Repubrew in Numazu, Shizuoka

Repubrew The Bottom Line Repubrew started out as a craft beer bar that was worth a visit because there wasn’t much in the area. With the recent improvements in its in-house beers, Repubrew has proven itself to be worthy of a visit if you’re remotely in the area. The in-house beers proved to be very tasty and good value for money, …

The Red Dragon in Nagano, Nagano

Guest Review by Sam Dwyer- Check out his blog here! The Red Dragon: The Bottom Line The Red Dragon Pub is a British Style Pub here in Nagano city that features an ever changing menu of Japanese craft beers. Most of these beers are local, some are from further prefectures. Aside from beers there is some unreal pub style food …

Rohan and Heaven’s Door in Benten, Niigata

Rohan and Heaven's Door Front

Rohan and Heaven’s Door The Bottom Line With Bar Olive and Olive Another Pint just across the road, I can’t recommend Rohan and Heaven’s Door to anyone, unless you’re trying to impress someone where the popular kids hang out. With tax not included in the prices, and a smoking policy both inside and outside, this place has got a lot of …

Smoke Cafe in Niigata, Niigata

Smoke Cafe Front

Smoke Cafe The Bottom Line While Smoke Cafe does offer some very nice food, the range of domestic craft beers and the prices pale in comparison to Craft Beer Kan, so it’s not really a place we’d recommend going to if you’re in the area for a short time. Moreover, the table charge of ¥500 is also pretty pricey, even though you …

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata in Bancho, Niigata

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata Bar

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata The Bottom Line I have mixed feelings about Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata – great views across the Japan Sea and a cheap place to try some of the Swan Lake beers on tap – if you go at the right time. The atmosphere is more upmarket than the usual chain of Swan …

Nuttari Beer in Chuo-Ku, Niigata

Nuttari Beer

Nuttari Beer The Bottom Line Nuttari Beer is very much a work in progress in terms of its beer though with it being so young and with them wanting feedback on their beer, they are going the right way to improving. It’s a fair trek from Niigata station though it’s easy to find, especially as you’re walking around for a …

Beer Trip Olive & Olive Another Pint in Benten, Niigata

Beer Trip Olive & Olive Another Pint The Bottom Line Beer Trip Olive & Olive Another Pint both come recommended though while the selection of Hitachino Nest beers is safe, the house specials are worth the extra price. The cosy atmosphere and friendly staff also contributed to a fun few hours there though don’t get confused with which one you’re drinking …

Craft Beer Kan in Niigata, Niigata.

Craft Beer Kan Front

Craft Beer Kan The Bottom Line If you’re ever in Niigata and looking for a cheap place to find lots of craft beer, then Craft Beer Kan comes whole heartedly recommended – just make sure you are not hungry and don’t need the toilet. The sheer selection of well-served and maintained beers means you can easily while away the hours here …

Libushi in Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano

Libushi Front

Libushi One Paragraph Review Libushi is pretty expensive compared to other taprooms that we’ve been to so make sure you have plenty of cash with you as it can get pricey quickly and they don’t accept credit cards. The whole bar is standing and if the weather is bad, it can get very hot and steamy inside. Moreover, make sure …

The Craft Room in Nozawa Onsen Mura, Nagano

The Craft Room Front

The Craft Room One Paragraph Review While the atmosphere at The Craft Room was very Antipodean and geared towards snowboarders and surfers more than craft beer fans, the prices and warm atmosphere couldn’t be beaten in Nozawa Onsen. There aren’t many options to drink craft beer so the owners must be praised for having cheap prices with tax included and a …