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Best beer gardens in Tokyo

Cool down with a cold pint at the city's top beer gardens and festivals

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Ah, summer! As we say every year, it just wouldn't be summer without an evening spent idly sipping frosty pints or elaborate cocktails out in the open air. After all, what's the great outdoors for if not to be conquered one alcohol-packed drink deal at a time? Plus, with the on-going coronavirus situation, an alfresco setting is much more preferable to an enclosed bar.

As the weather warms up, city bars, department stores and hotels open their roofs and terraces to all of us thirsty Tokyoites, and with this, the beer garden season officially begins. But how do you, the discerning drinker, find the best settings and the best deals? We've prepared this list for you, so go ahead: choose your favourite and grab a pint – be it at a park, high in the sky or even by a quiet pond.

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Tokyo's best beer gardens

Yoyogi Village Beer Terrace
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Yoyogi Village Beer Terrace

Things to do Yoyogi Village, Yoyogi

Providing a more leafy alternative to the average Tokyo mall, Yoyogi Village is bringing back its annual beer garden for summer. Again taking over the faux beach at the complex, this beer garden’s theme is 'The Apero', so picture a relaxing environment decked out with plants from Sora Botanical Garden Project, a horticultural studio. For ¥5,000 (¥5,500 on weekends), you can get a seven-course meal with an all-you-can-drink plan, which includes an array of beer, highballs and much more.

アーバンビアテラス
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Urban Beer Terrace

Things to do Marunouchi Hotel, Marunouchi

The classic Marunouchi Hotel moves into the beer garden business in summer, but as you'd expect from this nearly century-old venue, it's a more elegant affair than the boozers on department store rooftops across town. A standard course (¥6,500) will get you an appetiser platter packed with veggies, charcuterie, cheese and other small dishes, plus beer, wine, cocktails and sours. Meanwhile, the 'upgrade' course (¥7,500) includes additional food and premium drinks like sparkling wine and craft beer from Tokyo Sumidagawa Brewing. You'll be sitting on the eighth-floor terrace, which is decorated in blue and white and boasts fantastic views over the neighbouring Tokyo Station.

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Schmatz BBQ Beer Garden
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Schmatz BBQ Beer Garden

Bars and pubs Lumine Ikebukuro, Ikebukuro

Popular German craft beer brand Schmatz takes over two floors at Lumine Ikebukuro with its annual beer garden serving modern German cuisine. The eighth floor features a beer garden with plenty of brews and even some banana and mango flavoured beer cocktails. There are regular cocktails, highballs, shochu and wine as well. You can grab small meals and side dishes here including sausage platters, pretzels and spiced curry, but head to the ninth floor if you’re looking to fill up. Expect an assortment of veggies and meat, which you can barbeque on the grill yourself.

Beer Terrace Sekirei

Bars and pubs Meiji Seimeikan, Marunouchi

Unlike other beer gardens in the city, this one is only open for one short month at Meiji Kinenkan, starting on June 15. Beer Terrace Sekirei makes a great place to escape the hustle and bustle, as it's adorned with lush greenery just like its next-door neighbour, Meiji Shrine. Many businesspeople come here to wind down after work. You can get a jug of beer at a reasonable ¥850 and you’ll find izakaya-style dishes to curb your hunger.

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権八
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Sushi x Beer Garden

Bars and pubs Gonpachi, Nishi-Azabu

Gonpachi Nishiazabu opens its Japanese garden for customers who want to enjoy sushi with ice cold beer during the summertime. This Kill Bill-inspired restaurant offers a tasting option (¥4,500) which includes finger food like edamame, fried lotus root chips and fried chicken, while the grand Sushi Beer Garden course (¥7,000) includes an assortment of sashimi and sushi, along with a few more appetisers. Both courses come with a two-hour all-you-can-drink plan and four kinds of Asahi beers.

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BBQ Village

Restaurants Keio Floral Garden Ange, Chofu

Spend a relaxing evening by the beautiful pond at this botanical garden in Tamagawa and enjoy three hours of unlimited beer and cocktails. The all-you-can-drink plan is set at a reasonable ¥1,650 during the day and ¥2,200 in the evenings; there's even a ¥500 soft drink plan for those who want to skip the booze. For an additional amount (starting at ¥2,980), you'll get a barbeque platter, which serves up a variety of meat and the speciality grilled cheesy potatoes.

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天空のビアガーデン
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Hilton Tokyo Beer Garden

Bars and pubs Hilton Tokyo, Nishi-Shinjuku

Once home to one of the capital's most exclusive beer gardens, with a capacity of just 20 people per night, the Hilton Tokyo is now taking a far more inclusive approach. Relocated to a terrace overlooking Shinjuku Chuo Park, the hotel's beer garden now has space for 180 people, and a price tag that’s far less eye-watering. In fact, were it not for the classier location, you might struggle to distinguish it from the beer gardens that you find atop almost every major department store in the city.

Here, ¥3,000 gets you all you can drink from a menu including draft beer, wine and soft drinks, with a selection of food also available from ¥500. For an additional ¥1,000, you can opt to sit in the luxurious lounge seats. 

フォレストパーク
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Forest Park

Restaurants Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Odaiba

Looking for a much quieter, low-key evening at a beer garden? This hidden terrace at Odaiba’s Hilton Tokyo is surrounded by greenery, tucked away from all the touristy spots nearby. From beer and highballs to tortilla chips and fried calamari, everything on the menu is set at ¥1,000. For those who are looking for a hearty meal, the surf and turf set gets you the finest spare ribs and lobsters on the grill. Reservations are required to dine here, and the venue may close on rainy days.

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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 hydrated throughout the summer. The price (¥3,800 for men, ¥3,600 for women) includes a buffet of Japanese, Chinese and Western food – none of it exactly what you'd call gourmet fare – and two hours of free-flowing 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 9.15pm sharp. Reservations are taken for weekdays only.

世界を旅するビアガーデン
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InterContinental Tokyo Bay Beer Garden

Things to do InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Takeshiba

How about a romantic night out at InterContinental Tokyo Bay’s summer exclusive beer garden? Sample upscale Asian and Western cuisine by the bay with a free-flow of more than 70 different drinks, including the classic Asahi Super Dry Gold, fruit mojitos and highballs, for 90 minutes. The standard plan is ¥6,000 and comes with a luxurious hors d’oeuvre plate, along with hot dishes like grilled meat, deep-fried dim sum and crispy spring rolls.

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フレンチBBQ ビアテラス
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French BBQ Beer Terrace

Things to do The Strings Omotesando, Omotesando

Dine on French-style barbecue on the spacious lawn at The Strings Omotesando. Set meals starting from ¥5,000 come with sharing-style platters featuring dishes like grilled chicken, miso marinated spare ribs and soft shell shrimp, plus summer desserts like lemon shaved ice with melon, mint, and ginger honey. With an additional ¥3,000, you can get two hours of all-you-can-drink beer, wine, cocktails, sours and much more. Show up to the dinner in a yukata to receive a complimentary cocktail.

Aloha Night
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Starry Sky Beer Garden Aloha Night

Restaurants Cafe Kaila, Shibuya

Shibuya’s popular Hawaiian restaurant Cafe Kaila has a beer garden with a touch of the tropical.. Sit outside on the terrace, where you’ll hear Hawaiian music playing throughout the night, and dine on Hawaiian dishes such as marinated smoked salmon, chicken wings and dried curry, in addition to unlimited garlic edamame and cajun fries. This ¥4,400 (¥4,900 on Fri & Sat) course also includes a free-flow of selected beers, cocktails and soft drinks, and is ¥200 cheaper if booked through the Café Kaila website (Japanese only).

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Takanawa Forest Garden
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Takanawa Forest Garden

Restaurants Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Takanawa

One of the more exclusive outdoor booze spots opening around town in summer, the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa's poolside garden offers treats from sparkling wine to all-you-can-eat Japanese beef. The lit-up pool adds to the atmosphere at night, while the gazebo-style roof means this beer garden is an option even on rainy days. It all comes with a price, though: the barbecue sets start from ¥6,800.

フレンチBBQ ビアテラス
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French BBQ Beer Terrace

Things to do The Strings Omotesando, Omotesando

Dine on French-style barbecue on the spacious lawn at The Strings Omotesando. Set meals starting from ¥5,000 come with sharing-style platters featuring dishes like grilled chicken, miso marinated spare ribs and soft shell shrimp, plus summer desserts like lemon shaved ice with melon, mint, and ginger honey. With an additional ¥3,000, you can get two hours of all-you-can-drink beer, wine, cocktails, sours and much more. Show up to the dinner in a yukata to receive a complimentary cocktail.

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T.Y. Harbor

Bars and pubs Breweries Tennozu

Easily one of Tokyo’s favorite brewpubs, TY Harbor produces a range of Californian-style ales and porters, and the attached restaurant, which seats over 350 across its combined drinking and dining areas, serves up very decent diner fare. Choose from steamed clams, wagyu burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, Kansas-style BBQ pork spareribs, Louisiana-style crab cakes, grilled fish, pizzas, salad and much more. But the main attraction is undoubtedly the picturesque canalside location, which is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can sit outside and drink on the waterfront.

Tokyo Beer Hall and Beer Terrace 14

Bars and pubs Beer hall Marunouchi

An oasis in the office-tower jungle of Otemachi, this eatery bathes in natural light thanks to its picture windows and a partially glass-encased terrace. At lunchtime, all food orders include access to the salad buffet and drink bar, but it's in the evenings that 14 really shines.

Pub grub including fish and chips, pizza and lamb chops is combined with a competent lineup of beers, including every variety turned out by the Kawagoe-based Coedo brewery. Make the most of the experience on the terrace taking in the evening breeze, but note that the open-air part of the restaurant closes on rainy days. If you're unsure about its availability, best call ahead to confirm.

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