Not just one of the best beer shops in Tokyo, but one of the best beer shops I have ever been to, all over the world. Tanakaya is an all round booze shop, with a large selection of not only beer, but also wine and spirits. Big glass-fronted fridges with beers from the US, Belgium, UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark and others. Japanese micros are kept in a chiller at the end of the beer fridges and breweries include Baird, Shiga Kogen, Hakusekikan, Harvestmoon, North Island, Tamamura Honten, Sankt Gallen, Hideji and they get seasonals in from some of these breweries too. I am a bit of an US beer novice, but there are plenty of names that I have heard of and been recommended. As for the Belgian selection, it is fantastic. I have got bottles here that I have never been able to find in Belgium. There is a big selection of 750ml bottles including plenty of Cantillon. Prices for the imports start from around ¥500 for a 330ml bottle and increase depending on size and rarity. Always seems reasonable though when you consider it is Tokyo. Japanese beers start a bit cheaper, around ¥400. In my opinion, this place is a must visit for anyone who likes beer and is in Toyko.
Japanese breweries’ bottles available when I visited:
11.00 – 20.00 Mon-Sat, closed Sunday
目白3-4-14, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
From Mejiro station on the Yamanote line, there is only one exit. Turn left out of the station on the main road. You will see a pedestrian crossing. Shortly afterwards on the left hand side you will see St. Marc’s coffee shop. Tanakaya is down the stairs in the basement, underneath St. Marc’s.