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The Tokyo area has dozens of fine craft beer bars; this is a list of a few bars to start with for the visitor who might not have time to visit them all, with a particular focus on bars that are easily accessible and offer a wide range of beers.
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Brussels Beer Project - Beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Not to be confused with your typical Belgian beer bar, BBP is actually a craft-beer taproom - one of the best in Tokyo in our opinion. They serve a lineup of more than a dozen beers on tap from a small craft brewery in Belgium, including...
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Watering Hole - Beer bar: Yoyogi
One of Tokyo's pioneering craft-beer specialty bars, Watering Hole has built up a loyal following with their well-curated tap list and their convivial atmosphere. The four-glass tasting flights (Y1000; served 3-6pm on weekdays) are one of our...
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Another8 - Bar: Meguro
Perhaps it's the chic, modern decor or the DJ booth at the front of the bar, but for some reason Another8 seems to attract a more stylish and cosmopolitan crowd than your typical beer bar. In addition to seven or eight taps of craft beer they also...
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DevilCraft - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Offering one of Tokyo's better selections of craft beer, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since late 2015, from their own Tokyo brewing facility. They...
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Fujizakura - Beer bar: Roppongi
Run by a Yamanashi brewery known for their excellent German-style beers, this basement venue feels less like a beer bar and more like an old-school Roppongi dining bar, with plush furnishings, fancy spot lighting, subdued piano music and a refined...
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craft beer
Dry 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...
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craft beer
Isekadoya Beer - Japanese regional: Yaesu
Run by the excellent Isekadoya craft-beer brewery, this lively izakaya serves thirteen of the brewery's beers on tap along with several kinds of sake from Mie Prefecture. The kitchen turns out regional Mie cuisine built around local ingredients -...
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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 very budget-friendly Y480/glass or Y780/pint. The food menu is also fairly impressive, with dishes like roast duck a l'orange, and they offer a small but interesting...

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Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to original versions of Tex-Mex fare like tacos and...
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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
Beer Wars - Beer bar: Bakurocho
A solid selection of US craft beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere make this a popular destination for neighborhood beer lovers. Six taps are devoted to US breweries like Karl Strauss, Victory and New Belgium, with 400ml glasses priced at...
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Nihonbashi Brewery - Brewpub: Bakurocho
This brewpub is run by a veteran of HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery) in Portland, Oregon, and the thirteen taps here carry HUB beers and other imports, domestic Japanese craft beers from producers like Kyoto Brewing, and one or two of their own house...
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Ibrew - Beer bar: Akihabara
With 47 taps, this spacious branch of the Ibrew craft-beer bar chain boasts one of the largest tap selections in Tokyo. Prices are quite reasonable, with almost all beers priced at Y390 and Y690 for medium- and large-size glasses (270ml and 470ml)....
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craft beer
Hitachino Brewing Lab - Beer bar: Akihabara
Occupying one of the most stylish settings for a taproom in Tokyo, this brewing laboratory from the ever-popular Hitachino Nest beer offers seven beers on tap, including some experimental lab-only brews that they're trying out. The brewery's hoppy...
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craft beer
Citraba - Beer bar: Koenji
This spacious beer bar offers 16 or so well-chosen craft beers from breweries like Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR), Omnipollo (Stockholm), Wylam (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Outsider (Yamanashi). Citraba occupies the former location of Craft...
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Ushitora One - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
One of Tokyo's pioneering craft-beer bars, Ushitora devotes several taps to their own beers, brewed in Tochigi, along with a good selection of Japanese and imported craft beers - there are 25 taps in all. The small food menu offers tasty...
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