Popeye beer pub is a great place to kick back and sample ten beers. Well that is if your willing to spend 3000 JPY, but it’s worth it because you can pick all ten beers from their tap list. These are imports and craft beers not your typical combini store can crap and the glasses come out about half full on a long wooden tray. Did I catch your attention yet? Popeye is located in Ryogoku, which is an older part of Tokyo complete with a sumo training center. It’s a block away from the JR Ryogoku station and four or five from the subway station. A giant glowing neon yellow cup marks the entrance.
Inside is nice. It’s fairly larger but cramped because of all the tables. The bar sits on the far wall from the door with a copper glass holder dangling a plethora of beer snifters and other beer related glasses. A giant TV hangs in the opposite corner for sports fans viewing pleasure. The inside is non-smoking but you can smoke on the steps by the ashtray, a bent metal can on top of a barrel. There is a small porch with seating as well if you feel like dining outside.
The staff seemed overly rushed and spoke very basic English, and if you are a foreigner speaking Japanese they still spoke very basic English. It’s annoying but ignorable. The menus are in English and Japanese with explanations on specialty items. The food ranges in quality with the typical bar foods being just that typical, but Popeye succeeds in its specialty foods. The chicken potpie is to die for and the mutton wrapped in bacon was also delightful. Many of the dishes use beer as a cooking ingredient. The happy hour is a bit strange, however, instead of discount drinks you get to choose a half order dish from the happy hour menu for free if you buy a drink with a crown next to it.
Popeye is more of a restaurant beer garden and less of a typical bar. There is bar seating but it seems much more of a, bring your friends sort of place. There are over 70 beers on tap and great beer foods and snacks to go along with your choice of craft beer. Pop over and try the chicken potpie, you won’t be disappointed.
International Ratio: More local
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 600-2000 JPY
Comments: No Cover Charge
Style: casual, smart-casual
Entrance Fee (Male): No cover charge
Entrance Fee (Female): No cover charge
Happy Hour: Yes
Happy Hour Price: Free half plate of food with some beers
Happy Hour Time: Everyday 17:00-20:00
Music Genre: mainstream/pop, rock, other
Suitable For Couples, Delicious Food, Great Drinks, Sophisticated night-out
Smoking Policy Non-smoking
Address:2 Chome-18-7 Ryōgoku Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to