Tokyo craft beer bar picks
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.
craft beerVivo - 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...
craft beerV.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 beerBrussels Beer Project - Beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Not to be confused with your typical Belgian beer bar, BBP is actually a craft-beer taproom - one of the best in Tokyo in our opinion. They serve a lineup of more than a dozen beers on tap from a small craft brewery in Belgium, including...
craft beerCraftheads - Beer bar: Shibuya
There's an excellent range of nineteen craft beers on tap (mostly US and Japanese) at this stylish basement bar, plus some very hard-to-find bottled imports for when you want to splurge. It's also one of Tokyo's best bars for bourbon whisky. The...
craft beerAnother8 - Bar: Meguro
Perhaps it's the chic, modern decor or the DJ booth at the front of the bar, but for some reason Another8 seems to attract a more stylish and cosmopolitan crowd than your typical beer bar. In addition to seven or eight taps of craft beer they also...
craft beerDevilCraft - 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. ...
craft beerDry 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...
craft beerCraft 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 beerCraft 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 beerWiz - 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...
craft beerCraft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kanda
One thing we like about this craft-beer bar chain, besides the reasonable prices and broad beer selection, is that fact that each branch has its own distinctive food menu. The theme here at CBM's tenth branch is lamb, and the kitchen goes all out...
craft beerDevilCraft - 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.
craft beerBeer 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...
craft beerHitachino 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...
craft beerCraft 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...
RetailAeon 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...