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Beer Available At Bakushu Club Popeye (arranged by most recent)
Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale 99, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout 99, Locobeer General Winter 64, Nasu Kogen Nine-Tailed Fox Barleywine 91, Strange Brewing Heart of Gold Pilsner , Minamishinshu Christmas Ale 80, Outsider Brewing Drunk Monk Tripel 91, Joyful Honda Preston Brown Ale , Shirayuki Blanche (Snow Blanche) 58, Fujizakura Heights Weizen 95, Breakside Toro Red 71, Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter 88, Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot 87, Coedo Beniaka 42, Hopworks Kronan the Barbarian 79, Ise Kadoya Wild Yeast Ale , Ise Kadoya Imperial Red Ale 92, Shiga Kogen IPA 90, Joyful Honda Preston IPA 72, Ise Kadoya Pale Ale 62
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OneBrewru (2) , Japan | April 23, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Popeye’s is easily the best beer bar I’ve been to in Japan, and certainly deserves a spot among the world’s best beer bars. Why?
For starters, the atmosphere is great. Tucked away just a stone’s throw from Ryougoku station, the nondescript exterior might lead a few searching for some good brew to pass it by. But inside lies a traditional American pub style brewpub. Sleek counters, wooden tables, appropriate glassware and beer decor- and to top it all off, a huge list of the day’s available brews on tap. Yes, this is proper.
The quality is phenomenal re the beers. I’m originally from the Bay Area and frequent quite a few of the craft beer mainstays there and I still see brews at Popeye’s from the US (and Europe) that I have never seen on tap. Not to mention the unrivaled Japanese craft beer selection.
The service is attentive and helpful. I haven’t gotten into any huge conversations with the staff yet BUT they’ve always been really quick to pour me a brew. And you kill the keg, get 9/10 of a beer- its on the house. Maybe with a complimentary appetizer (which has happened to me twice).
Selection- I’ll just list a few I’ve gotten here on draft:
Swan Lake Weizen
Swan Lake Belgian IPA
Swan Lake Golden Ale
Vamp Imperial Black Ale
Great Divide Oaked Yeti Imperial Stout
Cantillon Geuze (bottle)
Mikkeller Nugget IPA
Augst Winter White Ale
The list goes on... usually 40 on draft and a bunch of bottles are available.
The food is typical pub fare, but with a few extra treats thrown in. Hop infused sausages and emu sashimi are fresh in my memory.
Value- expect to pay about $11/pint. That’s actually good for Tokyo. And the food is a deal.
All in all, if you are a craft beer head and are in Japan, you should not miss this for anything. It will be worth your while.
Sevenlee (72) Central Coast, NSW, Australia | April 6, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent place in Tokyo. I like how the focus is on the Japanese stuff and not just flogging off all international stuff although there is plenty of that, too. The food is great and service is also great. Definitely check it out.
TBone (242) Pori, Finland | March 17, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
More like a restaurant with bar than a pub. Crowded with excellent selection of beers which are available on sample plates. Good place to spot Japanese micros. If you want a peaceful evening, don’t come. Even personnel is boisterous. One of the must-go places in Tokyo for sure.
jc1762 (25) Tokyo, Japan | March 8, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped by on a Saturday night. Despite it being rainy and poor weather the place was packed. I’d recommend a reservation. If you stop by more often, you may want to get a member’s card (I got one! So rb’ers, don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you’re in town)
The beers are unfortunately quite large pours (9 oz or so) so sampling is not really possibly unless you have a few people and go for the 10 glass sampler.
Prices are typically Tokyo prices for 500-700 yen for the 9 oz pours.
Selection can be hit or miss but last time they had fresh Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea on tap. They also have a small bottle shop in front that may be worth your time if you’re looking to take stuff home.
Food is mostly pub food but good enough to keep you full.
My only complaint is that everyone is placed practically shoulder to shoulder together and it’s rough to move around even a bit.
willisread (30) Tokyo, Japan | March 4, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Most amount of taps in Tokyo. Service was amazing for how packed the place was. Food was severely underwhelming, but let’s be honest we’re all hear for the beer. Quite cramped without much room between tables. They were out of quite a bit that I wanted to order, so going early is probably recommended. A little on the pricey side. A must-go based on selection but once is probably enough.
xlts (21) Warsaw, Poland | February 22, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
frankipa (6) Montreal, | February 9, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Deserves its ranking among Japanese craft beer bars. MUST stop place in Tokyo.
EdKing (153) London, England | November 7, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Finally got to Popeye’s after coming to Tokyo many times over the last few years and it didn’t disappoint. At a time when the craft beer scene has seen a proflieration of new bars, Popeye’s still tops the lot. For one simple reason. It has a huge amount of Japanese micros on tap plus a range of American imports. Yes it’s pricey, but in a couple of hours I had five beers, three of which were some of the best I’ve had in Japan and one of which was a new all time favourite Japanese beer. Go between 5-8 and you get a complimentary food dish with each beer ordered. It’s very busy but a great place to meet people, especially if you are alone. Service is outstanding and the regulars are also very friendly and knowledgable. I got some great advice on beers to order.
melush (32) , Spain | June 2, 2014| Updated July 11, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Good restaurant with an awesome selection of japanese craft beers on tap. Poor and extremely expensive selection of non-japanese beers.
Food is ok. Complimentary food with some beers from the tap list if you order before 8pm.
If you are an IPA lover you can find some little treasures like Baird Beer Suruga Bay IPA and Coedo Session IPA.
borre_m (24) , Norway | May 22, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
The place is located right by the sumo arena. A very good selection of beers. Food is ok, but the place gets crowded. Knowledgable staff.
JohnRMurdoch (326) Glasgow, Scotland | March 31, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing place with 76 beers on tap. Close to Ryogoku Railway station in a side street. Very busy, enthusiastic service, standard Tokyo prices, western music played, English Premier league football on TV, English beer menu & staff speak English. Great atmosphere. The place to go for beer in Tokyo.
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