Tokyo craft beer bar picks
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The Tokyo area has dozens of fine craft beer bars; this is a list of a few bars to start with for the visitor who might not have time to visit them all, with a particular focus on bars that are easily accessible and offer a wide range of beers.
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Vivo - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
The amply punctuated Vivo! Beer + Dining Bar serves interesting beers and foods from around the world. There are some twenty beers on tap, including local brews like Yona Yona real ale on draft and Baird Beers from Numazu; there are also plenty of...
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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...
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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...
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PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft...
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DevilCraft - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
One of Tokyo's best craft beer bars, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves thirsty visitors from a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since late 2015, from their own Tokyo brewing facility. ...
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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...
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Dry Dock - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Perhaps this isn't the narrowest bar in Tokyo, but it's certainly the narrowest bar offering such an impressive class of craft beers, both domestic and imported. Cleverly, the tiny space is fashioned to resemble a yacht, with porthole windows and...
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Ibrew Wired - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Friendly, knowledgeable service, reasonably priced craft beers, and decent pizzas and other snacks are the draw at this casual beer bar. The ten taps dispense a good selection of US and European imports. If you're looking for Japanese beers you...
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Hop-Scotch - Bar: Iidabashi
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 pint, while whiskey drinkers can choose from some...
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Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to original versions of Tex-Mex fare like tacos and...
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DevilCraft - Beer bar: Kanda
Excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is served here, and the fifteen taps in the cozy ground-floor bar area dispense a good selection of craft beers from Japan and the US, including some from DevilCraft's own Tokyo brewery.
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Beer Wars - Beer bar: Bakurocho
A solid selection of US craft beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere make this a popular destination for neighborhood beer lovers. Six taps are devoted to US breweries like Karl Strauss, Victory and New Belgium, with 400ml glasses priced at...
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Hitachino Brewing Lab - Beer bar: Akihabara
Occupying one of the most stylish settings for a taproom in Tokyo, this brewing laboratory from the ever-popular Hitachino Nest beer offers seven beers on tap, including some experimental lab-only brews that they're trying out. The brewery's hoppy...
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Ushitora One - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
One of Tokyo's pioneering craft-beer bars, Ushitora devotes several taps to their own beers, brewed in Tochigi, along with a good selection of Japanese and imported craft beers - there are 25 taps in all. The small food menu offers tasty...

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