Saturday, 5 September 2015

Beer Shop Llama (was Drunk Bat)

As you can probably guess from the new title, Drunk Bat is now Beer Shop Llama. I'm yet to go there in its new incarnation but on my digest post I said, 'Beer shop, but with six taps of domestic and imported craft served in three sizes. Hints from Facebook photos suggest it’s reasonably priced, if a little more than we might have expected in the past. But prices are going up everywhere so I guess we need to recalibrate a little. Drinking on site seems to be a standing thing. Looks kind of fun.' I'll leave the rest of the post below as it might have some relevance and will update properly when I visit. The facebook page at the bottom is the one for the new place.

After a few people mentioned it, I thought it was about time to tick this one off the list. Drunk Bat is an excellently named bar not far from Mitaka station. I think this is my first time in Mitaka, and as I was in the general area I popped in quite early on a Friday evening, fortunately walking straight into happy hour! Here's the important information.

- Fairly small neighbourhood bar, with a small open area at the front with a table for six (but probably with space for more if required) and a bar and counter at the back seating six more. The contrast between the two areas is quite enjoyable!
- Six taps, two thirds of which were Japanese craft, the other two being Mikkeller (seems that's a bit of a thing in Tokyo right now...). Beers are served in three sizes, small (250ml for ¥750), regular (400ml for ¥950) and large (568ml, ¥1350). The imports were a bit more expensive, ranging from ¥900-¥1500, small to large). Few bottles available too. Taplist is on their facebook page.
- Happy Hour from 17:00 to 19:00 where small is ¥50 off and regular and large are ¥100 off. Pretty good deal! I inadvertently got a 400ml glass of Shiga Kogen IPA for ¥850. Bargain!
- Food looked good too, although I didn't sample it, as I was on a flying visit.

All in all, I can see why people were recommending it. The bar has a really nice feel and the staff were friendly and helpful. And the happy hour makes their prices pretty damn good! If this was in my neighbourhood I would definitely be in here a lot and if I am back in Mitaka I will be sure to pop in as well.

Japanese breweries seen on tap here:
Shiga Kogen
Yo Ho

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 17:00-23:45
Saturday & Sunday 15:00-23:00

井上ビル, 1F, 下連雀 3-23-5, Mitaka, Tokyo


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Steve said...

Has it changed its business plan? It is now being described as a "bottle shop".
Those in metropolitan Tokyo likely know this, but for others: Numerous upward Tokyo Metro Tozai Line trains through-run beyond Nakano to Mitaka.

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Still a bar I think. Have friends who go there sometimes. Perhaps they sell bottles to go, but it's still a bar. Thank you for all your comments. Working through them now.