Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho in Daimon, Tokyo

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Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho The Bottom Line It’s really not worth trekking out to Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho considering what is in the area. While it does have a nice chilled out atmosphere, especially at the weekend where it seems the whole area is cleared out due to the lack of office workers, the prices and servings just do not justify going there. …

Beer Pub Ichi-ya in Kawaramachi, Kyoto

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Beer Pub Ichi-ya The Bottom Line With brewpubs galore in Osaka, it’s a surprise that Beer Pub Ichi-ya is one of very few in Kyoto. It offers up some cheap, and drinkable, craft beer just off the beaten track in Kyoto’s busy Kawamachi area. The food may not be up to everyone’s standards; however, it was pretty spectacular to see Beer Pub …

Platinum Fish Beer Marche in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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Platinum Fish Beer Marche The Bottom Line Platinum Fish Beer Marche puts me in a dilemma – if you live, or are shopping, in the area then Platinum Fish Beer Marche is well worth a visit for a couple of relaxing beers. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is more of a bar for that – a quick beer …

iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki The Bottom Line iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki suffers from the same problems the branches in Shibuya and Futakotamagawa do – the beer menu is pretty run of the mill and can be had for cheaper in other places. If you’re in the area for some shopping then it isn’t a bad place to be, …

øl by Oslo Brewing Company in Shibuya, Tokyo

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øl by Oslo Brewing Company The Bottom Line If you’re into chilled electro music a la Royksopp et al, and don’t mind paying over-the-top prices, then you’ll fit in at øl by Oslo Brewing Company. The prices are some of the most expensive in the area, regardless of the prices including tax, which left me feeling a bit short-changed. While I …

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Craft Beer Gau’s in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Craft Beer Gau’s The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something of the beaten track in Shibuya, then Craft Beer Gau’s is right up your street. However, the beer list will neither excite you nor will it entice you away from other well established places in the area. All the prices include tax as well as having some English on the …

Mikkeller Tokyo in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Mikkeller Tokyo The Bottom Line Right in the thick of Shibuya but tucked away in a secluded back street the beers here are an experience; not many do them like Mikkeller. Serving Mikkeller beers alongside a range of domestic beers this venue has great decor and plenty of room to move around. You are going to want to catch a …

Alpha Beta Coffee Club in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

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Alpha Beta Coffee Club The Bottom Line “Come for the beer, stay for the coffee” seems apt Alpha Beta Coffee Club. The whole atmosphere left me feeling cold – the bright white walls and the loud music left me with the feeling that I was either out of place for trying to have a conversation or that I didn’t belong there. …

The Lower Right Ebina in Ebina, Kanagawa

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The Lower Right Ebina The Bottom Line If you’re in the Ebina area for some shopping, or happen to want some cheap craft beer, then it’s hard to beat The Lower Right Ebina on price, just like the Daimon location. The staff might not want to appear helpful or knowledgeable about what is on tap or what the beers taste like, …

Beer Hunting Urawa in Kita-Urawa, Saitama

Beer Hunting Urawa

Beer Hunting Urawa The Bottom Line Saitama doesn’t offer up anything new in terms of craft beer, but without much else in the area, I guess Beer Hunting Urawa can charge however much and people will pay it. I wouldn’t recommend people travel there if you’re not in the area, unless you are desperate to get to Beer Hunting Urawa …