In The House is another fairly new place in the Harajuku / Gaienmae area and it seemed pretty popular when we popped in early evening on a Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.
- Nice corner location with a small patio out front. Inside there’s a counter for maybe four, a couple of high tables for about the same and then a back room which was quite small (seats maybe eight) but had a surprisingly high ceiling. At least that’s how it seemed to me.
- Eight taps of Japanese craft beer served in three sizes, S, M and L priced at ¥900, ¥1400 and ¥1500 respectively. The actual sizes of these were a bit difficult to work out. We went for the M, and whilst it looked like a US pint, I’d say it was maybe a little bit under that, maybe a touch over 400ml. The L looked a bit bigger but maybe not UK pint bigger so maybe around 500ml. And the S looked like the regular half size that most places serve (about 270ml I think). They also serve beer flights, three beers for ¥1800, but I’m not sure about the sizes or if you can choose the beers so this information isn’t very helpful.
- No cover charge and loads of daytime opening (lovely!). They have WiFi too. And they serve food. I didn’t check the menu or try anything though so can’t really comment on that.
This was another nice place to visit in an area booming with craft beer bars. When it comes to things being a stone’s throw away, I think from here, with decent aim you could easily hit Scoo, and if you put a bit of welly into it and got lucky with the aim, you could hit Beer Brain Harajuku too. Threefeet would be a bigger ask but it’s still within easy walking distance. They seem to like the Koenji based And Beer brewery quite a lot here, (their house beer was made by them), and half of the taps were by them when we went. Maybe this might not be to everyone’s taste and it’s not the cheapest of places, but the location is very central and it was a really nice place to have a couple of beers. I reckon I’ll definitely do that Harajuku crawl some time soon.
Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
神宮前 3-31-20, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo