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 youíre 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. Didnít try food so not rated.
The selection is very impressive (71 taps), easily the best Iíve 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 didnít 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 itís 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 couldnít try it because it was raining.
Next, the prices seemed a bit high to me, even by Tokyoís standards. With strong beers, youíre 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?).
Iím not a fan of the environment overall, but the selection is what sold it to me. Even though I didnít exactly enjoy my first visit, I will definitely pay them another one. Maybe itís 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.
This place feels like the Great Lost Bear transplanted to Tokyo. Huge taplist with heavy emphasis on Japanese craft. Menu subdivided by style. Everything from classics to seasonals to their own-brand to hop filter infused beers. Very popular. Get there when they open to beat the crowd, which is thick, loud, and sociable. They have a great happy-hour special where you get a free appetizer with every beer, so if you have a few you get free dinner! There are also lots of discounts for regular customers. Prices for beer are normal for Tokyo. Lots of fun, lots of great beer! Must visit.
This was one of the first places I visited in Japan and I was rewarded with a huge dose of culture shock. Incredibly busy and raucous atmosphere (on a Monday night), really difficult to get a bartenderís attention, endless cries of íIrrashaimase!í whenever someone walked in... I didnít know what was going on! Anyway, I returned two weeks later, having travelled around Japan, gained an understanding of their bar culture, and this time I had an absolute blast.
What did not change between visits was the quality of the beer. Ridiculous number of taps, all kinds of styles represented, menu updated daily on their website... what more do you want? Itís a great place to get acquainted with Japanese beer, and a must-visit whilst in Tokyo. But learn from my mistake and prepare yourself for the culture shock if this is your first time in Japan.