Ushi-Tora | Tokyo,
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Excellent based on 21 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

2F, Kitazawa 2-9-3, Setagaya-ku
Tokyo, Japan [ print map ]
03 3485 9090

Hours: Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays; sitting place Tue - Fri 5-11:30pm Sat-Sun 1-11:30pm Standing place 5pm-2am

Mayor: EdKing (7) | Taps: 38 |


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Beer Available At Ushi-Tora (arranged by most recent)
Ise Kadoya Yuzu Ale 69, Coedo Paradoxical IPA 69, Shiga Kogen/NÝgne ō Not So Mild Ale 57, Shiga Kogen Even Prime White IPA 83, Shiga Kogen Harvest Saison , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 89, Ushi-Tora 15 to Go: Dryhopped Session Blonde Ale , Ushi-Tora 14 to Go: Non American Pale Ale , Ushi-Tora Test Batch #01 , Shiga Kogen 10th Anniversary IPA 90, Stone 18th Anniversary Golden Brown IPA 95, North Island Summer Crystal Ale , Daisen G Beer Scottish Ale , Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA , BFM La Meule 77, Hideji Kinkan Lager , Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA 83, Iwate Kura Red Ale 43, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2012 99, Iwate Kura Stout 89
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21 reviews for Ushi-Tora
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  83%
 Selection  84%
 Food  72%
 Value  58%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  92%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (665) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | June 28, 2012
Definitely warrants a visit to the two pubs. A few beers I hadnít seen elsewhere. Simple food on offer. Friendly bartenders. Small space in both bars but probably wonít be a problem. Theyíve turned an empty key-keg into a fish bowl.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2007
Check out my article for pics and comments about this excellent ji-biru bar:
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty  (491) Kyoto, Japan | May 12, 2009| Updated May 11, 2011
Definitely a must stop in Tokyo. Very good selection, with interesting imports and older beers. Guys seem to know their stuff and get in nice beers. Definitely expensive. Hand pump beers from Yo-Ho were cheap, though. The smaller #2 bar is standing only, but more hardcore geeks were in there. Interesting draught sake as well. Great.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Capa  (270) Manama, Bahrain | June 1, 2008
At first I thought I walked into the wrong place. Itstruck me as a new age version of a traditional Japanese eatery. Thank goodness I eventually saw the array of taps behind the bar. The Master welcomed me warmly and gave me a menu of all the beers and food they have. I looked at it and tried to pretend I could read Japanese but before I could get a word out he laughed and asked me what type of beer I like (Meaning no English menu). From there things just kept getting better. The 20 taps and 3 hand pumps had beers you donít normally see even at the better beer bars around Tokyo. Plenty of Ji-Beer and an assortment of international brews as well. Rouge was the American offering. I had a few of there offerings and all were at the proper temperatures and pulled with care. Prices werenít bad- for Tokyo. I only had the cheese plate to eat but it was tasty and very well presented which went with the classy but not overbearing mood of the joint. Smoking is permitted. Iíd say that Ushi-Tora and Popeyes are the main players in Tokyo but Ushi-Tora doesnít get any where near the attention. Iíll definitely be back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
TimE  (252) Tokyo, Japan | August 10, 2007| Updated August 19, 2009
About 23 taps (second most in Japan?) that rotate with a few selections you wonít see elsewhere in the city, including Fast Impact which Baird specially made for its 2nd anniversary, but has now become a regular. The difference between here and Popeyeís is the selection changes dramatically here. In one week almost all the taps could be differenent than the week before, which is great for us living in Japan. Prices are also about the highest in Tokyo. Owners are friendly. Pretty laid back place that is best not for large groups. Last time I was here with MartinT, we ate some pickeled smoked vegetables that tasted like good smoked cheese. Very odd, but no one was complaining at all. From Shimokitazawa take the south exit and immediately turn left and walk along the rail tracks until the crossing. Turn right (supermarket on left hand side). At the end of the supermarket turn left. It is on the second floor of the building 20 meters in front of you. Open late and not open for lunch. Since they opened the second place (two doors down) they have about 35 taps, which are always rotating and very interesting. Rating reflects the new selection
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (237) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
As it was Dec.30th when I popped in they had 700 yen half pints and 1000 yen pints but they decided to cancel the 1100 yen tasting set even though it was on the menu. That being said, service was knowledgeable & friendly enough but for the event it was cash on delivery. The selection was good with a Masaji Beer I was trying to track down & some really nice ales on hand pumps-all beers I had were in great condition. The atmosphere was nice with the sitting bar being all dark woods & a bit classy whereas the standing bar was more of a rough hewn rowdy atmosphere. A really nice place but after hearing tons of effusive praise for it in Kansai I was expecting to get my socks knocked off.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing  (148) London, England | November 2, 2014| Updated November 3, 2014
Despite a few visits to Japan over the years itís taken me a while to get down to Kitazawa. Finally made it on Halloween Night. Two small bars up on a balcony, about a 5 min walk from the station. The larger bar with food, lacks enough tables, so itís a standing bar mainly. The second smaller bar is even smaller and is standing room only. I found the layout of the first bar a bit uncomfortable but weirdly the second bar is more cozy and comfortable to stand. They do a list of different beers in each bar. The main bar didnít really have anything too exciting. Beers from Stillwater and another average American brewer, plus the last of the Ushi Tora beers from Luc Bim. I had the Test Batch #1 and it was pretty poor. Others were much better. In the smaller bar they had a huge beer list of Shiga Kogen beers, so great timing to be there. Big thumbs up for the number of beers. Service is very friendly. Overall a great little set of bars, maybe starting to get surpassed by some of the newer bigger craft beer bars, and now getting beaten on price, which were above average.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 19/20
miketd  (125) Cleveland, Ohio | August 17, 2008
Very cool place in an interesting part of Tokyo. Had a very distinctive Japanese feel...if that makes any sense at all. Pretty small. Maybe 7-10 tables and room for another 10 at the bar. Very nice selection of Japanese micros along with some American stuff...Stone and Rogue to name two. Very expensive, but I felt the need to try 4-5 Local brews. They ranged from good to borderline awesome. Staff was very friendly, but spoke almost no english. Thanks to TimE for being my interpetur. Pretty sure you could get by without knowing the is spoken fluently here. If Iím in Tokyo again,this will be on my shortlist.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 12/20
jonno  (123) , Japan | April 21, 2009| Updated March 30, 2014
Very expensive and doesnít quite have the atmosphere of popeyes or other places. Only really worth going to If they have something on tap you really want to try or you have cash to burn..the staff can be surly too,
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Theis  (114) Frederiksberg, Denmark | November 7, 2011
This is a great place, well actually 2 places. One sit-down/different food (fx. small bar/snack dishes)/nice beer selestion ..... another stand-up,/1 food (a nice soup)/a bit less beers. They have Sake on tap, fantastic. I will come back.....

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