Bankan (Koenji)

It is rare for me to visit Koenji, so while I was there I made sure I visited all of the craft beer shops that were possible.  I started off going to Bankan, a nice little bar that was not as busy as I thought it would be.  It is really nice and I would definitely go back again in the future if I am ever in Koenji.

Bankan

Bankan

Koenji has 3 craft beer shops and Bankan is the only one that is to the south of the station; it is located near the entrance to Chosenji.  The outside looks really nice with a few tables, but I expected a bigger place based on the photos I saw on their website.  It is actually pretty small but a lot of space if you remove the tables and want a big party.

Bankan

Bankan

Bankan has a really nice system for people who just finish work.  During the happy hour, they have a few select beers along with a small appetizer available for a discount.  Do beware that only the selected beers are available and the others are not.  Since I didn’t want the selected beers I couldn’t enjoy the discount, but I did enjoy a few good beers.  I had the Apple Hop Fuji from Minamishinhu as well as the Mosayle Pale Ale from Ushitora.  Bankan did a good job with pouring the beers and I was really happy to try them.

Fuji Apple Hop

Minamishinshu’s Fuji Apple Hop

I had a little trouble trying to get something to eat at Bankan.  They have a lot of nice food there but since I was about to go to dinner with friends, I didn’t want to eat too much.  I needed a snack and they were out of the item I wanted.  After a short discussion with the bartender, I decided to go for the pâté, and it was delicious.  It was a simple pâté that came with some olive oil and jam.  It was so good that I finished it faster than I expected.

Bankan Interior

Bankan Interior

Bankan is a wonderful place but I am a little worried about it.  I arrived a little before the evening rush hour and left around 7pm.  There wasn’t anyone there when I arrived and no one came as well.  The shop was completely empty and I was worried if they would have customers that night.  I hope it isn’t a sign of their future and I really hope they will have a lot of customers every day.  Perhaps I just went on an off day.

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