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Drink and Feast! 2018 Beer Gardens in Tokyo’s Department Stores

Drink and Feast! 2018 Beer Gardens in Tokyo’s Department Stores

Update: 25 July 2018

The hot Japanese summer is best spent in a scenic beer garden! There’s nothing better than kicking back with a cold beer and delicious food in an open space, surrounded by green or overlooking Tokyo.

The classic image of a beer garden is that of a big frosty pint of beer with rustic snacks. In Tokyo, however, beer gardens are evolving to a whole new level and appear in all sorts of shapes and with plenty of unique personality. Whether you prefer the classic style or are looking for a fancier place where champagne and cocktails are served, Tokyo’s beer gardens have got you covered! They’re oases of relaxation for everyone, loved by both locals and tourists looking to make the most out of the summer heat.

With the abundance of beer gardens available, it is easy to lose your head – which one has the best food, which one has the best view? Today, we’re showing you our favorite beer gardens, focusing on those operated by department stores and other large commercial facilities. There’s something here for every mood and occasion!

Tokyu Rooftop Premium Beer Garden: Specialty Dishes High Above Tokyo!

Tokyu Rooftop Premium Beer Garden: Specialty Dishes High Above Tokyo!

You’ll find Tokyu Department Store’s main location in an area often called “Shibuya's Backside.” It’s a neighborhood famous for being stylish and fashion-forward while maintaining a laid-back atmosphere, so it’s the perfect location for a summer beer garden! The Premium Beer Garden is on top of the department store’s roof, with a menu featuring specialty dishes by Restaurant Demi on Tokyo’s 8th floor. They’re refined and delicious, definitely fancier than what you’d expect from a beer garden! Additionally, the menu is enriched with “Shibuya honey” harvested right on the roof, plus vegetables from Kamakura!

The table seats are wonderfully spacious, inviting to relax in a laid-back environment. Enjoy a rich drink selection with excellent food amidst lush greenery that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Opening period: June 1 to September 9, 2018
Hours:
Weekdays: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Weekend & national holidays: 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (last admission/order at 9:00 p.m.)
Location: Tokyu Department Store Main Store Shibuya, Rooftop
Seats: 180 outdoor, 8 indoor
Menu: 2-hour all-you-can-drink course menu, 4,980 yen (tax included)

  • Tokyu Department Store Hon-ten
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    • Address 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043
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    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3477-3111

Ekibeer at Asakusa Ekimise: Snack on BBQ and Enjoy the Nightly Skytree!

Ekibeer at Asakusa Ekimise: Snack on BBQ and Enjoy the Nightly Skytree!

Asakusa Ekimise is a department store that’s directly connected to Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Skytree Line. On its rooftop, you’ll find the beer garden called Ekibeer, offering you both savory barbecue and an excellent view of Skytree itself. There’s hardly a better combination than beer, meat, and a beautiful scenery!

The menu is satisfyingly rich, tickling your taste buds with domestic beef and pork ribs, T-bone steak, one pound of steak, beef tongue from the calf, as well as a “homemade smoked set” with a variety of smoked delicacies. Surely your mouth is watering already, but now imagine savoring all of this while gazing at the lit-up Skytree in the distance.

Opening period: May 21 to September 2, 2018
Hours:
Weekdays: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last order at 2:00 p.m.)
Weekend & national holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last order at 2:00 p.m.) / 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last order at 9:00 p.m.)
Location: Asakusa Ekimise, rooftop
Seats: 40 tables, 160 seats
Menu: Ekibeer BBQ Set: BBQ Meat Set, Vegetable Set, Equipment Set, 2-hour all-you-can-drink; 4,200 yen (tax excluded)

  • Asakusa EKIMISE
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    • Address 1-4-1, Hanakawado, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0033
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    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-6802-8633

Tobu Ikebukuro Beer Garden Bulgogi Legend of Fire: Spicy, Savory, and Delectable!

Tobu Ikebukuro Beer Garden Bulgogi Legend of Fire: Spicy, Savory, and Delectable!

Ikebukuro’s Tobu Department Store features its own rooftop beer garden, this year under the theme of “Bulgogi Legend of Fire.” Bulgogi is a Korean barbecue dish that literally means “fire meat” and is precisely what you get – spicy meat in a hot pot with kimchi, tteok-bokki (rice cakes), and plenty of vegetables! It’s the perfect dish for a cold beer, but other kinds of drinks match it nicely as well. Of course, the beer garden lets you adjust the spiciness to your liking, using homemade hot sauce. From moderate to super spicy, go after your own preference!

If Korean barbecue hot pot isn’t your thing, the a la carte offers a rich selection of dishes as well. Bring all your friends and indulge in both beer and excellent food to spend a fun evening in lively Ikebukuro!

Opening period: April 25 to September 2, 2018
Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fridays, weekend & national holidays: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last order at 10:00 p.m.)
Location: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, rooftop 16F
Seats: 125 tables, 500 seats
Menu:
Original Bulgogi Hot Pot (pork or beef) includes breadsticks, fried pasta chips, fried potatoes, 2-hour all-you-can-drink.
Bulgogi Legend Set (domestic pork): 3,580 yen (adults), 2,000 yen (children, elementary school or younger)
Bulgogi Legend Set (domestic beef): 3,980 yen (adults), 2,400 yen (children, elementary school or younger)

Tobu Ikebukuro Aozora Craft Beer Garden: As Much Craft Beer As You Can Drink!

Tobu Ikebukuro Aozora Craft Beer Garden: As Much Craft Beer As You Can Drink!

Yes, Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro has indeed two beer gardens! The Aozora Craft Beer Garden is nestled on the rooftop of the 8th floor and will pamper you with as much craft beer as you want, alongside delicious barbecue. The regular course gets you all-you-can-drink for one kind of craft beer barrel, but for a mere 500 yen extra, you can up that number to four barrels! If you’re into craft beer, this is definitely the best choice.

Of course, the food doesn’t fall behind either. Craft beer from all around the world, including Germany and the Czech Republic, is served alongside plenty of veggies, ribs, pork belly, and chicken to put on the grill! The craft beer garden was quite popular last year, so Tobu apparently went even bigger this year!

Opening period: April 5 to October 19, 2018
Hours:
Until September 30: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last admission at 9:00 p.m.)
October 1 to 19: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission at 6:00 p.m.)
Location: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, rooftop 8F
Seats: 220
Menu:
Aozora Craft Beer Garden BBQ Course, 2-hour all-you-can-drink, 3,500 yen per person (tax included)

Tokyo Skytree Town’s “Let’s Look Up” Beer Garden: Drinking Under Tokyo’s Modern Symbol!

Tokyo Skytree Town’s “Let’s Look Up” Beer Garden: Drinking Under Tokyo’s Modern Symbol!
(C) TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN

Tokyo Skytree is fascinating and exciting, especially if you stand right beneath it. During summer, the “Let’s Look Up” Beer Garden in Skytree Town allows you to feast and drink right beneath the iconic tower! Next to regular tables, there are even special seats that quite literally are comfortably designed to let you look up at Skytree. It’s a unique and very “Tokyo” way to enjoy the summer!

Titled “meat bar,” you can guess what this beer garden is all about, right? Next to beer, the menu offers a great selection of wine and cocktails to match the meat dishes and an a la carte menu has everyone covered who doesn’t fancy all-you-can-eat. And if you come to the beer garden while wearing a yukata, you’ll get a discount!

Opening period: June 15 to September 17, 2018
Hours:
Until September 30: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last admission at 9:00 p.m.)
October 1 to 19: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission at 6:00 p.m.)
Location: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, rooftop 8F
Seats: 220
Menu:
Lunch (with 90-minute all-you-can-drink): from 3,800 yen for adults (tax included)
Dinner (with 2-hour all-you-can-drink): from 4,500 yen for adults (tax included)
※Other plans also available.
※May be closed in case of bad weather.

White & Sky Poolside Beer Garden: a Stylish, Sophisticated Experience in Ginza

White & Sky Poolside Beer Garden: a Stylish, Sophisticated Experience in Ginza

The White & Sky Poolside Beer Garden o the rooftop of Ginza’s Tokyu Plaza may be the fanciest beer garden in all of Tokyo. It was born from a collaboration with The Apollo, a restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine, and this year, the “champagne free flow course” will satisfy all your luxury needs! Additionally, about 50 kinds of alcoholic drinks crowd the menu, including bee (of course), cocktails, sours, wine, and so on.

The stylish space will make you feel like you’re sitting at the poolside of a modern resort; enjoy the tunes of live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. This fancy space was created with the modern Tokyoite in mind, offering a beautiful oasis for couples, friends, and families alike. Bring someone special and have an extraordinary evening!

Opening period: June 20 to September 30, 2018
Hours:
Weekdays: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (last admission at 9:30 p.m.)
Saturdays: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sundays: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Kiriko Terrace Waterside, rooftop
Seats: 98
Menu:
Regular course for 4,800 yen: assorted dishes, regular all-you-can-drink for 90 minutes, last order at 75 minutes in (includes about 50 drinks, such as beer, wine, sour, cocktails, etc)
Premium course for 5,500 yen: assorted dishes, premium all-you-can-drink for 90 minutes, last order at 75 minutes in (includes beer cocktails and original cocktails on top of the regular drink menu)
Champagne course 6,800 yen: assorted dishes, premium all-you-can-drink for 90 minutes, all-you-can-drink champagne for 90 minutes, last order at 75 minutes in (includes champagne on top of the premium drink menu)

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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