1. Forest Beer Garden
    Photo: Forest Beer Garden
  2. Wildbeach Shinjuku
    Photo: Wildbeach ShinjukuWildbeach Shinjuku
  3. Jinnanken Rooftop BBQ
    Photo: Zetton Inc.Jinnanken Rooftop BBQ

The best beer gardens in Tokyo to enjoy a cold pint outdoors

Cool down with a cold pint at the city's top beer events and festivals, some even offer barbecue and free-flow deals

Youka Nagase
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Youka Nagase

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. With the state of emergency completely lifted, many of us have been looking forward to finally spend some quality time with family and friends out in public, and we can finally do that.

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

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  • Shinanomachi

Taking over the expansive outdoor lawn within the children’s play area at Meiji Shrine’s Outer Gardens, the Forest Beer Garden distinguishes itself from other boozy events in town with its lush green surrounds and bubbling waterfall.

The popular two-hour all-you-can-eat (¥4,800) option includes everything from barbecue beef, pork and lamb to veggies, yakisoba, onigiri and even dessert. It includes an all-you-can-drink selection of Kirin and Heineken beers, highballs, sours, wine, soft drinks and more. Despite being one of the largest beer gardens in Tokyo with a capacity for around 900 people, the event can get extremely busy at weekends, so advance bookings are recommended.

  • Restaurants
  • Shibuya

Restaurant Jinnanken opens up its rooftop terrace as a beer garden for the summer. A short walk away from Shibuya Station, this venue lets you admire the night-time cityscape while feasting on barbecue food including prime ribs and chunky vegetables.

The standard Tex-Mex BBQ plan (¥5,000) comes with appetisers, four kinds of meat including lemon marinated pork and jerk chicken, shrimp, veggies and some tortilla and salsa to make your own taco. If you want to splurge, go for the premium Bone Steak and Lobster BBQ plan (¥7,000) which includes a thick slab of steak, lobster and marinated tuna.

For an additional ¥2,500, you can get a bottomless drink deal which comes with standard cocktails and beer as well as fresh herb mojitos and natural wine.

  • Restaurants
  • Roppongi

Roppongi rooftops have gardens too, and this one at Ark Hills takes top honours. You'll spend a relaxing summer evening at the seasonal lounge, where hearty grilled grub and light appetisers are served with wine and cocktails.

Book one of three barbecue sets. The Casual BBQ course (¥5,300) includes meats like rib fingers, marinated pork and jerk chicken, plus veggies and appetisers. The Turf and Surf BBQ course (¥6,300), on the other hand, comes with additional seafood to put on the grill, such as herb marinated tuna, shellfish and shrimp. If you want it even more indulgent, top up an additional ¥1,200 for lobster and steak. For something a bit more casual, opt for the ¥3,950 plan and you can bring ingredients purchased from its basement depachika.

While you can order drinks by the glass, it’s worth paying an additional ¥2,200 for a two-hour all-you-can-drink deal (or ¥3,300 for three hours). This comes with standard beer and cocktails, plus sparkling, red, white and rosé wines.

  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Shinjuku

This urban oasis on a Shinjuku rooftop will make you feel like you’re by the beach with its tropical decor. The all-new Wild Beach event features five different areas: the Runway Beach with tables, benches and parasols, Luxury Terrace with comfy couches in the shade, Glamping Deck, private Anniversary Room, and the Yellow LA Garden with vibrant picnic tables.

The menu varies depending on where you’re seated, but you can choose to dine on an all-inclusive barbecue plan (from ¥3,100) or choose to bring your own ingredients for a cheaper price (from ¥2,000). Best of all, a standard two-hour all-you-can-drink plan only goes for ¥1,000. However, it’s worth ordering the premium plan (¥1,500) for the specialty cocktails, Asahi Super Dry beer and shandygaff.

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  • Food and drink events
  • Nihonbashi

The rooftop of Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. is opening right before Golden Week, transforming the breezy space into a beer garden until October 18. You can feast on a surf and turf course (¥6,000) with meats like rib fingers and sausages, and seafood including marinated tuna and shrimp. The meal plan comes complete with a healthy serving of veggies like sweet corn, mushrooms, coleslaw and edamame. You can also add a generous slab of bone steak for ¥1,500. A two-hour all-you-can-drink deal is included in your meal.

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  • Ikebukuro

Feast on Korean food at the rooftop beer garden of Ikebukuro Parco. The standard samgyeopsal course (from ¥3,900) will get you a plate of pork belly slices and veggie to grill, plus marinated veggies, Korean chijimi pancakes and plenty of condiments to complement the meal. You can even opt for a cheese dakgalbi course (from ¥3,900) which comes with chicken and a generous amount of cheese. All meal plans come with an all-you-can-drink deal, where you’ll get makgeolli (Korean rice wine), soju and more.

  • Restaurants
  • Yokohama Station area

This beer garden on the rooftop of Yokohama More shopping mall is inspired by an Asian night market, offering an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Korean barbecue plan (from ¥3,900) with six types of meat, mini hamburgs, sausages and a variety of side dishes including kimchi, marinated veggies, pumpkin nut salad, yakisoba, curry and more. The drink choices are quite extensive; there’s refreshing mango and pineapple beers, mango maitai and organic sangria in addition to standard cocktails, beer and soft drinks.

  • 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 60 kinds of beer from all over the world including Suntory Malts (Japan), Guinness (Ireland) and even Taps Red Ale (Turkey).

While the all-you-can-eat and -drink plan doesn’t include its international beers, you can still enjoy draft beer, shandygaff and a range of sours and cocktails starting at ¥2,200 for lunch and ¥3,850 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 (roast beef, grilled chicken, roast pork, herb sausage, etc) as well as appetisers such as nachos, fries, caesar salad and more. You can even upgrade to a premium course (from ¥4,950) which offers a more premium selection including wine steamed mussels and wagyu sirloin steak.

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