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Folk Burgers & Beer in Jimbocho, Tokyo

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Folk Burgers & Beer The Bottom Line

If you’re coming for craft beer, you’re going to enjoy Folk Burgers & Beer. If you’re coming for the burgers, you’re really going to enjoy Folk Burgers & Beer. It’s definitely one of the nicest places I’ve been to on my travels for BeerTengoku and I would happily come here again for a burger and a pint in the future- that’s how much I liked the place despite the slightly higher than average prices for beers. Folk Burgers & Beer had a warm and cozy atmosphere, with some very friendly staff who went out of their way to help me out – careful explanations of any allergies or requests for the burger were both warmly received. The whole place is non-smoking and also has no table charge. More importantly for some, all of the menus have more than enough English on them but there is no free wifi that I could find.

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Folk Burgers & Beer The Full Review

If you’re wondering why there has been a surge of burger and beer places on BeerTengoku over the last couple of months, well I’ve been doing some meticulous research about them which has involved lots of eating and, of course, drinking. Folk Burgers & Beer came highly recommended by quite a few friends of BeerTengoku as not just having great burgers but also a decent selection of domestic craft beer on tap as well. Jimbocho is usually a place I go to to get some winter sports wear, so there seemed to be no excuse in getting to Folk Burger & Beer.

Folk Burgers & Beer is located between Jimbocho station and Kudanshita station, with less than a 5 minute walk involved from either of them. It’s located in a dense residential area, but the front of the shop is easily spotted from afar. Inside, there isn’t as much space though as appeared from the outside, with seats for 18 at various tables around the bar, and then space for about 6 people at the counter. Folk Burgers & Beer has actually done the opposite of most bars by not cramming in people so their elbows are rubbing the person next to them. There is no table charge at any time throughout the day, and the whole place is non-smoking as well, besides the smoker used to make some of the ingredients for their burgers.

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There are 8 taps of craft beer on at Folk Burgers & Beer, with the taps being a split between domestic and imported craft beer. There was somewhat of a leaning towards IPAs on the day we went, though the menu does rotate around to ensure it’s balanced so everyone can have a drink. The beers come in two sizes: half pints (235ml) from ¥825 and pint (473ml) from ¥1,210. The prices do include tax, though they are still slightly towards the higher end of the spectrum for prices, the beers do come well served and you’re not paying for an inch or so of head. Unfortunately, there is no happy hour nor any beer flight option available at all.

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Now the food. There are some sides and things on at Folk Burgers & Beer, but we came for the burgers and there were plenty of choices. All of the food is made fresh instore and does take some time apparently, but our burger was served up within 15 minutes of ordering. The menus contain plenty of English so there isn’t any issue for non-Japanese speakers, and the staff were also helpful in trying to use English to explain things before we ordered in Japanese. There are a limited number of vegetarian options on the sandwich menu though and if the burgers are anything to go buy, then they must be filling too.

Folk Burgers & Beer Details

Open: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 – 22:00 (L.O Food 21:00 Drink 21:30) Weekends & Holidays 11:30 – 21:00 (L.O Food 20:00 Drink 20:30)

Closed: Mondays

Happy Hour: None

Phone: 03-3511-3188

Homepage (in Japanese): https://folkburgersandbeers.owst.jp/

Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

How to Get to Folk Burgers & Beer

The closest stations to Folk Burgers & Beer are Jimbocho [Toei Mita Line (I-10) / Toei Shinjuku Line (S-06) / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Z-07)] and Kudanshita [Toei Shinjuku Line (S-05) / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Z-06) / Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (T-07)]

Directions from Jimbocho Station

Directions from Kudanshita Station

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