The Aldgate: 19 taps, reasonable pricesThe Aldgate (Udagawacho 30-4, Shibuya-ku, tel. 03 3462-2983) is quite a contrast with the other restaurants on Center-gai in Shibuya. This English-style pub has 19 taps that serve up a great balance of imports and Japanese local brews. They also offer several exclusive brews for beer hunters.
Aldgate Ale and Harry Porter are favorites, and recently they've started serving Jack the Ripper IPA -- a nice, dry IPA with a long hop finish that is contract brewed exclusively for The Aldgate by Baird Brewing.
Beers are expensive. Glasses at around 650-750 and pints 950-1,050 but The Aldgate is still the best value of these five pubs, especially since the bar provides free Wi-Fi service.
Altogether there are 19 taps, with three to four of the taps serving guest beers and the others the excellent range of regulars.
The Aldgate occasionally opens early in the mornings for major overseas sporting events such as rugby matches and the Super Bowl. If you're interested in attending, it's advisable to make friends with the staff. This may also let you occasionally request a song from their impressive record collection.