Ale House Kamiya in Dōyamachō, Osaka

Ale House Kamiya Front

Ale House Kamiya The Bottom Line Ale House Kamiya is Osaka’s version of Bay Brewing Yokohama – full on wrestling pub that has a good atmosphere but thanks to the beer choices, doesn’t really offer anything that can’t be found elsewhere for cheaper. The beer prices though are some of the cheapest in Osaka and all prices include tax plus …

Craft Beer Base in Ōyodominami, Osaka

Craft Beer Base Front

Craft Beer Base, which happens to be the first in the chain of bottle shops and bars in Osaka, could easily be mistaken for being a workshop or simply someone’s house when you’re in the area. Situated on the backstreets of Ōyodominami, Craft Beer Base is perhaps Osaka’s most popular, though not the biggest, bottle shop in the area, offering a wide …

Craft Beer Bar Marciero in Dōyamachō, Osaka

Craft Beer Bar Marciero Osaka

Craft Beer Bar Marciero The Bottom Line If you’re in Osaka, then I strongly recommend getting to Craft Beer Bar Marciero – if you can find it and you don’t mind the smoking environment. The tap list rotates often enough and the atmosphere is chilled, yet fun. The food is also tasty and thankfully the owner will explain what’s on the …

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka Front

Umbrella Rib The Bottom Line Umbrella Rib is a small little place that involves a bit of a walk but it’s well worth going down there for some decent beers and food. While there is no table charge, prices don’t include the mandatory 8% tax. The menus had the essential information in English, that is, the names of the beers …

Ebina Beer in Ebina, Kanagawa 

Ebina Beer Front

Ebina Beer The Bottom Line I liked Ebina Beer a lot – a nice little friendly place with a good chilled atmosphere about it that is easily accessible if you live on the Odakyu line. The whole place is non-smoking and there was no table charge either when I went. What more could you want? Reasonable prices? You got those as …

Tsujido Beer Hall in Tsujido, Kanagawa

Tsujido Beer Hall Front

Tsujido Beer Hall One-Line Mini Pros and Cons Pros Close to the station No cover charge No smoking, no food cooked in the bar so your clothes don’t smell Beers change regularly English-speaking, friendly staff Cons Slightly dodgy building Only half pints Bloody TV Naff music Tsujido Beer Hall Full Review Remember a couple of years back, when I got …

Beer Butterfly in Sumiyoshi, Tokyo

Beer Butterfly Front

Beer Butterfly The Bottom Line With Beer Butterfly’s confusing pricing system for beers and food, how much you pay and if it’s right is going to be hard to guess, but at least the taplist makes up for the confusing prices. The tap list is nice and varied though so there is definitely a beer that you can pick from. I’d …

Dragonfly Beer Hall in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

Dragonfly Beer Hall Front

Dragonfly Beer Hall The Bottom Line This is what a Baird Beer bar should be like, in fact, it’s by far and away my favourite place, in terms of atmosphere, to drink at. While it may be a place that serves Baird Beer, it is not a Baird Beer bar. However, it does share a lot of similarity – prices …

Pitman’s in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

Pitman's Front

Pitman’s The Bottom Line Pitman’s has the potential to do well – nice outside drinking area, non-smoking, plenty of decent food on the menu, and some good beers from August Beer Club, as well as in-house brewery too – but at the time of writing, it’s hard to recommend it due to the weird opening hours and not always having …

Mile Post Cafe in Kayabacho, Tokyo

Mile Post Cafe Front

Mile Post Cafe The Bottom Line If it weren’t for the table charge and the lack of tax included in the prices, then Mile Post Cafe would be a 100% recommendation, though if you do factor those two issues into your session, then Mile Post Cafe is worth a visit. It has nigh-on everything I look for in a decent bar – …