Draft Craft The Bottom Line
Draft Craft is one of the places where it’s hard to find the good in it – it’s expensive, tax is not included, has smoking throughout, has loud music – but at least there is no table charge and there is a semi-decent range of beer on tap. However, those last two points can’t save Draft Craft from a scathing review and ultimately I won’t be going back there again. It’s bars like Draft Craft that turn people away from drinking craft beer, thinking it’s too expensive and it’s places like this that should not be given your money. Leave it well alone.
Draft Craft Full Review
Futakotamagawa is a peculiar place in that it’s a major commuter hub for people coming into Tokyo via the south west, yet with so much urban development, the number of craft beer bars was zero for such a long time. With Draft Craft, located less than five minutes from the station, opening in October 2013, Futakotamagawa had its first craft beer, with others soon following suit.
Draft Craft is styled on an American diner and grill, though from looking at previous pictures, it’s gone through a couple of renovations before the current design. It has space for about 40 people inside though it is fully smoking, so expect that if you do go. There isn’t any outside area either to escape from the smoke, and while there is ventilation, it didn’t seem to be doing a good job on the day. Thankfully there isn’t any table charge for the place but there isn’t any WiFi either.
There are 15 taps at Draft Craft, though most peculiarly, the menu lists beers that have sold out or not available, making things slightly annoying when trying to order. What’s the point in having a beer on the menu, but telling me it’s sold out?! Beers come in two sizes: small (250ml) from ¥690 to ¥990 and large (470ml) from ¥1140 to ¥1800 – perhaps the most expensive we’ve come across in Japan. And these prices don’t even include tax either. There is also no happy hour nor a beer tasting set. Two beers in and I had already spent ¥2000. Excuses were made and bills were paid.
The food at Draft Craft is supposedly based on an American grilled food but after ordering a beer at that price, the food didn’t look too appetising and neither did the prices. One plate of chips was ordered and while large, they tasted like someone had dumped a truck load of salt on them – I guess trying to encourage people to drink more and pay more.
Draft Craft Details
Open: Daily 11:30 to 00:30
Happy Hour: None
How to Get to Draft Craft
The closest station to Draft Craft is Futakotamagawa station on the Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line (DT-07) and Tōkyū Ōimachi Line (OM-15). Turn left out of the main barriers and walk through the Takashimaya department store. Draft Craft is located just outside the entrance.