Pigalle One Paragraph Review
It’s really hard for us to recommend Pigalle really. While the beers on tap are varied and the prices included tax, they are expensive for the amount of beer you get, considering Shibuya is two stops along and has far more bars that are cheaper and give you more beer for your money. It does have a nice chilled atmosphere and is also non-smoking too. If there is a rare beer on tap that you want to try and nowhere else has it, then pop along, else move along to Shibuya.
Pigalle Full Review
It’s not often that we travel west of Shibuya and out on the Den-en-toshi line, but after a long day at work and stuck in the Sangenjaya area, Pigalle popped up on our craft beer map of Japan as the closest place and off we went. It’s not the easiest place to find as it was hidden in a back alley and the front of the store is tiny but once you have found it, we doubt you will have trouble again.
Pigalle European Bar Pub, to give it its full name, opened in June 2010 and their modus operandi since has been to bring together Japanese and international craft beer in a cozy atmosphere. They also regard themselves to be Tokyo’s smallest bottle bar as well, and with five seats and a small standing area, they’re probably right in that respect. When we went on a Thursday night, there was a couple sat next to the fridge and a man sitting at the counter, with the side “shelf” occupied by us. Later on, other people did come in and sat down at the counter though with ten people in the bar, it felt full up and almost claustrophobic.
Beers are Pigalle vary from around the world though there tends to be a minimum of two domestic craft beer on tap at any one time. Beers come in one size, which seemed to be about 300ml, with prices varying from ¥950 to ¥1100. Thankfully the prices include tax as any more than that would have left me leaving the beer on the counter and walking out. It’s simply too expensive for the amount of beer you get and with that amount of head. The bottle situation wasn’t much better with the idea being you take them out rather than drink in. When we picked out a cider, which was ¥750 a bottle, to drink inside, the owner said it would cost us ¥1,500 in total to drink it in the bar. Pigalle isn’t the only place to charge a bottle opening fee, Baird Bashamichi Taproom does it as well, but it was one of the most expensive places we’ve come across.
The food at Pigalle is sparse to say the least, but the Danish Hotdog more than made up for it. What makes it Danish is confusing as the pictures I came across while searching for it looked nothing like what I received. In fact, when I searched for “French Hotdog”, the pictures appeared to be identical to what I got. At ¥550, it’s a quite large but it’s just a sausage with some tomato ketchup and mustard stuffed inside a hollowed out baguette. There was also a mixed cheese plate and some chocolate on sale but that’s it.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 16:00 ~ 25:00 Sundays and National Holidays 14:00 ~ 22:00
Close: Monday except national holiday
Homepage (In English and Japanese): http://www016.upp.so-net.ne.jp/pigalle/
How to Get to Pigalle
The closest station to Pigalle is Sangenjaya on the Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line and the Tōkyū Setagaya Line.