craft beerNEW: Craft Company - Beer bar: Akebonobashi
This neighborhood craft-beer bar serves mostly imported beers on draft from twelve taps, along with a "bistro-style" food menu of small dishes. Beers are relatively exotic and diverse - on a recent visit we found brews from Edge Brewing (Spain),...
germanNEW: Schmatz Bakery and Beer - Bakery: Shimo-Kitazawa
Conveniently located in the Shimo-Kitazawa station complex, this new venture from the popular German chain Schmatz is a combination bakery, restaurant and beer bar, and they even serve breakfast. You'll find a nice selection of rye and pumpernickel...
craft beerKamikatz - Beer bar: Akabanebashi
Kamikatz is run by Rise & Win Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Tokushima Prefecture. As their official Tokyo taproom, they serve eight of the brewery's craft beers on draft, including some special seasonal brews. And unlike most beer bars...
restaurantTokyo Oven - Grill: Akasaka
Meaty dishes like roast chicken, pork chops and sirloin steak are at the heart of the European-centered international menu here, supplemented by pub starters like shrimp ajillo and charcuterie platters. The other main draw is the tap list of five...
craft beerNEW: Belly Craft - Beer bar: Kamiyacho
Craft beers are accompanied by an extensive Japanese food menu at this 30-seat bar-restaurant next to Kamiyacho Station. The casual menu wouldn't seem out of place in a typical Tokyo izakaya, with classic dishes like organ-meat stews, fried tofu,...
brewpubNEW: Craftrock - Brewpub: Mitsukoshimae
A spacious brewpub under the management of the Craft Beer Market group, Craftrock serves nine of their own beers and three guest craft beers. The food comes in decent-size portions for the price, but unfortunately isn't up to the standards of the...
Tokyo Suidobashi, Tokyo Dome
January 10-19 (Jan 10-89 10am-9pm; Jan 19: 10am-6pm)
Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2020
Celebrating the food culture of local regions around Japan, this weeklong "hometown festival" has been adding more and more locally produced craft beers in recent years to complement the hundreds of food stalls. This year there will be more than 100 craft beers to accompany the local delicacies. Weekends are jam-packed, but the throngs are manageable on weekdays and weeknights. Note that evening tickets, good for admission after 4pm, are Y400 cheaper than daytime tickets.
Tokyo Dome, Koraku 1-3-61 (Suidobashi, Korakuen, Kasuga stations)
Y1800 admission for same-day tickets, Y1400 for evenings (after 4pm), with discounts for advance purchase
January 24-26 (Fri 4-10pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm)
Japan Brewers Cup Festival 2020
Try 300 different beers, mostly priced from Y300 per cup (although the average price is Y500). Thirty-seven craft breweries, including representatives from Taiwan and Czech Republic, will be taking part. There will also be six craft beer importers and five food vendors on hand.
Price: Y500 admission, and pay as you go for beer