Went for drinks at JiBiru slightly before 8 and I managed to enjoy the Happy Hour promotion! Ordered one 440ml Sapporo Premium lager ($6.10) , and a 300ml Hitachino Nest pale ale($9.90). Not an expert on beer but I preferred the taste of Sapporo as compared to the pale ale. The pale ale seemed to taste way more gingery/lemony? It tasted odd, especially the aftertaste, and I didn't really like it. The happy hour prices are also divided into two, with one segment from 6-8 and another before that. Beer prices can get pretty cheap with the HH prices, making this a great place to chillout.
The ambience of the place is not bad honestly, the entire row of bars/bistros along the 313 outdoor region is quite nice to hangout and just chill. JiBiru has a dim kind of setting, with electronic tealights at the table. The tables and benches are wooden, which gives a very Japanese feel to it. JiBiru offers a really extensive range of Japanese beers and it's quite mindboggling at first sight.
Service is not too bad I guess, but it's nothing totally fantastic either, I'm guessing most people come here to just chillout with the beers. They serve up Japanese food too, but since it was my after-dinner destination I wasn't too keen on stuffing myself! Spent in total of $24 after GST and service charge -wasn't too bad an experience!
Date of Visit: 2013-04-04