A Diner and Drinker’s Dozen: Say Cheers at 12 of These Tokyo Beer Gardens

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Summer heat and humidity in Tokyo can be oppressive, but an afternoon or evening spent with a few cold beers and good company can definitely raise spirits during the dog days. Fortunately, we’re well into beer garden season in Tokyo, when hotels, department stores, and other locations turn their terraces into ideal outdoor spots for making merry. Here are 12 of our favorite places to say kampai.

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Showa-era Beer Garden

Held at the Grand Hyatt, this retro-themed beer garden has plenty of Showa era decorations and a wide variety of tipples on offer, from beer and highballs to Hoppy, a truly vintage concoction. There are plenty of period-appropriate snacks on offer, and the tunes have a throwback vibe as well. ¥6,000, and you’ll need to make a reservation in advance, on their site.

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Petit Garden

The smallest (maybe the name gave you a clue?) beer garden around, though big on style and beer selection, is the quaint “Petit Garden.” Only 200 meters from Shimokitazawa Station, this is a small but fun place to drink. You’ll recognize this beer garden by its Tudor-style building, and there is plenty of greenery and small accents that enhance the atmosphere. This elf-sized establishment seats about 38, and in keeping with the neighborhood’s late-night tendencies, this it stays open until 23:00. http://www.petitgarden.net/

Ginza Sky Beer Terrace

Four varieties of Premium Malts are the draft beers on offer on the 13th floor of Kotsu Kaikan, and the food comes courtesy of the Tokyo Kaikan, an eatery that dates back to the 20s. All-you-can-eat and -drink plans start at ¥5,000. This venue features live music and impressive views of downtown Tokyo. https://www.kaikan.co.jp/skybeerterrace/

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Momiji-tei Beer Hall

If you’re in the mood for a more upscale affair, head to the New Otani, where you can enjoy succulent Japanese beef to go along with your free-flowing drinks. The regular weekday course will set you back ¥8,500, while their two teppanyaki courses are available for ¥10,100 and ¥14,000. If you’re willing to splurge further, craft beer or champagne free flows can be arranged. Their special beer hall event goes until August 31. http://newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/restaurant/garden_momiji/index.html

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The Rooftop Kichijoji

Inspired by the surf town of Montauk, just outside New York City, this rooftop barbecue beer garden provides a laid-back atmosphere with a menu of freshly grilled seafood and steak. Open from 5pm-11pm until October 1 on Kichijoji’s Parco rooftop, the beer garden can hold 350 people, and has three surf-and-turf course menus: premium (¥5,000), standard (¥4,000), and light (¥3,500). All courses include an all-you-can-drink menu (for two hours) featuring draft beer, cocktails, soft drinks and more. If you’re closer to Ikebukuro, The Rooftop also has a branch atop Lumine Ikebukuro. the-rooftop.jp

Hilton Tokyo’s Sky Terrace

Up on the terrace at the Hilton Tokyo is the Sky Beer Garden. Aside from the usual selection of great food and drinks, you’ll find many patrons donning yukatas and bringing along their pets – it’s one of the few dog-friendly beer gardens in the city. Two-hour all-you-can-drink plans are available from 2:30pm, and start at ¥3,500. Sundown is one of the best times to hop over to the terrace, where you can get a good view of the park and the city skyline. http://www.hiltontokyo.jp/plans/restaurants/3660

Tokyo Dome City

Head out to Korakuen to enjoy a variety of international beers on tap at the terrace between Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Dome City. Their all you can eat/all you can drink plan features a wide variety of snacks and finger foods, as well as four different draft beers: Kirin, Kirin Stout, Budweiser and Heineken. If Irish eyes are smiling, Guinness and Kilkenny are available on tap for ¥830. https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/gourmet/shop/7

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Lugar Ha Amor

This luxury rooftop beer garden offers tasty brews, superb night-city views, and a selection of comfy sofa beds (including cozy ones made for couples). Open until September 30 on the rooftop of Machida Modi department store, Lugar Ha Amor has three different course menu options: midnight (¥3,000), standard (¥4,000), and VIP (¥5,000). Aside from relaxing music, entertainment is provided by way of a gigantic TV screen that you can rent for birthday message videos, marriage proposals, and so on.  www.lugar-ha-amor.com

Forest Beer Garden

One of the largest beer gardens around, Forest Beer Garden at the Trim Sports Centre in Meiji Shrine’s Outer Garden is a sure-fire way to guarantee quick eating and drinking. Families frequent the park because of the fantastic playground for kids, the sprawling lawns, and surrounding forest to play in. Forget the city around you and enjoy two hours of for ¥4,200 for men and ¥3,900 for women. but note that last order is a little early —21:00. Closest station is Shinanomachi, and the Forest Beer Garden is open until the end of August. http://mbg.rkfs.co.jp/

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The “O” Lounge

Another offering at the New Otani: Surrounded by a Japanese garden, the pool at the Hotel New Otani is the largest outdoor hotel pool in Tokyo. Known as Garden Pool by day, this urban oasis transforms into The “O” Lounge after sunset, complete with decorative lights, free-flowing drinks, and music by top DJs. The night pool is open Monday to Saturday until September 17 (also open on Sunday, August 13 and September 17) from 6pm to 10pm (last admission 9pm). Hotel guests pay ¥2,000 (¥1,000 for children), while visitors are charged ¥8,000 on weekdays, and ¥10,000 on weekends. If you want to stay the night, check out Hotel New Otani’s “Urban Resort Summer 2017” summer accommodation plans. www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/summer

Sky Paradise Beer Garden

The scenic view from the top of the Isetan department store in Shinjuku makes a perfect backdrop for a beer garden, and this one offered up in collaboration with the Italian food chain Salvatore Cuomo makes for a toothsome two hours of drinking and dining. There are six different plans available, ranging from ¥4,800 to ¥6,000. http://www.salvatore.jp/beergarden/isetan-shinjuku/

Beer Mount (Mount Takao)

You have two options with this destination: you can hike your way up to the top and brave the summery swelter, or ride a cable car to this lofty beer garden. We won’t judge you either way, and the beer will taste just as nice either way you go. A two-hour all you can drink and buffet is available for ¥3,500 for men and ¥3,300 for women. The garden closes up at 9pm, but don’t be too leisurely as you make your way down: the last cable car leaves at 9:40pm, and it’s a fairly long ride back to central Tokyo from Mount Takao. http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/beermnt/

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