This place was not as crazy as I was expecting based on previous ratings. Granted I did come during the coronavirus scare but it was a Friday night at 6pm. No wait, plenty of tables open. Bar pretty full. They have 70 taps, mostly Japanese beers, so it’s perfect for travelers. They offer multiple size pours (9 oz, 14 oz and various others). There is a happy hour special where if you order certain beers on the menu you get a free appetizer (half of a plate). Can’t be beat! Service perhaps not super on top of things, but certain very friendly. This is my first place in Tokyo so I don’t have any comparison yet but I’d say it’s worth a visit.
Ryogoku isn't a hotspot for beer, so you might think about skipping this place. Don't. This place is crazy. If you are with a big group, get there early. Solo or with just one other? Expect a bit of a wait. I went at 6pm on a Saturday and the place was packed. Stuffy as others had mentioned. It's packed because from 3-8pm on Saturdays is "happy hour". About half the beer menu, which numbers more than 70 taps, comes with a free plate of food. These are legit appetizer sized portions. Applies to half pints and full. Beer menu is very solid, tons of Japanese beers I didn't see at the other Tokyo spots. Quite a few US brews and some rare ones at that. Some English speakers, you should be able to manage it. Prices are high, but its Tokyo. Highly recommend.
It's EXTREMELY cramped and impossible to move in there. Yes, even for a Japanese place. It's also always SUPER HOT inside because of the old flood lights they use. It's extremely uncomfortable and it's hard to me in there for more than one or two drinks. Tap selection is amazing though. Most of the staff is foreign, rude, and don't understand Japanese outside of usual basic restaurant phrases.
Visited the 24th November 2017 - amazing beer place, old school pub with huge beer selection. There is a special offer on early with beer sample and food sample for a good value. Amazing beer, amzing service. The place to have a beer in Tokyo.
If you love to be packed with so many guests in there together, to have boring selection of Japanese beer, to talk with snobby staff and to taste their original beer which is way too far from being tasty, yes, this is the place for you. I seriously do not understand why so many internationals love this place...
This place is awesome. We went there on a Friday evening and picked up the last available table outside on the porch. The selection of Japanese craft beer on tap is superb with a lot of stuff I hadn't seen before. The happy hour special where you get one free side dish with each beer you order is an excellent deal; my friend and I were planning on eating dinner afterwards but after ordering three beers each we were full upon leaving. The food was pretty good with a decent amount of variety. The servers didn't speak much English but enough to get by and they were friendly. This is definitely a must visit for craft beer enthusiasts when in Tokyo.