Ginza, Shimbashi area
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...
craft beerCraft Beer Tap Chinois - Chinese: Ginza
While they may be a tad more expensive than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain (with branches in Shinjuku, Akihabara and Tokyo Skytree) does its own importing, and carries some interesting beers that you won't find elsewhere in town....
belgianFavori - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
The 100-odd different beers in their serve-yourself refrigerator include several previously hard-to-find varieties. Mussels and other Belgian treats are on the food menu, and they're even open on Sundays.
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...
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...
germanZugspitze - German: Ginza
Billing themselves as a "Continental Restaurant-Pub," Zugspitze serves several German and Austrian beers on tap, along with bottled beers and German and Austrian wines. The food menu features several regional German dishes and a lot of sausages. ...
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...
belgianDelirium Cafe - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
The popular Belgian chain imports its own beers, and offers around 30-40 Belgian beers on tap. The kitchen turns out meaty fare like grilled Iwate beef and Hokkaido venison tartare. No lunch on Mondays.
craft beerIgarashitei - 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...
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).
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.]
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.
belgianDelirium Cafe Tokyo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toranomon
This specialty bar imports beers directly from Belgium, and serves an impressive selection of ten different varieties on draft, including varieties we haven't seen elsewhere around town. Open to 1:30am Wed, Thu, Fri nights.
belgianAu Fil des Jours - Belgian rest/beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Belgian beers from the popular Brussels chain of specialty bars.
craft beerCraft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
Craft Beer Market offers thirty different brews on draft, including a good number of seasonal specials. Prices are noticeably less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, with pints priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a...
craft beerBrew La La - Beer bar: Shimbashi
With room for around fifty customers, Brew La La is quite a bit more spacious than most Tokyo beer bars, and the friendly multilingual staff help make this a relaxing place to hang out. There's even room for a shuffleboard table - the first one...
craft beerBono - Beer bar: Shimbashi
A tiny, half standing bar, Oyster Bar Bono is notable for their selection of eight Japanese craft beers on tap, priced at Y690 (+tax) for a medium-sized glass. The food menu is relatively inexpensive, and features small pizzas as well as oysters. ...
craft beerBrasserie Beer Blvd. - Beer bar: Shimbashi
A pleasantly appointed craft-beer venture from the former manager of the legendary Dry Dock bar, Beer Blvd includes a very casual standing area as well as tables. Six or seven taps dispense both US and Japanese craft beers, at Y1000-1200 per pint....
craft beerIbrew - Beer bar: Shimbashi
Located just a few meters away from the popular Shinshu Osake Mura standing bar, this branch of the Kyobashi-based chain offers thirty craft beers on tap, all at budget-friendly prices. The food menu is limited to a few light snacks.
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...
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...
world beerDrunk Bears - Beer bar: Shiodome
This unpretentious pub serves a big assortment of beers from around the world, including some unusual finds (Rugenbrau from Switzerland) and a few nice Belgians and popular US brands like Sam Adams and Anchor Steam. The food includes lots of fried...