Ueno, Asakusa and north
craft beerWorld End - Bar: Ueno
A typical Irish pub in sound and appearance, The World End carries unusual and hard-to-find US craft beers in addition to Irish and international macrobrews. On a recent visit we found various beers from US brewers Modern Times, Fremont Brewing,...
craft beerCraft Works Hongo - Beer bar: Hongo
This rather large (60-seat) basement beer bar serves twelve taps of craft beers, including some interesting imports. Prices start at Y930 for pints and Y630 for half pints. Tasting flights are available, and there's a full food menu of bar snacks.
restaurantAzumabashi - Brewpub: Asakusa
Run by Asahi Beer and adjacent to their Philippe Starck-designed world headquarters building, this brewpub serves a couple of seasonal microbrews from their Sumidagawa Brewery, plus some unusual Asahi-branded beers. The food menu is typical...
craft beerD's Diner - Beer bar: Asakusa
With some sixty choices by the bottle, at first glance the drinks list at this self-styled beer hall looks like a typical "world beer" mishmash. However, in addition to their collection of lagers from many lands, they offer a respectable list of...
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.
Skytree and Sumida-ku
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...
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one or two beersSuper Dry - Beer bar: Oshiage
In addition to their flagship beer, this popular Asahi-run pub pours a rotating roster of draft beers like Leffe, Bass Pale Ale and Hoegaarden; they also serve several varieties of Leffe by the bottle. There's an inexpensive menu of pub food to...
beerBeerich Yeast - Beer bar: Kinshicho
Beerich has all the trappings of a classic old-school Tokyo cocktail bar - the bartenders are decked out in white shirts and vests, and the drinks come with gigantic globes of hand-carved ice. The atmosphere isn't quite as stiff as you might...
craft beerEdo Tokyo Beer On Tap - Beer bar: Koto-ku
This self-styled gastropub serves ten domestic craft beers (or sometimes nine beers and a cider) on tap, Fried chicken is one of the highlights of the food menu. The bar is located about ten minutes on foot from Sumiyoshi station.
craft beerBeer Butterfly - Beer bar: Koto-ku
Beers are just Y500 at this very casual neighborhood spot, located very close to Sumiyoshi station. You'll find an unusual selection of Japanese craft breweries like Y Market, Aqula, Johanna and Rokko, along with seven taps devoted to the major...
belgianDAD - Belgian rest/beer bar: Adachi-ku
This cheerfully decorated, lively bar serves a few dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, plus a few on tap, although when we visited several of our choices were out of stock. It's worth knowing about if it's past closing time at Sakazuki Brewing (or...
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...
brewpubSakazuki Brewing - Brewpub: Adachi-ku
Open since March 2016, this neighborhood brewpub offers six taps of their own beer, priced at Y540 for a 300ml pour. The interior is very brightly lit but the bar is welcoming and friendly, with ample table seating and a comfortable counter.