Looking for a place to have a drink that won’t make your bank account weep? Tokyo may be an expensive city, but there are plenty of options for cheap drinks.
Havana Café in Roppongi has one of the best happy hours in Tokyo. Everyday from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Havana Café offers drinks for 200-500 yen. For 200 yen you can get basic cocktails (moscow mule, gin and tonic etc.), for 300/400 yen you can get beers and more cocktails (mojito, cubre libre etc.) and for 500 yen you can treat yourself to one of their delicious frozen magheritas or daiquiris. Havana Café also sells delicious tex-mex food, so you can enjoy some nachos along with your drinks. For more information, please visit our review of Havana Café.
Address: 4-12-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo
Another popular happy hour in Tokyo is offered by the British pub chain, Hub. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Hub offers a wide variety of discounted drinks, starting from basic cocktails for 190 yen. Many drinks are half price and others have a 30% discount. A great thing about Hub is that they can be found all over Tokyo, so if you fancy a cheap drink in the early evening you’re probably not too far away from a Hub. If this sounds like fun, we’ve got reviews on both the Roppongi and Shinjuku Kabukicho branch.
Probably the best way to grab a cheap drink anytime is to head to one of the hundreds of izakaya all over Japan. These Japanese-style bars come in all sizes and styles, some more expensive and some cheaper. To find a cheap one, your best bet is to head to any busy street where the izakaya staff stand outside trying to lure customers into their place with cheap drink options, for instance 200 yen beers or 1000 yen for 2 hours all-you-can-drink deals. If this fails, you can go to one the 270 yen (all food and drink is 270yen!) places that are found all over Tokyo. These are easily noticeable from outside with “270” on a large sign. A great thing about these is that they usually have touch-screen ordering available in English.
(Note: For all of you Tarantino fans out there, Gonpachi is the izakaya where Kill Bill was filmed at.)
If you’re looking for a super cheap night out that you probably won’t remember the next day, then Jumanji’s happy hour is for you. For just 1000 yen you can have all-you-drink from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on any weekday night. Many nights they also offer 1000 yen all-you-can-drink all night for ladies too, so it’s perfect if you’re on a tight budget. For more info on what to expect at Jumanji 55, please visit our review. Another similar option is Greenland, which also offers 1000 yen all-you-can-drink in Roppongi.
Address: 3-10-5,Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0032
The Champagne Bar
If you want a more sophisticated happy hour experience, you could go to the Champagne Bar in ANA Intercontinental in Akasaka where you can enjoy discounted champagne and other drinks. The happy is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and they offer glasses of champagne for 1,700 yen each, beer for 700 yen and champagne cocktails for 840 yen.
Address: 1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052