Bars

Your guide to bars and drinking in Tokyo. Find the best places for beer, cocktails, wine, sake and more

Best bars in Tokyo
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Best bars in Tokyo

Find the top bars in Time Out's ultimate guide to drinking in Tokyo: from craft beer and wine to sake and cocktails

Where to drink tea cocktails in Tokyo
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Where to drink tea cocktails in Tokyo

A new generation of tea houses and bars is taking Japanese tea into a boozy new territory

Best music bars in Tokyo
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Best music bars in Tokyo

A laidback drinking experience, music bars are known for their curated playlists and extensive vinyl collections

Best bars in Golden Gai
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Best bars in Golden Gai

The atmospheric alleyways at Golden Gai in Shinjuku are crammed with countless little bars of varied themes – perfect for a night of bar-hopping

Best sake bars in Tokyo
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Best sake bars in Tokyo

Appreciate a good cup of sake? Here's where you can get your nihonshu fix in the capital

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Premium Sake Pub Gashue
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Premium Sake Pub Gashue

Gashue in Ueno aims to make sake appreciation easier for beginners and especially tourists...

Grandfather's
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Grandfather's

Established 40 years ago, the aptly named Grandfather’s started out with a playlist style that was uncommon at the time, blending together rock LPs one song at a time. Today, the tunes are a selection of popular music (mainly AOR and funk and soul) from the ’70s, when vinyl records were mainstream. However, the owner is constantly on the lookout for new music and if a modern artist wins his favour they’ll get some ‘airtime’ too. (We recently heard him spin a few tracks by Joss Stone and Rumer.) After all these years, the interior is still well maintained, giving off a rich ambience that’s appropriate for such a venerable bar and that lends an extra level of charm to the music.

Tokyo Whisky Library
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Tokyo Whisky Library

Anyone not very familiar with but willing to learn more about whisky best head straight to this Aoyama hideout...

Bar la Hulotte
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Bar la Hulotte

A trifecta of rough stone, warm wood and faint light welcomes the thirsty to Hulotte – 'owl' in French – an Azabu watering hole that regularly appears in flashy bar features praising its unique atmosphere. But this is no trendy date spot – far from it. It's much better suited to lone imbibers, who are prepared to make the hike from Azabu-Juban Station for the chance to sit quietly, sample a fine cigar and sip on a cocktail mixed up by Hulotte's master bartender, a veteran of Aoyama's extraordinary Radio. There is a seat for two at the very end of the room, but you'd probably have to come here at least a dozen times before they let you use it...

Star Bar Ginza
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Star Bar Ginza

Kishi's kingdom is called Star Bar, a quiet basement spot on Namiki-dori, where everything – from the handcrafted ice cubes to the exclusive leather stools – exudes a desire for perfection.

YYG Brewery & Beer Kitchen
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YYG Brewery & Beer Kitchen

Just down the road from the famed Shin Udon, this casual brewery/gastropub is a great place to wind down from the intensity of Shinjuku

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Best cocktail bars in Tokyo
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Best cocktail bars in Tokyo

Whether you fancy a classic drink or the kind of creative concoction you’d only ever find in Tokyo, these cocktail bars are the best in the city

Best Tokyo bars with a view
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Best Tokyo bars with a view

Get a taste of the high life at these fine establishments

Best art bars in Tokyo
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Best art bars in Tokyo

These bars and restaurants also double up as a gallery of sorts, serving up cool art alongside food and drinks

Best gin bars in Tokyo
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Best gin bars in Tokyo

The gin revival has hit Tokyo. Here are the best bars in the city for a gin-tastic evening

Best casual bars in Tokyo
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Best casual bars in Tokyo

There's more to Tokyo's bar scene than the serious, formal bars of Ginza. Talk, laugh and just be yourself at these lively and cool bars

Best tourist-friendly gay bars in Shinjuku Ni-chome
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Best tourist-friendly gay bars in Shinjuku Ni-chome

Whether it be dancing the night away at a club or drinking and meeting new people in a tiny dive bar, Shinjuku Ni-chome offers some of the best nights out in Tokyo. No matter if you’re straight, gay or non-binary, the capital’s LGBT hub will deliver. If you want to experience one of the best parts of Japanese bar culture – talking with and being entertained by the staff – but don’t quite know where to head for English-friendly banter, these five bars will fit the bill.

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Fiesta de España
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Fiesta de España

One of the last few national festivals in Yoyogi Park this year, this colourful celebration features dozens of food and drink stalls dealing in Spanish delicacies from paella to churros and tapas...

Shinjuku Seafood Mania
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Shinjuku Seafood Mania

As if you needed an excuse to drink sparkling wine as you dine on fresh seafood – Shinjuku Seafood Mania is giving you one. Held in Okubo Park, the event is particularly focused on celebrating seasonal seafood...

Drink champagne under ginko trees!
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Drink champagne under ginko trees!

French restaurant Kihachi is situated across a long row of ginkgo trees along Meiji Jingu Gaien. In the autumn, the ginkgo trees turn a spectacular shade of yellow gold and the restaurant is offering five dining plans to celebrate the season...

Shinjuku Seafood Mania
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Shinjuku Seafood Mania

As if you needed an excuse to drink sparkling wine as you dine on fresh seafood – Shinjuku Seafood Mania is giving you one...