoted almost entirely to sake from Nagano Prefecture, this hole-in-the-wall standing bar now offers an excellent selection of Nagano craft beer as well, all at close to retail prices. The bar serves more than a dozen Japanese craft beers in...
craft beer
Towers - Beer bar: Kyobashi
This tiny standup bar always has a number of good Japanese microbrews and international beers on tap. Food is limited to snacks.
Retail
World Beer Market - Liquor shop: Adachi-ku
Not only does Beer Market offer the best selection of imported craft beers in Tokyo, but you can drink whatever you buy right in the shop, with just a Y100 corkage charge. They also have ten taps of craft beers (they were half Stone Brewing and...
Retail
Le Petit l'Ouest - Liquor shop: Shimo-Kitazawa
This neighborhood liquor shop stocks a wide selection of over 100 Japanese craft beers, although it helps to know what you're looking for, as there are plenty of clunkers as well as hidden gems. You can stand and drink your purchases right inside...
craft beer
Ushitora Two - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
This cozy standing-bar branch of the Tochigi craft-beer brewery has fourteen taps, dispensing several of their own beers plus a good assortment of Japanese and imported craft beers. They also have a casual food menu that's bigger than you might...
Retail
Deguchiya - Liquor shop: Naka-Meguro
Mainly a wine specialist, Deguchiya also has a very good craft-beer selection, and they will let you drink anything you buy here after adding a small corkage charge. They're probably stronger in US imports, but also carry some Japanese beers,...
Retail
Aeon Liquors - Liquor shop: Jiyugaoka
The flagship for Aeon Liquor's craft-beer sales, the Jiyugaoka branch of this nationwide chain offers an impressive selection of both bottled and canned imported beers - one of the best in the city. They also host a number of weekend tasting events...

Filter by time/day more
 

Follow:
 

Sister sites:
Bento.com
Japan bar and restaurant guide
Animal Cafes
Cat, rabbit and bird cafe guide


Where in Tokyo
Fun things to do in the big city


Shinkansen.com
Popcult, design and cool stuff to buy


Barking Inu
Sushi dictionary and Japan Android apps


 

  • © Copyright 2015-2016 Lobster Enterprises
  • Privacy
  • Top
  • © Copyright 2015-2016 Lobster Enterprises
  • Privacy
  • Top
  • © Copyright 2015-2016 Lobster Enterprises
  • Privacy
  • Top