Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku The Bottom Line
Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku doesn’t offer up anything different to the rest of the chain – and that’s a shame. With identical decor, beer, and food, Yona Yona Beer Works has become the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something different – perhaps a different theme but I guess people want familiarity with the chain. Like the others, there is no table charge, tax included in the prices, with some English on the menu. There is no happy hour but at least they do have a (limited) beer flight on too.
Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku The Full Review
Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku opened in March 2017 in Shinjuku – a part of Tokyo that is starting to see a sudden rise in the number of craft beer bars in the area, with enough for a bar crawl now (nudge nudge Joe). The bar is the fifth in the expanding chain of Yona Yona Beer Works, that aren’t actually owned by Yo-Ho Brewing, rather a restaurant company called Wonder Table.
Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku is located about five minutes from JR Shinjuku station, at the east end though so make sure you don’t get lost It’s one of the bigger branches but seeing as it’s underground, it’s pretty dull and dark. There is plenty of standing room as you walk in, but the seated areas are dotted around the side and the back. The whole bar is non-smoking, has no table charge, though there is a two and a half hour time limit for those sitting down.
The beers are exactly the same as the other locations, and come up in exactly the same sizes and glasses. Taking note of the Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda location, If you haven’t tried any of the Yo-Ho Brewing range, then either you have escaped their reach from Lawson’s and other stores, such as Seiyu, as the ubiquitous Yona Yona Ale can be found pretty easily now. Beers come in three different sizes: small (¥450 ~ ¥530), medium (¥680 ~ ¥780) and pint (¥900 ~ ¥980) along with a three-beer tasting set of three small beers for ¥1,280 though you can’t choose the limited edition beers or the barley wine in that. There is no happy hour though so don’t expect cheap post work drinks.
The food at Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku didn’t seem to differ that much from the other locations, with a distinct leaning towards meat and grilled based dishes, but there are a couple of vegetarian options as well. The gyoza are very nice, with tons of coriander and chilli oil, and the coriander spinach salad contains fruit but also nuts, so be warned.
Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku Details
Open: Weekday 11:30 to 15:00 17:00 to 23:30 (L.O Food 22:30 Drink 23:00) Weekends 11:30 to 23:00 (L.O Food 22:00 Drink 22:30)
Happy Hour: None
Homepage (in Japanese): http://yonayonabeerworks.com/shinjuku/
How to Get to Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku
I’m not going to pretend to know how to navigate around Shinjuku station so here’s the map.
PS – Yes, this is the same review as Ebisu. If they can do a copy / paste job for their bars, then so can we.