Posts Tagged Beer

Customs House Bar, Sydney, Australia

I’ve been doing a bit of travel to Sydney every couple of weeks – I always stay in the CBD.

Customs House Bar is part of the Marriott Hotel. You can enter it by going through the hotel from Pitt Street, or you can enter it directly from Macquarie Place Park at the corner of Loftus and Bridge Streets.

There is a large outdoor area abutting the park where you can enjoy your drinks and a meal. It’s nice when the weather is warm, but can be chilling during the winter even with heaters.

The Food menu is pretty much standard pub fare with not too many choices but what’s there is pretty good. A selection of ribs and burgers, and a number of sides.

The number of beers on tap is very impressive though and they have one of my favorites, Dogbolter.

If you want a pub meal in the CBD with a good beer this place is a good choice. Be warned though that food prices are more aligned with what you would expect from a large international hotel chain, not your local.

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Rigoletto Bar and Grill, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

During my 3 trips to Tokyo I still had not been able to see Mt Fuji from the city. It’s at always been to mirky or cloudy to see much.

On my last evening in Japan for this trip I decided to head down to Roppongi Hills where there is an observation deck on the 52nd floor offering panoramic views of Tokyo. For an extra ¥500 you can go upto the rooftop and the most magnificent views. I was hoping to finally see Mt Fuji!

I finally got to see Mt Fuji from Tokyo… albeit a hazy view as the sun was setting.

After sunset I headed downstairs to find dinner and came across Rigoletto Bar and Grill. I found some standing room by the bar and had a dinner of Chicken Wings accompanied by a Kirin Hearland and a Premium Malts.

Certainly not the best meal I’d had in Japan but the beer was the right price!

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Craft Tap Beer, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

For my 2nd lunch after the yakitori at Kanoya I went upto the restaurant floor at Yodabashi Camera in Akihabara and headed for Craft Tap Beer. I’ve been here once before and I thought it was overpriced that time… that’s now been confirmed.

I shouldn’t have gone back, but I knew they had a decent, yet very overpriced, selection of beers on tap.

I ordered the days special which was a quite decent ribs dish. It took about 30 minutes for my meal to be cooked – atleast I knew it was fresh!

The beers were OK but at ¥1250 for 330ml it’s highway robbery!

Much better, and economical, places to spend your hard earned cash on beer in Tokyo.

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Craft Beer Market, Toramonom, Tokyo, Japan

During my previous stays at the Tokyo InterContinental I’d not explored the Toramonom area, but tonight that would change.

I made the small walk to Toramonom in about 15 minutes and headed to the narrow streets to the south of the main road, Sotobori Dori. There were heaps of small eating establishments, but as it was still just before 5pm nothing was open yet. So I just kept exploring.

Just after 5pm I wandered back to the Toramonom branch of the Craft Beer Market. Even being the first in the door I was told that I could only stay until around 6:30 as the place was fully booked. I pulled up a seat at the bar and began to make the most of my limited time.

Much like the Kanda branch there was an extensive beer list.

My choice for this evening were 2 Japanese brewed IPAs.

The first was an Aooni IPA (blue demon, or ogre, of India) – a very nice drop.

My second beer was Preston British IPA – another decent drop of beer after a long day out walking around Tokyo.

In all, I hadn’t had a bad craft beer during my trip.

In the end I only stayed for 2 pints and headed out the door after 45 minutes to find some food.


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Echigoya, Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

You might have heard of Omoide Yokocho by another name – Piss Alley – charming hey!

Piss Alley is a small area adjacent to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo with about 70 small eating establishments crammed into a space not much larger than a soccer pitch.

I arrived just before 5pm so the area was still quiet and probably only a third of the restaurants were open. Those that were open were doing a roaring trade with a number having people standing around waiting for a seat.

When I say small, I mean small, think a room only slightly larger than the size of your bathroom with a kitchen area, a counter and around 10 or so seats.

I chose Echigoya as there were about half a dozen people already dining and there were a couple of spare seats. And it was damn hot and I needed a beer quick!

Yakitori was my fare of choice and I chose a variety of chicken and pork skewers along with a long neck.

I sat in front of the charcoal grill as my skewers were cooked. As they were handed over the counter I eagerly devoured the tasty dishes.

The meat dishes and beer were very reasonably priced, I guess that’s what happens when you are fighting 70 other restaurants for customers.

This is an area to invest more time in exploring which I will on my next trip to Tokyo.

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