(This post was previously part of a Niigata round up with three places in one. They have now been split into separate entries. The other parts are part 1 and part 3)
is a relatively new place that has opened up very conveniently on the
outside of Niigata station. Perfect to spend your last or first few
hours in Niigata.
- Kind of station bar feel to it.
Not much seating and not much room inside. In times of pleasant weather
there are a few benches outside and it was pretty nice sitting there
watching the world go by. So, limited seating but I think it's more of a
drop-in place rather than somewhere you would have long session.
Perhaps contrary to what I said above might suggest, it has the biggest
tap list in Niigata. There are 40 taps, and probably slightly over
thirty of these are Japanese craft beer with an emphasis on local stuff.
The rest were imports (apart from one stray tap of Asahi). Pricing for
Japanese beers is ¥500 for a half and ¥900 for the pint. The imports are
¥700 a half and ¥1300 a pint. There is also a limited bottle selection.
Japanese bottles are ¥700 and import bottles and cans range from
- Payment is made through the kind of ticket machine
you might expect to find in a ramen shop. Initially confusing, but
afterwards quite fun. Staff seemed pretty understanding and helpful so
obviously have a fair bit of experience of people having trouble with
the machine. Locals also seem very friendly and are keen to speak to
out-of-towners. One wanted us to change our train time and stay longer.
was the perfect place to finish our trip. Given the proximity to the
station it's ideal for filling however much time you have before you
depart. It was a fun place so I'd suggest leaving yourself more time
than you think you need. But I guess maybe if it was freezing cold it
wouldn't be so much fun. It's covered though, so rain isn't a problem. I
like the fact that there is a focus on local stuff. What's the point of
traveling if you don't enjoy the local stuff? Should also mention that
they have another branch in Furumachi. We didn't make it there as they
were closed on Sunday so can't tell you about it, but here's their facebook page.
Japanese breweries recently seen on tap:
(and many more)
花園 1-1-1, Chuo-ku, Niigata
Really no need for a map this time. It's on the first floor (ground floor) in the station facing out on the South side.