Jibiru Bar Marumugi The Bottom Line
If you’re in the area, then Jibiru Bar Marumugi is a decent choice compared to what else there is in the area – nothing. However, unless you are in the area, then Jibiru Bar Marumugi isn’t worth trekking into Tokyo for. It had a nice quaint atmosphere, but the owner just decided to watch TV and didn’t seem up for a conversation. All the beers included tax and there is no table charge either. The bar is also non-smoking too; however, don’t expect any English on the menu besides the name of the beer.
Jibiru Bar Marumugi Full Review
Jibiru Bar Marumugi, located between Yotsuya-sanchome station and Akebonobashi station, opened up in 2011 after the owner moved from another bar. Yotsuya-sanchome area isn’t renowned for having much there, besides lots of izakayas and seems to be a busy thoroughfare for people between Shinjuku and Yotsuya station in itself.
Inside, Jibiru Bar Marumugi is quite small to say the least. I was the only person in there on a Wednesday night and even then, I felt that the place had a slight claustrophobic nature to it. There are two tables inside next to the windows, and a small counter area that seats about 5 or 6 people, though that would be quite a squeeze. If you wanted, you could stand up but if you did, you’d probably bump into someone if you turned around. While not as small as say El Nubichinom in Yokohama, it was definitely cosy. There is no table charge and no smoking either, which is always a good thing.
There are usually five taps of craft beer on at Jibiru Bar Marumugi, with all of them being dedicated to domestic beers on the day I went. Beers come in two sizes: US pint (470ml) for ¥1,000 or half US pint (240ml) for ¥700. There is also a three beer tasting set of 3 x 150ml for ¥1,000 as well. All the prices include tax and the beers were well poured too. Unfortunately, there isn’t any happy hour so don’t expect one.
The food at Jibiru Bar Marumugi was basic with some small finger foods and no chips – what is it with places not serving chips!? – so we settled on the pickles and found them to be quite small for the price we paid.
Jibiru Bar Marumugi Details
Open: Sunday to Saturday 17:00 to 02:00
Happy Hour: No
Homepage (in Japanese): http://craftbeer-marumugi.seesaa.net/
How to Get to Jibiru Bar Marumugi
The closest station to Jibiru Bar Marumugi is Yotsuya-sanchome station. Come out of exit four and the bar is a couple of minutes walk away.