Japan’s most popular pub chain rolls beer price back to what it was in 1980 for celebration

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Since opening its first branch in 1980, Japan’s Hub chain of bars has been a stalwart ally to fans of adult beverages. With convenient locations, low prices, a friendly atmosphere, and English menus, the Hub’s English-style pubs have built up a diverse clientele of both Japanese and expat college students and young professionals.

That broad appeal has been good to Hub, and the company has announced that as of Dec 4, it will be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. To celebrate the achievement, on that day all Hub locations will be offering draft beer, all day long, for just 180 yen.

Why 180 yen? Because that was the price of beer at Hub’s first branch in Kobe’s Sannomiya neighborhood when it opened 37 years ago, which means if you factor in inflation, on Dec 4, Hub’s beer will be even cheaper than it was when the chain was founded.

Oh, and unlike many bars in Japan, Hub has no cover charge, and its tax-included prices, plus the lack of tipping in Japanese society, means that 180 yen is the total, final price of that beer. Granted, the 180-yen promotion is for a half-pint, but there’s no limit to how many glasses you can drink at that price, and 360 yen, total, for a full pint is still a great deal. And besides, regardless of glass size, 180-yen beer is a great excuse to go drinking on a Monday.

Related: Hub location list

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That is a great deal!

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Hub could give away beer for free and I still wouldn't go.

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Hub is ok at times, we got 2 around a local station, other options are beer halls, 3 Irish/Sports pubs and a few craft beer/minor breweries, all within 10min walk from the same station.

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I never go to the hub as I am a fan of the Japanese Izakaya, but at 180 yen a beer, I'll definitely go there!!

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Hub is ok. Depends on which branch you go to.

I think they get confused as to what is "English" sometimes with the occasional Irish bric-a-brac on the walls but that's a minor quibble.

I don't mind my branch, the people there are welcoming and if others are too refined to set foot within, that's their loss.

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When I am in the city I will pop into a HUB for a couple pints of the better brews on offer, sometimes after hanging around an izakaya for the food. But if there is a craft beer joint nearby then Hub will lose out

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Those of us who have our nomihodai skills honed in pay less than that per beer all night long.

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Those of us who have our nomihodai skills honed in pay less than that per beer all night long

Yeah BUT you will PAY for that the next morning LOL!!!T

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The Hub is naff.

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