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Here are some top picks for Tokyo-area beer bars with especially good food, and restaurants with good craft-beer offerings.
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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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Tavern on S - International: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 21 hours a day and conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's south exit, this glitzy new bar-restaurant is a fun destination whatever you're looking for - a casual group dinner, a late-night snack or just a quick drink or two at the bar. ...
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Hohokam Cafe - Burgers: Harajuku
Excellent burgers and sandwiches, good American craft beers by the bottle, and outdoor terrace seating are some of the attractions at this stylish all-day burger joint in the heart of Harajuku. Choose from more than two dozen burger variations...
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Smith - International: Harajuku
Smith's eclectic international menu features dishes like foie-gras truffle pizzas, grilled Iberico pork, and oven-baked chicken and mushrooms with raclette cheese. Drinks include eight Japanese craft beers on tap, plus their own house IPA and one...
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Smokehouse - American: Harajuku
There's great American-style barbecue and a nice collection of a dozen craft beers to wash it down at this cozy bar-restaurant located halfway along Cat Street. Weekday lunches start at Y1000, and during the evening you can snack on sandwiches...
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Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Omotesando
A dozen beers from the popular Yo-Ho Brewing in Karuizawa are on tap here, including a very drinkable IPA and some seasonal specials. The food is well above average for a beer bar, with appealing sausage variations (coriander-lemon, yuzu pepper,...
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Burger Mania - Burgers: Ebisu
This branch of the popular burger chain offers a well-chosen selection of craft beers to go with your burgers, from breweries like Green Flash, Ballast Point and Far Yeast. The six taps include one IPA, one white beer, one stout, and so on, and are...
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Bakushuan - Beer bar: Ebisu
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, and you find yourself in Ebisu, this branch of Otsuka's legendary Bakushuan beer bar is the place for you. Ten mainly Japanese craft beers are served on tap, and there's an impressive sake list along with...
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Burger Mania - Burgers: Hiroo
Good American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches are served here, with six taps of craft beer in different styles - lager, pale ale, IPA and so on. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also...
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Burger Mania - Burgers: Shirokanedai
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale, and IPA styles and one seasonal beer. Draft...
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IR Second House - Grill: Shirokanedai
This casual neighborhood dining spot serves up excellent food in a gorgeous setting, and offers a nice rotating selection of US craft beers on tap, along with several wines priced at Y4000 per bottle. In addition to table seating, there's an...
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Lower Right - Grill: Hamamatsucho
This stylish basement grill offers a tasty meat-centered menu along with both Japanese craft beers and popular Belgian beers on tap. The ten craft beers are heavy on the IPAs, from breweries like North Island, Shiga Kogen and Baird. They're all...
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On the Table - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Many craft-beer specialists make due with lackluster bar fare to accompany their drinks, so we were pleasantly suprised by the high standards of the kitchen at On the Table. A sister shop of the Good Beer Faucets bar in Shibuya, they also serve...
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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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Zum Einhorn - German: Kamiyacho
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 at first, but portions are much larger than...
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135 Tavern - Izakaya: Akasaka
Charcoal-grilled, kushiyaki-style brochettes and steaks are the main specialties here, with some very good Japanese craft beers to wash them down. The attractively furnished dining room is surprisingly spacious - it's narrow but very deep - and...
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Spice Diner - Indian: Tameike
Tandoori dishes and spicy curries are paired with Japanese craft beers at this unpretentious basement Indian restaurant. The generous tandoori platter was the star of the evening during a recent visit, while spinach curry and a very spicy mutton...
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Igarashitei - Japanese regional: Ginza
Swan Lake is one of Japan's best microbreweries, and their Tokyo outpost serves most of their beers (varying with the season) along with excellent high-end regional cuisine and sakes from Niigata. Prix-fixe menus are Y6,500-13,000, plus an a la...
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Mile Post Cafe - Indian: Kayabacho
Perched above an expensive bicycle shop, Mile Post serves Japanese craft beer and an eclectic food menu in a waterfront setting. When the weather is nice the cafe's ten-seat terrace area, looking out over the Sumida River, is an especially pleasant...
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Salsa Cabana Bar - Tex-Mex: Yotsuya
Excellent Mexican fare, and a nice selection of "Day of the Dead" Mexican craft beers, including a lively IPA; all of them a bargain at Y700 per bottle. The food is nicely prepared, and in spite of the simplicity of items like tacos and...
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CoCo Craft - Dim sum: Ichigaya
Chinese dim sum is served with a small selection of Japanese craft beers at this casual cafe, open since February 2016. Eight varieties of steamed and fried dumplings are on offer, along with nine small dishes, all quite reasonably priced. The...
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Gachimaya - Okinawan: Jimbocho
If you like Okinawan food and enjoy trying new craft beers, this casual basement izakaya is well worth a visit. Along with a selection of well-prepared Okinawan fare you can choose from nine rotating taps of craft beers, representing multiple...
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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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Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kanda
The second Tokyo outlet of Nagano Prefecture's Yo-Ho Brewing, this Kanda branch offers a more ambitious food menu as well as a dozen of the brewery's beers on draft, including a couple of hand-pumped real ales. Excellent roast Date chicken, an...
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Himalaya Table - Nepalese: Kanda
Do craft beers go with Nepalese cuisine? The folks at Himalaya Table Craft Beer and Spice think so, and so they offer eight microbrews on tap - chosen to go well with your momo mutton dumplings, spicy stir-fried chicken livers, fried peanuts and...
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Bakushuan - Beer bar: Otsuka
Although it looks like an old-fashioned izakaya inside, Bakushuan serves a modern selection of ten Japanese and US craft beers on tap in addition to its very respectable sake list. In fact customers are more or less required to order a beer to...
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T.Y. Harbor Brewery - Brewpub: Tennozu Isle
This long-running bayside brewpub features an eclectic California-style menu, along with a nice selection of freshly brewed beers. You can enjoy a few drinks in the very stylish bar area up front, or a full meal in the cavernous dining room or the...
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El Pato - American: Koenji
Tasty American-style burgers are the main draw at this casual diner, along with tacos and small tapas-style dishes. They also serve some top-notch craft beers from Nagano brewery Shiga Kogen on tap (IPA plus one seasonal beer), along with US craft...
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Whale - Middle Eastern: Koenji
Well-selected and reasonably priced craft beers and wines are complemented by simple Middle Eastern fare (tajines, dips, falafel) at this tiny drinking spot. Located next to a sister shop called Kujira Curry Bar and across from a Vietnamese BBQ...
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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...
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Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kichijoji
This fourth branch of the popular Yona Yona beer bar, its first venue outside central Tokyo, offers the same lineup of a dozen or so beers from Nagano brewery Yo-Ho, including seasonal specials. The stylishly appointed, massive dining room is far...
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Kazenori Meri - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
The well-chosen selection of twenty craft beers here is accompanied by a very nice food menu, with enticing dishes like stewed pork belly and chicken wings, herb-infused fish and chips, and potato salad with chicken breast and avocado. There are...
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Hatos Bar - Beer bar: Naka-Meguro
Excellent American-style barbecue and nice microbrew beers to go with them are the surprising finds at this charming neighborhood bar. Richly marbled pork belly was our favorite, but we also greatly enjoyed Hatos's baby-back ribs, pulled-pork...

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Green Bashamichi - Grill: Yokohama Bashamichi
Charcoal Grill Green Bashamichi serves a very appealing menu of grilled meats, fish and vegetables, along with creative starters like hot-and-sour pork and pepper soup, and marinated saury and mushrooms with yuzu jelly. California and Washington...
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Bashamichi Taproom - American: Yokohama Bashamichi
Authentic American-style barbecue is the ambitious specialty at Bashamichi Taproom, along with a great selection of craft beers. The twenty or so taps mostly dispense beers from the excellent Baird Brewery in Numazu, with a couple of guest taps...
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Green Ishikawacho - Grill: Yokohama Motomachi
Charcoal Grill Green, with three branches in Yokohama, serves good grilled meats along with Japanese craft beers and mostly European wines. The menu offers intriguing-sounding dishes such as Popcorn Shrimp with Cajun Aioli; Smoky Pulled-pork...
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Mokichi Craft Beer - Beer bar: Fujisawa-shi
Conveniently located close to Fujisawa Station, Mokichi is a taproom for Shonan Beer, a very drinkable lineup of craft beers made by the Kumazawa Shuzo sake brewery in nearby Chigasaki. They offer thirteen Shonan beers on tap, accompanied by a...

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