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

Japanese alcohol you didn’t know existed
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Japanese alcohol you didn’t know existed

Go beyond whisky, sake, shochu and gin with Japanese rum, absinthe, umeshu and more

Shibuya Sky has opened a pop-up rooftop bar
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Shibuya Sky has opened a pop-up rooftop bar

Take in the views and have a drink at Shibuya’s highest rooftop bar this summer

These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer
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These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer

Get quality beer delivered to your doorstep from these breweries, taprooms and bars in Tokyo and across Japan

Best wine bars in Tokyo – natural wines included
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Best wine bars in Tokyo – natural wines included

Old world, new world, natural or even Japanese wines – these top bars in Tokyo are perfect for sipping on the good stuff

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

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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.