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.
First went here a few years ago when they advertised as 40 beers on tap, and now they are up to 70. A great place, particularly during their happy hour(s) (5-8) where if you buy certain beers you get a free tapas dish, making it better value for money. Got to go here if you are in Tokyo. Plenty of Japanese micros to choose from and some well chosen imports too. Could spend a fortune and get into a very bad way here! We got here about 5 minutes after opening and it was already filling up, but even at its busiest it didnít feel overcrowded, just a great atmosphere.
Came here after spending a good few hours in Akihabara during my October 2013 trip. Once you find the street itís on, itís hard to miss with the giant glowing pint glass on the exterior. Kind of a small bar area though seating wasnít an issue, though I did go within an hour of them opening Monday night. Very nice selection of draft beers along with a few casks. Ordering seems to be mostly through the servers rather than the bartender, both were very nice despite the language barrier. Didnít order food but received a complimentary small plate of beef stew or something of the sort, pretty tasty. Complimentary food with beers during happy hour though I ordered smaller sizes which donít seem applicable for that offer. Food seemed like mostly pub fare along with some Japanese and Italian style dishes. Customers seemed to be a mix of locals and foreigners. I prefer Craftheads in Shibuya but would like to return here on my next trip for another try.
I guess all has been said about this legendary bar. Very popular and crowded place, go there early and enjoy happy hour (free snack with most beers). Widest tap list in town but prices are high and there are often lots of average fillers (Yoho, Coedo, Brimmer, Baird...). Their improving house beers are worth trying too (Strange Brewing). Atmosphere is love-or-hate, loud and crowded so a good place to socialize with new people but clearly not the place for a laid-back relaxing session. Service is quite good for how busy the place is. Visit at least once for the unique experience.
TimE (316) Tokyo, Japan | September 1, 2004| Updated April 3, 2009
An absolute must if you are in Tokyo. It is located within a couple of blocks from where sumo tournaments are held, which could be beneficially if you are just visiting Tokyo.
The interior is basic, but nice. The staff are attentive, quick and know their stuff (plus some of them can speak English to some degree). The beers are second to none with lots of Japanese micros, including some vintage barely wines. They also have three cask conditioned beers running at all times. Their international selection is not bad either with HOTD Fred and Adam on tap and a handful of Rogue beers.
Mr. Aoki the owner is very friendly and speak English quiet well (I think). There is an English menu and their happy hour special from 5-8 gives you a half order of food when you order certain pints on the menu.
The only downside to all of this is prices are VERY expensive compared to N. America. Expect to pay $7-8 US/Pint (incl. tax and no tip needed). However, if you save your pennies i
We popped in during Tokyo Beer Week, the place was absolutely packed. There was some kind of party going on, I believe opening of the beer week. At one point everybody stood up, did a toast and a singalong. Hard to rate ambiance and service in those circumstances. Service was good considering the crowds - weíve received what we ordered in reasonable amount of time. Impressive tap list, 70 taps, lots of Japanese crafts and some interesting imports. Epic Big Bad Baptist was great. Unfortunately didnít get a chance to revisit, Iíd consider this one a must when in Tokyo.
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, donít come. Even personnel is boisterous. One of the must-go places in Tokyo for sure.
Visited on a Tuesday evening in August 2013.
The place was crowded so we were forced to sit outside in the very hot evening. I only tried four beers due to jetlag, but I must say that I really liked this place. Cozy with a very friendly staff, even the owner came out to greet us.
The selection was very good, a lot of japanese beers that I had never heard of. They also have some American/Belgian beers, but who travels all the way to Tokyo drink American/Belgian beer?
Prices were good, cheaper than in Stockholm. That was a nice suprise! I also liked the concept of free food during happy hour between 5 pm to 8 pm.
A must visit when visiting Tokyo, easy to find, close to the Ryogoku Station.
More tourist centred than most beer bars in Tokyo. Menus in English and the staff understands English fairly well. Food was nice with a lot of small dishes, rather cheap or in the case of Happy Hour free with the beer. The tap selection is excellent, but donít change frequently. Not a problem when touristing, but not a place to go to every day. You can get a nice souvenir membership card. It is a nice pub with great service and a nice selection, but feels a bit too much for tourists and not genuine.
larsga (229) Oslo, Norway | April 4, 2007| Updated June 10, 2007
40 Japanese microbrews on tap, all of them, as far as I can tell, good. Being served Japanese microbrew on cask is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Excellent service, ok food, and a nice place. What more really needs to be said? If you want to try Japanese microbrew, this is the place to go.
Visited in spring of 2008 and could have sworn Iíd already rated it. I came here three times during my visit to Japan, and it was absolutely one of the best beer places Iíve ever been. The service is INSANE, but part of the reason for that is simply the Japanese culture; people were incredibly polite and respectful everywhere I went, but especially so here. One of the nights I asked one of the bartenders where to get sushi in the area (since I hadnít had any since Kyoto), and after some discussion amongst themselves, the guy ESCORTS ME down the street a few blocks and opens the door to a sushi restaurant. I kept saying repeatedly that he didnít have to do that, just give me basic directions and Iíll find it myself. Nope, he walked me out in his formal attire. Unreal. On top of that? They invited me to participate in a private beer judging on-site on off-hours! And yes, I went, and I think out of pure respect they picked my favorite as the overall winner. Is this even reality? Fantastic selection, AMAZING people, and just plain one (three) of the all-time best beer experiences Iíve ever had in my life. I hope very much to return someday.