The first of a quick flurry of Yokohama places today. It would be nice to say that this is a sign that I’ll be updating the blog a lot more in the future, but I suspect that posts will still come in little bursts like this. It has now go to the stage that places on my ‘to visit’ list are opening up and closing down before I get the chance to visit them. We can hope though that the good places stick around. If you offer something original, I hope you’ll always have customers that want to visit and support your business. Anyway, a lengthy preamble to basically saying that this is a new-ish Antenna America location, not so far from the original branch, but possibly in a more convenient location for those wishing to buy bottles to take away. If you are familiar with both of the other locations, you can note that this is much more like the Shinagawa branch than the Kannai one, but the selection is more like the Kannai branch than the Shinagawa one. So far, so muddled. Here’s what you need to know.
– Like Shinagawa, this is a bar and bottle shop located in the food court of a department store. Once again there is an Isetan connection, the bar being in a part of the Joinus complex called Food & Time Isetan. As you’d expect, there is a shopping centre food court vibe to the place. However, this time, there are a few tables and seats inside the shop if you want to try to forget where you are. If you want to embrace the location, you can sit outside on one of the food court tables and get something to eat from one of the other outlets whilst you enjoy your booze.
– 10 taps of US import craft beer and loads of bottles and cans (15 or so big fridges). If you are looking for details on breweries available it might be worth checking the website of the main branch, but I should stress that this shows the taplist for the original branch and not the station one. The station branch has a facebook page so maybe you can get an idea from there. Pricing varies due to strength, rarity etc. but you can get an idea from that original branch taplist.
– No smoking unsurprisingly, long daytime opening hours (great!), wifi and no cover charge. Which I think should now be called my holy quaternity (yes, I just had to look that word up…).
So that’s about it. Mix the two other branches and you have this one. It’s a little tricky to find, but basically if you go the B1 floor and head south-west (take your compass), you should find it eventually. Like I said, look out for Food & Time Isetan and you should be ok. I think this is a place I will use more for buying take away beer than drinking in, but if you’ve got some time to kill between trains and a raging need for alcohol, this is the place for you.
Japanese breweries seen on tap:
南幸 1-5-1 新相鉄ビル JOINUS B1, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
As it’s underground and in a shipping centre a directions map is kind of pointless. Better to check the location of the pin at the link above and approach that way.