Ebisu and south
RetailJolly'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...
RetailNight 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...
restaurantYona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Ebisu
Gourmet sausages and well-prepared roast chicken are the centerpieces of the food menu here, served with the full line-up of craft beers from Yoho Brewery in Karuizawa, including seasonal specials. This branch features a big standing-bar area at...
belgianButcher Republic - Beer bar: Ebisu
Perhaps responding to an oversaturated Belgian beer-bar market in Tokyo, the Delirium Cafe group have been opening new branches of "Butcher" branded bar-restaurants featuring premium grilled-meat platters, with a mostly bottled-beer lineup of...
craft beerFootnik - Beer bar: Ebisu
Not just for football fans, this British pub serves a half dozen craft beers on tap, from breweries like Avery, Green Flash and Evil Twin, along with the usual Kilkenny and Yebisu. A 2/3 pint glass will set you back around Y1000. Football matches...
restaurantBurger Mania - Burgers: Ebisu
This branch of the popular burger chain offers a well-chosen selection of craft beers to go with your burgers, from breweries like Green Flash, Ballast Point and Far Yeast. The six taps include one IPA, one white beer, one stout, and so on, and are...
attractionMuseum 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....
british beerWhat the Dickens - British pub: Ebisu
A bit of Roppongi nightlife dropped into Ebisu - live bands, lots of foreign customers, British beers (mostly bottled), and inexpensive, filling pub dishes like shepherd's pie.
craft beerTBE Brewing - Beer bar: Ebisu
A cozy neighborhood drinking spot, TBE serves mostly domestic beers from brewers like Y Market and North Island from their ten taps. There may be a couple of imports on the list as well, and possibly a few of their own TBE beers. The kitchen turns...
craft beerBakushuan - Izakaya: Ebisu
If you like both craft beer and craft sake, and you find yourself in Ebisu, this branch of Otsuka's legendary Bakushuan beer bar is the place for you. Ten mainly Japanese craft beers are served on tap, and there's an impressive sake list along with...
brewpubSpring Valley Brewery - Brewpub: Daikanyama
Run by Kirin Brewery, this brewpub is a massive 200-seat all-day dining restaurant. There are usually six craft-style beers available, priced at Y680 for a regular 360ml glass, or Y1000 for a set of six taster glasses.
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one or two beersHelmsdale - Bar: Nishi-Azabu
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and kipper herring. Open rather late.
restaurantBurger Mania - Burgers: Hiroo
Good American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches are served here, with six taps of craft beer in different styles - lager, pale ale, IPA and so on. Draft beers are Y880 and Y1100 (370ml and 473ml sizes), and some bottles and cans are also...
restaurantBurger Mania - Burgers: Shirokanedai
The original shop of this popular burger chain serves American-style gourmet burgers and sandwiches. Craft-beer fans can choose from six beers on draft, including one each of stout, lager, pale ale, and IPA styles and one seasonal beer. Draft...
restaurantIR Second House - Grill: Shirokanedai
This casual neighborhood dining spot serves up excellent food in a gorgeous setting, and offers a nice rotating selection of US craft beers on tap, along with several wines priced at Y4000 per bottle. In addition to table seating, there's an...
RetailDeguchiya - 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...
craft beerHatos Bar - Beer bar: Naka-Meguro
Excellent American-style barbecue and nice microbrew beers to go with them are the surprising finds at this charming neighborhood bar. Richly marbled pork belly was our favorite, but we also greatly enjoyed Hatos's baby-back ribs, pulled-pork...
brewpubNakameguro Taproom - Brewpub: Naka-Meguro
While its office-building setting and generic wood-paneled-den decor aren't especially inviting, this branch of the Taproom attracts an audience of foreign and Japanese beer lovers with its excellent microbrews. There are usually around twenty...
craft beerBeer 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. ...
brewpubMeguro Tavern - Brewpub: Meguro
Four house ales are on tap at this spacious British pub, mostly bitter styles and priced at Y1000 for a UK pint. The rotating food menu features Cornish pasties, fish and chips, shepard's pie and steak-and-kidney pie. Two big screens show football...
craft beerAnother8 - 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...
germanSchmatz - German: Gotanda
Schmatz Gotanda is the twelfth Tokyo-area branch of this popular German restaurant and beer bar, and like its sister shops it offers a list of original German-style craft beers, a few guest beers from major breweries, and an appealing and very meaty...
craft beerDevilCraft - Beer bar: Gotanda
This third branch of the pioneering Tokyo craft-beer chain is the largest so far, attracting a thirsty after-work crowd in addition to the usual crew of beer aficionados. Twenty taps dispense one of the better selections of craft beers in town,...