The Aldgate | Tokyo,
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The Aldgate
Good based on 17 ratings
Type: Bar

30-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, 3F
Tokyo, Japan 150-0042 [ print map ]
03 3462 2983

Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6pm - 2am / Sun. & Holiday 5pm - 2am

Taps: 21 | Bottles: 15

The Aldgate

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17 reviews for The Aldgate
 Ambiance  69%
 Service  78%
 Selection  72%
 Food  78%
 Value  68%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  78%
Rating Distribution

hogfodder  (34) Tokyo, Japan | February 19, 2008
The Aldgate is right in the middle of the madness that is Shibuya, about a 5 minute walk (or less) from the worldís busiest pedestrian intersection. As an American traveler looking for the authentic Japanese beer bar experience, I didnít really get that here at first. Itís pretty much a straight up English Pub type place, or so I thought. I see a lot of those in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisico, where I do most of my beer bar drinking, but I came to Japan for something different. And thankfully, since the Japanese brewers are into making British style pales, ESBís and the like, it was a pleasant surprise to find them fairly well represented on tap here. I like. Prices were pretty good, and yes, the chalk boards are hilarious. The Algate is a good introductory Japanese beer place to dip your toes in the water if youíre a little freaked out about the language barrier. Then you can get serious and go to Ushi-Tora after that.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Kernochops  (7) Tokyo, Japan | July 16, 2015
Definitely my favourite Pub in Shibuya, Good range of beers available with a range of guest beers (5-7) available at any one time. Staff have always been helpful and knowledgeable and are pretty quick too. Small place that will either be really quiet or really busy. Hard to pick when. Food is good pub fare with Vegetarian options (Which is rare in Tokyo). If you are worried about your Japanese ability, English is not an issue here.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou  (276) , | March 9, 2015
British pub hidden on the 3rd floor of a building in the very heart of shibuya. Surprisingly extensive tap list with quite a few local micro seasonals. Prices are average for the area but certainly not cheap. Would probably only go for a late drink as it is the only place I know opened past midnight in this area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken  (268) Tokyo, Japan | September 17, 2012| Updated December 31, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this place. I am a Brit so donít particularly want to hang around in British pubs in Tokyo. It does however have a decent selection of beer at decent enough prices. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Good be a good place to go if you donít speak any Japanese. The fact that they have vegetarian food is a bonus for me, but I guess maybe not for many. Maybe itís because I am British, but I really didnít find the chalkboards as funny as others seem to have done. All in all though, a nice place to go, and I will be back there, but probably not that often.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theis  (115) Frederiksberg, Denmark | July 4, 2012
An English style pub, but with Japanese microbrewed beers, and some special house beers. Decent enough.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | June 26, 2012
Decent pub in bustlin Shibuya. Spot the British flag and its on the third floor. A couple of beers are brewed for the pub on hand pump. Solid tap list but unsure how often beers rotate. Eccentric bartender/owner? who appears to have quite the remarkable vinyl collection, so expect to hear some obscure and unique records playing. Food available but didnít eat. Standard Tokyo prices.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
JonnyBeer  (2) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2011
Found this place using the íBeer in Japaní app. I wasnít overly impressed by their choice of regular taps, but the guest beers were all great. They have two cask pumps and the Sangt Gallen London Calling Real Ale was impressive. The food is typical bland British Pub food. The washroom signs are hilarious.
laiti  (16) Helsinki, Finland | October 1, 2011
Visited 16.09.2011
I really liked the very British feeling here. DJ was playing AC/DC from vinyl and even the Japanese bartender kind of looked like a British person. There was also some British humour written on chalkboard. Selection of some taps and casks including Aldgateís own ale brewed by Swan Lake (why it is Algate Ale and not Aldgate?) Standard Tokyo prices and nice staff, once again.

To find it, just look for the flag of Britain and take stairs up under it.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41  (160) Woodend, Australia | June 16, 2011
Very authentic cosy Pommy pub / inn. Actually done very well when you sit back and assess it. Punters seemed to be all tourists / expats but regardless pretty quite for 7pm on a Thursday night. Taps number about 20 and the geek interest is clearly in the guests (Rogue, Green Flash) and the house beers brewed by the likes of Swan Lake and Baird. Canít comment on the food but read appropriately (ie bog standard pub classics). English speaking staff and beers well poured. All in all wasnít blown away but very good for this part of the world.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing  (160) London, England | April 3, 2011| Updated April 23, 2011
One of my favourite drinking holes in Japan. Typically for Japan you have to walk up a couple of floors up from the street to get there, which is weirdly like an office building lift. Inside though they have loads of beers on tap including some Baird beers made especially for them. Service is always excellent and youíll bump into some interesting Brit and US ex-pats, as well as nice locals. They also have a range of British and American beers on tap. Prices are high, but they are everywhere in Japan. Weird paying £10 for a pint.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster  (105) Auckland, New Zealand | October 10, 2010
Had a quick couple early on a Friday night. By the time we left, it was a fair humming. Full of ex pats, which after spending the previous night amongst at Popeyes, detracted a little from it all for me. But some interesting beers on tap, and the service was good.

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