Hinomoto Beer Parlour The Bottom Line
Hinomoto Beer Parlour is a cozy little place for a couple of beers, or some more when the happy hour beer flight offer is on. It’s genial and pleasant atmosphere is welcoming, and with the varied tap list of domestic craft beers is also a pleasure to see with Hinomoto Beer Parlour supporting breweries far and wide. There’s very few downsides to the bar with perhaps the lack of big meals putting some people off; however, it doesn’t make Hinomoto Beer Parlour any less of a place to visit. The whole place is non-smoking, has free WiFi, and also plenty of English to help the non-Japanese speaking craft beer fans order some food and drinks. Along with no table charge and tax included in all the prices, I’ll definitely be coming back to Hinomoto Beer Parlour just to finally try some of their chips – sorry, but I was still stuffed from having eaten at Folk Burgers and Beer earlier that night.
Hinomoto Beer Parlour The Full Review
Hinomoto Beer Parlour has been described to us with so many superlatives that it felt like we had to pay it a visit when we were in the area after getting some dinner at Folk Burgers and Beer. Never a good idea to go somewhere after you’ve eaten a hamburger the size of your head, but a little bit of walking was supposed to help things settle and make some space for some more beers and food.
Located between Jimbocho station and Suidobashi station, Hinomoto Beer Parlour is the brain child of Daisuke Tamura, also the master of the house. With a background in IT, he changed his career after he discovered craft beer and has never looked back since. Since 2017, he has been sourcing independent breweries across Japan in both craft beer and sake as he aims to support the industry and help it grow, with the eventual aim of opening his own brewery. Wanting to make Hinomoto Beer Parlour a place which is welcoming an cost, the inside resembles more of a dining room / kitchen than your typical craft beer bar. There’s space for about 20 people inside, with 10 seated at the long benches and tables by the wall, another 6 or so at the counter, and most surprisingly, a couple of random tables for people to stand at. There’s no table charge and the whole place is non-smoking. On top of this, there is also some free WiFi with the password located on posters inside the bar.
As we’ve already mentioned, Hinomoto Beer Parlour only serves domestic craft beer but they do have ten taps of the stuff on at any one time, with the majority of the beers being from smaller craft beer breweries, rather than perhaps the more well known ones – a similar approach to Tap x Tap in Kanda, Tokyo. The beers come in three size: mini (135ml) at ¥435, half pint (235ml) from ¥620, and pint (473ml) from ¥960. There is also a special happy hour beer flight option which gets you 3 x 135ml beers for ¥1,100, though it’s only during weekdays from 16:00 to 19:00 and weekends / national holidays from 15:00 to 17:00 but it’s still a bargain and nothing to be sniffed at as you can choose any three beers on the menu.
The food at Hinomoto Beer Parlour is more focussed on smaller Japanese dishes, rather than larger set meals, so it gives you a chance to try a variety of foods – kind of like a Japanese izakaya style menu. I didn’t try any of the food this time as I was still full up from the hamburger I had eaten earlier and was going to be full up until the next morning. However, they do sell chips so I’ll be going back for some of those next time I go. All of the menus have English on them as well as including tax too.
Hinomoto Beer Parlour Details
Open: Weekday 16:00 – 23:30 (L.O Food 22:30 Drink 23:00) Weekends and National Holidays 15:00 – 22:00 (L.O Food 21:00 Drink 21:30)
Happy Hour: 3 x 135ml beers for ¥1,100 – weekdays 16:00 – 19:00 weekends & national holidays 15:00 – 17:00
Homepage (in Japanese): http://hinomotobeer.jp/
How to Get to Hinomoto Beer Parlour
The closest stations to Hinomoto Beer Parlour are Jimbocho [Toei Mita Line (I-10) / Toei Shinjuku Line (S-06) / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Z-07)] and Suidobashi [Chūō-Sōbu Line / Toei Mita Line]