A must for beer lovers, Bashamichi Taproom is one of several outlets for Baird Beer, a small brewery dedicated to making flavorsome beers using traditional malted barley, whole flower hops and soft Numazu water. The three-story Taproom has a long bar on the ground floor, a large room with bar and table seating on the second floor and a rooftop beer garden. The range of beers on tap include brown ale, pale ale, IPAs, a lager, a stout, and amber ale, as well as seasonal choices and a guest ale. The food menu offers authentic American style BBQ with beef, pork and chicken. There is also pizza, salad, macaroni cheese and Texas chili. A big-screen TV and regular music events help to create an inviting atmosphere. -AH
Set on the sixth floor of the Amuse Museum, Bar Six is where you can enjoy a drink with breath-taking views of the city's cultural hub. With some of the city's finest attractions at its backdrop, this bar boasts a serene, yet exciting atmosphere, that sweetens the overall experience. Take your pick from an impressive collection of wines, beers and imported spirits or opt for one of the signature Asakusa cocktails.
If you like a view with your cocktail, The Bar should be at the top of your list. The simple name conceals a luxurious lounge, up on the 42nd floor of the Atago Mori Tower, where any seat in the house guarantees you a view of Tokyo Bay. The Bar also serves fantastic food, including award-winning pizza; there is a dress code so be sure to adhere to it if you want to get in.
A restaurant that brings Mexican culture to life, Hacienda del Cielo offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The first thing you notice when you walk into this restaurant is its fascinating interior design, inspired by Mexican and Mayan lore. Its enticing menu boasts a variety of traditional and modern Mexican delicacies that bring out the true essence of Latin culinary culture. Tease your palate with the classic nachos and guacamole, and then feast on a scintillating chipotle, chimichanga, or quesadilla. Complement your meal with a sangria or opt for one of the signature cocktails like the Agua Fresca, Rebujito or the Coronarita. Offering spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline from the outdoor terrace, the restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner.
Operating since 2011, Craft Beer Market has become a favorite hangout spot among the locals and tourists who love beer. This bar boasts of offering over 30 different beer varieties on tap and features local beer labels like Baird, Iwate Kura, Aquala and others. In case you feel hungry, you can pick from the scrumptious small-plate menu offered at Craft Beer Market. The menu is priced moderately so you can enjoy the beer without worrying about digging a hole in your pocket. The bar's friendly staff and casual ambiance make it a great spot to unwind after a hectic day.
An upscale bar in one of the more prominent locations in the city, Garden Cafe is a great place to share a drink or two with friends. Chic and serene, with simple yet elegant designs and a pleasant atmosphere, this bar sets the tone for a relaxed yet enjoyable drinking session. Seat yourself on one of the cozy couches or armchairs and call for one of the spectacular spirits or beers this bar has to offer. If the weather permits, you could sit amidst lush green trees at the fabulous garden terrace and take in the magnificent view of the city while you sip on your drink.
While most traditional beer gardens are usually found closer to the ground, in Tokyo, where space is at an utmost premium, even the rooftops allow for people to chill, relax, chat, and drink. Atop many buildings, especially during the balmy summer nights, that's exactly what happens. But at the Roppongi Beer Garden, it's not just a summertime affair. Open all year round, except during inclement weather, this spot gives its revelers the chance to have a drink while gazing at Roppongi's bustling nightlife. With a variety of local and international beers, and nibbles to keep you thirsty and satiated, you could do worse than spending some time at the Roppongi Beer Garden. -Stephen Lebovits
Party and dance inside or relax and enjoy the views of Roppongi's bustling nightlife on the terrace. As its name implies, revelers are welcome and encouraged to party all night. A long list of drinks with regular bar fare is on offer here. But people do not come here for the food, they come for the party. The space is also available for groups and parties. It is open daily at 6pm.
Thrush // Cafe is a somewhat typical Japanese cafe and bar but what really sets it apart is its lovely terrace, overlooking the Happo-En garden, a garden that was host to many high-ranking officials during the Edo period. Thrush // Cafe serves a decent selection of beverages, both alcoholic and non, and, predictably, it gets crowded in cherry-blossom season.