Shimbashi, Shiodome, Tsukiji
Cafes, bars and casual dining
Toranomon, Uchisaiwaicho, Shimbashi
Delirium Cafe Tokyo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Toranomon
[Open 11:30am-11pm (Wed, Thu -12a; Fri -2am). Closed Sundays.]
This specialty bar imports beers directly from Belgium, and serves an impressive selection of ten different varieties on draft, including varieties we haven't seen elsewhere around town. Open to 1:30am Wed, Thu, Fri nights.
Le Petit Tonneau - French: Toranomon
[Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Very casual bistro-style fare and a good variety of wines from southern France - they import their own wines and many are available by the glass. The chef is Philippe Batton, formerly of Le Petit Bedon in Daikanyama, and the atmosphere is...
Anpuku - Udon: Toranomon
[Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
Novel, fusion-style udon is the specialty here, but what first attracted our attention was the inviting little sake bar standing at the front of the shop. A couple dozen well-chosen craft sakes from around the country are served in taster-size 60ml...
Toranomon Koffee - Coffee shop: Toranomon
[Open 7am-9pm daily.]
Serious coffee fans in the Toranomon area were happy to hear about the opening of this office-building branch of the cult-favorite Omotesando Koffee in Aoyama. The polished-wood decor is quite minimal, the better to focus attention on the...
Craft Beer Market Toranomon - Beer bar: Uchisaiwaicho
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm. Closed weekends.]
Craft Beer Market offers thirty different brews on draft, including a good number of seasonal specials. Prices are noticeably less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, with pints priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a...
Bono - Beer bar: Shimbashi
[Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.]
A tiny, half standing bar, Oyster Bar Bono is notable for their selection of eight Japanese craft beers on tap, priced at Y690 (+tax) for a medium-sized glass. The food menu is relatively inexpensive, and features small pizzas as well as oysters. ...
Brasserie Beer Blvd. - Beer bar: Shimbashi
[Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.]
A pleasantly appointed craft-beer venture from the former manager of the legendary Dry Dock bar, Beer Blvd includes a very casual standing area as well as tables. Six or seven taps dispense both US and Japanese craft beers, at Y1000-1200 per pint....
Kuri - Sake bar: Shimbashi
[Open 4-11:30pm (drink LO). Closed Sundays.]
Run by the Moto-Azabu liquor shop Kurihara, this is a larger branch of the original Kuri in Ginza, specializing in sake and shochu. For your tasting cnovenience, sake comes in small (60ml) glasses as an option. Their list of posted rules includes...
Shinshu Osake Mura - Sake bar: Shimbashi
[Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.]
People don't come to Shinshu Osake Mura for the atmosphere, or the music (there isn't any). There aren't even any chairs. The reason to visit this hole-in-the-wall, standing-only sake bar, located on the ground floor of one of Shimbashi's most...
Vivo Daily Stand - Wine bar: Shimbashi
[Open 7am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.]
Wine by the glass and casual French snacks at very reasonable prices - most snacks are Y400, while wines are Y500-700 per glass.
Tabibito - Sake bar: Shimbashi
[Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.]
Premium sake is the focus at this charming drinking spot, and proprietress will construct three-part tasting flights based on your preferences. Flights generally cost around Y1500-1700 - perhaps a tad higher than average, but worth it for the...
Dry Dock - Beer bar: Shimbashi
[Open 5pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.]
Perhaps this isn't the narrowest bar in Tokyo, but it's certainly the narrowest bar offering such an impressive class of craft beers, both domestic and imported. Cleverly, the tiny space is fashioned to resemble a yacht, with porthole windows and...
Din Tai Fung - Dim sum: Shiodome
[Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.]
Spectacular Taipei-style, hot-broth-squirting xiao long bao (shoronpo dumplings) and other dimsum fare. The weekend lines may look daunting, but don't worry - they move very quickly.
Frijoles - Tex-Mex: Shiodome
[Open 11am-9:45pm (LO; Sat -8:45, Sun -7:45) daily.]
The tasty burritos, tacos, and fajitas here are all made from premium organic ingredients. You can choose from grilled chicken, carnitas (braised pork), steak or vegetarian filling; with prices ranging from Y800-1100. Everything is available for...
Drunk Bears - Beer bar: Shiodome
[Open 11am-11:30pm. Closed Sat, Sun.]
This unpretentious pub serves a big assortment of beers from around the world, including some unusual finds (Rugenbrau from Switzerland) and a few nice Belgians and popular US brands like Sam Adams and Anchor Steam. The food includes lots of fried...
TwentyEight - Bar: Shiodome
[Open 9am-midnight daily.]
Located in the lobby of the Conrad Hotel, TwentyEight is an oasis of muted monochromes with discrete edges. Dusk is arguably the best time to visit; calm settles over the space as the sunlight fades and votive candles flicker to life. The scene...
Zanmai Mawaru-sushi #2 - Sushi: Tsukiji
[Open 7am-9pm daily.]
The second, larger conveyor-belt branch of the reliable Zanmai chain has very reasonable prices and easy ordering.
Turret Coffee - Coffee shop: Tsukiji
[Open 7am-6pm (Sun noon-) daily.]
One of the only gourmet espresso bars in the area, Turret sources their beans from the well-known Streamer Coffee in Shibuya. Note the early closing time.
Mother Leaf - Tea shop: Higashi-Ginza
[Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.]
Mother Leaf brews aromatic teas from five varieties of Sri Lankan tea leaves in a peaceful, smoke-free atmosphere.