Watering Hole Yoyogi (there’s no “The” in the name) has been open for over two years and is located about 5 minutes from JR Yoyogi station’s east exit, behind the NTT Docomo building. Watering Hole serves both Japanese craft beer as well as imported American craft beer. With a selection of craft beers in bottles and around 20 taps, depending on if the beers are in stock, there is plenty of choice.
Inside of Watering Hole (Seriously they should have added a ‘The’) is quite spacious, with 10 seats at the bar and 8 tables around the edge of the bar. Open from 3pm, there were already 5 people in the bar when BeerTengoku arrived; some reading, some chatting, and some just drinking beer. The owners mentioned that it got busy from 6pm with the evening rush hour; however, there is plenty of place to stand if need be. There is also a small smoking booth inside the bar with space for one person, perhaps two maximum.
The bar staff are incredibly helpful, in terms of being able to select beers for you based on your preferred taste, or explaining each beer. The menus are in Japanese; however, some of the staff do speak English if you are in need of assistance. Moreover, their knowledge of Japanese craft beers is exemplary. BeerTengoku had a 25-minute conversation about the state of the Japanese craft beer market and its future with the main man.