british beerHighbury - British pub: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers like Ushitora and Hitachino Nest. Beers come in three sizes and are reasonably priced; they also have a bottle...
craft beerBamboo Beer Pub - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
This cozy basement bar attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars with a selection of craft beers and a simple food menu. The four craft beers on tap on any given day generally include a mix of interesting Japanese and US small breweries.
craft beerVector Beer - Izakaya: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
It may look like just another Tokyo craft-beer bar, but Vector serves up an appealing menu of beef-tongue dishes and other solid izakaya fare, making it a popular dining destination as well as a bar. The charcoal-grilled sumibiyaki tongue...
craft beerV.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting flights are Y1000, with a Y300 table charge that...
craft beerCraft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Shinjuku
While they may be somewhat pricier than the average Tokyo craft-beer bar, this small chain does its own importing, and carries some interesting beers that you won't find elsewhere in town. They also have convenient late-night hours, and serve a...
craft beerTap Stand - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Creative pizzas and a good selection of US craft beers are the major draws at this very busy beer bar, along with a convenient location just a few minutes from Shinjuku station. The bar has twenty taps in all, with half devoted to well-chosen...
craft beerYona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Shinjuku
This popular beer bar serves very good sausages in enticing original varieties like mushroom-truffle, coriander-lemon, spinach-lotus root, and venison, with a mixed platter of five sausages priced at Y2800. They also prepare nice roast chicken, and...
germanSchmatz - German: Shinjuku
This rapidly expanding German beer-bar chain offers a nice roster of eight German and German-style beers on draft, all priced at Y650. The food is meaty German fare like charcuterie platters, currywurst, Schnitzel parmigiana, and a tempting sausage...
craft beerBerg - Cafe: Shinjuku
More of a fast-food coffee shop (hot dogs are Y290) than a beer bar, Berg does offer a couple of Japanese craft beers on tap and maybe a dozen US imports by the bottle to go with your snack. It's worth noting because of its location - right in the...
belgianGlass Dance - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
It's yet another Belgian beer specialty bar in Nishi-Shinjuku, this one with plenty of space (90 seats) and Maredsous and De Koninck beers on tap. There are inexpensive (from Y300), somewhat hit-or-miss Spanish tapas to nibble with your beer, along...
restaurantTavern on S - International: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 21 hours a day and conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's south exit, this glitzy new bar-restaurant is a fun destination whatever you're looking for - a casual group dinner, a late-night snack or just a quick drink or two at the bar. ...
belgianLittle Delirium - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
This mini-branch of one of our favorite Belgian beer bars sits at the Yoyogi end of Southern Terrace; convenient to Shinjuku station but sufficiently removed from the bustling crowds. Despite the small size they boast an excellent beer list, with a...
belgianFrigo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Frigo offers more than a hundred beers by the bottle, mostly Belgian but with a strong German section as well. The food menu is limited, but includes mussels prepared in several different ways.
brewpubYYG Brewery - Brewpub: Nishi-Shinjuku
One of the main attractions at this brewpub is its very comfortable outdoor wooden deck, which looks out over a quiet side street just a few minutes from Shinjuku Station. The beer is pretty good too - when we visited recently they were serving...
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...
craft beerWatering 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...