øl by Oslo Brewing Company The Bottom Line
If you’re into chilled electro music a la Royksopp et al, and don’t mind paying over-the-top prices, then you’ll fit in at øl by Oslo Brewing Company. The prices are some of the most expensive in the area, regardless of the prices including tax, which left me feeling a bit short-changed. While I didn’t notice a happy hour, there was a beer flight available. The whole place is non smoking and there is no table charge either. Moreover, the menus are in English and øl by Oslo Brewing Company also has free WiFi too.
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øl by Oslo Brewing Company The Full Review
øl by Oslo Brewing Company has a slightly contentious story behind it that riled a fair few craft beer fans in Tokyo. øl, which is Scandinavian for beer, as I’m going to call it now, took over the old Mikkeller space in Tokyo during 2016, a firm favourite of many. Literally. I never made it to the old Mikkeller bar but from what I’ve seen, the only things that have changed are the pictures inside.
øl is located about a ten minute walk from Shibuya station and involves walking along some of the backstreets that cause many to get lost. The front stands out from everything in the area with a random trailer poking out. Perhaps it’s used to deliver beer? Inside, there is a mish-mash of chairs and tables with none of them seeming to match, and lots of wood and photography dotted around the bar. It’s almost as if Another8 took a leaf out of øl’s book in terms of design. There was even some chilled electro music coming out, trying to soothe people. The whole bar is no smoking inside, but the outside drinking area is fully smoking – a shame really.
There are twenty taps on at øl, with a split between Oslo Brewing Company’s efforts and a range of domestic craft beers too. Prices varied greatly between the beers with the small (200ml) ranging from ¥550 to ¥900 and medium (350ml) from ¥950 to ¥1400, øl is by far and away one of the most expensive places in Shibuya – though Craftheads just manages to retain that “honour”. All prices include tax and there is also a beer flight of 4 100ml beers for ¥2,000 yen. There was no happy hour either so make sure you have plenty of cash with you to pay.
And don’t go expecting much in the way of food either at øl. There was the option of some sandwiches and waffles, along with some small snacks. But no chips. Damn them. At least all the menus are in English and the bar staff spoke some English too.
øl by Oslo Brewing Company Details
Open: Weekdays 14:00 to 00:00 Friday 14:00 to 02:00 Saturday 12:00 to 02:00 Sunday 12:00 to 00:00
Happy Hour: None
Homepage (bilingual): http://www.oltokyo.jp/
How to Get to øl by Oslo Brewing Company
The closest stations to øl by Oslo Brewing Company are Shibuya or Yoyogi-Koen on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line