Tanakaya Liquor Store | Tokyo,
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Tanakaya Liquor Store
Excellent based on 32 ratings
Type: Beer Store

3-4-14 Mejiro, Toshima-ku
Tokyo, Japan [ print map ]
03 3953 8888

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Hours: Closed Sun, Open 11am-8 pm


Mayor: melush (11) | Bottles: 500


Tanakaya Liquor Store

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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
De Molen Rhythm & Blues 94, Traquair Jacobite Ale 99, Brewfist Spaghetti Western Grappa Barrel 95, Baird Wabi Sabi Japan Pale Ale 78, Noboribetsu (Oni Densetsu) Ki Ichigo Framboise , North Island Weizen , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Apricot Saison , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 Aged in Oak Barrels 93, Moylans Ryan Sullivans Imperial Stout 99, Daisen G Beer Weihen Hop 45, Stone Ruination IPA 100, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 100, BrewDog Mix Tape 8 99, Shiga Kogen Nigai Lager Pilsner!? (Bitter Lager) 72, Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson 92, Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 4: Saison Brett , Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale 92, Hitachino Nest XH 97, Brewfist Terminal Pale Ale 87, Avery White Rascal 71
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32 reviews for Tanakaya Liquor Store
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  71%
 Selection  88%
 Food N/A 
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  92%
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98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
prestonshute  (12) Georgia | March 25, 2010
Easy to find. Take a left outside Mejiro Station. Then before you catch your breath, look left just before the McDonald’s, go downstairs to the best beer selection in Tokyo. Expensive, but what isn’t in Tokyo?
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
beerbrat99  (21) Shanghai, China | April 27, 2013
A great bottle shop with a very impressive bottle list. The staff was amazing as they even bubble wrapped each of my bottles so I could secure it in my luggage. My only critique would be to carry more Japanese beer. Massive liquor selection as well!!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
melush  (27) , Spain | June 2, 2014| Updated June 17, 2014
A basement shop next to Mejiro station. Great selection of international craft beers. They also have a dedicated cooler for japanese beers. Prices are not expensive.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers  (152) New York, New York | April 7, 2008
A truly outstanding store: 500 beers, about 90% of them foreign. All in coolers with cedar lining. Gorgeous method of display. The staff tries, but barely speaks english. About 400 high-end sakes, if you’re into that (which I am). They have Dogfish Fort, Utopias at about $160/bottle, Cantillon vintage lambics stored on their sides, a Traquair Jacobite (!) for $6, and rare scottish brews like Ossian and Inveralmond Sunset. They carry the Baird line plus about 30 other rare Japanese micros. No sapporo, asahi or macro stuff. brbr Don’t get lost - take the JR Yamanote line to Mejiro. Once you emerge, the store is on Shin-Ome-Kaido Ave. to your left (West) on the South side exactly 75 paces from the exit to Mejiro Station. It is in a basement, so it’s easy to miss the sign and the stairs down. Remember: 75 paces from the exit of Mejiro.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Lon3_Wolf84  (1) , Japan | September 25, 2012
I really like this place, one of my favorite places to visit. Could spend 3 or 4 hundred dollars here easily. Check it out
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
jonno  (123) , Japan | October 19, 2008| Updated March 20, 2009
what can you say that hasn’t been said before? great selection, although more of a focus on higher alcohol brews, particularly from the US. good prices and you will always find something surprising. If you’re spending an extended period in japan then this is the place to get hold of your beer. I would like a few more german and english beers, but this is a small quibble. enjoy...
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
defresh  (16) , Japan | July 8, 2013
Best liquor store for beer in Japan, though a little lacking in Japanese micros. Staff is pretty good, but can feel a bit cold even if they’re not. Gave me a discount once when my total added up to 11,111.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
JonnyBeer  (2) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2011
This place is crazy. I could easily have spent $1000 here. They have an amazing collection of US beers I can’t even find in Canada... The beer ’fridge’ is a work of art, all wooden. Japanese beer selection was a little weak, but they had some good ones like Isseki Nicho and a few Baird seasonals. Lots of rare Brewdog, Mikkeller, and Nogne O. Expensive, but about what it would cost me in Canada. If you’re in Tokyo and love alcohol of any kind it’s worth a visit or two!
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
TimE  (252) Tokyo, Japan | July 22, 2006| Updated January 22, 2007
This is the liquor store to go to in Japan. Prices are middle of the road, but seleciton is not. 400 beers. It is the ONLY liquor store I know of that brings in seaonals from the micros . Import selection ranges from Tabeh to Bush Prestige to vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter. Located 1 min from Mejiro Station (only one exit) on the Yamanote line. From exit turn left walk about 20 meters. Located beside McDonalds. Not in the same league as top US stores, but would still hold up pretty damn well considering the turnover of the selection. They will deliver avialable for a nominal price. Update Jan 07 - I also stopped by Tanakaya yesterday, which was the first time to see their new set up in the basement. WOW. This place is becoming legend. Absolutely beautiful wooden interior. One whole wall dedicated to a beer fridge that is at cellar temperature, plus a small cooler for seasonal/extra beers. We counted last night and they had about 500-550 beers. Slowly, but surely, this place is moving into the world ranks. What is missing is more J - beer. I would say only about 10-15% of stock is from Japan, though all very well picked and lots of rare Japanese beers. Ambiance and selection ratings adjusted to reflect new store. BTW, this is also a great place to find rare scothes. It is kind of a malt specialty shop.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus  (33) San Diego, California | May 7, 2007
This place is amazing. Really nice interior--it felt more like a museum or art gallery, not a liquor store. A huge selection of beers from all over that were (for the most part) reasonably priced. More Belgian than Japanese beer. There is also a large selection of wine and different types of liquor. I was overwhelmed by the selection, and had a difficult time making up my mind. There were many obscure beers there that I had never actually seen "in person" (including Vintage Gulden Draak). If you are anywhere near Tokyo, you must spend some time here!

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