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Towers Standing Bar, Tokyo/Kyobashi

Towers is a tiny little standing bar between Kyobashi and Tokyo stations – but unlike other standing bars that serve standard commercial beers, Towers specialises in craft beers.

Outside Towers

Outside Towers

With room for less than 10 standing, it’s amazing that Towers manages to have around 8 beers on tap at any one time – and all at some of the best prices in Tokyo. Regulars include Boddingtons, Hoegaarden and Yona Yona Real Ale with other beers coming from Japanese and international craft breweries.

Inside space is tight

Inside space is tight

Towers is also well known for its events, hosting one every couple of months. For example, in August 2009 the bar hosted an IBU event, selling a pint each of Green Flash West Coast IPA, Hop Rod Rye, and Ruination for just 3000 yen Рa bargain considering that just Ruination alone can fetch 1500 yen in some places. On such event days the beer drinking often spills out onto the street Рwhen that happens, Towers has just the thing:

An impromptu table made from a parking meter!

An impromptu table made from a parking meter!

A wooden table top to fit snugly on top of a parking meeting – perfect for street drinking!

The only problem with the events is that they’re usually only listed in detail on Towers’¬†Mixi Page – their website usually only lists the date of the event, which isn’t ideal for foreigners. Beer menus in the bar are also in Japanese only, though if you can read katakana you should be OK – and the owner is a friendly guy.

The easiest way to get to Towers is from Kyobashi Station on the Ginza line – come out of exit three and walk straight, turning left just before Kinko. Towers is on the right. You can also get there from Tokyo station – the Towers website has a map.

Towers phone number is 03-3272-8488, though you would need to be able to speak Japanese to call. The bar is open Monday to Friday, 5:30p to 11pm. In the summer and for events it’s sometimes open Saturdays 2pm to 8pm – check the website for details.

My opinion? An good little place if you’re in the area – though since it’s a standing bar you probably wont want to spend all evening there. Worth watching the website or boozelist for event details.