Well, this is an interesting place. More than half the people sitting at the bar were Japanese, I did not expect that. Bartender was very friendly and efficient, but did not speak English; that did not slow us down at all. I like the free food with certain beers during happy hour. And the selection is unbeatable. Classic place.
Sometimes too much of a good thing is bad. This place has a huge selection, is chaotic busy and service is crazy. Although it has everything a beer geek wants, sitting and drinking a beer itself is hard. Go, it is fun but hard to take seriously. Also on the pricey side.
Was sure to make it here for my first beer in Tokyo, as a right of passage, or something like that. I won’t bang on about how many taps and such, you know the deal by reading the reviews. I will say though that its a great introduction to Japanese beer with the majority of taps repping local, and cask too. Be sure to come by during happy hour, where they will sort you a free plate of food when ordering selected beers on the list. It makes the overall value just that little more attractive. Great service from the bartender and staff - fast and reliable. Such a fun environment to get your drink on in Tokyo.
This place has an absolutely huge tap list, so that is the main attraction. Nice spread of Japanese breweries, along with stuff from the US and Europe. They offer a 10-beer tasting flight, but you don’t get to choose the beers. Prices are perhaps a touch above average (based on my limited experience); although, they apparently have some happy hour promotions that are compelling. The service is pretty good and there are servers with good command of English. We had a couple food items here and they were good. One drawback of this place is that they close at 11.30pm, with last orders at 11pm (and they do shut fairly promptly). Our schedule only allowed us to get here at about 10.40pm on a Friday night, so we had to order quickly, and then eat and drink quickly. So, the experience was a bit rushed, though that isn’t the fault of the place, obviously. To the staff’s credit, they got our order processed pretty quickly and didn’t get too ornery when we were there 5-10 minutes past close. In terms of style, this pub has a kind of ramshackle, working-class feel to it, almost divey. Thankfully, this pub is easy to find (unlike some in Japan). Overall, this is definitely a pub that any beer geek should check out while in Tokyo.
Now with 70 beers on tap and a knowledgeable staff, it is still the place to sample the best beers Japan has to offer. Good specials, so be sure to become a member if you are going more than once), free food during happy hour (5-8). Beers in perfect condition. Try the Hop Heart Randall. Good vintage Barley wines on tap. You can try several different tasting courses as well. That said, the beers don’t really change all that much. This won’t matter for travelers, though people living here might have trouble finding something new.
We visited Popey’s on 15th and 16th of February 2013. This is indeed a very unique place and everything is related to good beer. They have 70 beers on tap, half of them are from Japanese Microbreweries, which was clearly our focus. They had 2 excellent ales from the hand pump (Yo-ho Brewing: Yona Pale Ale, Tokyo Black Porter). I also liked the cask conditioned ales, my favorit was the Ale best bitter from Hinomaru. I have never had so good British ales outside of the UK. Also the 2 Weizen they had were delicious - one pale and one dark, chocolate Weizen both from Fujizakura kougen brewery. Furthermore I was delighted by the smoked beer from the same brewery (Fujizakua kougen Rauch). We finished the evening with an ale from Ska Brewing, they also have beers from Brew Dog, Mikkeller, Victory, Lost Coast, Rogues and many more.
The place is very small but has a great atmosphere, service is outstanding, decoration is great (they have a picture showing Michael Jackson when he visited this place in 2005) and on a TV wall they show either sport or beer trailers from e.g. Duvel. We were lucky to get a place, would recommend to book a table in advance. Food is good too, you get half portion of Pizza, sausages,... during Happy Hour by ordering selected beers, nice idea. Overall a place with great beers and real beer culture and a must visit during a Tokyo trip.
Certainly a cool place and a must visit. Hardly relaxed, but interesting atmosphere. Good mixture of tourist (and probably expats) and local. Mostly attentive staff. Great selection of Japanese microbrew and tasty food.
---update 2015 Christmas time--- Man this place was a madhouse but oozed convivial good cheer with the master presiding over it all with a beneficent smile.
------ old review from 2009 visit ---- A must if you are visiting Tokyo, they have a tasting set which is great and a fantastic happy hour! During happy hour all beers on the menu marked with a crown come with a free half-dish of food - great value. As everyone says, probably the best selection of draft beer in Japan with friendly knowledgeable staff.
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Capa (462) Kitsap, Washington | April 28, 2007| Updated April 29, 2007
Great place to get a good beer. Sorta on the small side, but they make up for it in their beer selection. Great selection of Japanese beers as well as many Rogue brews on tap and a few world beers. Also had many vintage brews on tap, had a eight year old Brown Ale that was fantastic. Had about three hand pumps offering many exciting and rare brews. the staff was very friendly and helpful even though I don’t speak much Japanese. A couple of them knew enough english to make ordering a breeze. The patrons were also very friendly and had some great reccomendations. A great bar, one of my all time favorites.