british beerHighbury - British: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
The eleven taps here dispense English beers from the highly regarded Thornbridge brewery, along with a few offerings from local brewers 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
Craft Beer Tap carries a selection of mostly German, Czech and Belgian beers on tap along with some unusual craft beers from the US and a substantial bottled selection. They're worth knowing about for their late-night hours - until 4am on Friday...
germanZum Bierhof Neu - German: Shinjuku
Run by German beer importer Zato Trading, this spacious beer hall offers traditional German fare and five draft beers from Hofbrau Munchen brewery in Munich. The two dining areas seem to be optimized for after-work beer parties, with all seating at...
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 18 hours a day and conveniently located next to Shinjuku Station's south exit, this glitzy 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. The...
belgianPetit Delirium Tap Cafe - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Although it's one of the smaller branches of the Delirium Belgian beer-bar chain, Petit Delirium boasts a spacious outdoor terrace area with 72 seats, perfect for those times when you want to enjoy a beer out in the fresh air. It's conveniently...
craft beerBevvy - Bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Located in the Food Hall Blast! food-court complex, Draft Pub Bevvy offers ten Japanese craft beers on tap, ten wines on tap, and six ciders. As far as food goes, you can order tacos, burritos, barbecued meats, pizzas and other casual snacks from...
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 beerIbeer Le Sun Palm - Beer bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Run by the Sazaby group (Afternoon Tea, Shake Shack), Ibeer offers a line-up of ten Japanese craft beers on tap and a diverse food menu. Although it's not the most cutting-edge selection in town there are usually at least a few beers worth a try,...
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...