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Here are some Tokyo-area beer bars and other venues with especially nice atmosphere, interesting concepts or other special features.
world beer
world beer
Design Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar - Bar: Harajuku
There's a decent selection of beers from around the world, sold at reasonable prices at this quirky art-gallery bar. Just help yourself from the refrigerator and pay at the counter. The bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery...
craft beer
craft beer
PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft...
craft beer
craft beer
Haburashi Beer and Potato - Scandinavian: Shibuya
Scandinavian-themed craft-beer bars seem to be popping up all over Shibuya, but unlike the other bars, the cozy Haburashi (Toothbrush) also provides a menu of Nordic-inspired dishes like grilled salmon, smoked trout salad, roast beef, and Norwegian...
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...
attraction
attraction
Museum of Yebisu Beer - Attraction: Ebisu
Devoted to the proud history of the Yebisu beer brand, this recently renovated facility is built on the site of Tokyo's original Sapporo Brewery. It includes a spacious restaurant, a smaller exhibition area, a theater, and a well-stocked gift shop....
craft beer
craft beer
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...

Interesting decor, atmosphere or concept

belgian
belgian
Bitter - Belgian rest/beer bar: Kagurazaka
Often hidden backstreet bars like this - quiet, sophisticated, with tasteful but understated decor - specialize in expensive Scotch whisky or cocktails, so it's nice to find a place like this with a serious Belgian beer menu. Food includes freshly...
craft beer
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...
one or two beers
one or two beers
Zingaro - Cafe: Nakano
A project of well-known pop artist Takashi Murakami, this stylish cafe-bar offers a couple of local craft beers by the bottle - Baird lager and Hitachino Nest Daidai Ale, a nice American-style IPA. The setting is relaxed and appropriately whimsical...
craft beer
craft beer
Gremlin - Beer bar: Hatagaya
Six Japanese craft beers are on tap here, including three hand pumps. Prices are reasonable and there's no cover charge. The soundtrack tends towards rockabilly.
brewpub
brewpub
Thrash Zone - Brewpub: Yokohama Sta.
Extreme beers are the speciaty at this cozy little beer bar - heavy on the hops, and generally higher in alcohol content than your average mainstream lager. Many of the beers are made by Thrash Zone itself, with names like "Speed Kills IPA" (7.8%...
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