Tanto: 100 Yen Beer in Tokyo

Greg Lane
At the time we visited Tanto, there was no seating charge. However, it’s been brought to our attention that they now have a per person charge. If you’re worried about the cost, confirm the charge with the staff before entering.
Not only does draft beer at Tanto make you srunk, it makes you more flexible
Not only does draft beer at Tanto have the obvious effects, it also makes you more flexible | Photo by Greg Lane used under CC

Tanto delivers on that mythical promise — 100 yen beer in Tokyo. Well technically it’s 108yen, but since the consumption tax rise most stores have gone back to their old habits of forgetting consumption tax exists until it comes to calculating your bill.

Who needs needs interior decoration when you can Karam-cho?
Why paint it when you can Karam-cho it? | Photo by Greg Lane used under CC

Tucked in behind Tokyu Plaza, not a 5 minute stumble from Shibuya Station, this hole-in-the-wall izakaya looks like the most downmarket pop-up shop you’ve ever seen (there is also a second Shibuya store and a branch in Shinjuku). Their commitment to cutting costs so they can supply you with 108 yen jockeys of Asahi Super Dry extends to not wasting money on exterior signage (apart from a quick trip to Kinko’s) and not even painting over the name of the previous business just inside the entrance.

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So what’s the catch? Have you not been paying attention? The catch is, this place is obsessive about saving money. Seating about 30 people, the decor could best be described as soviet. Basic chairs and tables with spotlights above, with little cardboard cutouts dangling below them to diffuse the light.

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Surprisingly, there is also no service charge—a common trick of izakaya with cheap beer. The selection of food is enormous for a store this size—and reasonably priced. The rule is, you have to have at least one plate of food for each person. With dishes starting at 200 yen it’s not too much of a burden. Some examples are ramen for 300 to 600 yen, spaghetti carbonara for 700 yen, french fries, karaage and age-gyoza for 500 yen each, a huge beef hamburg (salisbury steak) for 800 yen and negitorodon for 1,000 yen. Given the obsession with cutting corners we’d recommend being a bit careful what you order—this may not be the best place to satisfy that sashimi craving.

A Fuji sized plate of wakame and the beef hamburg.
A Fuji-sized plate of wakame and the beef hamburg. | Photo by Greg Lane used under CC

Overall, the place is a dive but ideal for a few beers and food with some friends on a budget of about 2,000 yen each.

Name: Tanto (たんと)
Pricing info: Beer from 108yen, food from 216yen.
Address: 1-9-1 Dogennzaka
Location(s): Shibuya, Shinjuku,
Access: Shibuya
Web: http://tanto247.com/
Phone: 080-4736-5793 080-4736-5793
Business hours: 5pm to 5am
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9 Responses to “Tanto: 100 Yen Beer in Tokyo”

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    Actually, “Tanto 3” in Shinjuku, charge 450 yen/person just for service. Not mention the low quality of their food. I’m sorry but it doesn’t worth…

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      Cheapo Editor December 17, 2014

      Thanks for the comment, Dani. We will investigate and update our article to reflect the service charge.

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        Scam confirmed, they charged me 600 yen for ‘table charge’ in shibuya, too bad I didn’t read the comments before

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          CheapoGreg September 25, 2015

          Can you confirm the per person amount? It will probably be marked with お通し・席料 on your receipt.

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            I didn’t keep the bill. Actually it wasn’t so expensive (1450 yens for 3 beers and a portion of dumplings) but it’s not a bargain either.

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            CheapoGreg September 26, 2015

            OK, I’ve added a big fat warning to the top of the post.

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    This is a scam. Please retire this article. Service rate is 450 yen and minimum consumption rate per person is 1500yen. You must take something to eat, so if you are thinking of one 100 yen beer, this is not the place. Prepare to pay 1500yen.

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      CheapoGreg February 10, 2015

      Which branch did you go to? Was it the Shinjuku one? I admit I’ve only been to the Dogenzaka one but assumed the other locations must be the same. If not, I’ll delete the other locations. Dogenzaka was definitely no seating charge and no minimum order – although we had to order some food.

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        I wrote my comment from there, “tanto 2”, last weekend.

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