A quick post today on a Kawasaki bar that serves Kawasaki brewed beers. Monkey Wrench is a short hop from the north exit of Mukogaokayuen station on the Odakyu line. Apparently, the building it is in is due for redevelopment sometime in the future, so if you want to visit I wouldn’t hang around. Not saying it will be soon, but better to go sooner rather than later. There’s not much on the Tokyo Beer Drinker map in this area and it’s probably an area that people might pass through rather than stop at, but it’s always nice to have another station on the Odakyu with a beer bar and always nice to have somewhere else to drink TKBrewing beers. Here’s what you need to know.
– Medium sized bar that feels quite spacious considering the amount of seats. Counter seating for four, a similar counter along the front window and tables for around 10. The two interests of the bar (aside from beer of course) seem to be motorcycling (I’m almost certain this is not what people who are into it call it), and punk (see the Black Flag poster and the guitar in the corner). They have concerts there sometimes. Check their facebook for dates and details.
– Six taps of Kawasaki beer. Judging from their previous tap lineups, this seems to be four taps of Brimmer (their usual three regulars and one seasonal) and two ever changing taps of TKBrewing. Beers served in two sizes, US pint and half. The Brimmer regulars are ¥900 and ¥600 respectively and the seasonal Brimmer and one of the TK’s were ¥950 and ¥650. The other TK was a touch more expensive at ¥1000 and ¥700. They do a beer flight featuring all of the taps for ¥1500. Not sure about the size though. The tap list is intermittently posted on their facebook, but I guess we know what three of the taps are anyway (Brimmer Pale, Golden and Porter).
– They serve food which I didn’t look too much at it (sorry), but the couple of items I had were typical Japanese pub snacks and were very nice. They have some daytime opening at the weekend, there’s no cover charge and there’s wifi. Unfortunately however, smoking is allowed, which will be a big turn off for some.
So that’s about it. It’s a godsend if you live in the area I’d imagine, but perhaps a little of the beaten track for much passing trade. Although there are now a lot of places on the Odakyu line and I heard that there will soon be an Odakyu day pass ticket, so maybe an Odakyu pub crawl will be an option soon. It’s also pretty close to Moonlight, although I haven’t been there for ages so can’t really comment on it now. The pricing is decent, and it’s really nice to see TKBrewing available in another location. I always really enjoy their beers.
Japanese breweries seen on tap:
Saturday & Sunday, 15:00-00:00
枡形 3-5-4, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken