1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bakusyu Club Popeye

Not Rated.
Bakusyu Club PopeyeBakusyu Club Popeye
BA SCORE
97
world-class

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2-18-7 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku
Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, 130-0026
Japan
phone: 03 3633 2120

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: UncleJimbo)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by soulgrowl:
Photo of soulgrowl
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%

The main draw to Popeye is their forty taps, two or three of which deliver gravity-pumped real ale. Most bars and restaurants in Japan serve only one draft beer, so the sheer quantity of taps is reason enough to pay Popeye a visit. But it gets better: all forty taps pour craft beer, mostly Japanese with a handful of American offerings thrown in for good measure. Not only that, but their range of styles is remarkably wide: mighty barleywines, lively IPAs, mellow wheat beers, balanced pale ales, crisp pilseners and rich stouts have all found a home at Popeye, not to mention the deliciously bold "IBA" ("India Black Ale"), a sort of porter-IPA blend brewed by the bar's proprietors.

I must say that Popeye's real ales were disappointing; the Yona Yona, so creamy when I had it on cask in Osaka, was weirdly watery and stridently carbonated, and the Swan Lake didn't deliver the cask-conditioned nuance I was hoping for, either. But the real ale letdowns were easy to forgive and forget after a glass of Hakusekikan's brandy-esque Hurricane Barleywine and a pint of Baird's hop-charged, nitro-tapped, smooth-as-velour Shimaguni Stout. Mmm!

Upon leaving Popeye, I had successfully fulfilled my beer goals for the week, and it was only Tuesday. This is absolutely your one-stop shop for draft beer in Tokyo - no, in all of Japan. Easily, and highly, recommended.

soulgrowl, Apr 17, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of sharkboy
5/5  rDev +10.4%

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Amanda5073
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Amanda5073, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of cehollo
4.03/5  rDev -11%

Went to Popeye in July 2013 seeking out some unique Japanese beers and they delivered. Had some great beer from Coedo and some tasty bar food. The atmosphere was pretty mellow for a busy place and the staff was very helpful.The selection won't blow you away but if you want to drink good beer in Tokyo go to Popeye!

cehollo, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%

Absolutely the best bar i've ever been to! Friendly, boisterous staff with a bar crew that KNOWS their beers! The Hop Heart injection system is really an amazing feature that you should definitely inquire into! Food is great with decent portions (especially the Happy Hour combos with drinks). Prices are pretty low for Tokyo standards. The best selection of barleywines i've ever encountered. Lots of mix between Japanese, American, and some others thrown in. Love, love, LOVE POPEYE!

shigg85, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of John_Henry
3.74/5  rDev -17.4%

If you want to try a good selection of beer whilst in Japan and can only visit one place, make it 'Popeye'.

You gotta love popeye. For starters there simply aren't the number of places serving decent beer there should be in Japan. For the most part you'll get Asahi, saporo, or Kirin. If you search out a brew pub or decent place serving a selection of beers you probably won't be disappointed, but if you can only do one, make it here.

Having visited Japan Numerous times, and now having lived here for a year, I haven't found anywhere to better 'Popeye'. They offer an exceptional selection of good quality beer from all over the world.

I won't go into the individual beers, but the selection is very good. Don't expect much from the japanese beers, but this is a good place to try them. The food is OK, not so great, but thats not what your there for.

The atmosphere is good, though not the usual intimacy you would expect in Japan.

Service is ok by Japanese standards, but nothing to complain about.

Price is pretty fair for Japan, but that will probably make it expensive for you if your coming from abroad. Look out for offers and the happy hour. Happy hour offers free food. If you live in Japan, or are spending a while here get there points card, you get some good offers; free pitcher for me in March.

Coming from England the selection of proper Ale's is weak, but overall they have a very good selection. Don't expect a pub, it's more American inspired, but still Japanese enough to make it it's own unique place.

Overall I would personally highly recommend a visit, unless you want a real Japanese experience, if thats the case head elsewhere, but don't expect as good a selection of beer any where else in Japan.

John_Henry, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of shivtim
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

When I visited Tokyo in 2007, I didn't have a chance to visit Club Popeye, so I made sure to stop by on this trip.

We had just a slight bit of trouble finding the place, because we took the subway, and the Ryogoku subway stop is not in exactly the same place as the JR Ryogoku stop. Luckily it was still pretty easy to find, and only about a ten minute walk. It's clearly marked from the outside; you can't miss it.

We went on a Friday evening, so it was crowded. Luckily a table opened up almost right away, and we were swiftly seated. It's actually a lot larger than I was expecting. Much larger than most Tokyo izakiya and bars (which are like closets). It's a nice space, with lots of wood and random beer things on the wall. We were in a little area to the right that's slightly separated from the main space. It was pretty cozy; there were two other people at our table. There is also a very small outdoor area, which was partially enclosed with a tarp and some heaters since it was chilly.

The whole place seemed to be non-smoking, which was a pleasant surprise for Japan.

The selection was very good. They variously claim to have either 40 or 70 on tap. I'm not sure of the actual number, but there was a wide selection ranging from IPAs to barleywines to stouts. Most were Japanese micro brews, but there were several European beers and a few from the US west coast. All that I tried were fresh and served up in proper glassware.

Service was great, as to be expected with Japan. You won't have one specific waiter/waitress, you can order from anyone, which keeps things moving really swiftly. I don't speak Japanese, but didn't have any problems. All of the staff spoke enough English for OK ordering.

Food was good. I had an assorted sausage plate, which included hop-infused sausage. We also had some yakitori with noodles and a tofu/tomato salad. The salad was particularly good.

It's said that the Japanese really open up once they're drinking, and I certainly found that to be true. The 50-something guy next to us started talking to us in limited English, and even gave me his business card and complemented on how he liked a particular American beer - "Michelob premium." He described my barleywine as "triple strong." Meanwhile the younger guys on the other side of us were enjoying some high gravity Japanese craft brews and having a boisterous conversation.

The prices are high, but that's because it's Tokyo, and because the US exchange rate sucks. Beers ranged from around $6 for a 9oz pour of some varieties to around $16 for some of the higher gravity options. Most fell around the $8 price point for the small size. Food is expensive but not exorbitant. You can easily drop $100 on two people if you have several pints each and eat a full meal. I mark this place as "very expensive" only when compared to the US. For what you get, it's actually a good deal for Japan.

Overall it's a fantastic place. I put it almost on par with the best loved beer bars in the US.

shivtim, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ggourde
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

This place has done wonders for the beer community in Japan and it's loyalty to it's beer suppliers and customers is to be commended.

I have been going there for about 3 years now, and only once in all that time was the place empty and that was the first hour they were open on a Monday I happened to have off. The master greets everyone like you were an old friend. The staff run around like chickens with their heads chopped off, yet they never cease being gregarious and will stop in no time flat to help you with your need.

I wish it could be a bit bigger- but hey show me a decent bar that is a good size in Tokyo.

For those on vacation to Japan this is a one stop place to sink into Japan's blooming microbeer culture.

ggourde, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of OneBrewru
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

Popeye's is easily the best beer bar I've been to in Japan, and certainly deserves a spot among the world's best beer bars. Why?

For starters, the atmosphere is great. Tucked away just a stone's throw from Ryougoku station, the nondescript exterior might lead a few searching for some good brew to pass it by. But inside lies a traditional American pub style brewpub. Sleek counters, wooden tables, appropriate glassware and beer decor- and to top it all off, a huge list of the day's available brews on tap. Yes, this is proper.

The quality is phenomenal re the beers. I'm originally from the Bay Area and frequent quite a few of the craft beer mainstays there and I still see brews at Popeye's from the US (and Europe) that I have never seen on tap. Not to mention the unrivaled Japanese craft beer selection.

The service is attentive and helpful. I haven't gotten into any huge conversations with the staff yet BUT they've always been really quick to pour me a brew. And you kill the keg, get 9/10 of a beer- its on the house. Maybe with a complimentary appetizer (which has happened to me twice).

Selection- I'll just list a few I've gotten here on draft:
Swan Lake Weizen
Swan Lake Belgian IPA
Swan Lake Golden Ale
Vamp Imperial Black Ale
Great Divide Oaked Yeti Imperial Stout
Nogne 100
Cantillon Geuze (bottle)
Mikkeller Nugget IPA
Augst Winter White Ale

The list goes on... usually 40 on draft and a bunch of bottles are available.

The food is typical pub fare, but with a few extra treats thrown in. Hop infused sausages and emu sashimi are fresh in my memory.

Value- expect to pay about $11/pint. That's actually good for Tokyo. And the food is a deal.

All in all, if you are a craft beer head and are in Japan, you should not miss this for anything. It will be worth your while.

OneBrewru, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of SargeC
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%

Not just one of the best beer spots in Japan, but one of the best in the world. The atmosphere is very welcoming, although getting a table can be challenging. It has been packed every time I have gone. The beer is served promptly and properly. The service is great. On one beer I ordered, the keg ran dry, the bartender gave me that last half a glass when he came and asked if I wanted something else.

I like the variety of delivery methods employed; they have regular tap, nitro tap, hand pump, cask and the "Hops Heart" that infuses the brew with extra hop goodness. They serve a good cross section of Japanese craft brewed beer. Impressive selection of out of the way bottled brews as well. The food is unique; I enjoyed the hop sausage and the chicken. Portions are small, but they do offer a half plate with every beer during happy hour.

Easily accessible from either the JR line or Toei line Ryogoku station. The map on their website is good. Plenty of good ramen shops around the station to stop in afterwards. Worth a pilgrimage any time you are in Tokyo.

SargeC, Jan 01, 2010
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Bakusyu Club Popeye in Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, Japan
97 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.