Here are four Tokyo craft-beer restaurants and bars that serve very good beer and food, but are generally not widely reported on.
1. Great food with beer and sake - Bakushuan (Ebisu)They keep a low profile, but Bakushuan consistently offers fifteen rotating taps of good, mainly Japanese craft beers. It's one of the few places where you can go just for the food, even if you ignore the excellent beer and sake lists. (Most people come for the sake.)
2 Sausages and budget-friendly prices - Wurst Haus (Toranomon)Although there's usually not a massive or hugely interesting taplist, they have very good prices, and it's one of the few places in Tokyo with beer from Yokohama's TDM 1874 Brewery semi-regularly on tap.
There's also excellent food and friendly service, and they occassionally have tap takeovers featuring up-and-coming breweries. As it's only twenty seconds away from Craft Beer Market Toranomon, they make a good combo.
3. Beer-tasting flights and lamb dishes - Craft Beer Market (Kanda)In the sea of Kanda beer bars and multiple branches of Craft Beer Market, this relatively new entrant doesn't get a lot of attention, but it is the only CBM branch to offer flights of beers all the time.
Vertere, which is very much an up and coming Tokyo brewery, is regularly featured on their tap list.
4. A meaty menu from a meat wholesaler - Craft Meat (Mita)While the taplist will never win awards, with twenty taps there's usually something of interest. Prices are lower than CBM, which is generally thought of as the benchmark for inexpensive craft beer.
It's one of the very few craft-beer places that offer takeout cups at a very reasonable price. Samplers are available. It's run by a meat wholesale company, and the non-vegetarian side of the menu shines.
Tokyo-based craft-beer aficionado Tim Eustace