Gremlin – Tokyo Beer Drinker


Lastly! That is the place I’ve been ready for. A very nice bar, serving good beer at an excellent value, near my home. Guess I’ve been a bit choosy, however that is the form of place I can see myself going to usually, even when I’ve to stroll quarter-hour to it, as an alternative of the 5 minutes I may need hoped for. Perhaps I ought to transfer home.

So, Gremlin is a superb little bar within the basement restaurant space connected to Hatagaya station. This restaurant space is possibly somewhat dated however Gremlin is the other and has a really good really feel. Newly refitted with a pleasant design, there are seats for ten on the counter and 5 tables for about 4 individuals. The grasp is a rockabilly fan who loves actual ale (which explains the music and beer option to some extent) and is a really pleasant man. He spent a while in England, so may give you the option that can assist you in case your Japanese just isn’t good. They serve a restricted meals menu (scrumptious dressing on the salad!), however the place is concentrated on its beer. UPDATE ONE: The meals menu has modified and so has the music so in all probability greatest to not anticipate salad or rockabilly.

They’ve six faucets, three keg and three hand pumps and all serve Japanese craft beer. I suppose it’s just like the Cat & Cask in that respect. There have been an excellent mixture of breweries and types obtainable and it’s good to get to attempt some Japanese beer on handpump. I’m not significantly a ‘actual ale’ particular person, I similar to to drink good beers, somewhat than deal with the dispense technique. Nevertheless, I’ve to confess the ‘actual’ model of Loco’s Common Winter was very good, with the handpump including one thing that you just don’t get from the bottle model. Beers are served in two sizes, common and huge, with most beers being ¥650 and ¥950 respectively. Often, stronger beers are somewhat additional, however actually not way more (¥50 or so). I’d guess that the sizes are someplace within the area of 250ml and 450ml, however subsequent time I’m there, I’ll ask and replace. UPDATE TWO: shockingly, I nonetheless don’t know the dimensions of the half right here however I believe it’s UK half. The pint is US pint. The costs have gone up somewhat in 5 years. The ‘actual’ beers at the moment are ¥700 and ¥1000 and the keg beers are ¥800 and round ¥1150. I’d say although that the breweries he’s getting now embody some glorious and fewer usually encountered ones. You’ve additionally obtained to consider the truth that it’s an unbiased bar and the rising prices of each beer and delivery. Loads of locations have needed to put up their costs, and while after all I’d somewhat they didn’t go up, I perceive when some locations must do it.

As you could have guessed, I’m actually happy this place has opened. It’s someplace I really feel that I can fortunately name my native. There’s no cowl cost and an excellent vary of beers at good costs. For me, locations like this undoubtedly have an edge over a number of the locations with extra faucets, as a result of these locations really feel like they’ve been opened as a result of the house owners love beer and bars, somewhat than love creating wealth out of what’s for some individuals a money cow in the intervening time. As craft beer in Japan continues to develop in recognition, I hope we see extra of those form of locations open. These are those we ought to be giving our cash to, and I intend to just do that.

Japanese breweries on faucet once I first visited:
Shiga Kogen
Ise Kadoya
Oni Densetsu

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday, 15:00-23:30
Closed Monday

ゴールデンセンター B1F, 1-3-1 幡ヶ谷, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Straightforward! It’s within the purchasing centre connected to Hatagaya station. In case you are popping out of the ticket obstacles, flip left, then proper up the steps, stroll previous McDonalds and it’s on the precise hand facet somewhat manner down. Because it’s within the station, in all probability no want for a map.
I’ve heard fairly a number of individuals get confused about getting on the precise line to get right here, so I’ll emphasise that it’s the Keio New Line that you just want. Head for the Shinjuku line (which connects to the Keio New Line) and so long as you’re going the proper manner from Shinjuku, your prepare will cease at Hatagaya. Should you’re on the Shinjuku line platforms, platform 4 is the one you want. If you end up at Sasazuka you’ve gone too far, and have to get a prepare again from platform 3.


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