Beer Bar Lupulin The Bottom Line
If you’re with a rich benefactor, or are too lazy to walk to either of the Craft Beer iBrews, then Beer Bar Lupulin is right up your street. It’s expensive – with some of the most priciest beers I’ve seen in Tokyo – but then it is in the smack-bang-middle of Ginza. Beer Bar Lupulin does have a great atmosphere and some tasty food though the prices again will make you gawp. Thankfully all prices include tax and there is a table charge though we’re not sure of that last one as no receipt was given. The whole place is non-smoking but then it’s not surprising.
Beer Bar Lupulin The Full Review
Ginza scares me – I’ve said it and I’m proud of it! Every time I’m in the area, I’m generally passing through as I have no interest in high-value fashion goods nor do I like shopping – unless it’s for beer or for food. So when someone said “let’s go drinking in Ginza!”, my wallet and bank balance were already beginning to flat-line with the thought of Ginza prices. Beer Bar Lupulin do list prices on their site, and the bank were already looking forward to an extension of my beer loan after hearing I was drinking in Ginza.
Beer Bar Lupulin is located on the third floor of back alley building that is easily missed. With no signs outside on the street – don’t want to bring down the area with advertisements of beer now – and a tiny sign on the wall advertising the bar, we missed the entrance twice even though we had been using BeerTengoku’s very own beer map. Moreover, with most people in the area for shopping, rather than drinking, there was no trail of destruction of alcohol to lead us into the right place. After managing to find it, I have to admit I was slightly excited with what greeted us – a warm smell of bbq and wood and brass taps – almost something out of the countryside. There is a table charge but it’s unknown how much it was.
The six tap beer list at Beer Bar Lupulin is advertised as being of Japanese origin; however, they do have imported craft beer on tap as well. Though this is where the wallet began to creak and dread being opened. Beers come in three sizes, small (about 210ml) for ¥700, medium (about 350ml) for ¥900, and large (470ml) for ¥1,500. Thankfully prices include tax but don’t expect any happy hour prices or discounts. The beers were served really well, and they should be at that price.
All of the food at Beer Bar Lupulin is organic and locally grown, though what that means in Tokyo is beyond me as I couldn’t see any rice fields or vegetable plots in the area. For those with a BeerTengoku Bingo Ticket, there were no chips, so we settled for the next best thing which is pizza – well it looked like pizza – but was nowhere near large enough to feed one person, let alone two so make sure you either stock up on money before coming to Beer Bar Lupulin or food.
Beer Bar Lupulin Details
Open: Monday 18:00 – 24:00 (L.O 22:30) Tuesday to Friday Fri 12:00 – 14:00 (L.O 13:30) & 18:00 – 24:00 (L.O 22:30) Saturdays 15:00 – 23:00 (L.O 21:30) Sunday 15:00 – 20:00 (L.O 18:30)
Happy Hour: None
Homepage (in Japanese): http://www.beer-lupulin.com/
How to Get to Beer Bar Lupulin
The closest station to Beer Bar Lupulin is Ginza Station which is served by the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-09) Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-16), and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-08). Take exit A1 and the bar is less than five minutes walk.