Craft Beer Dodo House The Bottom Line
Craft Beer Dodo House may be off the beaten craft beer track in Tokyo, but I liked it. While it does involve a bit of a walk from Meguro station, the varied tap list and friendly, non-smoking atmosphere helped make Craft Beer Dodo House stand out. The main downside to Craft Beer Dodo House was the table charge that was only noticed once I had sat down. If you’re in the Meguro area, then take a bit of a further walk and get to Craft Beer Dodo House.
Craft Beer Dodo House The Full Review
Craft Beer Dodo House opened in July 2017, and is located about 10 minutes from both the JR and Tokyo Metro Meguro station. It shines out in what appears to be busy commuter area, as the park opposite was full of schoolkids playing and families with children coming in to eat dinner while the parents drank beer. Like Sakazuki Brewing, Craft Beer Dodo House was also crowd funded using the Makuake system – a Japanese version of Kickstarter.
The inside of Craft Beer Dodo House is quite spacious for what appeared to be a small place outside. There is space for about 15 people dotted around at tables and also another 10 to 15 people at the counters dotted around the outside of the bar. The whole place is non-smoking though there is a ¥300 table charge to add on at the end of your drinking session. Some of the menus were in English but it was just mostly titles without much in the way of descriptions of the beers. I didn’t notice any WiFi in the area either.
When I went to Craft Beer Dodo House, the beer list was surprisingly good – not that was a bad thing but some of the beers I hadn’t seen on tap outside of tap takeovers. There are usually seven taps of craft beer on with the majority, if not all, being domestic craft beer. The menus also included the next three beers waiting to be tapped and their Facebook feed also lists the tap list for the day. The beers come in two sizes: small (250ml) for ¥650 and US pint (473ml) for ¥950. There isn’t a happy hour, not is there a beer flight. While the beers were initially served with lots of head, the bar staff did kindly top them up.
The food is all cooked fresh at Craft Beer Dodo House; however, the menus were all in Japanese – both titles and descriptions. The chips were quite large for the price and were definitely salty – enough to make me drink even quicker. There were a few vegetarian choices but unless you read Japanese then it might be a bit tough to decide what you want to order.
Craft Beer Dodo House Details
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 17:00 – 24:00
Happy Hour: None
How to Get to Craft Beer Dodo House
Craft Beer Dodo House is located about 10 minutes from the JR and Tokyo Metro Meguro station.