Tokyo international beers
European craft beers
belgianBrussels Beer Project - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
The first Tokyo manifestation of the Brussels Beer Project craft-beer brewer, BBP Shinjuku aims to serve the brewery's entire lineup along with a number of Japanese guest beers. The bar is managed by the long-running Tokyo-based Brussels chain, and...
craft beerGar Eden - Italian: Omotesando
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft beers, with some unusual finds (a Swiss sour ale!)...
craft beerMikkeller - Beer bar: Shibuya
This Tokyo outpost of the Danish brewery seems to be aimed squarely at craft-beer geeks, with an impressive range of unusual Mikkeller beers and hard-to-find tiny Japanese breweries like Yorocco, AJB and Songbird. Although it's located in one of...
RetailPigalle - Beer bar: Sangenjaya
While other Tokyo craft-beer bars may specialize in small Japanese breweries or US imports, Pigalle is a good place to find interesting European craft beers, both on draft and by the bottle, as well as craft ciders. The funky interior has a cozy...
germanWasserfall - Beer bar: Shibuya
A sister shop of the nearby Hawaiian-themed Wailele, Wasserfall offers an impressively wide selection of German beers, including four on draft. The several dozen bottled beers are organized by style, and they include IPAs and other international...
germanFranz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe menu consists of assorted German hams, sausages,...
germanBernd's Bar - German: Roppongi
Hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food and a friendly atmosphere. They feature several different German beers on tap.
germanDie Wurst - German: Kamiyacho
It may look like an ordinary coffee shop, but this cafe bar serves a few nice German beers along with German sausages and excellent bread and rolls.
germanZum 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...
germanSchmatz - German: Akasaka
This casual German beer bar started life as a food truck at the Aoyama Farmers Market, and the kitchen offers a small but well-executed menu of schnitzel, sausages and other meaty German fare to go with your beer. Eight taps dispense German and...
germanZum Eichen Platz - German: Akasaka
An impressive food menu and a decent selection of German beers, specializing in Spaten, Franziskaner and Flensburger.
germanBaden Baden - Beer bar: Hibiya
Nestled under the Yamanote train tracks, this venerable Tokyo establishment serves 15 different German beers along with reasonably priced German food. (Sundays 4-9:30pm)
germanJ.S. Lennep - Beer bar: Hibiya
Right next to Baden Baden under the rumbling JR tracks, and even sharing the same address, they offer a similar selection of beers.
germanFranz Club - German: Marunouchi
Part of the popular Franziskaner chain, Franz club offers a decent selection of German beers and nice roast meats, sausages, ham and similar fare, served well into the wee hours of the morning. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. There's also a...
germanFranziskaner - German: Nihonbashi
Hard-to-find German beers, German wines, and assorted snacks are on offer at this branch of the small Franziskaner chain. The meat-heavy food menu is more interesting and diverse than might be expected.
germanBlend Meister Cafe - Beer bar: Ariake
Five beers from Yokohama Brewery are on tap at this cafe-style shop, served in three sizes at average craft-beer prices. The drink-friendly food menu features sausages, pizzas and fried chicken, with daily lunch specials priced at Y900 and served...
germanDanke - Beer bar: Hatsudai
A very lively after-work beer hall, Danke serves a variety of Belgian and German bottled beers and inexpensive wines starting at under Y2000 per bottle. The extensive snack menu offers seasonal pizza variations as well as typical izakaya dishes.
British and British style
british beerNonsuch - British pub: Ikebukuro
English beers and UK rock music are on tap at this cozy second-floor bar; they're named after an album by XTC. The British-inspired menu includes fisherman's pie, traditional fish and chips, and beef-tendon stew in beer. Fuller's ESB and Iwate...
british beerHighbury - British pub: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers like Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes and are reasonably priced; they also have a small...
craft beerAldgate - Beer bar: Shibuya
One of Shibuya's more serious craft beer bars, The Aldgate offers more than twenty craft beers on tap, mostly from Japan, Britain and the US. The food is English pub fare - Toad in the Hole, Cornish pasties, Daal Masala, Fish and Chips.
british beerWhat the Dickens - British pub: Ebisu
A bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu - live bands, lots of foreign customers, British beers (mostly bottled), and inexpensive, filling pub dishes like shepherd's pie.
brewpubMeguro Tavern - Brewpub: Meguro
Four house ales are on tap at this spacious British pub, mostly bitter styles and priced at Y1000 for a UK pint. The rotating food menu features Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie. Two big screens show football...
brewpubCampion Ale - Brewpub: Asakusa
Five British-style ales on tap, all brewed on premises at this small brewpub. Prices are Y800 for pints and Y500 for half-pints. Food includes shepherd's pie, meat pies and beef stew. Open from noon on weekends.
craft beerFull Monty - British pub: Yokohama Kannai
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather authentic British pub must have the best selection in town, if not in all of Japan. They also serve beer of course - on a recent visit the pub's eight taps included such varied fare as Caldera Vanilla...
Other world beers
world beerDesign Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar - Bar: Harajuku
There's a decent selection of beers from around the world, sold at reasonable prices at this quirky art-gallery bar. Just help yourself from the refrigerator and pay at the counter. The bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery...
world beerFailte - Beer bar: Shibuya
Run by a Belgian beer bar chain, Failty features beers imported directly from Ireland, plus twenty different wines and food prepared by a French chef.
world beerAmusement - Beer bar: Shibuya
Worth knowing about for their late-night hours, this comfortably scruffy basement bar-restaurant looks like it's been frozen in time since the early eighties. They offer a handful of interesting beers on draft and in bottles, from Belgium, Germany...
craft beerBulldog - Beer bar: Ginza
Although it looks like an ordinary after-work salaryman hangout, Bulldog offers a nice selection of ten beers on tap, including some guest taps for local and imported craft beers. US brews are also available by the bottle, and there's a wide...
world beerRokugo (65) - Beer bar: Kanda
Handy to know about if you've missed your last train (or you just want another drink before heading home), Rokugo is open until 7am every night but Sunday. They stock 200 kinds of bottled beer, 100 wines by the bottle and 20 kinds of cheese, so...