Ushi-Tora: Shimo-Kitazawa
Shimo-Kitazawa / Beer bar
Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa 2-9-3, Miku Bldg 2F.
Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
late: Open late
Sun: Open Sundays

This pioneering craft-beer bar attracts Japanese connoisseurs from all over town with its excellent selection of twenty beers on tap, many of them brewed by Ushi-Tora themselves. Taps include a few hand-pumped and cask-conditioned real ales.

The shop is spread out over two non-adjacent rooms on the same floor, one of them mainly a standing bar. The small food menu is good and inexpensive, with tasty beer-friendly dishes like deep-fried octopus, fish and chips, spicy fried chicken and shepherd's pie. The atmosphere is quiet and low-key, and service (in Japanese) is friendly and helpful.

by Robb Satterwhite
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