Tokyo drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Teahouse in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Chashitsu Kaboku

Run by famed Kyoto tea producer Ippōdō – which celebrated 300 years of business in 2017 – this teahouse is a fantastic place to experience the myriad pleasures of ocha, Japanese green tea. It's also one of the few p…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

BenFiddich

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 menu, so j…
Top Choice Teahouse in Harajuku & Aoyama

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Tea master (and former bartender) Sakurai Shinya's contemporary take on the tea ceremony is a must for anyone hoping to be better acquainted with Japan's signature brew. The course includes several varieties – you m…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Two Dogs Taproom

There are 24 taps devoted to Japanese and international craft beers, including its own Roppongi Pale Ale, at this convivial pub just off the main Roppongi drag. Work your way through a few jars to wash down the tast…
Top Choice Bar in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Zoetrope

A must-visit for whisky fans, Zoetrope has some 300 varieties of Japanese whisky behind its small counter – including hard-to-find bottles from small batch distilleries. It's a one-man show and the owner speaks Engl…
Top Choice Bar in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Toyama Bar

This slick counter bar offers a selection of sakes from 17 different Toyama breweries. A set of three 30mL cups costs a bargain ¥700 (90mL cups from ¥700 each). English tasting notes are available. It's part of the …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Gen Yamamoto

The delicious fruit-based drinks served here use local seasonal ingredients. Yamamoto's tasting menus are design to be savoured, not to get you sozzled (servings are small), and the bar's ambience – eight seats arou…
Top Choice Cafe in Asakusa & Sumida River

Dandelion Chocolate

Perhaps the most compelling reason to have Kuramae on your to-visit list is this superior cafe specialising in bean-to-bar small batch chocolate, made on the premises. The stylish, barnlike setting and delicious dri…
Top Choice Bar in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Gem by Moto

Tiny Gem has a seriously good selection of interesting sakes from ambitious brewers. Start with one of the Gem originals (brewed in collaboration with the bar) – or let owner Chiba-san select one for you. Sake by th…
Top Choice Craft 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 (cor…