Vivo! Beer+Dining Bar
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Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
4.03/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Vivo is the best bar in my area of Tokyo. Tucked away from all of the craziness of Ikebukuro Station, Vivo offers an upscale food and drinking experience that is lacking in many other dining bars of the area. The staff are a bit cold to newcomers, but they warm up to regulars with the manager even giving me two free glasses upin my last visit before moving back to the USA. The clientele are mostly business men with the occasional pair of women coming in after work. They have a great selection of beers on tap (approximately 30 or so) which are all top-quality brews. They have their own specially brewed beer by Baird (ISP) which is a great first choice (especially if you're into trying hard-to-find/exclusive brews). The food is delicious with an intercontinental persuasion. Most regular sized beers (380ml) go for about 1000 yen (a bit pricey for Ikebukuro). However, I will continue to go back there for the excellent selection, awesome chill ragtime/big band/bebop jazz tunes, and smoke-free environment.
02-06-2012 09:01:23 | More by shigg85
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.03/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Being in Tokyo on holiday, I sought out this place, since it is conveniently located close to my hotel. It is a bit difficult to find - make sure that you print out the map from their website and even then I had to search a bit. There is no conspicuous sign, so you have to look into the right doorway to find it.
The bar is a smallish basement pub fairly typical of Tokyo. There is a single handpump, which featured "Yona Yona Real Ale" on the evening I was there, and I believe that is their regular real ale. They also have a good selection of bottled beers, including European and US beers.
It is difficult to be objective about the service level, because I stuck out immediately I arrived - being a big "gaijin" (foreigner) and taking photographs of the handpump immediately brought me to the attention of the bar manager. I was very well treated, speaking to the bar manager and a young lady on the staff, and I had all the attention I could wish for.
Being a resident of Scotland, and a real ale fan, I immediately went for the "Yona Yona", which I found quite interesting. This is a beer which IMHO should be served without a sparkler, even though some people would find it a bit flat in that case. I tried one pint with and one pint without a sparkler, and some of the fruit and hop flavours which were a bit overwhelming with the sparkler were much more subdued and well-balanced without the sparkler. The beer is a dark golden colour, and has a sweet fruity taste, with a distinct taste of hops without being overhopped. With a sparkler, I found the beer to have a slightly cloying sweet aftertaste, which disappeared when the beer was served without a sparkler. Perhaps the taste is just a bit too complex - it has a slight appearance of trying to do everything at once. But all in all a very drinkable beer. I'll have another pint, given the chance - but without a sparkler, please.
They also had a selection of Baird Beers in bottles, and I tried the "Red Rose Amber".
The beers were in excellent condition and well served, and it is worth pointing out that the manager volunteered to take off the sparkler when serving my second pint (a plus in my book).
A very nice visit, and they were most gratified to hear that I located the pub from the Beer Advocate website.
10-08-2005 07:56:03 | More by hnareid
Vivo! Beer+Dining Bar in Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, Japan
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