Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Bar BenFiddich

Bar BenFiddich is dark and tiny, with vials of infusions on the shelves and herbs hung to dry from the ceiling. The English-speaking barman, Kayama Hiroyasu, in a white suit, moves like a magician. There's no...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

SG Club

SG stands for 'Sip' and 'Guzzle' but also for award-winning bartender Shingo Gokan. Ground-floor Guzzle is a social, counter space; the house drink is chawari, shōchū and tea (¥1400), made with gyokuro...

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Ao

This swank and sophisticated little salon – think red velvet banquettes, round, low tables and shelves of books – has a unique cocktail focus: tea and traditional Chinese medicine. For example: its version of a...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Gen Yamamoto

Gen Yamamoto takes the seaonal tasting menu concept and applies it to cocktails. Here they're made with fruits and herbs, with the same kind of devotion to presentation seen at restaurants serving kaiseki...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Mikkeller Tokyo

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is a pioneer 'gypsy brewer', one who dreams up wild concoctions, but outsources the actual brewing. His beers are served at world-famous restaurants and also at the select bars scattered...

Top ChoiceBar in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Gem by Moto

Gem specialises in boutique sakes collected from all over Japan. There's a menu, which is always changing, but if you're here to broaden your appreciation of the myriad styles of nihonshū (and that's why everyone...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Harajuku & Aoyama

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Tea master (and former bartender) Sakurai Shinya's contemporary teahouse is a must-visit for anyone hoping to deeper their understanding of o-cha (Japanese tea). The course includes several varieties – you might...

Top ChoiceBar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Lonely

Arai-san established Lonely 50 years ago because he wanted his friends to always have a place to go. Some of those friends, like the creator of classic manga Ashita no Joe – you'll see posters on the wall – also...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Yakumo Saryō

Shinichiro Ogata, head of design house Simplicity has put everything into creating his ideal contemporary take on the traditional Japanese teahouse. The result: Yakumo Saryō, elegantly minamalist, with artisan...

Top ChoiceBar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Zoetrope

A must-visit for whisky fans, Zoetrope has over a hundred varieties of Japanese whisky behind its small counter, including many hard-to-find bottles and already sold-out limited editions. Cover charge ¥600; the...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Beer-Ma Kanda

Down an alley of sketchy-looking drinking dens is this nirvana for craft-beer lovers. It's principally a bottle shop stocking hundreds of different beer brands, all of which you can buy and drink on the premises...

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Imasa

Imasa

It's not every day you get to sip your coffee or tea in a cultural property. Imasa is the real deal, an old timber merchant's shophouse dating from 1927 but with Edo-era design and detail, and a few pieces of...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Ginza & Tsukiji

Ginza Music Bar

A superb sound system showcases the 3000-plus vinyl collection that ranges from the likes of cool classic jazz to contemporary electronica. There are deep-blue walls and comfy seats in which to enjoy inventive...

Top ChoicePub in Asakusa & Sumida River

Popeye

Popeye boasts an astounding 100 beers on tap, including a huge selection of Japanese beers – from Echigo Weizen to Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. The happy-hour deal (5pm to 8pm, from 3pm on Saturday) offers...

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Fuglen Tokyo

This Tokyo outpost of a long-running Oslo coffee shop serves its signature light-roast coffee by day (from ¥370) and craft beer and cocktails both creative and classic (from ¥1180) by night (Wednesday to Sunday)....

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Ginza & Tsukiji

Cha Ginza

Take a pause for afternoon tea (¥700 to ¥1400) at this slick contemporary tea salon. The menu is seasonal, but will likely include a cup of perfectly prepared matcha (powdered green tea) and a small sweet or two,...

Beer Hall in Ginza & Tsukiji

Ginza Lion

So what if Sapporo's beers are not among the best you can quaff in Tokyo? Dating to 1934, the gorgeous art deco design at Japan's oldest beer hall – including glass mosaic murals – is to die for. The oom-pah-pah...

Craft Beer in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Craft Beer Server Land

With some 14 Japanese craft beers on tap, going for a reasonable ¥500/840 a glass/pint, plus good food (the deep-fried eel in batter and chips is excellent), this brightly lit basement bar with wooden furniture...

Coffee in Asakusa & Sumida River

Fuglen

This Norwegian coffee and cocktail bar brings its oh-so-cool vintage Scandi stylings to Asakusa at this outlet opened in 2018. The coffee is very good but it's also a sophisticated place to chill in the evening...

Coffee in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Bridge Coffee & Icecream

Occupying a corner plot and with big windows and a cool arty vibe this is one of the Bakurochō area's more pleasant cafes. The espresso or hand-drip coffees are well made and there's pastries and gourmet...