From classy cocktail bars to super casual watering holes, Tokyo has its fair share of drinking dens for those looking to get in a drink or two. After all, our city is ranked third for 'not able to make it through the week without some alcohol', according this year's global Time Out Index.
So what better way to spend your weekend than hopping from one boozy event to another, starting at midday no less? This weekend (April 19-21) in particular has four great drinking events going on across the capital, from a cocktail fest to a couple of sake soirees. Don't want to miss out? Get into the spirit at these great drinking events below...
Just as its name suggests, this cocktail extravaganza goes on for an entire week, letting you sample the best of Tokyo's cocktail scene. The event kicks off with a cocktail 'market' at the United Nations University courtyard where you can sample special concoctions at nine booths before moving on with the bar-hopping. A total of 63 bars in the city are participating in this festival.
If you prefer to stick to nihonshu or Japanese sake, best head on over to this festival at Shinagawa Intercity, which ends this Saturday April 20. This event sees kurabito (sake brewery workers) from across the country gather to provide you with their finest drops, along with food and live entertainment.
To further your sake education, you'll also want to attend the Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills. This week-long drinking fest hosts a total of 110 breweries and it also offers gourmet food stalls, where you can pair your drinks with some delicious bites.
For craft beer fans, make a trip out to Kichijoji for Craftrock Circuit this Saturday and Sunday. What better way to spend your weekend than sipping a cool pint while enjoying live gigs by some of Tokyo's top indie bands and artists? Expect brews from Mikkeller, Yona Yona Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Brew Dog, and many more.
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