London: Big in Japan

The previous London blog brought you a tastefully presented trio of micropubs with a side of Spoons.

This one goes international, featuring a Japanese bar, an American bar and a Danish bar, all in London.

Let’s face it we all love a Japanese pub and Beer and Buns is as good as any in the UK. Probably better as it might be the only one.

It opens 5-11 weekdays only, upstairs from K10 restaurant in Appold Street, EC2. It is their interpretation of an Izakaya, an informal beer and sake bar, that seems to be aimed at the post work city crowd.

All the beer and the whisky was Japanese, the beers are from Hitachino Nest.

My Pale was very quaffable. Madame Luna ordered a Sakatini and declared it “lovely”, adding that this is ginger not the foot of a small mammal.

The bar created an atmosphere of Japanese noir and the Elvis pinball machine was the gift that kept on giving free plays until it wore us down.

Rare shot of Madame Luna in action

Earlier we had enjoyed Craft Beer Co in Old Street where my notes say the dearest half pint was £16.70. Is that possible? The six cask beers were competitively priced for central London, ranging from £4.35 for Thornbridge Brother Rabbit to £4.85 for the excellent Magic Rock High Wire.

The Goose Island Tap was a veritable bargain. There were two cask taps selling Buxton and Cloudwater- while the keg taps contained their own beer and guests.  The last time we were in a Goose Island Tap was in Chicago.  We had been to see Chicago Cubs win (this was before they did much of that sort of thing and before Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch). People in the bar considered us lucky mascots and kept sending down free drinks including Fireballs. I’m told it was a fine night.

An absolute standout this time was Wild Card Brewery’s Lime Berliner Weisse, a tartly succulent 4% of magic in a glass.

Ticked all 3 in case they get in the Good Toilet Guide

Mysterious red triangle.

There are plenty of classic pub buildings in this part of London.

Mikkeller has finally opened up a small bar (by their standards) in London, ironically in a former Watney house, the George and Dragon.  We shared four beers, all decent as you would expect. The Chipotle Porter put hairs on our chest, which was not universally welcomed.

A final observation.  Both Mikkeler and Goose Island make Brewdog bars feel somehow a bit dated.  There’s a challenge for the Aberdeenshire boys.

10 thoughts on “London: Big in Japan

  1. I can vouch for that crawl as I did it a week later before I saw your cut out and keep guide which has rendered my review pointless.

    Odd the Japanese bar shuts at weekends with do much passing trade round there.

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    1. Yes, I suppose there are quite a few City of London pubs that shut weekends though and it’s a bit closer to the City than the others. Great area for beer around Old Street.

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  2. Brewdog bars are strange. Whilst all seem basically cut from the same template, they can have a huge variety in “feel”, from the almost local flavour of the original, through strangely run down (Stirling) to fast food with some interesting beer (Union Square). The Draft House bars don’t even reek of the corporate extremes of the standard bars, and you wouldn’t even realise BD owned them. Not personally a fan of modern bar styles at all, in general.

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  3. “the beers are from Hitachino Nest.”

    Even the guest beers? 😉

    “Madame Luna ordered a Sakatini”

    Sake martini?

    “adding that this is ginger not the foot of a small mammal.”

    (chuckle)

    “and the Elvis pinball machine was the gift that kept on giving free plays until it wore us down.”

    I fondly remember a pinball machine in Benidorm back in the 70’s whose top glass could be lifted up to do likewise.

    “where my notes say the dearest half pint was £16.70. ”

    Good Lord!

    “I’m told it was a fine night.”

    (guffaw)

    And I still enjoy Goose Island IPA on tap, even after the takeover.

    “Ticked all 3 in case they get in the Good Toilet Guide”

    You’re on a roll! 🙂

    “The Chipotle Porter put hairs on our chest, which was not universally welcomed.”

    No doubt!

    “Both Mikkeler and Goose Island make Brewdog bars feel somehow a bit dated.”

    Interesting.

    Cheers

    PS – “Lets face it”

    An apostrophe would not be amiss there.

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      1. Not to worry with regards to the apostrophe crime; there’s a certain blogger* who’s the gold medal winner in that department. 😉

        * (something about a huge Russian museum behind one’s house)

        Cheers

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