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Soapbox Article 10: Paying More for Less

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“What would you like to drink?” An often posed question that, if you’re like me, is often a difficult choice. Do you go for the same beer that you had last time and know is good, or do you try something new on the menu? Perhaps there is more than one beer you want to try but you not fully …

McGuffin in Bashamichi, Yokohama

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McGuffin The Bottom Line We’re never negative at BeerTengoku without a reason but with McGuffin it’s impossible to be anything but negative about the place. Three times I’ve tried to get in: 1) The bar was closed even though people were drinking insider; 2) the bar had run out of draft beer; and 3) I finally realised that it was a …

Craft Beer Kan in Niigata, Niigata.

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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 …

Jingle Beer & Dining in Yokohama, Kanagawa

Jingle Beer & Dining Front

Jingle Beer & Dining The Bottom Line While I wanted to like Jingle Beer & Dining, the fact that it is fully smoking and a table charge of ¥432 per person means it’s an overall thumbs down for this place. While the beer list is to be commended as there were some different beers on there, what was supposed to be a …

Ohka The Best Days in Naka-meguro, Tokyo

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Ohka The Best Days The Bottom Line Ohka The Best Days isn’t the best place to find new craft beer and nor is it the cheapest place either. If you want large portions of food with craft beer for the usual Tokyo price, then you’ve found somewhere. The guaranteed selection of Shiga Kogen means you get one of Japan’s best …

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Beer Bar The Pint in Shin-Maruko, Kawasaki

Beer Bar The Pint One Paragraph Review If you are in the Shin-Maruko area, then Beer Bar The Pint is worth popping in. It doesn’t offer enough to make a special trip to though the beers on tap are in very good quality. You can try some of the Hideji Miyazaki range of beers on tap that are often hard to …

Beer Brain in Omotesando, Tokyo

Beer Brain Front

Beer Brain The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a no-frills bar with cheap beer in Tokyo, then Beer Brain is right up your street – if you don’t mind the walk from Harajuku or Omotoesando station. The beers are cold and cheap – perhaps the cheapest we’ve seen in Tokyo – and the prices include tax. There is no table charge as …

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Nishi-Ogikubo Bakushu Kobo in Nishi-Ogikubo, Tokyo

Nishi-Ogikubo Bakushu Kobo Front

Nishi-Ogikubo Bakushu Kobo One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for some cheap, craft beer that is a gamble, then Nishi-Ogikubo Bakshu Kobo is the right place for you. You might get lucky and end up with some nice beer, though you may end up with some bad beer with massive amounts of head. Like Koenji Bakushu Kobo, the warm, friendly atmosphere and cheap beer …

Craft Beer Market Kichijoji in Kichijoji

Craft Beer Market Kichijoji

Craft Beer Market Kichijoji One Paragraph Review If you’re in the area and looking for cheap craft beer, then Craft Beer Market Kichijoji should be on your radar. It doesn’t differ much from the other branches of the Craft Beer Market chain though. The lure of Chinese food and craft beer is very tempting, especially with the inclusion tax in the price. Get …

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The Lower Right in Daimon, Tokyo

The Lower Right Front

The Lower Right One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for cheap Japanese craft beers that are hard to find to complete your Untappd collection, then you would do well at The Lower Right. With the long happy hour beer prices and the large glasses, it’s a good place to do some afternoon drinking though the prices don’t include tax. Thankfully there …