Tokyo international beers
European craft beers
craft beerBrussels 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...
RetailDig The Line Doors - Beer bar: Harajuku
This starkly minimalist taproom and bottle shop is the first Tokyo branch of a popular Kyoto bar run by an importer of European craft beers. They are equipped with five taps for draft beers and cider, or you can choose from around 150 canned and...
craft beerGar Eden - Italian: Omotesando
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft beers, with some unusual finds (a Swiss sour ale!)...
craft beerMikkeller - Beer bar: Shibuya
This Tokyo outpost of the Danish brewery seems to be aimed squarely at craft-beer geeks, with an impressive range of unusual Mikkeller beers and hard-to-find tiny Japanese breweries like Yorocco, AJB and Songbird. Although it's located in one of...
craft beerHaburashi 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...
beerCataratas 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...
craft beerMikkeller Kanda - Beer bar: Kanda
The popular Danish craft-beer brewery has opened a second Tokyo branch, located in the craft-beer haven of Kanda. They serve burgers on the first floor, while the bar area, with a dozen taps, is up a very narrow staircase (almost a ladder, really)...
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 beerCitraba - Beer bar: Nakano
This second branch of Koenji-based craft-beer bar Citraba serves 14 beers on tap from well-regarded breweries like Drake's (California), Westbrook (South Carolina), Sennan (Miyagi) and Distant Shores (Tokyo). Most are priced at Y580 for a half pint...
craft beerCitraba - 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...
RetailPigalle - Beer bar: Sangenjaya
While other Tokyo craft-beer bars may specialize in small Japanese breweries or US imports, Pigalle is a good place to find interesting European craft beers, both on draft and by the bottle, as well as craft ciders. The funky interior has a cozy...
British and British style
british beerNonsuch - British pub: Ikebukuro
English beers and UK rock music are on tap at this cozy second-floor bar; they're named after an album by XTC. The British-inspired menu includes fisherman's pie, traditional fish and chips, and beef-tendon stew in beer. Fuller's ESB and Iwate...
craft beerAldgate - Beer bar: Shibuya
One of Shibuya's more serious craft beer bars, The Aldgate offers more than twenty craft beers on tap, mostly from Japan, Britain and the US. The food is English pub fare - Toad in the Hole, Cornish pasties, Daal Masala, Fish and Chips.
british beerWhat the Dickens - British: Ebisu
This live-music spot and pub offers a bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu, for better or for worse. They serve English beers (mostly bottled) and inexpensive, filling pub dishes, and are well known for their meat pies.
craft beerFull Monty - British: Yokohama Kannai
Serving seventeen different ciders, this rather British-style British pub must have the best selection in town, if not in all of Japan. They also serve beer of course - on a recent visit the pub's eight taps included such varied fare as Caldera...
Other world beers
world beerDesign Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar - Bar: Harajuku
This unusual cafe-bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery space called Tokyo Design Festa. There's a small indoor section where you stand around overturned barrel-tables, and an outdoor portion furnished with normal tables and...
world beerFailte - Beer bar: Shibuya
Run by a Belgian beer bar chain, Failty features beers imported directly from Ireland, plus twenty different wines and food prepared by a French chef.
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...
world beerRokugo (65) - Beer bar: Kanda
Handy to know about if you've missed your last train, Rokugo is open until 7am every night but Sunday. They stock 200 kinds of bottled beer, 100 wines by the bottle and 20 kinds of cheese, so you'll probably find something you like if you can make...