Watering Hole

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Watering Hole

In 1998, Ichiri Fujiura became the first non-American to win the Homebrewer of the Year award. But his Toasted Coconut Porter also earned him the attentions of the Japanese police: homebrewing, you see, is actually illegal here. 14 years on, the suds enthusiast got the last laugh with the opening of Watering Hole, a craft beer pub not far from Shinjuku Station that also hosts his own 'nano' brewery – all above board this time. Check out the official website for the latest beer menu, and enjoy up to 21 draft microbrews (a couple of them hand-pumped) from Japan and overseas, at prices that compare favourably to other beer joints around Tokyo.


Venue name: Watering Hole
Address: 5-26-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku

Opening hours: 3pm-11.30pm (last orders for food 10.30pm, drinks 11pm) daily
Transport: Yoyogi Station (Yamanote line), east exit

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For anyone who loves craft beer this is a must stop while in Tokyo. It is located south of the Shinjuku train station. There is also another train station nearby, the Yoyogi station. The staff is super hopeful. They are very knowledgeable about beer. Most are able to communicate in English. The manager, Michiko, is wonderful, she has been to the US and loves craft beer. Additionally, they have a great chef and the food is wonderful. If you are in the Shinjuku area this is a must stop