Went to the Hobgoblin on a Friday night and the place was busy yet not too crazy. Good mix of expat and Japanese and very friendly vibe. Tried the house Hobgoblin ale and that was nice. For food I had the fish and chips which i guess is the bigeest in toykyo and perfect for sharing. Highly recommended
I've been to this Shibuya branch several times. The service is fine, they're always efficient and friendly, but the food and beer are overpriced for what you get. I ordered the "Margarita Pizza" and got a plain cheese pizza- no tomato, no basil, and the mozzarella was the type that comes already shredded in a bag. And that was priced somewhere around 1,200- I can get far, far better pizza for that at almost any other British pub, and when comparing it, for example, to DevilCraft, Baird Taproom, or even just plain old Dubliners, it was truly awful. As a semi-vegetarian (I eat fish), there aren't many options for me on the menu, and I thought "you can't screw up Margarita pizza" but yep- you can, and they did. I don't think the other menu offerings are much better. For example, the portion size of the fish-n-chips is huge, but the fish is tasteless and very, very oily, and it's also overpriced. Really, in Shibuya, Aldgate (excellent tap list, several rotating craft beers) and Dubliner (good food & 800 yen Guinness) are just much better bets. In fact, I'd probably even chose Hub over Hobgoblin. :)
I've been here on two occasions: once, to end a night of karaoke and drinking, and again to have a pint and British fare with my English future hubby. Most brews are 1,000yen per pint. When I went late on a Saturday night, there was still room to sit down and have a (drunken) chat with my friends. When I went with my darling early Saturday night for dinner, it was practically empty but the food took foooooreeeevverrrr to come out. My boyfriend said the sausage was quiet nice and my shepherd's pie was perfectly average. I'd say it's a good place to grab a (slightly overpriced) pint and have a (decent) meal in Shibuya (if you like foreigner magnets).
This is the place to be in Shibuya on St Patrick's day. It's right next to the Inokashira line and is full of drunk friendly people drinking predominantly beer. If you are looking for a place to have a quiet pint, this is not the place on the weekend. In addition to the seating area, there are several standing tables and the bar is also standing room only (as far as I can remember) The prices are average for pubs in Tokyo, meaning that beer is more expensive than it was at home. But so is everything. Deal with it by drinking less or more.
Now under new management, this pub still serves up its own brews alongside many other desirable imports. Finally, they have added Happy Hour from 5 to 7 daily for added enjoyment of said beers. A little on the pricey side, but Happy Hour is a good deal for your money. The staff is all English-speaking and far friendlier than you might expect for a pub. It is a homing beacon to all foreigners in the neighborhood: it could be because the female staff is easy on the eyes, or it could be because they televise virtually all major sporting events, or the amazing nachos that come with a huge dose of real sour cream. Whatever the reason, you'll probably find yourself drawn back time and time again.