This was quite the place. Visited while in Tokyo in November. A little off the beaten path but not hard to get to by any means. Has a big yellow Popeye sign in front so hard to miss walking up to it. Not a large place but they pack them in. Greated at the front by a host who immediately had us seated. We were shown the beer list in English, explained the happy hour specials and the beer board. We were there during happy hour so for every local beer about 30+ on tap, you got a free appetizer which was pretty darn good. A lot of local Japanese craft from all over Japan including their own. The service was quick to re-order and the prices were cheap. You could get small, full pours, tasting small set or tasting big set of 10+ beers along with the Tower of beer if you were really bold. We stayed about 1.5 hours before our dinner and was well worth the visit and deserving of a top 50 beer bar. A must visit while in Tokyo for the craft beer connoisseur
First things firts; their website should be called " 70beersontap " not 40beersontap ... because they have 70 brews, almost all of them from micro breweries from all over the world. The choice is amazing, I had Brewdog Dogma there for example.. the staff is very friendly ( like most japanese people anyway ) and the place itself is very cool... Micro brews from Japan, U.S, U.K and their home made brews make this place a fantastic spot almost worth a trip to Tokyo itself... An unforgetable experience as far as I am concerned...
This place is the only place to go in tokyo for japanese craft beer or ji-biru. Some of the higher rated places are belgian bars, but get over it...we can get that stuff elsewhere for cheaper. This place is tiny, but has a cool vibe. Over 30 japanese beers on tap...with at least 12 high gravity beers and 3 cask ales. Prices were a bit high, but they are everywhere in tokyo...and they give you reasonable sample sizes to not break the bank...as in 100-250ml pours of the big beers. They also have decent selection of american beers...including HoTD...which is cool. Staff is wicked friendly and knew their stuff...not too much english though. But it seemed that they do cater to a lot of foreigners. Food was just pub food, but my friend from tokyo seemed to think the food was good. Do not miss this place.
This is my goto-bar whenever i happen to be in tokyo. Get here early as it fills up pretty quickly.
About 70 beers on tap and a few of them are real-ales. The selection is good but the rotation of brews is a bit so-so. They always seem to have a bunch of barleywines on draught which is a rare treat.
If you come here between 5-8pm certain beer includes a half plate of snacks which makes the prices somewhat more tolerable and almost good value.
Service is usually quite good even tho staff speaks very little english.
A must visit when in Tokyo.
Visited 5x 2008-2010, most recent visit 11/2010.
World class beer bar. THE place to sample the most comprehensive scope of Ji Biru.
Outstanding staff- if you don’t speak Japanese, and if you are polite and patient, you will find at least one of the staff will help you out. They will help you "tour" through their amazing world of craft beer.
One night, I sat next to a brewer, a young man who had studied in my home town of Seattle, and had wonderful staff on hand that made the night unforgettable. I felt that I was leaving friends when it was time to go. One of the clients even walked me back the subway station!
Comparable to an anthill. People everywhere, staff everywhere. Service is fast and friendly. Beers are many Japanese crafts and some European and US beers. Sort of expected some Korean, Chinese, Thai... beers as well, that they didn’t have. This is maybe not to be expected though. Met some nice people at our table and had a great time. Definitely recommended.
There’s not much to say: if you love beer and you’re in Tokyo, you absolutely must go to Popeye’s. It’s cramped, loud and always busy, but the service is brisk and the selection is an incredible mix of the best Japanese beer and some very worthwhile imports.
amazing selection of japanese beers, with an emphasis on more unusual styles, like oyster stout, barley wine and double ipa. not a cheap place to drink, although the sample tray is decent value. i was lucky enough to meet kyoto lefty there, which made it an even better night out