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.
Soul Bird - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
[Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.]
This laid-back neighborhood craft-beer bar feels like a comfortable place to have an after-work party or just hang out. The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of soul music and Japanese rock and pop, and the interior has a rough-hewn, casual feel, with...
Franz Club - German: Hamamatsucho
[Open 11:30am-1:30, 4-10:30pm (LO). Open every day.]
A spacious bar serving meaty German fare and great beer. Four German brews from Spaten and Franziskaner are on draft (starting at Y600/glass) with several more by the bottle. The Y3500 prix-fixe menu consists of assorted German hams, sausages,...
Italiana Enoteca D'Oro - Italian: Hamamatsucho
[Open 11am-4, 5-10:30pm (LO; 3am Thu/Fri). Open every day.]
There's no need for an elaborate meal if you're not in the mood; here you can settle in with a simple pizza margherita, a sampling of their fifteen different hams and salamis, and a nice bottle or two of Italian wine. The cellar stocks around...
Lower Right - Grill: Hamamatsucho
[Open 11:30am-11:30pm (LO) daily.]
This stylish basement grill offers both Japanese craft beers and popular Belgian beers on tap. The meat-centered food menu features a section called "Meat Meat Meat!!!" with grilled pork, chicken, beef, and duck. The Hamburg steak (Y1700), made...
On the Table - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
[Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.]
Many craft-beer specialists make due with lackluster bar fare to accompany their drinks, so we were pleasantly suprised by the high standards of the kitchen at On the Table. A sister shop of the Good Beer Faucets bar in Shibuya, they also serve...
Agoo - Belgian rest/beer bar: Hamamatsucho
[Open 5pm-1am (2am Fri/Sat). Closed Sundays.]
The vibe at this small neighborhood bar is friendly and laid back - comfortable enough to stop in for a drink by yourself or for a quiet conversation with friends. There's a decent selection of Belgians at average-for-Tokyo prices, plus a small...
DevilCraft - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
[Open 5-11pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.]
Offering one of Tokyo's better selections of craft beer, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since late 2015, from their own Tokyo brewing facility. They...
Meishu Center - Liquor shop: Hamamatsucho
[Open 11am-9pm. Closed weekends.]
A down-to-earth little shop that offers an impressive variety of sakes for tasting. There are two brightly lit, stand-up counters where a mostly neighborhood crowd gathers for an after-work drink - this is as unpretentious as it gets.
Tokyo Ai Land - Antenna shop: Kaigan
[Open 7:30am-10:30pm daily.]
Located inside the ship terminal building, this small antenna shop and restaurant specializes in the food and drink of the group of tropical islands directly south of Tokyo, which are offically part of Tokyo Prefecture. The shop area sells several...