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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Gremlin – Tokyo Beer Drinker

Lastly! That is the place I’ve been ready for. A very nice bar, serving good beer at an excellent worth, near my home. Guess I’ve been a bit choosy, however that is the type 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 might 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 perhaps 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 folks. 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 would possibly have the ability that will help you in case your Japanese is just not 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 count on 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 kinds obtainable and it’s good to get to attempt some Japanese beer on handpump. I’m not notably a ‘actual ale’ particular person, I identical to to drink good beers, relatively than give attention to the dispense methodology. Nonetheless, I’ve to confess the ‘actual’ model of Loco’s Normal 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 enormous, with most beers being ¥650 and ¥950 respectively. Often, stronger beers are somewhat further, however actually not far 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 are actually ¥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 bought to have in mind the truth that it’s an unbiased bar and the rising prices of each beer and transport. Loads of locations have needed to put up their costs, and while in fact I’d relatively they didn’t go up, I perceive when some locations need to do it.

As you might 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 positively have an edge over among the locations with extra faucets, as a result of these locations really feel like they’ve been opened as a result of the homeowners love beer and bars, relatively than love making a living out of what’s for some folks a money cow in the mean time. As craft beer in Japan continues to develop in recognition, I hope we see extra of those type of locations open. These are those we needs to be giving our cash to, and I intend to do exactly that.

Japanese breweries on faucet after 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 procuring centre connected to Hatagaya station. If you’re popping out of the ticket boundaries, flip left, then proper up the steps, stroll previous McDonalds and it’s on the best hand aspect somewhat manner down. Because it’s within the station, in all probability no want for a map.
I’ve heard fairly just a few folks get confused about getting on the best 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 practice will cease at Hatagaya. For those who’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 must get a practice again from platform 3.


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