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Photo: SD HoldingsKawara Cafe & Dining Beer Terrace
Tokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden2/5
Photo: Tokyo Prince Hotel Beer GardenTokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden
Tokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden3/5
Photo: Tokyo Prince HotelTokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden
Sogo Yokohama Beer Garden4/5
Photo: Greening Co., Ltd.Sogo Yokohama Beer Garden
Premium Beer Terrace Good Day Park5/5
Photo: Futako Tamagawa RisePremium Beer Terrace Good Day Park

Best beer gardens in Tokyo

Cool down with a cold pint at the city's top beer events and festivals, most of which offer a free-flowing open bar

By Youka Nagase
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As the weather warms up, bars, hotels and even department stores in Tokyo are opening their roofs and terraces to the public – and with this, the beer garden season officially begins. As we say every year, it just wouldn't be summer without an evening spent idly sipping frosty pints or cool cocktails out in the open air. Plus, with the city’s alcohol restrictions now eased, Tokyoites can again enjoy drinking at their favourite restaurants and bars (but only until 7pm).

So how do you, the discerning drinker, find the most attractive deals among the myriad of beer events and festivals out there? Fret not, we’ve done the leg work for you – go ahead and choose from our list below. Cheers!

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Tokyo's best beer gardens

Premium Beer Terrace Good Day Park
Premium Beer Terrace Good Day Park
Photo: Futako Tamagawa Rise

Premium Beer Terrace Good Day Park

Shopping Futako-Tamagawa

For its 10th anniversary celebration, Futako Tamagawa Rise is serving up a selection of Suntory Premium Malts (from ¥600), sours (¥650), cocktails (¥600) and non-alcoholic drinks (from ¥400) at its rooftop terrace. Spanish restaurant Pastelería Mallorca, however, has been tasked with catering the picnic-style food.

We recommend the crispy veggie and fluffy egg curry pilaf (¥980) and the chicken and veggie pita sandwich (¥620) – they are both very filling. Otherwise, finger food such as the deep-fried vegan gyoza (¥500) and popcorn shrimp (¥880) are perfect as drinking snacks. Can’t decide? Just get the combo menu (from ¥2,290) with three or four main dishes. You can enjoy your food anywhere on the terrace: at the booths, tables, counter or on the grass.

Note that this event has no all-you-can-drink option.

Moet & Chandon Poolside Sky Terrace
Moet & Chandon Poolside Sky Terrace
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Moet & Chandon Poolside Sky Terrace

Shopping Department stores Ginza

The terrace on the rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Ginza transforms into a cosy beer garden this summer, offering an all-you can-drink deal and course meal for ¥9,000. You’ll be able to look out at the cityscape while dining on eight dishes including a ham and cheese platter, veggie dip, and roast lamb. You’ll also get a mini bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne per person, plus a free flow of Premium Malts beer, highball, lemon sour, wine, shochu and soft drinks. This deal is limited to 15 groups per day, so make sure to book through this link in advance.

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Kawara Cafe & Dining Beer Terrace
Kawara Cafe & Dining Beer Terrace
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Kawara Cafe & Dining Beer Terrace

Kawara Cafe & Dining in Kinshicho is offering two barbeque plans for the summer, both include an all-you-can-drink deal. The two-hour plan (weekdays ¥3,500, weekends and holidays ¥4,000) includes four appetisers, veggies and meats like short ribs, pork, chicken thigh and sausages for some DIY grilling, plus a seafood yakisoba and ice pops to complete the meal. An additional ¥1,500 will get you an extra 30 minutes of drinking time, plus premium cuts of kuroge wagyu beef and seafood.

Tokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden
Tokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden
Photo: Tokyo Prince Hotel

Tokyo Prince Hotel Beer Garden

Hotels Shiba-Koen

Sip on an ice cold beer amid the lush greenery of Shiba Park at Beer Restaurant Garden Island. This outdoor terrace is usually bustling with a whopping 600 seats, but this year they have been reduced to just 112 to ensure proper social distancing.

This beer garden is open every evening, serving a Hawaiian-themed barbecue starting at ¥8,000. You can start with the refreshing appetisers like tuna poke and papaya salad before filling up the main courses, which include beef fillet, sausages, garlic shrimp and more. For ¥15,000 you’ll get an even more lavish meal with premium wagyu and lobsters. Weekend lunch is cheaper, where you’ll get a set meal for just ¥6,000.

The set menus include unlimited drinks including beer, wine, sours and highballs. However, it’s worth ordering the Hawaiian-themed cocktails for the fully experience the theme. Get a refreshing blue Hawaii cocktail (¥1,500) or a tropical pineapple cocktail (¥2,800) served in a whole pineapple. Non-alcoholic versions (¥1,000) are also available.

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Sogo Yokohama Beer Garden
Sogo Yokohama Beer Garden
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Sogo Yokohama Beer Garden

Instead of the usual Kirin or Sapporo, Sogo Yokohama Beer Garden offers a premium all-you-can-drink Kamakura Beer plan (¥7,700) for 90 minutes, which you can enjoy at the lounge while looking out at the ocean. If you're looking to eat, you'll have to take up a 60-minute plan (¥3,000) in addition to the Kamakura Beer Plan, which comes with unlimited standard cocktails, a meat plate and access to the buffet which includes plenty of veggies, rice and pasta dishes. 

新宿天空ビアガーデン
新宿天空ビアガーデン
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Shinjuku Tenku Beer Garden

Restaurants Shinjuku

This rooftop beer garden is located just outside Tokyo’s busiest train station. The space is set up like a resort, all decked out with tropical plants and parasols. You’ll find over 30 kinds of beer from all over the world including Suntory Malts (Japan), Guinness (Ireland) and even Taps Red Ale (Turkey).

Unfortunately, the all-you-can-eat and drink plan doesn’t include its international beers but you can still get draft beer, shandygaff, sours and cocktails starting at ¥2,200 for lunch and ¥3,278 for dinner. You can fill up to your heart's content for two to three hours depending on the plan you select. Meals include unlimited meats (grilled chicken, roast pork, herb sausages, etc) as well as nachos, fries, salads and more. For reservations click here (Japanese only).

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Sekirei

Bars and pubs Shinanomachi

Unlike most beer gardens in the city, Terrace Sekirei is only open for one short month at Meiji Kinenkan starting on June 21. This beer garden makes for a great escape from the city’s frenetic pace as the setting is adorned with vast greenery just like its next-door neighbour Meiji Shrine. Many businesspeople come here to unwind after work. You can get a jug of beer at a reasonable ¥850 and you’ll find izakaya-style dishes to curb your hunger.

Reservations are highly recommended, and there’s a table charge of ¥1,000-¥1,500 per person. Book through the website.

Takaosan Beer Mount
Takaosan Beer Mount
Photo: Takaosan Beer Mount

Mt Takao Beer Mount

Restaurants Takaosan

On a clear night, you can gaze out across Tokyo and as far as Yokohama. Mt. Takao's beer garden is located 500m above sea level, and does a good job of keeping hikers well satisfied throughout the summer. The price (¥3900 for men, ¥3,700 for women) includes a buffet of Japanese, Chinese and Western standards plus two hours of free-flow beer, wine and cocktails.

To say that this place gets crowded at the weekend would be a gross understatement. The garden is open from mid-June to mid-October, and one word of warning: the last cable car departs at 8.15pm sharp, an hour earlier than its previous year. The number of seats has also been cut down to a third of its previous year to ensure social distancing, and each group is limited to 90 minutes.

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