Even today, Beer still retains its position as one of the most sought out drink by men and women from all over the world. If you happen to find yourself in Japan, you will find the names Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory as the most popular brands of beer in the market.
There are also plenty of beer enthusiasts who craft their own brew with the intention of spreading the greatness of beer to the masses. This article will serve as a guide for those who are looking for the best places to enjoy beer and the possibility to find new drinking buddies! There are plenty of bars and pubs in Tokyo where you can invite your friends and drink the night away.
1. POPEYE Beer Club (麦酒倶楽部 ポパイ)
Yes! You don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy a drink at the Popeye Beer Club. This place is a haven for people who love to drink beer in Tokyo. The best phrase to describe this place is “The Sky is the Limit!”. As long as you’re able to keep standing, you’ll be able to try all the beer in their collection. Just a friendly advice, before you get hopelessly drunk be sure to apply for a membership card to get discounts on your next visit!
Address: 2-18-7 Ryogoku, Sumida 130-0026, Tokyo Prefecture
2. Harajuku Taproom (原宿タップルーム)
Harajuku Taproom was born out of love and passion of its owners for beer and its great history.
This bar has their own crafted beer called “Baird Beer” and it has a unique and distinct taste. When you enter the bar, you’ll find it pretty lax and quiet compared to other places. Although the food and drink are a bit pricey, you will definitely not regret your decision.
Address: 1-20-13 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 , Tokyo Prefecture
3. Watering Hole (ウォータリングホール)
Watering Hole is just a few minutes walk away from JR Yoyogi Station. They have a wide variety of Japanese and U.S beers. The food is nice and the staff can speak a bit of English so communicating is not a problem. Generally the main hall is a no smoking area, however, they have a small room that is exclusive for smokers. A great place to enjoy a pint of crafted beer and some snacks.
Address: 5 Chome-26-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://wateringhole.jp (Japanese Only)
4. Ginza Lion Beer Hall (銀座ライオン)
One of the things that you can appreciate at the Ginza Lion Beer Hall aside from the beer is the staff. They are very friendly and move efficiently to take your order. The food arrives on time and they taste great. The porterhouse steak, caesar salad, and pizza are highly recommended! You don’t need to worry about your drink because they also serve bottomless orange juice which is a great thirst quencher after a day of wandering around the city.
Ginza Lion also has branches not only in Tokyo but throughout Japan as well!
Address: Ginza Place B1F, 5 Chome-8-1 Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.ginzalion.jp/top.html (Japanese Only)
5. Ant ‘n Bee
Although the place is small, it is considered as a gem for those who are looking for craft beers in Roppongi. If you are unsure on what to drink, you can pay a small fee to sample any of their beers. The overall ambiance of the place of the place seems to be that of a German bar (they also serve German Food!) and the staff also understands and speaks English which is a plus for foreigners who doesn’t speak Japanese.
Address: 5 Chome-1-5 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
6. Devil Craft
Rest assured, the staff won’t serve you any diabolical concoctions that would turn your brain into mush. Devil Craft is just a few minutes away from Kanda Station and is divided into 3 stories. The first floor serves as the bar room and the other two floors are used for dining. If you feel like drinking “Devilicious Beers” then you already know where to go.
It’s one of the few places in Japan where you can taste Chicago style Pizza!
Address: 4-2-3 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
7. Brewdog Roppongi
Roppongi is well known as one of the best nightlife districts in Tokyo. Located in this neon wonderland is Brewdog Roppongi which houses 20 tap crafted beers made from Europe and Japan. The place is quite spacious and is able to accommodate groups of people. A great hangout place for those who want to party the night away with the company of friends and drinking buddies!
Address: 5 Chome-3-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
8. Hitachino Brewing Lab (常陸野ブルーイング・ラボ)
As you wander around Akihabara, there is a high chance that you will encounter this small bar near the bridge. Who would have thought that you’d find a “Brewing Lab” along an old subway station? Hitachino Brewing Lab is a great place that offers a great view of Akihabara and serves great craft beers. This is a place where the west meets the east and it creates a hotspot of dreams and the
endless river of beers!
Address: 1-25-4, Kandasudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
9. Beer Pub Ishii (ビアパブイシイ)
Beer Pub Ishii is one of the places in Japan where you can enjoy top quality craft beer. The staffs are also very friendly and accommodating. The beer is a bit pricey but you can be assured that you’ll get your money’s worth on the food and drinks, because they both have quality and quantity.
Address: 3 Chome-19-5 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
10. Asahi Craftsmanship Brewery Tokyo Restaurant (アサヒクラフトマンシップブルワリー 東京)
The Asahi Craftmanship Brewery Restaurant can be found near the Tokyo Sky Tree. As the name suggests, this brewery restaurant serves one of Japan’s most well-known beer brand “Asahi”. The food and drink have reasonable prices and the staff also speaks English. A nice cozy place to spend the afternoon drinking beer and resting your tired legs from exploring the city.
Address: 1 Chome-23-36 Azumabashi Sumidaku,Tokyo
Restaurant Data is as of October, 2016
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