Komuro Beer : The Bottom Line
Komuro Beer would be a cosy little place to come visit for a few beers if you’re in the area – it generally ticks all the right boxes for a local beer bar. But is it worth making a trek out for? Probably not unless you’re aiming to tick all the beer bars off in Japan. The staff were super friendly on the day I went, but they did say they had been drinking beforehand at the Chelas first anniversary party a few hours before. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table charge, and the prices do include tax too. There was some free WiFi as well in the area, though I wasn’t too sure if it was from Komuro Beer or from a nearby store.
Komuro Beer : Background
Komuro Beer is located in Setagaya-ku, in Tokyo and the closest station to it is Jiyugaoka on the Toyoko and Tokyu Oimachi Line. From the station, it’s about about a 5 minute walk from the south exit. The bar opened in June 2023, though on the day I went, it was still as busy as the opening event apparently.
If the taps look familiar to you, it’s because the designer of Komuro Beer also helped to design the bars Another8 in Meguro, Tokyo and also its sister bar Another8 Corner in Gakugei-Daigaku, just up the road.
Komuro Beer : Atmosphere & Interior
To say Komuro Beer is a friendly little place would be an understatement as on the day I went, I ended up sat between two people – clearly who had been drinking, but who was I to talk – who were deep in conversation and probably didn’t want me in the way. But lo and behold, we all got talking, along with the bar staff who admittedly had been drinking beforehand as well, and had a fun little time. That’s what small, community bars are supposed to be about and I hope that Komuro Beer is able to carry the momentum forward.
There’s not much space inside though for customers, with four counter seats, and then another eight seats at two tables against the back way. This is because there are three fridges of craft beer against the main wall, but more about that later on. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table charge, and I think there was some free WiFi available thought I can not be too sure about it.
Komuro Beer : Beer & Tap Information
As mentioned before, the tap handles looked instantly familiar as I went into Komuro Beer, and the barman complimented me on bringing it up. He was very happy that they got the designer who did the taps at Another8 to do some more for them here, with the increasing pattern from outside to in looking very impressive.
There are 20 taps of craft beer on at Komuro Beer, with a split between domestic beers and imports, though on the day I went, there was a strong leaning towards domestic beers. The beers come in two sizes, though the glasses used for both sizes are the same. The prices for the regular size (300 ml) starts at 780 yen, and then the prices for large size (473 ml) start from 1,220 yen, with prices including tax. The beers were served well, with minimal amounts of head, though I do wonder how they measure out the beers, as I ordered two beers with both of them being different amounts. I didn’t notice any beer flights or happy hour offers either.
There are also three fridges of beers – both in bottles and in cans – that can be bought to takeaway or drink on-site, though there is a corkage fee, though I did not check properly, so be warned if you are going to drink some of the beers on-site.
Komuro Beer : Food & Menu Information
Komuro Beer does has some offerings for food, though it’s mostly snacky food as the kitchen area consisted of a single small deep fat fryer and prep area. There was some chili con carne, sausages, chips, pickles, and also nuts on the menu so make sure you eat before you come here. The menus had some rudimentary English on them, but the bar man did speak very good English when I went, which was helpful to one of the customers who had just come over to Japan a week or two before.
Komuro Beer : Bar Information
- Open : Weekdays & Saturdays 14:00 – 23:00 (L.O Food 22:00 Drink 22:30) Sundays 14:00 – 21:00 (L.O Food 20:00 Drink 20:30)
- Closed : Wednesdays
- Happy Hour : –
- Phone : –
- Homepage (in Japanese) : –
- Social Media : Instagram