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Beer Available At Watering Hole (arranged by most recent)
New Belgium Abbey Dubbel 95, Noboribetsu (Oni Densetsu) Kin’oni Pale Ale Southern Cross & Liberty , Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale 94, La Sirčne Botanique , La Sirčne Florette , La Sirčne Saison Nouveau , New Belgium Slow Ride 86, New Belgium Snapshot 49, New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA 92, New Belgium Love - Apple Whiskey Barrel 96, Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin’ Mowkeef Saison 84, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Surround 98, Shonan IPA Calypso , Schooner Exact Hoppy Cats , BFM √225 Saison - Grapes 96, Y Market Trinity Black , Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 97, Modern Times Universal Friend - Pinot Grigio 85, Modern Times Universal Friend - Merlot 88, Heretic Evil Cousin 97
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rdespain008 (10) , Japan | January 14, 2015
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Conveniently located near the Yoyogi Station and the huge Kinokuniya store in Shinjuku. I love the Watering Hole and would visit more frequently if I lived, worked, or shopped near it. The food is great. All of the people that work there have a real knowledge of beer. The best part is the 3-6 happy hour taster set, which has to be the best deal for craft beer in the city. I can’t wait for my next visit.
solros (10) stockholm, Sweden | April 10, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
A nice and varied beer bar. Normal small and cozy with interesting collectibles to look at, the staff has really good service and were pleasant, visited the place two times and noticed that beer varieties are replaced often. Instead of me makes this bar special.
beerbrat99 (21) Shanghai, China | April 27, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
A welcome surprise with a great lineup of tap beer plus some bottles. Lots of US brewing memorabilia on the wall and book shelves. Apparently a little brewery will open next door. We had a few food items and they were tasty but a little small for the price. I’ll definitely go back!
inshore (7) Ashiya city, Japan | February 23, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
If you miss GABF @ Denver during in Japan, you might be there. May fell be Great!
willisread (46) Tokyo, Japan | March 4, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Watering Hole is a great example of what a bar should be in 2015. Non-smoking, friendly staff, top-tier service, solid food and a nice selection of rotating taps. The only miss is value. They are one of the more expensive bars in Tokyo (especially w/r/t half-pints). I feel that the staff and the atmosphere really make up for the extra Ą150 per beer though. Best atmosphere in a bar in Tokyo imo. Floor to ceiling windows, high ceiling and a comfortable size.
AndySnow (221) Stockholm, Sweden | March 25, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Rather small place with a nice friendly atmosphere. Tap selection changes often and can be very good if you are lucky (which I was). Handles the beer nicely and very good service.
shoulderbroken (264) Tokyo, Japan | July 13, 2012| Updated October 24, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place about a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku. Around 20 taps, 2 handpumps. Decent selection of Japanese micros and some imports (think there were a couple of US micros and a Brewdog). Next door to the bar will be a brewery when they get their license. Pint prices were about usual for Tokyo, round about 1000, maybe a touch more for the imports. Half pint prices were much more than half the pint price though which was a bit weird. Think my pint was 1100 and the half 850. Food looked nice but we didn’t sample this. Few bottles in the fridge including Cantillon but didn’t find out how much they were. Will go back as I liked the place, but will definitely stick to the pints.
KyotoLefty (577) Kyoto, Japan | September 16, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice place where the people know and love beer and are very friendly. Great selection of taps, nice bottles too. A bit expensive compared to the local average. Very nice place, though, with imaginative menus. Looking forward to their own beer next year.
TimE (276) Tokyo, Japan | November 23, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Simple box room layout with 4-5 tables and counter seating. About 17 taps, fairly well chosen, though nothing too mind blowing the night I was there. Prices are higher than average. Beer condition was good. Service was excellent - they never bothered us, even though we were finishing our beer after the bar closed and the staff was cleaning up. Knowledgeable staff. One surprising thing was the depth and well thought out bottle selection. Truly one of the best in the city. Price, especially for half pints was the only major flaw with this place
biirusaikou (232) , | August 17, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Small ground-floor craft bar nearby Sendagaya. Service is fine. Very good selection of some high quality local drafts and some nice international ones too. Pretty decent value, I’d recommend the 4-draft sampler set (can only order on weekdays before 6pm).
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