Nakameguro Taproom / Baird Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
chuwy  (26) , Japan | March 11, 2009
Go here a lot as itís on my way into town. Lots of beer choices, all Baird. Beer quality is very good, but serving quality is another matter. Itís gotten better, but you still get a pint or two that has been topped up from a pitcher of beer that has been standing for lord know how long. Even if itís fresh, you donít pour an already poured pitcher into a pint glass and expect someone to pay full price for it or even want to drink it. Head sizes vary according to who serves you. They are lgetting better but itís till not perfect. On the whole staff here are friendly, if a little hesitant or shy. Nice bar but the decor and feeling is more akin to some kind of diner than a pub. Evyone is exposed. No cubby holes or places to hide with your beer. Very group freindly yet not easy to meet new people here, due to the layout of the tables. Reccomend getting the nonbei card (12 pints for the price of 10). Tasters are way too expensive. A definite bar to try, especially if you canít make it down to Numazu.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (1094) Boomtown!, Australia | June 28, 2012
Paid a quick visit with Jonno. Pleasant space with wooden bar and tables. All the Baird range on taps plus seasonals. A guest tap as well. Nice enough for a quiet drink.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
JapanTony  (136) , Japan | July 16, 2009
As others have said, you go here for the beer. Best selection of Baird in Tokyo, which means a lot of fine choices, and with the drink card it works out to 750/pint, much better than the usual 1,000 in the rest of Tokyo. However, there is room for improvement regarding the service. The food selection is fair, but small plates leave you hungry. Better to get dinner elsewhere.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven  (4) , Japan | February 11, 2009
I have been here once and still not sure what to make of it. For starters, the place is located in a business mall district (which is probably great for business but deducts massive points for atmosphere). The place is brand new so it really doesnít have that broken in feeling. Thereís no blood on the walls yet. The beer selection is...well, itís all Baird beer so if you like Baird beer, then you should go here. But I preferred the small town joint feeling of the Numazu Taproom.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
jonno  (133) , Japan | December 13, 2008| Updated April 21, 2012
Good place to try Baird beer. not my favourite Ji Biiru as I tend to think they spread themselves too thin but good beer none the less. The place is well decked out. Nice place. I agree that the place could have been set out better as its just one open room. Otherwise good for a few. UPDATE. Service can be downright rude here - and often choices are left on the board even when they are finished. Seems odd - the other taprooms are excellent for service and availability. Also my comment about Baird should be taken with a grain of salt, the quality (particularly the seasonals) has improved a lot over the past few years.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
prestonshute  (12) Georgia | March 26, 2010| Updated January 17, 2012
Rate Beer wonít let me delete my previous rating....
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 5/20
abemorsten  (167) MosterÝy, Norway | March 10, 2009
Beers from Baird brewery on tap is the only reason to come to this place. Beers are quite expensive, even their sampler. The brews I tried were OK, but nothing great. Food is made with beer as an ingredient, which is usually a plus, but this was also pretty ordinary stuff. Interior is all light pinewood and brass. Itís not a pub - itís a taproom. The room is very open so youíre on display whereever you take a seat. Atmosphere is tense and uncomfortable. I had maybe expected a bit of enthusiasm from the staff, this place being so devoted to a single brewery, but that seems to have gotten lost somewhere along the way. Staff is blatantly uninterested and provide no guidance upon choosing beers, a passive aggressive attitude from the staff when hesitating during my first order. Surprisingly unwelcoming, given the hard to find location. If I ever I get back to Tokyo, Iím not going back to this place.

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