Tokyo retail shops
RetailTanakaya - Liquor shop: Mejiro
This spacious basement shop near Mejiro station offers one of the best selections of American craft beers in Tokyo, along with Hasegawa Liquors (Yaesu) and World Beer Market (Kita-Senju). You'll also find an impressive stock of Japanese micros and...
RetailHiranoya - Liquor shop: Shibuya
Although Hiranoya was once a simple retail bottle shop with a standing-bar corner, over the years they have transformed into a full-fledged specialty beer bar, albeit a rather tiny one. The main focus is on classic Belgian beers, with a huge...
RetailGood Meals Shop - Beer bar: Shibuya
Run by the friendly folks at Tokyo Family Restaurant, Good Meals is most notable for their comfortable second-floor "stand" area, where you can pick out some nice imported craft beers from the refrigerators and either take them home or drink them...
RetailJolly's - Liquor shop: Ebisu
Billing themselves as a liquor store and sound studio, Jolly's has been selling booze here in Ebisu since the 1920s. Nowadays they stock a decent selection of mostly US craft beers in cans and bottles - maybe forty in all, starting at around Y500...
RetailNight Owl - Liquor shop: Ebisu
This tiny shop serves as a standing bar, specialty liquor shop and gourmet grocer, with a bit of art gallery thrown in for good measure. Five taps serve craft beer from Japan and abroad (Y500 for a smallish pour), or you can bring in your own...
RetailAntenna America - Beer bar: Shinagawa
Located inside a bustling shopping-mall food court, this is one of the noisiest craft beer bars we've been to in Tokyo. The bar is run by a beer importer, and their six taps dispense American craft beers from breweries like Saint Archer and Sierra...
RetailNissin - Retail: Azabu-Juban
Beer fans will want to head directly to the third floor of this international supermarket, where they'll find a decent selection of bottles from the US, Belgium, Britain and other parts of the world, along with a handful of Japanese microbrews. ...
craft beerShinshu Osake Mura - Sake bar: Shimbashi
Once devoted almost entirely to sake from Nagano Prefecture, this hole-in-the-wall standing bar now offers an excellent selection of Nagano craft beer as well, all at close to retail prices. The bar serves more than a dozen Japanese craft beers in...
RetailLiquors Hasegawa North - Liquor shop: Yaesu
An amazing selection of hundreds of craft beers - both domestic and imported - can be found in the refrigerators and shelves of this underground liquor shop, along with a decent selection of sake, wines and liquors. (If you're after whiskey though,...
RetailLiquors Hasegawa - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Liquors Hasegawa focuses on hard liquors, with an impressive selection of rare Bourbons and Scotch whiskeys. Best of all, you can try them out in the shop - Y150-200 gets you a 10ml pour of many of the bottles they carry. Beer fans can find a...
RetailBeer Ma - Liquor shop: Kanda
One of Tokyo's larger craft-beer retail shops, Beer Ma has expanded from their original locations in the Kita-Senju area with a spot in the heart of Kanda's craft-beer zone. The second-floor retail area offers a fairly large selection of bottled...
RetailWorld Beer Museum - Beer bar: Oshiage
Rather than trying to represent the entire world, the "World Beer Museum" narrows its focus to brews from five beer-producing countries - Belgium, Germany, the UK, Czech Republic and the US - along with a "world food" menu of representative dishes...
RetailTitans - Beer bar: Otsuka
Established by two beer importers - Beer Cats and AQ Bevolution - this combination bar and retail shop offers a nice selection of mostly US craft beers, from breweries like Heretic, Elysian, Schooner Exact and Left Hand. And unusually for Tokyo...
RetailBeer Ma - Liquor shop: Adachi-ku
Not only does Beer Market offer the best selection of imported craft beers in Tokyo, but you can drink whatever you buy right in the shop, with just a Y100 corkage charge. They also have ten taps of craft beers (they were half Stone Brewing and...
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...
RetailLe Petit l'Ouest - Liquor shop: Shimo-Kitazawa
This Star Wars-themed neighborhood liquor shop stocks a wide selection of over 100 Japanese craft beers, one of the better selections in town. It helps to know what you're looking for though, as there are plenty of clunkers as well as hidden gems.
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...
RetailDeguchiya - Liquor shop: Naka-Meguro
Mainly a wine specialist, Deguchiya also has a very good craft-beer selection, and they will let you drink anything you buy here after adding a small corkage charge. They're probably stronger in US imports, but also carry some Japanese beers,...
RetailPlatinum Fish - Beer bar: Kawasaki
The twelve taps at this compact train-station bar dispense beers from Japanese craft breweries like Aqla, Isekadoya and the very local TK Brewing, located just a ten-minute walk from here. (You might have to ask about the TK beer - when we visited...
RetailAntenna America - Liquor shop: Yokohama Sta.
Located inside the Isetan food court in Yokohama Station's Joinus department store, this combination bottle shop and bar offers an impressive selection of US craft beers by the bottle or can, to drink here or take home. They also have ten taps of...
RetailAntenna America - Beer bar: Yokohama Kannai
An ever-changing selection of American craft beers - all from top-class breweries like Southern Tier, Coronado and Anderson Valley - is on tap at this tasting room run by beer importing company Nagano Trading. They also carry more than a hundred...
Prefectural antenna shops
RetailOmotesando Niigata Kan N'espace - Antenna shop: Omotesando
This large prefectural antenna shop carries several craft beers from Niigata for retail sale. The main product is sake though, in over 100 varieties, many of them available in 300ml mini-bottles and one-cup sizes. There's also non-alcoholic...
RetailIbaraki Marche - Antenna shop: Ginza
A dozen craft beers from Ibaraki Prefecture are sold here, including eight Hitachino Nest beers from Kiuchi Brewery. You'll also find sake, fresh produce and specialty food and drink - tomato liqueurs, garlic sembei crackers, prepared chestnut...
RetailGinza Nagano - Antenna shop: Ginza
If you're looking for sake, wine or specialty foods from Nagano Prefecture, you'll find an impressive selection here at this well-stocked antenna shop. There's a small bar area at the front of the shop where you can try local wines (from Y500 per...
RetailIwate Ginga Plaza - Antenna shop: Higashi-Ginza
This sprawling prefectural specialty shop offers a respectable sake selection as well as craft beers from three different local breweries (Zumona, Baeren, and Iwate Kura). [Note that the shop closes early, at 5pm, on the last day of the month.]
RetailMie Terrace - Antenna shop: Mitsukoshimae
More than 1000 kinds of food, drink and local crafts from Mie Prefecture can be found at this well-stocked antenna shop. Local culinary delicacies include Matsusaka beef, ume plums, fresh-caught fish and oysters, tea, udon and soy sauce.