Japan > Tokyo
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | June 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Check out my article for pics and comments about this excellent ji-biru bar: http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-687.htm
KyotoLefty (443) Kyoto, Japan | May 12, 2009| Updated May 11, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Capa (264) Manama, Bahrain | June 1, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
TimE (241) Tokyo, Japan | August 10, 2007| Updated August 19, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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
KansaiBeerLvrs (166) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | August 17, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
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 language...beer is spoken fluently here. If Iím in Tokyo again,this will be on my shortlist.
jonno (116) , Japan | April 21, 2009| Updated March 30, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
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,
Theis (114) Frederiksberg, Denmark | November 7, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.....
TheGrandMaster (105) Auckland, New Zealand | October 10, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
A close call as to whether this or Popeye was my favourite pub in Tokyo (or in Ushi-Toraís case, should that be ípubsí). Ushi-Tora 1 - had a great chat with the bar man, really friendly, and impressive range of Japanese and US micros. Ushi-Tora 2 - all 8 Mikkeller Single Hop IPA on tap...enough said.
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