New craft beer bars are opening every month in Tokyo, and it’s hard keeping up! Here’s a partial list of some places that I like in Tokyo: http://bento.com/r-beer.html
- VB Factory - I like IPAs, and this place devotes 12 of their 17 taps to IPAs. Better yet, they do tasting flights of three beers for ¥1000. (Or, I guess, ¥4000 for all 12!)
- Craft Beer Market - with seven branches in Tokyo, they offer some of the best prices in town - ¥480 for a glass and ¥780 for a pint. Most branches have thirty taps, and serve decent food (which I think is where they make their money).
- DevilCraft - a well-chosen mix of US and Japanese breweries (plus beers from their own new brewery), and good Chicago-style pizza. Branches in Kanda and Hamamatsucho.
- Thrash Zone (Yokohama) - they specialize in “extreme beers” from the US and Japan. They only food here is french fries, and the only music is thrash metal.
There are lots of other great places, but I will stop there for now…