Hamamatsucho, Tokyo bayside area
craft beerSoul Bird - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
This laid-back neighborhood craft-beer bar feels like a comfortable place to have an after-work party or just hang out. The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of soul music and Japanese rock and pop, and the interior has a rough-hewn, casual feel, with...
germanFranz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe menu consists of assorted German hams, sausages,...
craft beerLower Right - Grill: Hamamatsucho
This stylish basement grill offers a tasty meat-centered menu along with both Japanese craft beers and popular Belgian beers on tap. The ten craft beers are heavy on the IPAs, from breweries like North Island, Shiga Kogen and Baird. They're all...
restaurantOn the Table - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
Many craft-beer specialists make due with lackluster bar fare to accompany their drinks, so we were pleasantly suprised by the high standards of the kitchen at On the Table. A sister shop of the Good Beer Faucets bar in Shibuya, they also serve...
belgianAgoo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Hamamatsucho
The vibe at this small neighborhood bar is friendly and laid back - comfortable enough to stop in for a drink by yourself or for a quiet conversation with friends. There's a decent selection of Belgians at average-for-Tokyo prices, plus a small...
craft beerDevilCraft - 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...
belgianComme la Gueuze - Belgian rest/beer bar: Mita
If you're used to seeing the same handful of Belgian beers on draft wherever you go around town, the six rotating taps at Comme la Gueuze will be a welcome change. The twenty-seat bar has a friendly, neighborhood feel, with a diverse crowd, helfpul...
craft beerCraft Meat - Beer bar: Shibaura
Sixteen craft beers, mostly from Japanese breweries, are served with fancy meat dishes at this meat-focused beer bar. The voluminous grilled pork platter (Y2580) was quite satisfying, but the assorted appetizer plate - with its olives, mixed nuts...
germanSchmatz - German: Shibaura
The popular chain of German restaurants serves up a menu of meaty, but not overly heavy, casual German cuisine. Eight draft beers include six original German-style craft beers (brewed by Brimmer Brewing in Kawasaki) plus Bitburger from Germany and...
RetailAntenna America - Beer bar: Shinagawa
Located inside a bustling shopping-mall food court, this is one of the noisiest craft beer bars we've been to in Tokyo. The bar is run by a beer importer, and their six taps dispense American craft beers from breweries like Saint Archer and Sierra...
belgianLeuven - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shinagawa
Part of the Belgian Brasserie Court chain of beer bars, Leuven offers a small roster of draft beers, lots of bottled beers and Belgian-inspired food.
belgianGlass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shinagawa
A popular chain of Belgian beer bars, Glass Dance offers De Koninck, Leffe Blond and a few other interesting beers on tap, and lots more by the bottle. There's a full Belgian-inspired food menu and convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3200...
germanBlend Meister Cafe - Beer bar: Ariake
Five beers from Yokohama Brewery are on tap at this cafe-style shop, served in three sizes at average craft-beer prices. The drink-friendly food menu features sausages, pizzas and fried chicken, with daily lunch specials priced at Y900 and served...
belgianBelg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toyosu
An indoor/outdoor cafe with a nice choice of Belgian beers and enticing food like Iberico ham, duck confit, and of course mussels. In the afternoons they serve chocolate fondue and waffles.
brewpubT.Y. Harbor Brewery - Brewpub: Tennozu Isle
This long-running bayside brewpub features an eclectic California-style menu, along with a nice selection of freshly brewed beers. You can enjoy a few drinks in the very stylish bar area up front, or a full meal in the cavernous dining room or the...
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one or two beersCaffe Cocco - Italian: Ota-ku
Looking to share a sociable drink before a departing flight at Haneda Airport, we didn't expect to find anything as fancy as Belgian beers, but this Italian-themed cafe in the Terminal 2 food court area surprised us. They offer three different...