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Tanakaya Liquor Store
Excellent based on 36 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: willisread (27) | Bottles: 500


Tanakaya Liquor Store

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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus 98, Ichtegems Grand Cru 86, Mikkeller Beer Geek Cocoa Shake 100, Alvinne Phi 77, Yo-Ho SORRY Session Yuzu Ale , Mikkeller SpontanGooseberry 97, Moinette Blonde 98, Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 100, Shiga Kogen 10th Anniversary IPA 98, Maui Brewing CoCoNut PorTeR 97, Oude Gueuze Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 99, Mikkeller Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter 95, Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir 100, Mikkeller SpontanRosehip 93, Shiga Kogen Blond , Saison Dupont Biologique 90, Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout 99, Hanssens Oude Gueuze 99, Shiga Kogen Fake Weizen , Stone Go To IPA 96
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36 reviews for Tanakaya Liquor Store
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  70%
 Selection  87%
 Food N/A 
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  92%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
hogfodder  (34) Seattle, Washington | February 19, 2008
I had really high hopes for Tanakaya. In fact I intentionally went there at the end of my trip, figuring it would be the go-to store for major bottle shopping before returning to the US. I wonít say it was disappointing, but as others have noted it was really lacking in the local craft selection department. And I mean REALLY lacking. There was probably no more than 20 Japanese craft beers total. And this is a world-class beer store? Sure they had a lot of cool stuff from Belgium and the states, but many of their other selections from Germany & the UK were sub-par based on my travels elsewhere in the world. I suppose if you live there itís pretty awesome, but as a traveler it was just pretty good. I will say that they take tremendous care in their storage. This place is more about scotch & sake. One thing I found odd (humorous) was that they had Baird beers in the US micro section, not in the local Japanese section. While Brian Baird is a white guy from the states, he lives, brews, and operates his pub in a small town in Japan. Racial profiling in a beer set? Címon guys.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
willisread  (30) Tokyo, Japan | April 22, 2015
This is the bottle and can Mecca in Tokyo. Great, hand-selected beers that seem to change quite often. Atmosphere is almost like being an old church. The shop itself is absolutely beautiful. Prices are fair for Tokyo (cheaper than Daimaru). The glassware selection is pretty amazing as well. The Japanese craft selection is lacking imo, but they always have a solid selection of Shiga kogen and Baird (including seasonable for both). The Belgian selection is the best in Japan and the American selection isnít too shabby either. I donít really interact with the staff but the service is average I guess.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee  (72) Central Coast, NSW, Australia | April 6, 2015
Brilliant little shop right near Mejiro station. The staff were quite helpful and very friendly (naturally, theyíre Japanese). The guy I spoke to knew his beer and even slipped in a free Japanese craft beer magazine for me. Thereís heaps of Japanese stuff for Japan newbies like me and also a pretty impressive collection of international stuff for the locals and regulars. Thereís also a respectable selection of sake if youíre into that. Prices are up there but itís Japan so youíre not getting much for cheap. Definitely stop in to a pick up a few bottles.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762  (25) Tokyo, Japan | March 7, 2015
Reasonable prices and a 200 or so bottle selection. Staff is not very helpful. The woman there seems to be in a perpetually bad mood. Nothing terribly rare but if this is the best Tokyo has to offer, you should just visit an actual Japanese brewery.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rdespain008  (10) , Japan | January 14, 2015
Tanakaya is a great liquor/wine/beer store. Very close walk to the Mejiro JR station (right on the Yamanote line). It has a huge beer selection, mostly American, British, Belgian, and Japanese. Very heavy on Belgian lambics and krieks. The one kick is that itís cash only. Sent me looking for an ATM on my first visit. In addition to beer, this shop has one of the most extensive collection of various liquor that I have seen in Tokyo, at very nice prices. Huge selection of tequila, mezcal, armagnac, cognac, vodka, rum, gin, jenever, aquavit. Very nice single-malt and blended whisk(e)y section, with great representation from all over the world. Might need to head back soon.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
left_bank  (61) , Japan | November 29, 2014
The service was very good. Not as happy as others about this store.The number of bottles past their bbd was wayyyy too many;the first 6 american beers that i took out of the fridge were past their bbd. Would of like a a better selection of German biers. Best thing about going was the bakery across the street.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
melush  (32) , 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow  (209) Stockholm, Sweden | April 20, 2014
Been a while since I was here, but itís hard to forget this place. Good selection of beers, but local and foreign. Probably the best selection I found in Tokyo. Luckily my hotel was close by, so didnít have to carry the bags of beer and glassware that far. Great place to stop by and stock up before heading out.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JohnRMurdoch  (326) Glasgow, Scotland | April 1, 2014
In a basement 30m away from Mejiro Station. Mainly a spirits store but has a fantastic selection of international craft beers. Japanese selection is poor and they are not even displayed properly which is very disappointing. Prices not bad and service satisfactory. Has signed photo of Jodie Foster on counter. Donít waste your time coming here for local beers but it is great for other countries.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (318) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013| Updated April 22, 2015
I visited on their last day open of 2013 so they were crazy busy. The selection is great, I think if you go here youíre looking at the width & breadth of basically all you can commercially find in Japan. They had a scattering of stuff I hadnít seen before but most Iíd seen on Rakuten/online. About 2 fridges of Italian Craft when I went, 4 of Belgians(seriously about half their stock), the rest a grab bag of the US & the rest of the world. Small open fridge of Japanese craft beer. Their main fridges are PACKED and it is really hard getting bottles out of them-everyone does so exceedingly carefully for fear of knocking some down and breaking them. Prices are average(some beers higher than Iíve seen others lower), service was subpar. The atmosphere here was kind of snobbish, I get the feel they prefer their cognac/whiskey/bourbon customers. Not at all welcoming & aside from the older guy I assume is the owner not even that knowledgeable about beer, they didnít know about lots of breweries I asked about. While chatting with my friend I think the owner overheard my complaints so when we left we suddenly got much friendlier service. I would have bought more but honestly the service turned me off so I decided to buy those other bottles online. After the great things Iíd heard about this shop I was expecting much more. For Japan, it is the best youíll find in terms of selection (Asahiya in Osaka blows them out of the water in terms of service-it isnít even close) but compared to a good place in the US or Europe it is lacking.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (768) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2013
Great shop that I could and did spend too much time and money in. Although the local stuff is underrepresented, they have a stellar import selection to rival many American bottle shops. Prices were reasonable and service was only limited by language. A must.

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