Caliquors Tokyo West is the sister bar of similarly named Caliquors Tokyo in Kanda, but this time it’s in Chitose Funabashi, about three minutes from the station. I really like the Kanda branch so I was quite pleased to hear that a new branch had opened about the same distance from my place in the opposite direction. As the concept is fairly similar, I’ll direct you to that post here. Here’s what you need to know about this place.
- Quite small place with a little counter for standing for about six or seven people. Just about enough room between the counter and the fridges. Lots of bare concrete. And lots of booze.
- Three taps. One was nihonshu, one was a beer from West Coast and the other was a Belgium lambic. Along with the taps, a big selection of booze of many types in the fridges. When we were there, the majority of people were drinking craft nihonshu but as this is a beer website, let’s concentrate on that. A good selection of Japanese craft in cans to drink on site (¥300 added for corkage to the price on the ticket (which is the takeaway price), so it’s a little bit expensive. I don’t remember the other branch being as expensive to be honest, but maybe I’m misremembering). Also some nicely chosen imported beers in bottles and cans (stuff like Oxbow and Godspeed, so very nice). And there are also some big bottles of super rare Belgian and Dutch sour beers which are so far out of my budget that I tried to ignore them. Sadly, they are also slightly irritatingly very much in my wheelhouse when it comes to things that I want to drink. Needless to say, all of the cans and bottles are also available for takeaway. I’m not sure if this is more of a booze shop or a bar. I guess it resides in that middle grey zone that is covered by the Japanese word ‘kakuuchi’. They don’t have a massive social media presence, so don’t expect to find any tap or bottle lists anywhere.
- No cover charge (but don’t forget the corkage), some nice daytime opening every day. Forgot to check for WiFi, as I always do.
There’s some really good stuff to drink in this shop and we had a lot of fun here. Perhaps because it was less of an effort to get to than the Kanda branch, it didn’t seem quite as exciting to me. But that’s definitely just my own weird sentiments. It’s not the cheapest of places but the selection is good and it would be a godsend if this place was in my neighborhood. If you’re visiting Tokyo you probably won’t be spending much time in Chitose Funabashi so maybe the other branch is more convenient. As I said above, it’s not the biggest place, and it also seems quite popular, but they do seem to do their best to squeeze people in. Will be back when I’m in the area again and seems like a good place to pair with the nearby Sour Swamp if you’re up for an expensive but delicious little pub crawl.
Japanese breweries on tap and in the fridge when I visited:
桜丘 2-18-18 サンハイツ中島 101, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo