Garlic Chips reminds me of both Western saloons of old and English pubs, both of which I adore. The lacquered-wood bar counter and tables, the nice, warm lighting… All of it makes me feel so at home. Garlic Chips is the kind of place I could spend hours in, with a couple of good friends.

There are two floors in Garlic Chips. On the first floor, there’s a couple of tables and the bar counter. Behind the bar counter is a tall wall full of alcohol bottles. You’ll notice some of them have names on it; You can buy a bottle of your own and Garlic Chips will store it for you, for as many visits as it takes for you to finish it.

The second floor overlooks the first, so it’s not a stuffy room but more of a terrace. Up there, there’re tables that fit groups of four to six. Just be warned that the toilet is on the first floor, so if you don’t like going up and down stairs, you might wanna take a seat at the bar or at a table on the first floor.

As its name implies, Garlic Chips serves garlic chips. I personally am not a fan of those chips, but I do applaud them including garlic in just about every other dish they serve as well (try the garlic fried rice, it is divine).

If you come in on a weekday, they’ve also got an all-you-can-drink-for-an-hour for 1000 yen deal. You just have to have two drinks in an hour and you’ve gotten your money’s worth.

Good drinks, great food, and a lovely, warm atmosphere. Garlic Chips would be a nice place to spend a winter’s evening in with a couple of friends.