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Welcome to the Time Out Drink List, our critics’ choice of the best bars in Tokyo’s drinking scene. Our list features the most buzzing watering holes in the city right now: from craft beer and cocktail bars to natural wine and sake specialists.
When curating this list, we put a lot of emphasis on quality drinks. But aside from the serious Ginza institutions and award-winning bars, we also want to include casual, less expensive establishments which we can go back to time and again. Of course, this being Tokyo, where artisans and craft masters command high respect, we cannot miss out on the many omakase-style bars in the city, where the absence of a menu means you’ll have to trust the bartender to create a drink for you off the cuff, based on your preference.
Drinking is all about having a good time, hence we’re also looking for the fun factor in a bar. It can be an interesting theme, a cool interior design, a quirky menu or even a friendly yet relaxed service that makes you feel welcomed. Ultimately, these are the places we keep going back to again and again, and have no problems recommending to friends. And if you’re looking for the best places to eat before ordering a round of drinks, here are the top restaurants in Tokyo.
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