Today, the last post from my Shibuya Beer Party 2021 expeditions and it’s somewhere that I have walked past on numerous occasions but never considered going into. Gau’s is quite near Cidernaut and slightly hidden away on the 2nd floor. But as there’s plenty of bright signage it’s probably hard to miss it. In the past I probably have said negative things about their pricing but once again this place was a pleasant surprise. Perhaps I was in a very good mood on the day I went to all these places or maybe I should teach myself a lesson about not judging places without trying them. Anyway, here’s what you need to know:
– Kind of traditional bar feel and layout to it. Long counter with a few tables along the side of the bar and the front window, which provides a nice people watching spot. As well as beer they serve food including their speciality, Poutine, a food that sounds ready made for me if it weren’t for the fact that vegetarians can never probably be too sure about the gravy. I should investigate further though as I’ve heard one of them here is ok for veggies.
– Usually six taps of beer but only four were on during the weird pre-state of emergency time that we visited. They were all imports, a couple from the US, one from Canada and one from the Netherlands. Prices are not the cheapest but I understand that these are all imported beers and they probably have an expensive location. Beers are served in three sizes S, (200ml, ¥715), M (300ml, ¥1045) and L (480ml, ¥1485). They also have a beer flight of three XS beers for ¥1650. It doesn’t say how what XS means, but I’m going to hazard a guess that it’s smaller than S. They also have a selection of imported bottles and cans.
– There’s no cover charge, and they have WIFI and absurdly late opening hours in normal times. I’ve read conflicting things about smoking being allowed, but I think that info might be out of date as I don’t think it’s allowed anymore in Tokyo, except under very specific circumstances.
So, again, a pleasant surprise. I’m not particularly a night owl but now I feel like I want to go here at 2am when we are allowed to do that kind of thing again. Blanket pricing for all beers means that if you’re canny you can find the best value and given that the beers are all imports here and given the location, the prices are in some way understandable. I can’t imagine it will be a regular stop for me, but it does offer something interesting so will be back when I am able to and have the late night party energy (fingers crossed).
Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Closed Mondays and for ‘irregular holidays’ (guess that means check before you go)
But please check their website or social media. Due to COVID, hours are all over the place right now
神山町16-4ヴィラメトロポリス2A, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo