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Beer Available At Bakushu Club Popeye (arranged by most recent)
Outsider Muscat Barley Wine , Outsider Brewing Pitbull Barley Wine , Strange Brewing Love Potion 9 , Strange Brewing Pig Head IPA , Strange Brewing Golden Slumbers Pale Ale , Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale 98, 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 94, Breakside Toro Red 72, Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter 86, Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot 81, Coedo Beniaka 40, Hopworks Kronan the Barbarian 73
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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.
greenclansman (117) Nicosia, Cyprus | August 23, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Big busy place with a huge tap list. Prices are ok for Japan and you get some discount for your second visit. Its a must for Tokyo, BUT...it still not what people think. We were not allowed to sit at the bar, for no reason, and in general you dont feel relaxed.
imthebest (115) , | June 16, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place feels like the Great Lost Bear transplanted to Tokyo. Huge taplist with heavy emphasis on Japanese craft. Menu subdivided by style. Everything from classics to seasonals to their own-brand to hop filter infused beers. Very popular. Get there when they open to beat the crowd, which is thick, loud, and sociable. They have a great happy-hour special where you get a free appetizer with every beer, so if you have a few you get free dinner! There are also lots of discounts for regular customers. Prices for beer are normal for Tokyo. Lots of fun, lots of great beer! Must visit.
Nocturne (11) , England | May 26, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
This was one of the first places I visited in Japan and I was rewarded with a huge dose of culture shock. Incredibly busy and raucous atmosphere (on a Monday night), really difficult to get a bartender’s attention, endless cries of ’Irrashaimase!’ whenever someone walked in... I didn’t know what was going on! Anyway, I returned two weeks later, having travelled around Japan, gained an understanding of their bar culture, and this time I had an absolute blast.
What did not change between visits was the quality of the beer. Ridiculous number of taps, all kinds of styles represented, menu updated daily on their website... what more do you want? It’s a great place to get acquainted with Japanese beer, and a must-visit whilst in Tokyo. But learn from my mistake and prepare yourself for the culture shock if this is your first time in Japan.
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 (244) 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 (27) 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 (37) 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 (24) 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 (157) 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.
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