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biirusaikou (209) , | June 26, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Convenient bottle shop when commuting inside gigantic Tokyo station and looking for a couple drinks for the road. Not so easy to find though, specially coming from JR platforms. Selection is mostly classic year-round japanese micros, slightly priced up. If youíre on a short visit and heading for a long Shinkansen ride, grab a couple of their top 5 recommendations, classics but usually decent value.
jonno (123) , Japan | September 21, 2014
42 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
I donít know, it is a good stop if you are a tourist, as they have the regulars of quite a few breweies, but ther eis never anything too exciting available. Especially when you consider just outside the ticket gate is the two Liquors hasegawa with much better selections.
KyotoLefty (552) Kyoto, Japan | June 10, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
New store in the GranSta mall inside the gates of Tokyo Station. You need to have a train ticket to go here. Pretty good selection of Japanese craft beer. Beers are chosen for convenience and package, not quality, so there are some great ones as well as some bad. However, they have a bunch of stuff that you wonít find anywhere else in town, beers coming from Hokkaido down to Kyushu. Lots of stuff in cans, which is convenient for carrying. Great for tickers, also great to grab some cans for the Shinkansen ride. There are also a few imports as well as Aomori ciders and some sake. One negative thing that I add after my third visit is that the selection is almost always the same, so by my 3rd stop there was almost no beer I had not tried.
JohnRMurdoch (332) Glasgow, Scotland | March 31, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Sub section of a department store within Tokyo Railway Station. Reasonable selection of Japanese craft bottled beers and 2 on tap. Fair prices by Tokyo standards and OK service. Not as good as the other beer store in the station and not worth buying a train ticket for the sole purpose of visiting the store.
Brentv (25) Portland, Oregon | February 25, 2014| Updated March 23, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
As others mentioned, this is a little shop downstairs in the Tokyo Station near the Marunouchi Exit. Head inside, through the turnstile with a ticket, and to the right around the corner. Itís a cozy little place, but they have a few beers on tap and were sampling one at the front of the shop. There are 100 or 200 bottles, plus other spirits to choose from. The favorites are labeled 1 through 6 and Iím told they are ranked by sales, indicating the most popular brews. The helpful staff member assisted me in choosing a few beers, and offered me samples of two of them. I left with 11 cans and bottles, tucked into my pack as many as would fit, and carried the rest. I am so thankful to have found a place to get some fine local beers, as most of the shops Iíve discovered in Japan so far stock the same selection of 20 almost indistinguishable thin lagers. Le Collier Marunouchi has some fine ales and Iím so much happier tonight for having found it.
KansaiBeerLvrs (325) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
I had a fantastic time here, probably the second best selection of Japanese craft beer Iíve seen after Yamaoka in Kyoto. Some I had never seen and many bottles/cans. A ranking system lets you know whatís popular and prices are slightly higher than average but just a 10-20 yen difference which I guess is due to the rent. A standing bar offered some drafts on tap and when we picked up some cans and asked if we could drink them there we were pointed to a small ledge right in front of the liquor shop entrance. So we drank beer there, cracking open our bottle of Alesmith Old Numbskull, shared some with a guy from Hitachino Nest who had been handing out samples(they have Tokyo Station branded White Ale, XH & Japanese Classic Ale). It turned into a little party, when he knocked off work he gave us the rest of the sample bottles that were open & joined us for drinks. We bought a great can of bacon in a honey mustard sauce then had some french bread from the bakery around the corner. Customers walking by looked at us funny with a bunch of bottles drinking in the market but the staff were all smiles. A truly memorable experience, good times. On a regular day a good place to pick up Japanese craft and maybe crack one or two while waiting for a train.
shoulderbroken (246) Tokyo, Japan | June 9, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A bit of a strange one, as it is inside Tokyo station, so you can only get there by going through the ticket barriers. Having said this though, it is probably the place in Tokyo with the biggest selection of different Japanese beers. There are loads of them. Plenty of sub standard ones naturally, but they have good stuff too; Oh La Ho, Minoh, Iwatekura, HItachino Nest, and plenty of as yet unknown good stuff (hopefully). Prices are pretty much the same as you would expect elsewhere in Tokyo. They also had a couple of taps to drink in, but not really sure how much fun this would be in what is basically a corner of a shop in a busy shopping centre. Maybe one day though.
Itís slightly difficult to find, but if you are already in the station arriving on a JR train, head towards the Marunouchi Central Underground Gate and it is there. If you are outside, head in from this gate and it is on the right hand side just as you go into the Gransta shopping centre.
If you are ticking Japanese beers, this is the place for you. But would also work if you want something nice.
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