Torikizoku (or Toriki) is an izakaya chain from Osaka, known for its delicious yakitori. Everything on the menu is 280 yen (tax not included), which is pretty great. Try the “tsukune cheese yaki”, chicken meatballs on skewers covered in cheese… They’re amazing! Toriki has a fairly young clientele, mostly students and young adults, and is pretty much crowded all the time, so make sure to get there early!
Kin no Kura
Kin no Kura is another izakaya chain found throughout the country. These izakaya are usually huge and can accommodate big groups until the early hours of the morning. The food is not unforgettable and the place often lacks character, but the prices are low : most drinks and foods costs around 270 yen.
Sumire is an izakaya hidden in the middle of a bunch of love hotels in Shibuya, in the Maruyamacho district. Don’t be afraid of the sketchy surroundings, because it is one of Tokyo’s cheapest places to drink. A beer will cost you between 80 and 120 yen (that’s barely the price of an onigiri), and food is pretty cheap too, so the place is constantly crowded, especially on the weekend.
Hanbey is another chain, but is quite different from the other ones. Everything inside is about the Showa era (1926-1989), both on the walls and in your plate. You can enjoy Japanese old fashioned drinks and food, while looking at old movie posters and listening to Japanese oldies. Hanbey lets you time travel for the price of a beer!
These are just a small sample of cheap places in Tokyo, but there are many more. And of course, don’t forget to come and have a drink at our 300 yen BARS in Ginza : http://www.300bar.com/