Venture off the beaten path and into the world of reasonably priced yet understated luxury and sophistication that is ‘Crista’.
A 10 minute walk from Shibuya Station in the direction of Omotesando takes you off the main road to ‘Crista’, an elegant, peaceful haven from the intense hussle and bussle of Shibuya. Thoughtful elegance runs through the veins of this place, from its warm toned, tasteful décor based in nature, to it’s extremely accommodating staff who welcome you as if you’re an old friend, ‘Crista’ truly treats it’s clientele.
Although ‘Crista’ only has 6 craft beers on offer, each one has a delicious, unique and memorable combination of flavours for a very reasonable price. Whether it’s the intriguing and enticing berry flavoured ‘sakura drop’, the Belgium style ‘Wheat Ale’ with citrus, banana, bubble gum and clove flavours or something more familiar like their hoppy ’IPA’, ‘Imperial Stout’ with coffee and chocolate flavours, its citrus ‘Amber Ale’ or floral ‘Pale Ale’, the refined flavours make the familiar that little bit extra-special.
Likewise throughout it's drinks menu, ‘Crista’ does well to cater to a variety of tastes with an extra special touch. Whether its their crafted gins and array of other widely sourced spirits, variety of wines or tantalizing cocktails, alcohol aficionados are sure to feel well catered too. Additionally, with ‘Crista’s’ non-alcoholic ‘Fruit Sparklers’ made with homemade fruit syrups with ingredients sourced from local farms, non-drinkers needn’t fear missing out on a truly singular flavour experience.
As for food, ‘Crista’ is a bar and restaurant that offers either dinner or drinks in the evening but ask at the drinks bar for the snack list if you’re feeling peckish and the deliciously crispy, golden parmesan fries are sure to hit the spot.
Whether you’re looking for a spot of luxury while on vacation, its date night, business drinks or simply to treat yourself or a loved one, ‘Crista’ is an experience not to be missed.
Find 40 kinds of draught beer a hop, skip and a jump from Shibuya crossing at‘Goodbeer Faucets'.
Relax and enjoy a fully comprehensive menu of craft beers from around the world. Although mainly presenting Japanese and American offerings, ‘Faucets’ provides options from all over the globe and the encyclopedia of beer bottles framing the windows indicate the passion for beer that underpins this establishment. Boasting 40 taps of draft, 3 taps of real ale and an array of bottled beer, whether you’re looking for a more classic craft beer like and IPA or Brown Ale or something more unique like The ‘GBF Yuzu Dream’, you’ll truly be spoiled for choice here.
As soon as you open the door, you are greeted by friendly and welcoming International staff who seem to truly enjoy their work and workplace and want to make your experience with them as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. The most apt words I can think of to describe this bar are joy and love. From the Wonderful staff, to the fun and vibrant Heavily US influenced décor, where literally every wall has something unique and interesting to look at, it is evident that this is a place made with passion, love and care by someone who’s pleasure it is to make this place a reality.
As far as food options go, I cannot begin to pretend that the choices are equal in number to that of the beer list, however there are still some interesting offerings for you to try. From more savoury vegan friendly snacks like canola leef tempora, to the spicy meat-packed ‘Jerusalem Mix’ or interesting desserts like stout ice cream, you shouldn’t struggle to find something to nibble on.
From its international staff to its thorough and varied beer list and fun and friendly interior design, this bar has managed to create an inclusive armosphere for all, that cannot fail to make any and everyone feel welcome. Whether you’re feeling adventurous, homesick or just want a place to relax after a long day, this bar is a must.
Find a home from home with the traitional pub culture of‘Griffon', just 5 minutes from Shibuya Station.
Taking its name for a term for Griffin, an animal well-known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions, this bar certainly holds treats worth protecting. Head off the busy streets and take the stairs under the ground and into a cozy and welcoming space reminiscent of the kinds of pubs we all know and love. From the TV, to the vintage Guiness posters, to happy clientele chatting relaxedly to one another, ‘Griffon’ offers a home away from home (that stays open until 5 AM) and chance to take time to youself after a busy and hectic day.
‘Griffon’ offers 23 familiar draft beers, covering all flavours and preferences and gathered from Japan, The U.S., The U. K., Ireland and Belgium and fear not if you’d like to try something out of the ordinary, as the menu features a small picture of a pint of beer next to ever beer listed to indicate the colour.
There is however one thing that helps these familiar beers stand out, and that is the way they are stored. At ‘Griffon’, they carefully control the temperature of the barrels in order to ensure the quality and deliciousness of all of their draft beers. Combined with their simple and delicious menu of traditiobal pub grub such as ‘fish and chips’ and great beer accompaniments like 'sausage and sour kraut', you’ll surely be onto a winner.
What’s more, the abundance of draft beer is not all that’s on offer here. With their comprehensive range of whiskies, from scotches to bourbons and everything in between, combined with their list of familiar pub cocktails, you’ll find something for everyone here.
When it comes to bars to grab a craft beer, ‘Griffon’ is your bread and butter. Nothing too fancy or gimmicky, just simple reliable quality.
Just 7 minutes on foot from Shibuya crossing, find craft beer on tap at ‘Mikkeller’ a Danish bar with global beers. Instantly recognizable by it’s location on a corner facing a Shinto Shrine down the winding and vibrant backstreets of Dogensaka, It’s chill and cheerful yellow-green exterior and bright, chatty clientele (both inside and out) almost seem to call you in from the street to be embraced by its cozy yet simple interior. Despite the décor being based in concrete and stone, ‘Mikkeller’ manages to create a warm, homey and relaxed ambiance in which you can lean back and read the extensive list of craft beer mounted behind the bar on eye-catching black boards, below which sit 20 white taps containing interesting and unusual beers from around the world and Japan. The sheer amount of beer available may seem daunting at first but the friendly English speaking staff are happy to help you to find something that matches your tastes whether they be fresh, bitter, sweet or sour, be you an expert or first time craft beer drinker.
Although ‘Mikkeller’s’ main attraction is its rich variety of craft beers, this is not all it has to offer. For the non-beer drinkers in the group, they also offer select spirits, wine and cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic options. Additionally, if you are feeling peckish, it will be hard to ignore the cozy, hunger-inducing kitchen situated on the right side of the bar that offers a range of delicious options ranging from simple charuterie to home-made pie and more.
‘Mikkeller’s’ location across two floors allows it to cater to various preferences. Whether you are a smaller group wanting to sit or stand while chatting and watching the street on the first floor or a slightly larger group looking to enjoy the quieter, more relaxing atmosphere of the second floor, you are sure to find something that fits the bill when looking for a different yet familier way to enjoy craft beer in Shibuya.
Prost! Find one of the largest Japan-brewed German craft beer selections on tap a mere 10 minutes from Shibuya Crossing at‘Schmatz’.
‘Schmatz’ takes it’s name from the German word used to describe the sound of happiness made when eating something delicious or spending time with loved ones. Through respecting the 500 year old German purity law when brewing their beers, combined with the twinkling lights, vivid yellow and red signs and mesmerisingly golden taps at the bar, we can begin to understand the choice of name. Head downstairs to the bar and you’re greeted by a friendly team of staff who make you feel welcome and at ease to enjoy a refreshing beer and relaxing conversation.
One question you may ask yourself is “Why try German craft beer when I’ve come all the way to Japan?” and the answer is that ‘Schmatz’ is a German craft beer experience made unique thanks to its location in Japan. The marriage between German and Japanese cultures is not only evident in ‘Schmatz’’ brewing style (German style made 100% in Japan) but also in it's food menu which not only features traditional German sausages and Schnitzels but also Japanese inspired German dishes such as, mouthwatering garlic cheese edamame and crispy German Tartar fried chicken. This blend of Japanese and German styles is mirrored in the fine partnership of ‘Schmatz’’ beer and food menus.
‘Schmatz’ not only caters to a variety of tastes, with delicious fruity, light, bitter and dark craft beers to choose from, as well as non-beer options like wine and sangria but also in the diversity of seating styles available. With seats at the bar, small tables for two, booths for four and larger tables available, no matter the size of your group or your personal perference, ‘Schmatz’ is able to easily accommodate your needs.