Boasting over 1,000 types of beers, even the pickiest of hops and barley aficionados can find a beer to their liking here. If you have never had an African or Indian beer or would like your friends to learn about your favorites, Billy Barew Ebisu is the place to be. Parties and events can be hosted. For such a range, be prepared to pay some premium prices but it is a worthwhile experience for those who cannot get out of the country enough to enjoy the pleasures of global brews.
Head to Goodbeer Faucets if you are looking for a good time in Tokyo. This bar is known for offering an extensive list of beverages without digging a hole in your pocket. Goodbeer Faucets boasts of featuring over 40 different local and international craft brews. Choose from the popular favorites like Cream Ale, GBF Yuzy Dream and others to accompany you on an evening here. In case you feel hungry, you can munch on scrumptious small-plate delights offered here. The food menu changes regularly and features the season's specialties. The interiors of Goodbeer Faucets have a cozy seating arrangement and a friendly ambiance making it just the right spot to catch up with your buddies.
Imagine the conversation that might ensue when you try to convince your friends to go to a place called "Petit Delirium." It sounds dangerous, but is actually a stylish little escape from the area's manic madness. Conveniently located in high traffic Shinjuku, the Petit Delirium Tap Cafe has taken over the space of yet another defunct Tokyo watering hole. Offering beers in bottles and on tap, as well as mid-priced mixed drinks, finger food and more elaborate eats, you can while away the time both indoors or outside, depending on the weather and your mood.
Drop in for an after-work drink or some delicious Tex-Mex fare at Havana Cafe. Known for its zippy cocktails and happy hours, this lively bar is a great place to simply hang out with a bunch of friends. The basement has a cozy and quieter dining room where you can enjoy some delicious and hearty food while the ground floor has a trendy bar where you can take a seat at any of the high chairs or stools which are ranged around the bar and the opposite wall. The use of tiles behind the bars and the arching ceiling gives this bar area a trendy feel while the dining area downstairs, with its nick-nacks, flower arrangements and dim lights has a warm, inviting feel. Offering a much-needed break from Japanese fare, and drinks at extremely fair prices, the bar is especially popular among the tourist population.
The Full Monty is a small, friendly pub serving real ale and British food. There are specialty beers on tap, though you can also get bottled beers, whisky, bourbon, wine and cocktails at the bar. The food menu has a variety of pies and quiches which change regularly, and other pub favorites such as fish and chips. You can even get The Full Monty, an English breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, beans and tomato. Inside there are barrel tables and bar seating, while outside there are more tables and plenty of standing room. The pub overlooks the canal, which is very pretty when the cherry blossoms are in bloom in the spring. A large flat-screen television shows major sports games when available, and British movies the rest of the time. -AH
Situated on the 10th floor of the spectacular Forest Inn Showakan, Lounge Dakota's vantage point allows patrons to gaze beyond the confines of the elegantly furnished space and admire the beauty of the vistas surrounding them. Incorporating two karaoke rooms and a bar menu decked with delightful bites to accompany your tasteful drinks, this establishment is the perfect spot to unwind with loved ones or swing by with friends and business acquaintances for a quick drink. Bask in the dazzling view of the glittering Tokyo skyline during the evenings as you relax and sip on your choice of drink from the extensive menu.
The latest addition to the string of Irish pubs sprouting up all over town, Mad Mulligan serves draft Guinness, Kilkenny and Old Speckled Hen along with a variety of other imported and local beers. During happy hour (5p-8p Monday to Wednesdays and 5p-7p Thursdays and Fridays), the cost of alcoholic drinks starts at JPY500. There is food all evening including fish and chips, steak and shepherds pie. It also offers free Internet surfing for those who prefer to surf while drinking. Thursday is designated live music night and the pub features some of the best talent on the Tokyo circuit.