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$12 - $43
Brew Pub, Bar
Lunch, Drinks, Dinner
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Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

Good beers but the staff are kind of lazy. They spent a lot of time on their phones and talking to each other instead of serving customers. Not the service you’d expect in Japan.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020

French guys are keeping this bar in form! Very attractive bar. There is a very long drinking list and some tapas to be selected. The service was friendly and fast.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

Had wanted to visit this bar all week and finally got a chance to drop in last night for my final night in Niseko. Certainly glad I did as the collection of local Hokkaido craft beers were delicious! Bartender Glen was a ripping guy happy...to chat about the beers (and anything and everything else!), plus give out little taste samplers. I didn't try the food but the menu looks nice. If you enjoy your craft beers and want a night off the Sapporo's, definitely head up to the Taproom. The Coriander Black and Brown Ale were my two favourites 🍻More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 30, 2019

Small but cozy. Had some nice local beers. Looking forward to my next visit. Tried the half chicken which was roasted to perfection.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

Heard some hype about this place and was very disappointed... The staff were annoying and incompetent, took us all in all about 2hours when we wanted just a quick bite! The staff got our orders wrong and completely forgot one of our orders.. in such...a small space with hardly anyone else in there it was actually just laughable.. the beer was flat, the food was salty and the portions were ridiculously small for the ridiculously high price.. they're profit margin on the fries must be insane.. id say I got about 15 individual fries for 900yen and they were too salty. And the gyozas were all stuck together. Dont waste your time and money when seicomart is next door where you can get better food and beer for 1/100th of the price. This is a cash grab restaurant with no morals and no respect for their trade. Zero stars!More

Date of visit: January 2019
jpnboy, Owner at Niseko Taproom, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2019

Dear Liam We are terribly disappointed to receive a review like this and am sorry for the experience you had. I have asked the team to review the operational concerns you mention. Our intention is not to be cheap - as you say Seicomart can...More

Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

Small, very cool bar tucked into back of an upper floor of Odin Place - come here for great beers on tap - I personally loved the Niseko IPA! Nice Canadian guys running the place - gave us lots of good tips where to ski,...where to eat, etc. We will be back!More

Date of visit: December 2018
jpnboy, Owner at Niseko Taproom, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2018

Dear MagsD879 That is really great to hear and our team wil be deligthted to hear this great feedback. Yes, I love the IPA too. Please do come back and thanks again. Happy New Year. John

Reviewed March 3, 2018

The Taproom offers a nice range of craft brews from around Japan- with a range of styles. I had a few good ones- with the North Island IPA and an excellent Black Coriander Ale which had good complexity. They serve snacks and small meals as...well. A nice option at the end of a long ski day.More

Date of visit: February 2018
jpnboy, Owner at Niseko Taproom, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Dear bjnomads Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it very much and hope to see you again! John

Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

First off, this place is tiny, tucked off in the upper floor of a modern building at the main Hirafu intersection. The beer selection was amazing, and the prices quite reasonable by Japanese standards. I loved the smaller portion sizes, so I could try the...full tap range without revealing the bank. The menu consists of all Hokkaido beers, which were easily the best I had in Japan (and a welcome break from Sapporo classic). We visited twice, and on our second visit, we ended up eating there, as we hadn't reserved anywhere and walk-ins in Hirafu are impossible. The Taproom had a couple of free seats, and we were blown away by the food. The Japanese beef stew and meat pie were great, and included one of the best salads I've ever had. It was impressive what the chef could turn out from the microscopic kitchen space behind the counter.More

Date of visit: February 2018
jpnboy, Owner at Niseko Taproom, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2018

Dear Dave Thank you for the great review. I hope we can welcome you again for another break from Sapporo Classic! All best. John

Reviewed February 6, 2018

The Chicken was much better than the Fish and chips, a nice pre dinner place excellent choice of beer, friendly owner and chef... should have a more extended menu.

Date of visit: January 2018
jpnboy, Owner at Niseko Taproom, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

Thanks for your review Henson_8. Yes, we wish we were a bit bigger! John

Reviewed January 30, 2018

Reserved table for 7 for aprés ski food and drinks. Onion rings were delicious and the ribs were tasty. Pork was very tender and filling. Perfect after a calorie burning day on the slopes. Wouldn't hesitate to go back again. Thanks!

Date of visit: January 2018
jpnboy, Owner at Niseko Taproom, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2018

Thank you very much for the great review GobalJBird. We look forward to seeing you again! The Niseko Taproom

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