Ushi-Tora | Tokyo,
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Excellent based on 26 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)
Ushi-Tora Luc Lafontaine 2 to Go: German Yeast IPA , Ushi-Tora Test Batch #01 , Ushi-Tora Luc Lafontaine 12 to Go: Session Pale Ale , Coedonado Ichiro Malt Barrel Aged Version , Coedo Paradoxical IPA 76, Ushi-Tora Luc Lafontaine 6 to Go: Black Light "Non" Pale Ale , Ise Kadoya Yuzu Ale 69, Shiga Kogen / Nøgne Ø Not So Mild Ale 58, Shiga Kogen Even Prime White IPA 83, Shiga Kogen Harvest Saison , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 89, Ushi-Tora Luc Lafontaine 15 to Go: Dryhopped Session Blonde Ale , Ushi-Tora Luc Lafontaine 14 to Go: Non American Pale Ale , 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
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26 reviews for Ushi-Tora
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  80%
 Selection  84%
 Food  72%
 Value  58%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 19/20
TheGrandMaster  (105) Auckland, New Zealand | October 10, 2010
A close call as to whether this or Popeye was my favourite pub in Tokyo (or in Ushi-Tora’s case, should that be ’pubs’). 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
SweetHorizon  (13) , New Zealand | November 28, 2011
The staff here spoke a little English, I was with a friend who could speak Japanese so all was good. Good beer, great food, Wasabi pizza anyone? Had their ’house’ beer made by Baird and it was great. Went next door to the other venue and was just as good.
  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 I’m in Tokyo again,this will be on my shortlist.
prestonshute  (12) Georgia | March 25, 2010
Insanely expensive. If you can get beyond that, then you’ll enjoy yourself. All the finest Japanese microbrews are offered here in a very calm, relaxed setting.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
oberabcbbsok  (38) Hoboken, Belgium | September 7, 2007
Nice place easy to find on Time i have this comment 1st aniversery and 50 meters in front of you. Tasted 10 beers on draft that were not availlable at Popey
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Capa  (295) Transient. , | 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 don’t 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 weren’t 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. I’d say that Ushi-Tora and Popeyes are the main players in Tokyo but Ushi-Tora doesn’t get any where near the attention. I’ll definitely be back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
ultimatepoche  (60) Lille, France | April 22, 2012
Just visited one of the two Ushi-Tora ( the other one was closed on mondays ). We were a large group of foreigners in a very small pub, but the staff was very friendly, the pub itself pretty cool and the selection was awesome . Strictly Japanese micro brews on tap there, even if the place is decorated with lots of things from U.S micros such as Rogue etc... Staff spoke very little english, but enough to understand and give some ( good ) advice. A must go when in Tokyo, even if it is a bit tricky to find...
  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.....
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty  (527) 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.
hogfodder  (34) Seattle, Washington | February 19, 2008| Updated May 3, 2008
Meet the future of the Japanese beer scene. Ushi-Tora is at the cutting edge of craft beer bars in Tokyo, specializing in Ji-Biru (regional craft beer from Japan). It is owned & operated by 2 young beer geeks who seem pretty a good way. I was lucky enough to be there when an interpreter was on hand so communication was both easy & fun. These guys are not afraid to throw down and tell you what they think, good or bad. I like that. Their obvious passion for beer spills out from each tap, easily the most thoughtful draft line up I saw in Japan. Do not miss this place if you go to Tokyo. Note: I rated 11 out of 15 for selection because I am comparing to all beer bars in the world. If it was just Japan, it would be a 14-15. Same with the overall rating (17). If it were just Japan, it would be a 19. We didn’t have food.

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