Apple Martini is a great little Korean-owned bar in downtown Hachioji three streets west of Hachioji Station's North Entrance. This can be a fun spot late in the evening, as it is full of a mix of Japanese and Westerners, enjoying good food and drinks. They play a variety of Western music, and the food is a mix of various Asian dishes and American bar food, offering even simple things like kimchi.
We stopped here on Saturday night, and it was very quiet, but we've heard it can be a lot of fun late in the evening. The bartenders often entertain guests with flaming drinks and twirling bottle like in the old 80s movie, Cocktail.
Here is a video someone else posted about Apple Martini a few years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJDFqZyt-TA&feature=player_embedded
The Hub is a chain of British pubs in Japan with about 25 Tokyo locations, 5 more throughout the broader Kanto Plains area, and 6 other locations in Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya. I have visited a number of Hub locations in the Tokyo area including Ikebukuro and Roppongi.
I recently visited the hub location in Hachioji. This Hub, located less than 100 meters from the station, is one of the nicer locations I have visited. This Hub is located in the basement of the street that runs at an angle to the northwest of the Hachioji Station. I had a one pint Hub Ale for 860 Yen and fried scallops with balsamic "sause" for 460 Yen. The beer is one of the better Japanese brews, and the scallops were tasty, but served in a very small portion.
Sherlock Holmes is a new English pub with a traditional feel, located just a few dozen meters from the north entrance to Hachioji Station. This was recently opened by the same owners of the well established, nearby Gulliver's Pub.
We stopped in one night and sat at the bar, where we enjoyed watching 1980s and 90s music videos and watching the variety of customers. We drank a few pints of Kilkenny (980 Yen) and Heartland (680 Yen), and we tried an order of calamari for about 800 Yen. The beer was good, but the calamari was just OK.
While we relaxed, we watched a Japanese girl at the bar, who acted confused by the alcohol selection. First, she looked over the whiskey selection before settling on an Irish whiskey, and wincing after each sip. Then she had a Long Island Iced Tea, followed by a martini of some kind or another. She acted like she never drank, but she put these three drinks away in about 30 or 45 minutes with no ill affects.
How do you say Sherlock Holmes in Japanese? How about "Syahrokku Hohmuzu?"
Public Bar Okamoto is the name of one of numerous restaurants located in the area known as Hoppy Street is Asakusa, Tokyo. This street is on the west side of Senso-ji Temple, a bit off the beaten path for many tourists, is known locally as either Hoppy Street (due to the sales of Hoppy drink) or Motsuni Street (for the area's famous pig intestine stew). Here there are a few dozen small izakaya, most with street-side, open-air seating.
We stopped at the restaurant called Public Bar Okamoto, with a blonde Japanese waitress who spoke good English. We started with a few draft beers, and we had some snacks like edamame and chicken skewers. Our total bill for four people was about 5,000 Yen, about average for the area.
Tachikawa Brewery is not a brewery, but it is an impressive craft beer bar located in Tachikawa just outside of the station's south entrance. This restaurant is located on the 6th floor of a building next to the train tracks, one floor above its sister bar, Rose Hogs. While Rose Hogs specializes in American microbrews, Tachikawa Brewery features beers from small Japanese craft breweries.
We stopped here for drinks one night after dinner, and had some good beers and good appetizers. We tried three different beers, and we enjoyed a small appetizer of sausage and french fries.
Okazaki-Hacchou Miso Lager
North Island Weizen
Miyazaki Hideji Beer Weizen
The Galway Irish Pub is one of four or five nice Western-style pubs in the western Tokyo city of Hachioji (the other nice pubs I have visited are The Hub, Gulliver, and Sherlock Holmes). This bar is located in the 6th floor of a building just a few blocks from the Hachioji Station. The space is rather large inside, with a small bar, but many tables on either side of the bar.
Galway Pub sells a variety of beer and basic foods. Their beers include Irish staples like Guinness and Kilkenny (900 Yen a pint) as well as Japanese beers like Heartland and Asahi for 500 to 600 Yen a pint). They also offer a few simple entrees like sandwiches (800 Yen), salads (500 to 700 Yen), fish and chips (500 to 600 Yen), and pizza (500 to 700 Yen).
Hachioji is located about an hour from Shinjuku on the Chuo Line. The bar is on the north side of the station, to the left.
With a motto like "Beer Communication" how could you go wrong? We stopped in the Shibuya store because nearby Goodbeer Faucets was not yet open.
We started with beer. They had mostly Kirin beers like Braumeister, Heartland, Kirin Lager, and Kirin Stout, along with a few international beers like Guinness and Heineken. I had a Heartland .
We also had a plate of fried calamari for 680 Yen. It was exceptionally well seasoned and perfectly fried to be tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Good enough place for a beer and some snacks. Very busy bar.
Tachikawa has some of the best nightlife and restaurants in the western Tokyo suburbs. Paradise Yokocho is one of the newer places with an old, post-World War II feel, located a short walk north of Tachikawa Station. This "food village" is made of of about 15 restaurants set on two alleys in the shape of a "T."
This area was just opened in the last 10 years, but is well designed to remind visitors of the post World War II 1950s in Tokyo. The buildings are all one-story structures, most with corrugated tin roofs. The signs are painted steel, with a hint of rust, electrical wires are exposed, light bulbs are bare. Interestingly enough, though, the restaurants are tiny, but clean and modern.
I had a late lunch at a Nepalese restaurant in the area, and many of the small teriyaki were starting to fill p with rowdy Japanese businessmen.
Ant N Bee Pub is my favorite place in Roppongi. This tiny pub specializes in craft beer and fresh homemade food. You will only find about 8 bar seats here and a few tables, but they have innovative tables and stools that fold into the wall for additional customers.
During our visit the beer menu had about 22 microbrews from 10 or more Japanese microbreweries such as Minoh, Yoho, and Coedo. I started with the Coedo Hoppy Wind Session Ale and a Baeren Weizen.
Coedo Hoppy Wind Session Ale a special summer 2013 brew from Kawagoe's Coedo Brewery. The color is a pale yellow, the scent very hoppy. It is a light, sweet, citrusy ale with a strong hoppy flavor and a surprising lack of bitterness. Unique and drinkable, but not fantastic.
The Baeren Weizen is a good Hefeweizen from the Baeren Brewery in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. This is a tasty hefeweizen, but perhaps lacking some of the robust flavor of the German original.
Beers were 1200 Yen for a large Imperial Pint and 900 Yen for a smaller US Pint.
For a real taste of post World War II Tokyo, check out Jimmy's Stand Bar just to the north of Tachikawa Station. This hole-in-the-wall bar is located in the basement of a building built in the 80s, but it was originally established on Tachikawa Air Base in the 1950s. The most unique thing about it is Jimmy, the original owner from the 50s still stands behind the bar, now in his 80s, and pouring drinks and telling stories about his glory days. The photos on the walls are impressive, and he is happy to pour a cold one, serve a bowl of peanuts, and talk about what Tachikawa used to be like.
A bottle of Sapporo costs 1000 Yen. Mixed drinks are similarly priced.
Jimmy's Stand Bar
The Gulliver Pub is a Western-style bar in the fun town of Hachioji, in the far west of Tokyo. The bar is clean and has a traditional European pub atmosphere. We sat at the bar, next to the unique saxophone beer tap, and we enjoyed a few pints of beer while we relaxed.
They offer a good selection of bottled and draft European beer, most around 700 to 900 Yen. They also have some basic food options like fish and chips (850 Yen), pizzas (around 1100 Yen), and even steaks (1700 Yen). This is a very relaxing spot to grab a beer, even if it's a bit on the expensive side.
The Gulliver Group owns the Gulliver Pub as well as six other establishments in Hachioji. I have visited Sherlock Holmes Pub, and Live Bar True is right next door to Gulliver. Their other businesses are Zero bar and lounge, Piemonte Trattoria and Pizzeria, Hana Japanese restaurant, and the Rose Bar.
The Drop is a large, friendly, Western-style pub right next to Fussa Station on the Ome Line. This popular spot occupies a big concrete block house, unique in Japanese architecture. It has a bar on the first floor, along with a handful of tables. Upstairs you will find additional tables overlooking the downstairs bar.
We had a few beers here and an appetizer platter that included wings, onion rings and other American-style bar food.
Abbot's Choice is a small second-floor pub in the heart of Roppongi. The bar has just a few stools, an there are only a handful of tables, but Abbot's Choice features hundreds of whiskeys collected from around the world, and they have an extensive beer selection (around 8 beers on tap and maybe 75 different bottles). The prices can be steep, with a pint of Guinness at 900 Yen, a mojito at 1,200 Yen, and calamari appetizer at 750 Yen. Meals, however, are not outrageously priced; for example fish and chips is just 1050 Yen.
Address: 2F/5-1-5, Roppongi, Tokyo 106-0032
Subway: Roppongi Station
Terminal 2 at Naritva has just a single Western-style bar, called Avion. This small lounge has two great features: seats overlooking the runway and beer. We sat for 45 minutes or so, sipping a :Yebisu beer on draft, for 800 or 1000 Yen. Expensive, but expected.
For Japanese draft beers, prices are about 550 Yen for a small, 680 Yen for a medium, and 850 Yen for a large. Cocktails cost 700 Yen, and snacks range from 300 Yen for soybeans to 1,000 Yen for noodles.
The bar opens bright and early at 8:00am, but it also closes early at 9:00pm.
Bar Goat is a small, hidden, second floor bar located just west of Fussa Station. This bar has a great selection of small-label foreign beers like Scotland's BrewDog brewery and the Dutch Brouwerij de Molen. The tiny bar has just 6 seats or so, but the bar is comfortable and the owner/bartender friendly and talkative in either English or Japanese.
We had a few beers here one night when passing through the area. Great beer selection, though it can be expensive, as many beers are 1000 Yen each or more.
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