Tap x Tap in Kanda, Tokyo

Tap x Tap Front

Tap x Tap The Bottom Line

Tap x Tap is good little find in the back streets of Kanda, though with the recent opening of Craft Beer Market Kanda encroaching in on its area, it’s going to be tough to see how it succeeds as it is no longer the cheapest craft beer bar in the area. However, the atmosphere is much better and the beer list is more adventurous, with a focus on Kansai and further afield Japan craft beer breweries towards Hiroshima. There is no table charge though the prices do not include tax at all, so factor that into the price later. I didn’t notice anyone smoking on the day I went there nor did I see any ashtrays either. The staff were friendly enough to offer an English menu as well, for those needing one.

Tap x Tap Inside

Finally here!

Tap x Tap The Full Review

Tap x Tap Kanda opened July 2016 and we’ve been looking for a reason to get over that side of Tokyo for a while, and besides DevilCraft Kanda, we’ve not had much of a reason to keep going back. The last couple of times I’ve tried to get to Tap x Tap, I’ve either missed the lunch service or suddenly found out that the bar is closed over a private message on Facebook – great they do that but slightly frustrating.

Tap x Tap is located less than two minutes from Kanda station’s east exit – heck just walk straight out of the exit and the bar is in front of you, though do avoid the throngs of business people doing their best impressions of zombies as they walk to the station at the end of the working day. There is space for a couple of people to have a couple of beers outside but the majority of the seating is inside around groups of four seated at tables, with 5 or 6 seats around the bar counter. There didn’t appear to be anyone smoking when I went, nor we were offered any ashtrays, so going to assume that Tap x Tap is non-smoking (if you know otherwise, do leave a comment!), but the best news is that there was no table charge.

There are twenty taps of craft beer at Tap x Tap, with a heavy leaning towards the Kansai and Chugoku regions of Japan, and a few imports from mainly Europe. Beers come in two sizes: small (250ml) at ¥500 and regular (400ml) at ¥800; however, prices do not include tax, so don’t forget to add that on. Even so, the prices are towards the cheaper end of Tokyo prices and are some of the cheapest in the area. There is also a beer flight, which gets you 4 x 150ml glasses of any beer on the menu for ¥1,200. They will also do you a walking beer, you know, if you get thirsty walking between here and the station. The pours at Tap x Tap were ok – they did need topping up, and the staff were polite enough to do that, so make sure you don’t get served up too much frothy head on your beer.

The food at Tap x Tap is heavily geared towards meat – with the signature karaage being a big seller. And not surprising either considering its size. A plate of 5 pickles, yes, go ahead and count them in the picture, cost ¥500. 3 huge slabs of karaage set me back only ¥380, so if you’re a vegetarian, you’re gonna have a bad time. The prices for food, like drinks, didn’t include tax. And for those readers that though we were going to have chips – sorry to have let you down!

Tap x Tap Details

Open: Daily 11:00 – 15:00 (L.O.14:30) 17:00 – 23:30 (L.O Food 22:30 Drink 23:00)

Happy Hour: None

Phone: 03-6206-4672

Homepage: http://www.hatsukame.co.jp/business/taptap.html

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How to Get to Tap x Tap

The closest station to Tap x Tap is Kanda on the JR East Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Yamanote Line, and  Chūō Line Tokyo as well as the Metro Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. The bar is a mere couple of minutes walk away from the east exit.

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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