Bureaucrats working late must look down in envy at the wooden patio outside Kasumigaseki's Yebisu Bar, which turns into a raucous beer garden for the duration of the summer. Drinking outdoors just feels that little bit better when you're doing it right in the seat of Japanese political power. Advance bookings for groups of two or more come with a choice of Bronze (¥3,000), Silver (¥4,500), Gold (¥5,000) or Platinum (¥6,500) courses that include free-flowing Yebisu beer, highballs and wine. And why settle for a conventional pitcher when you can get a dinky plastic keg to dispense your suds instead? Why indeed.
Note that the beer garden is closed on all Sundays from May to September, as well as on Saturdays and public holidays in May and September.