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.
Really cool Japanese pub. Kinda blends an English pub with Japanese sensibility. A flight of ten beers is less than $20usd. The free otoshi was delicious. And the beers came within minutes of ordering, despite a packed house. Best selection I found in Japan, but definitely not as large as other first world countries. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Tokyo though.
---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.
I guess all has been said about this legendary bar. Very popular and crowded place, go there early and enjoy happy hour (free snack with most beers). Widest tap list in town but prices are high and there are often lots of average fillers (Yoho, Coedo, Brimmer, Baird...). Their improving house beers are worth trying too (Strange Brewing). Atmosphere is love-or-hate, loud and crowded so a good place to socialize with new people but clearly not the place for a laid-back relaxing session. Service is quite good for how busy the place is. Visit at least once for the unique experience.
Only a short visit because I had to catch the last train. Didn’t try food so not rated.
The selection is very impressive (71 taps), easily the best I’ve seen around here. They had a nice mix of Japanese brews, US beers and even some house brews to offer something for everyone. Service was alright but they seemed really busy so I didn’t bother to chat too much. Some other people did though and the staff seemed to know what they were doing. I also got a discount coupon for the next visit which was a nice.
Then onto the negatives. The place seems to be super popular, so it’s very crowded and really loud. Also, as I mentioned the staff is really busy because of this so they can hardly keep you company. Better bring a friend or two along. They do have a small patio which might be better but I couldn’t try it because it was raining.
Next, the prices seemed a bit high to me, even by Tokyo’s standards. With strong beers, you’re limited to 150 or 200ml servings which was a bit of a disappointment. They did have some sampler plates which seemed to be more reasonably priced (3 @ 600yen, 10 @ 1700yen i think?).
I’m not a fan of the environment overall, but the selection is what sold it to me. Even though I didn’t exactly enjoy my first visit, I will definitely pay them another one. Maybe it’s better during earlier hours?
Big busy place with a huge tap list. Prices are ok for Japan and you get some discount for your second visit. Its a must for Tokyo, BUT...it still not what people think. We were not allowed to sit at the bar, for no reason, and in general you dont feel relaxed.