Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho in Yurakucho, Tokyo

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho The Bottom Line

It’s not often that I highly recommend a bar, but I do with Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho – but please don’t call it T.A.S.T.Y. Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho hits all the right spots for me with a craft beer bar – plenty of beers on tap, a decent variety of styles, reasonable prices that include tax, and also some good food. Moreover, there is free WiFi, no table charge, prices include tax, AND there are bottles to takeaway. What more could you want from a bar?

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho Inside

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho The Full Review

Yurakucho’s shops under the train tracks are well-known and also well-visited throughout the evening, so it was always on the cards that somewhere along that road that a craft beer bar would open up. With the redevelopment of Yurakucho station over the last few years, spaces under the arches opened up and Tokyo Aleworks were asked to open a craft beer bar in the area as part of the “five shops” that represent the five different senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, or do they mean sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and savory? Having been to Tokyo Aleworks Itabashi a few times, and enjoyed it, the brand was always on the verge of expanding and with their beer and food fulfilling the five senses then it made sense.

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho Interior and Atmosphere

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho, or to give it its abbreviation of T.A.S.T.Y, which I am steadfastly refusing to do in this listing / review, is located less than a two-minute walk from the west exits of JR Yurakucho station, it’s easy enough to be distracted as the sights and sounds from the massive Bic Camera store blast out across the road. Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho stretches out over two shops – the left side is the bar and standing area for those wanting a quick beer or two; while the right hand side is used for drinkers and diners who want to take their time with some of the beers and food on the menu. The whole place is non-smoking and has no table charges either. Moreover, there is also free WiFi across the bar that you can use.

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho Approach to Covid-19

While Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho is in Tokyo, there wasn’t much social distancing going on – we were sat down at a table close to other diners within the recommended two metres between people. On the other hand, all of the staff are wearing masks, there is plenty of alcohol spray around both sides of the bar, and all of the windows / doors are kept open to allow fresh air to circulate around.

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho Beers & Taps

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho has space for 16 taps on, but on the day we went, there were 14 beers on the menu, with all of them coming from Tokyo Aleworks. There was also a plethora of styles on, with something on for everyone to drink – be it lager, IPA, or in my case, imperial stouts. The beers come in a variety of sizes too, with the size being dependent on the beer being served: stem (200ml) are ¥1,100, half pint (240ml) are ¥700, and pint (473ml) are ¥1,000. There is also a beer flight on the menu, that gets you any 4 beers on the menu in 150ml glasses for ¥1,500. All of the prices include tax and are well-served – don’t expect copious amounts of frothy head on your beer here. Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho also has a bottle shop at the front of the store where bottles can be bought to take away too, with some of the beers on the menu available for takeaway. However, I didn’t notice any happy hour at Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho, but at these prices in Yurakucho, you aren’t going to find much cheaper.

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho Food Information

With Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho being open from the early hours, there is also a big variety of food on. The menu includes breakfast items, such as bagels, while the later menus for lunch and dinner include larger meals. I went for the hamburger as after drinking a few strong beers, the alcohol kicked in so something was needed to soak it up. There are also plenty of vegetarian options on the menu too, with the menus being in both English and in Japanese.

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho Details

How to Get to Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho

The closest station to Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho is Yurakucho which is on the JR East Keihin-Tōhoku Line and Yamanote Line, and the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line subway.

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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