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Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara (Akihabara / Tokyo)

by Rob
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Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara : The Bottom Line

I quite liked the atmosphere at Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara, and with the variety of drinks on offer – both on tap and in the fridges – you’re bound to find something that you want to drink. Moreover, the beers in the fridges are reasonbly priced and can be bought to drink in, or takeaway. Though the beers can be bought and drunk in-store, there is a corkage fee of 200 yen per bottle, so best pick some big ones. The whole place is non-smoking, has free wifi, and is also pet friendly, if you don’t mind the table outside.

Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara : Background

Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara is the second in the Craft Beer Scissors chain, with the original branch being located on the western side of Tokyo in Ikejiri Ohashi. This branch opened in October 2021, right in the middle of the COVID pandemic that thwarted many a bar it seems. Though Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara does have Akihabara in its name, it’s actually right between Akihabara and Okachimachi stations, both on the JR Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku lines, so you could really go from either of those.

Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara : Atmosphere & Interior

Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara has space for around 7 people inside for seatinbg, though most people were standing on the day I went, and sharing tables too, so it’s a very friendly place. The owner himself was fairly chatty, talking in both Japanese and in English with some of the customers. There was also some laid back chilled music being played in the background, not enough to drown out a conversation but enough to be heard.

As Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara is mostly a standing bar, there was no table charge and the whole place is non-smoking as well. I was quite surprised to see some people outside drinking with pets as I left, only because it had begun to rain but apparently there are quite a few people who come along with pets at the weekend. There is also some free wifi for those wanting it, with all the relevant details posted on the big blackboard that lists the beers.

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Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara : Beer & Tap Information

There are 15 taps for craft beer at Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara, with a split that leans heavily towards Japan over other countries. The beers come in two sizes: glass (240 ml) from 800 yen, and pint (473 ml) from 1,200 yen. I didn’t notice any beer flights, nor was there a happy hour. There are also around 200 bottles of beer to choose from, that can be bought to takeaway or drink in, though there is a corkage fee of 200 yen per bottle. That last point is kind of annoying, as I would much prefer if there was a discount for getting the beers to takeaway, rather than paying extra to drink in.

Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara : Food Information

Craft Beer Scissors Akihabara does have some food on offer, with it being mostly small finger foods as the kitchen didn’t seem well equipped to cope with big batches of food. The menus are in Japanese, though the owner does speak some English so he can help out. The menus all include tax, which is nice considering you have to pay to drink in.

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