I have an American friend here in Tokyo whose mission it is to try all of the smoke-free craft brew places that she can. Her hunt led us to the Aldgatein Shibuya. It’s a great little place off the beaten path on the second floor of a building that is behind the main drag. They have more than twenty beers on tap, including hard cider, a favorite of mine. The cider was a bit sweet for my taste, but the amber ale was a delightful mixture of hoppy and bitter, with a bit of wheat taste. A group of us went together and it was like a time warp. There were a lot of foreigners in the bar, but it wasn’t exclusive, and there were soccer matches going on on all the TVs in the joint. It really was a proper British pub, serving bangers and mash along with fish and chips with their craft brews.
My favorite thing was the signs, however. Here is just a sampling of one behind the bar and one in the bathroom. Funky signs abounded and kept us chuckling all night.
If you like craft brews, British wait staff, soccer and a good chuckle, then this is definitely the place for you!