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Bakusyu Club Popeye
Taps: 43 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2-18-7 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku
phone: 03 3633 2120
(Place added by: UncleJimbo)
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| Reviews: 22
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Amazing selection of more than 50 on-tap, nitro and cask craft brews from all across Japan, and plenty of international craft brews in bottles to add to that. The shop owner, Aoki-san, is a passionate beer prophet whose life goal appears to be to increase Japanese awareness of craft brews in spite of the government's tenacious protection of the macro-beer industry. He regularly conducts research on people's enjoyment of different types of beer in an effort to objectify the art of brewing and pairing food to drink.
In addition to a huge variety of brews, the menu also offers a delicious selection of dishes that have been cooked in craft beers. The spicy buffalo wings are a must try. Various, creative desserts are made with beer as well - the result may surprise you.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting, as a giant tree juts out from the floor, decorated with beer bottles, and dark lighting allows you to nestle down into a divine state of beer-ecstasy. The master and his beer servants, most of whom have brewed themselves, are sincerely friendly, knowledgeable, and fun.
I would HIGHLY recommend that any tourist, beer fanatic or not, visit this bar as it presents a chance to see a unique cultural side of Japan. Namely, Japanese craft brewing, with the added benefit of a friendly staff and customers in a city that is otherwise famous for its battalions of stoic salaryman soldiers.
10-28-2009 21:47:18 |
More by JeremyBrews
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Absolutely amazing bar, and the best place in Japan (and maybe even the world) that I have been to! Extremely friendly welcome from the entire barstaff, who yell out 'irrashimase' as soon as you enter. The service from then on is first class - always available as soon as you need anything, and extremely informative. In fact I'd go so far as to say this is the best service I have ever seen in a bar. The selection of beer available is impressively large, and I did count 70 taps on the menu, none of which were out when we asked for them. Four casks were available - three on handpump and one on gravity. The variation and diversity of styles was very refreshing to see considering the mundane blandness of Japan's macro scene. Every beer was also in very good quality, including the casks. Food was very good, although we only opted for the half plates that came with ordering certain marked beers during the happy hours period of 5pm to 8pm (a good strategy considering that the beer is on the pricey side).
Awesome place and very highly recommended. I'll be back!
10-15-2008 16:26:08 |
More by bobsy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-14-2011 13:24:45 |
More by ggourde
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This by far the most amazing beer pub in Japan.
Extremely convenient from tokyo station. Just two stops from Akihabara.
Very relaxed izakaya (pub) style establishment. Everyone very friendly, the waitress even gave me a hug goodbye. Service is excellent.
Food is good, but it uninspired.
40 beers on tap, half a dozen cask, half a dozen real ale. Amazing stuff. Most of the beers are japanese craft brews, but maybe a third are not.
Just as an example of their selection, this is what I had:
Sam Adams Utopias
Special Echigo Ale
Swan Nitro Porter
Rogue Brutal Bitter
Hiroyuki Special Espresso Porter
03-14-2004 09:12:13 |
More by Naerhu
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Absolutely the best bar i've ever been to! Friendly, boisterous staff with a bar crew that KNOWS their beers! The Hop Heart injection system is really an amazing feature that you should definitely inquire into! Food is great with decent portions (especially the Happy Hour combos with drinks). Prices are pretty low for Tokyo standards. The best selection of barleywines i've ever encountered. Lots of mix between Japanese, American, and some others thrown in. Love, love, LOVE POPEYE!
03-28-2013 21:56:28 |
More by shigg85
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
i can`t stress how much of a must visit this is for beer lovers in tokyo. the bar has a very classic hometown pub feel with a few japanese touches and has 40 beers on tap, mostly japanese, with cask and nitro offerings. i got a 5 half pint sampler of 5 japanese cask beers that was great. i found the service to be knowledgeable about beer and friendly and they give you labels that show what beers you have drunk so you don`t get confused by all of the japanese names. prices are reasonable for tokyo. the only problem is that it can be a little difficult to find without a good map. overall excellent.
05-04-2008 15:31:35 |
More by hoegaardenhero
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Not just one of the best beer spots in Japan, but one of the best in the world. The atmosphere is very welcoming, although getting a table can be challenging. It has been packed every time I have gone. The beer is served promptly and properly. The service is great. On one beer I ordered, the keg ran dry, the bartender gave me that last half a glass when he came and asked if I wanted something else.
I like the variety of delivery methods employed; they have regular tap, nitro tap, hand pump, cask and the "Hops Heart" that infuses the brew with extra hop goodness. They serve a good cross section of Japanese craft brewed beer. Impressive selection of out of the way bottled brews as well. The food is unique; I enjoyed the hop sausage and the chicken. Portions are small, but they do offer a half plate with every beer during happy hour.
Easily accessible from either the JR line or Toei line Ryogoku station. The map on their website is good. Plenty of good ramen shops around the station to stop in afterwards. Worth a pilgrimage any time you are in Tokyo.
01-01-2010 06:30:02 |
More by SargeC
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I had the opportunity to visit this pub on a recent trip to Japan for my brother in laws wedding. We spent a few days in Tokyo before the wedding and I was able to persuade the family to go to this fantastic beer bar.
Popeyes was easy to find even with our limited knowledge of the Tokyo subway system. It is only a couple of stops from Tokyo Station.
The pub was small with a relaxed atmosphere. To our surprise we happened to show up during Happy Hour where you can get a free appetizer with each beer on that day's menu. The food menu was pretty decent offering various pub food favorites. This was nice for some of the less adventurous eaters in our group.
I dont think I need to say this but the service was excellent.
They have a nice selection of Japanese micros as well as some world beers. Here are some of the beers that we had during our visit. The prices were a little steep for some of the beers but as I understand it typical for Tokyo.
Baird Brewing Co (Divine Vamp III Black IPA, Rising Sun)
Yona Yona Ale
Hakusekikan Hurricane (Barleywine, Brown, Crystal)
Swan Lake (Amber Ale, IPA)
If you are in Tokyo you must make this on your list of things to do.
01-04-2006 21:34:40 |
More by Plughfish
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Popeye's is easily the best beer bar I've been to in Japan, and certainly deserves a spot among the world's best beer bars. Why?
For starters, the atmosphere is great. Tucked away just a stone's throw from Ryougoku station, the nondescript exterior might lead a few searching for some good brew to pass it by. But inside lies a traditional American pub style brewpub. Sleek counters, wooden tables, appropriate glassware and beer decor- and to top it all off, a huge list of the day's available brews on tap. Yes, this is proper.
The quality is phenomenal re the beers. I'm originally from the Bay Area and frequent quite a few of the craft beer mainstays there and I still see brews at Popeye's from the US (and Europe) that I have never seen on tap. Not to mention the unrivaled Japanese craft beer selection.
The service is attentive and helpful. I haven't gotten into any huge conversations with the staff yet BUT they've always been really quick to pour me a brew. And you kill the keg, get 9/10 of a beer- its on the house. Maybe with a complimentary appetizer (which has happened to me twice).
Selection- I'll just list a few I've gotten here on draft:
Swan Lake Weizen
Swan Lake Belgian IPA
Swan Lake Golden Ale
Vamp Imperial Black Ale
Great Divide Oaked Yeti Imperial Stout
Cantillon Geuze (bottle)
Mikkeller Nugget IPA
Augst Winter White Ale
The list goes on... usually 40 on draft and a bunch of bottles are available.
The food is typical pub fare, but with a few extra treats thrown in. Hop infused sausages and emu sashimi are fresh in my memory.
Value- expect to pay about $11/pint. That's actually good for Tokyo. And the food is a deal.
All in all, if you are a craft beer head and are in Japan, you should not miss this for anything. It will be worth your while.
04-23-2011 13:14:22 |
More by OneBrewru
British Indian Ocean Territory
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Worth every yen spent. I'd go every night if I could afford it. Perfect size, outstanding & knowledgeable service, good atmosphere, and local craft beer out the wazoo. If there's one place you go to in Japan for beer, make it Popeye's. Got to try some of the Oktoberfest brews, and a fantastic hand pump Swan Lake IPA. Although they've got quite a few US & Belgian beer on tap, it's the locals you obviously want to focus on. The best part is the list of Barleywines & Old Ales on tap - the 2004 Hakusekikan barleywine was outstanding as was the Nine Tail Fox. The izakaya style small plates served with your beer (between 5 & 8pm) is also greatly appreciated. Kudos all around.
10-22-2009 03:16:58 |
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