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Here are a few Tokyo-area craft beer bars that charge somewhat below-average prices for craft beers.
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Vector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar. The charcoal-grilled sumibiyaki tongue (Y980) in...
craft beer
craft beer
V.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting flights are Y1000, with a Y300 table charge that...
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craft beer
Berg - Cafe: Shinjuku
More of a fast-food coffee shop (hot dogs are Y290) than a beer bar, Berg does offer a couple of Japanese craft beers on tap and maybe a dozen US imports by the bottle to go with your snack. It's worth noting because of its location - right in the...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Toranomon
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 Y900 and glasses at Y600. (There's also a...
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craft beer
Bono - 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 beer
craft beer
Shinshu Osake Mura - Sake bar: Shimbashi
People don't come to Shinshu Osake Mura for the atmosphere, or the music (there isn't any). There aren't even any chairs. The reason to visit this hole-in-the-wall, standing-only sake bar, located on the ground floor of one of Shimbashi's most...
craft beer
craft beer
Ibrew - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Good craft beers at very reasonable prices - that's the chief selling point for this cozy, unpretentious beer bar. Ten Japanese craft brews are served on tap, all priced at just Y690 for a large size (410 ml) and Y390 for a regular size (Y230 ml). ...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Otemachi
A wide selection of reasonably priced craft beers along with good food are the draws at this popular chain of bars. Each branch has its own distinctive menu, and Otemachi specializes in Mexican-inspired dishes. The thirty taps dispense mostly...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar: Mitsukoshimae
CBM offers thirty beers on tap - mostly Japanese craft beers - priced at a budget-friendly Y600/glass or Y900/pint. The food menu is also fairly impressive, with dishes like roast duck a l'orange, and they offer a small but interesting selection of...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Server Land - Beer bar: Iidabashi
A mid-sized basement bar with a big selection of 25 taps and good prices (Y480/glass, Y780/pint), although there's a Y380 cover charge. Not every beer is exciting, but you can usually find something good. Open noon-10:30pm on weekends.
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y900 and glasses at Y600. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different mostly local brews on draft, including an exclusive...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kanda
One thing we like about this craft-beer bar chain, besides the reasonable prices and broad beer selection, is that fact that each branch has its own distinctive food menu. The theme here at CBM's tenth branch is lamb, and the kitchen goes all out...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kichijoji
The bars in the CBM chain all offer different food menus, and this sixth branch features Okinawan-style Chinese cuisine. The food is quite beer-compatible, with tasty small dishes like maguro poki (tuna poke), stewed pork and chozume...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market Penny Lane - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Gyoza dumplings and budget-friendly craft beers are the draws at this second Kichijoji branch of the popular CBM chain. Along with several types of dumplings, the kitchen also specializes in Ryukyu-style Chinese dishes, with Taiwan-style mazemen...

Standing bars

Here are some casual standing (or mostly standing) bars with good craft beer.
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craft beer
Beer Brain - Beer bar: Omotesando
Housed in an oversized hut on wheels in front of a parking lot, Beer Brain is now in its fourth location, moving here from the Commune 2nd complex just up the road. Since there's no longer an outdoor area, it can get a bit crowded in the compact...
craft beer
craft beer
Kokage Beer Stand - Beer bar: Omotesando
Parked in one corner of the trendy B-Flat Commune market area hidden in the back streets of Omotesando, the Kokage beer truck is perfectly set up for seasonal outdoor beer drinking. They serve five beers from Karuizawa brewery Cocono Hop Co.,...
Retail
Retail
Hiranoya - 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...
Retail
Retail
Jolly'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...
Retail
Retail
Night 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...
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craft beer
Bono - 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 beer
craft beer
Shinshu Osake Mura - Sake bar: Shimbashi
People don't come to Shinshu Osake Mura for the atmosphere, or the music (there isn't any). There aren't even any chairs. The reason to visit this hole-in-the-wall, standing-only sake bar, located on the ground floor of one of Shimbashi's most...
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beer
Cataratas Yaesu - Beer bar: Yaesu
This popular standing bar in Tokyo Midtown Yaesu's second-floor dining complex offers a few unusual craft beers on tap as well as various light snacks. A recent taplist featured an imperial stout from La Debauche Nevermore (France) and Burnt Mill...
Retail
Retail
Beer 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...
Retail
Retail
Beer 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 a Y200 corkage charge. They also have ten taps of craft beers (they were half Stone Brewing and half...
Retail
Retail
Beer Ma - Liquor shop: Kameido
The fridges are filled with hundreds of exotic imported beers at this third retail branch of a Tokyo-based beer importer. Unlike the first two standing-bar branches of Beer Ma, this one has seating, in the form of three small folding chairs next to...
Retail
Retail
Le 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.
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craft beer
Ushitora Two - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
This cozy standing-bar branch of the Tochigi craft-beer brewery has fourteen taps, dispensing several of their own beers plus a good assortment of Japanese and imported craft beers. They also have a casual food menu that's bigger than you might...
Retail
Retail
Deguchiya - Liquor shop: Naka-Meguro
Mainly a wine specialist, Deguchiya also stocks good selections of sake and craft beers. There's a small bar area with a few seats and a bit more standing room where you can drink any of the beers sold here after adding a small corkage charge. They...
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craft beer
Beer Boy - Beer bar: Naka-Meguro
Produced by the popular Craft Beer Market chain, Beer Boy is a standing bar with nine taps of craft beers and an izakaya-style food menu. Food comes in small, snack-size portions and it's consistently well prepared and often creatively conceived. ...
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