Tokyo late-night beer bars
craft beerBeer Saurus - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
This large late-night bar offers an excellent selection of beers from around the world, including some very nice US microbrews, at decent prices. The happy hour from 6-8pm is an especially good deal, with many drinks half-price. The extensive food...
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...
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 beerBamboo Beer Pub - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
This cozy basement bar attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars with a selection of craft beers and a simple food menu. The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of interesting Japanese and US small breweries.
craft beerCraft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Shinjuku
While they may be somewhat pricier than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain does its own importing, and carries some interesting beers that you won't find elsewhere in town. They also have convenient late-night hours, and serve a...
restaurantTavern 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. ...
craft beerLas Dos Caras - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
If you're looking for US craft beers in a stylish setting at 3am, this is the spot. Three taps offer craft beers from breweries like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast Point, at Y850-950 for a 350ml pour. The spacious bar-restaurant has a...
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.
belgianHemel - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shibuya
"Hemel Belgian Beer and Food" lives up to their name - this comfortable wood-paneled bar offers an appealing menu of Belgian and European food to go with their extensive list of over 100 beers.
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...
belgianBelgo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shibuya
A comfortably cozy little hideaway bar with multi-level seating nooks. Pick your own bottle from the big selection of Belgian and German brews in the refrigerator case. The food menu is limited to light snacks.
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one or two beersHelmsdale - Bar: Nishi-Azabu
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and kipper herring. Open shockingly late.
belgianGlass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shinagawa
A popular chain of Belgian beer bars, Glass Dance offers De Koninck, Leffe Blond and a few other interesting beers on tap, and lots more by the bottle. There's a full Belgian-inspired food menu and convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3200...
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,...
belgianAgoo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Hamamatsucho
The vibe at this small neighborhood bar is friendly and laid back - comfortable enough to stop in for a drink by yourself or for a quiet conversation with friends. There's a decent selection of Belgians at average-for-Tokyo prices, plus a small...
belgianBelg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Roppongi
French-Belgian cuisine and a good selection of Belgian beers; three-course prix-fixe dinners are Y2800.
craft beerAnt 'n Bee - Beer bar: Roppongi
More than twenty Japanese microbrew beers are served on tap at this late-night beer specialist. The food menu is limited to fish and chips and similar bar fare.
craft beerCraft Hands - Beer bar: Azabu-Juban
This intimate neighborhood beer bar covers all the bases, with a dozen domestic craft beers on tap, plus a fridge filled with another fifty crafty US and Belgian imports by the bottle - the Belgians complete with matching glassware. Oh, and wine...
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.
belgianHoublon - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Houblon's late-night, ground-floor Belgian beer bar is always lively, and their hefty bound menus list more than 300 beers by the bottle. There are also five taps devoted to a rotating selection of guest beers. Food is also very good, and there's...
belgianRoy G Biv - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
Specializing in Belgian beers, this tiny hole-in-the-wall drinking spot is a genuine old-fashioned Ginza bar - there's a crew of regular customers who seem to know each other, and it's the kind of place where you might end up chatting with...
belgianAntwerp Six - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
You'll find good Belgian food (including mussels and great frites), a nice selection of beers, and convenient late-night hours from this branch of the Belgian Beer Cafe chain (they also run Antwerp Central in Marunouchi).
belgianAntwerp Central - Belgian rest/beer bar: Marunouchi
AC's atmosphere and decor are very European in feel, and the large food menu includes surprisingly authentic Belgian specialties like "stoemp" - a hearty platter of mashed potatoes and root vegetables. The bar serves more than 30 Belgian 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...
restaurantSalsa 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...
belgianYotsuya Brewery - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yotsuya
No, despite the name this isn't a brewpub, simply a small neighborhood bar with a decent selection of Belgian beers on tap and by the bottle. Prices are around average, and opening hours are relatively late.
belgianBitter - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kagurazaka
Often hidden backstreet bars like this - quiet, sophisticated, with tasteful but understated decor - specialize in expensive Scotch whisky or cocktails, so it's nice to find a place like this with a serious Belgian beer menu. Food includes freshly...
belgianBrussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Jimbocho
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
world beerJha Bar - Beer bar: Awajicho
Four beers on tap and many more by the bottle at this late-night bar, with an unusual selection mostly from Belgium, Germany and the UK. The food menu features pizzas, salads and tapas-style small dishes. Open until 4am Friday nights, 11:30pm...
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...
craft beerMaltan - 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.
world beerShimeji II - Bar: Koenji
If you've been touring Koenji's craft-beer bars, and you're still in the mood for a nightcap after the other bars are closed, Shimeji - open until 7am Fridays and Saturdays and 6am on weeknights - is worth knowing about. The dozens of bottled...
craft beerStone - Bar: Asagaya
A half-dozen beers from San Diego's Stone and other craft brewers are served on tap here, at prices ranging from Y980-Y1300 per pint. There's also a well-stocked retail shop with some fifty microbrews from both Europe and the US, ready to take home...
craft beerHangover - Beer bar: Nakano-Sakaue
"Craft beer, craft food" is the raison d'etre of this ambitious beer bar, and they do an excellent job on both counts. There's a well-chosen selection of craft beers from the US and Japan on tap, and they also stock a good number of bottles from...
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one or two beersNewzea Platform - Wine bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Occupying what must be one of Shibuya's thinnest buildings, this specialty bar serves around two dozen New Zealand wines, including several by the glass, as well as three different beers from Stoke, a New Zealand microbrewery. On the first floor is...
craft beerFesta - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
This lively neighborhood bar offers a decent selection of craft beers - both Japanese and imported - from their dozen taps. One unusual feature is that they serve a number of Belgian and other European beers in addition to the usual American and...