This place is the only place to go in tokyo for japanese craft beer or ji-biru. Some of the higher rated places are belgian bars, but get over it...we can get that stuff elsewhere for cheaper. This place is tiny, but has a cool vibe. Over 30 japanese beers on tap...with at least 12 high gravity beers and 3 cask ales. Prices were a bit high, but they are everywhere in tokyo...and they give you reasonable sample sizes to not break the bank...as in 100-250ml pours of the big beers. They also have decent selection of american beers...including HoTD...which is cool. Staff is wicked friendly and knew their stuff...not too much english though. But it seemed that they do cater to a lot of foreigners. Food was just pub food, but my friend from tokyo seemed to think the food was good. Do not miss this place.
Visited 5x 2008-2010, most recent visit 11/2010.
World class beer bar. THE place to sample the most comprehensive scope of Ji Biru.
Outstanding staff- if you don’t speak Japanese, and if you are polite and patient, you will find at least one of the staff will help you out. They will help you "tour" through their amazing world of craft beer.
One night, I sat next to a brewer, a young man who had studied in my home town of Seattle, and had wonderful staff on hand that made the night unforgettable. I felt that I was leaving friends when it was time to go. One of the clients even walked me back the subway station!
This is my goto-bar whenever i happen to be in tokyo. Get here early as it fills up pretty quickly.
About 70 beers on tap and a few of them are real-ales. The selection is good but the rotation of brews is a bit so-so. They always seem to have a bunch of barleywines on draught which is a rare treat.
If you come here between 5-8pm certain beer includes a half plate of snacks which makes the prices somewhat more tolerable and almost good value.
Service is usually quite good even tho staff speaks very little english.
A must visit when in Tokyo.
There’s not much to say: if you love beer and you’re in Tokyo, you absolutely must go to Popeye’s. It’s cramped, loud and always busy, but the service is brisk and the selection is an incredible mix of the best Japanese beer and some very worthwhile imports.
amazing selection of japanese beers, with an emphasis on more unusual styles, like oyster stout, barley wine and double ipa. not a cheap place to drink, although the sample tray is decent value. i was lucky enough to meet kyoto lefty there, which made it an even better night out
Found it on the first day of my trip after being awake for 24 hours. Tasted 35 beers on draft. 34 tasters and 1 small one. Had the luck someone did the same. He did not like the Barley wines so i could take them after he tasted them first. Had a real good staying there. Got me a gold membership card
hogfodder (34) Washington | February 19, 2008| Updated December 18, 2008
The only place in Tokyo I simply had to go to twice. I was in town for the Tokyo Real Ale Festival on the same weekend, which Popeye is essentially the promoter of. The Japanese draft beer list was so impressive I couldn’t do it all in one night. It was almost too good to be true, and I wondered if the selection was especially good just because the festival was that weekend so everybody was there and they pulled out all the stops. Regardless, if that’s how it is all the time at Popeye, I would consider this one of the essential beer bars in the world. Their “display kitchen”-style cask beer systems behind the bar are really cool. Staff was fabulous. Easily the best selection of Hakusekikan beers I found (though I think Ushi-Tora had more Baird). More importantly, Popeye had the greatest range of adventurous styles to choose from. Many of the bars have a lot of Ji-biru beers, but they are often all in the 4%-6% amber, pale, ESB range...kind of like US craft beer bars were 10-12 years ago. Not that you
I will completely echo the previous rating- if you want to sample the various beers of Japan without travelling all over the country, this is the place to go.
Incredible selection of Japanese micros, impeccable service, good food, this is the one place any beer lover should go to while visiting Japan.
Extensive selection of obscure and difficult-to-find Japanese beers on tap. Very friendly, helpful, attentive staff. Some of the beers are a bit expensive, but worth it in the end considering that you are not likely to find them elsewhere. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and can get a bit rowdy as it gets more crowded. A great place, a visit is absolutely necessary if you are in the Tokyo area.