enigmatic's Reviews ( British pubs / Irish pubs )

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  • 82 Ale House (Bars / Shinagawa)
  • 2009/01/29
  • This place is pretty close to one of the Temple University buildings so it is frequented by a quite a few students. But the place is nice, the staff is friendly, and the imported beers are cold. Oh, and the fish and chips is rockin'. But probably the most interesting feature of this place is the built in mechanism for knowing when you've had too many drinks. The bathrooms are down in the basement at the bottom of a very steep flight of stairs. If you're too drunk to get back up them, then you're done for the night.
  • Grail: Roppongi (British pubs / Irish pubs / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's your basic pub with a ton more options for fans of hard liquor. The food is pretty typical of most bars in Japan...both pub food and izakaya food. The staff is friendly and it usually isn't crowded (but that may just be because I typically go there on weekdays). If you really have a desire to try out some quality whiskeys they can help you with that, too.
  • Cock o'the Walk ====CLOSED==== (British pubs / Irish pubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Beer, beer, and more beer. That and a little booze. It's the real reason you go to a pub in the first place, and as long as you don't expect anything stellar you won't be disappointed. The staff is fabulous, but the food definitely leaves something to be desired. Honestly, there are a lot of pubs in Tokyo with better food. But it's a really charming environment to grab a drink with friends.
  • Hub : Roppongi 1 (British pubs / Irish pubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • All hail 1300 yen liters of beer. Like every other Hub in Tokyo, don't forget your point card. Fairly typical Japanese attempt of recreating a British pub. But it is an excellent place to stop in if you want a free lesson in English slang. It's also a pretty good place to find an English teacher, as the foreigners who don't work in English schools can afford better hangouts in Roppongi.
  • Paddy Foley's ---- CLOSED ----- (British pubs / Irish pubs / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/17
  • This pub has large spaces and can be used for group get togethers if you let them know far enough in advance. It's great for sports events and is a nice getaway from typical "Roppongi". The selection of beers is good, but the Newcastle is, unfortunately, refrigerated. Snacks are tasty and their booze selection is solid. Combine this with bartenders who actually know what they're doing, and you've got yourself a pretty solid spot. Just be warned that if you walk in on a weeknight, everyone will turn and stare at you for a minute or two.
  • Dubliners' Irish Pub : Shinjuku (Live Bars/Jazz Bars / Shinjuku)
  • 2008/11/10
  • If you're looking for a vintage Irish pub, you'll want to take this one with a grain of salt. It's owned by Sapporo. Nevertheless, they have decent pub food for good prices, and a few of the import beer favorites. If you're looking to get a seat, or even standing room for more than three people on a Friday or Saturday, you'll be happier going elsewhere. The clientele is a more balanced mix of foreign and Japanese than a lot of other similar pubs around town.
  • Hobgoblin : Shibuya (Darts & Pools / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Now under new management, this pub still serves up its own brews alongside many other desirable imports. Finally, they have added Happy Hour from 5 to 7 daily for added enjoyment of said beers. A little on the pricey side, but Happy Hour is a good deal for your money. The staff is all English-speaking and far friendlier than you might expect for a pub. It is a homing beacon to all foreigners in the neighborhood: it could be because the female staff is easy on the eyes, or it could be because they televise virtually all major sporting events, or the amazing nachos that come with a huge dose of real sour cream. Whatever the reason, you'll probably find yourself drawn back time and time again.
  • Towncryer : Kamiyacyo (British pubs / Irish pubs / Tameikesanno)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Typical foreigner patronized pub in the middle of Kamiyacho. Very difficult to find without explicit instructions, unless, of course, you work across the street in Shiroyama Trust Tower, in which case it is THE hangout. Good but typical pub-style food. The beer selection is very nice, but a bit on the expensive side. Budget about 800 yen per pint. It is not usually packed to the gills, so if you can find it, it's a great place to go.