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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 121
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
3.9/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited on a weekday in August 2011.
5-8 is Happy Hour and has 500 yen select drafts. I went looking forward to it but was disappointed that to get the deal you have to have at least two people. Since I was there anyway, I decided to sample the wares and took a seat at the counter.
From the outside it looks like a bar, but once you get in it's clearly more of a restaurant. There are four 4 seat tables, two 6 seat tables, and one 8 seater. There are 8 chairs at the counter in front of the kitchen. There is a strange blue light in the place and when I got there around 5 it was almost empty but started to fill up with dinner groups later. Overall neither fun nor relaxing, but not bad.
Staff took pride in their pouring. The beers I had tasted great.
A hearty welcome when I came in, followed by attentive and helpful service. When I visited a few weeks later with wife in tow to get the happy hour deal they remembered me and treated me like a long time regular. The staff don't speak much English but were game to try. They made suggestions, and wanted to talk about beer and places to drink it.
There are 8 taps and 121 international beer bottles on the menu. When I visited, 21 bottles were out. Belgians dominated the menu with 34 choices. Koedo (the local beer) was featured but some were out. Heartland, Hoegaarden, and Guinness were the other taps.
The food was a bit pricey and the servings were small. The fried potatoes were very good. My wife doesn't drink, so she was unhappy with the place.
I don't know any other place in Japan where you can get a pint of Guinness for 500 yen. Prices in general were on a par with Tokyo prices but the Happy Hour special, though limited, was a great deal and worth a visit.
Overall I liked the place and plan to visit again since I live in the neighborhood.
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