Craft Beer Works Kamikaze in Kitahorie, Osaka

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze Front

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze The Bottom Line Craft Beer Works Kamikaze is a definite go to place on our list of Osaka bars for it’s sheer selection of beers though the prices and sizes do leave something to be desired. It ticked most of all the right boxes on our (lengthy) list – free WiFi, no smoking, and no table …

Boku to Inu in Kitahorie, Osaka

Boku to Inu Front

Boku to Inu The Bottom Line If it hadn’t been for the tap takeover of Ballast Point (let’s leave the discussion about independence and craft beer until later), I would have stayed at Boku to Inu for much longer, perhaps even all night. Kazu, the owner and also a friend of mine, is a genial and hilarious host – both in …

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory in Kitahorie, Osaka

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory The Bottom Line The minimalist design may leave some people feel cold in Marca Cafe & Beer Factory but it can’t be denied that it’s very much a hipster kind of place. Not to say it’s a bad place but it was one of the more expensive bars on our visit Osaka for beer; thankfully there …

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Craft Beer Base Bud in Umeda, Osaka

Craft Beer Base Bud Front

Craft Beer Base Bud The Bottom Line Craft Beer Base Bud should be on your list of places to drink in when you’re in Osaka – as long as you can navigate going underground among Osaka’s labyrinthine passages that seem to go everywhere in a loop. The friendly and chilled atmosphere helps out and the bar staff really know their beers. …

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 …

Nonsuch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Nonsuch The Bottom Line I liked the atmosphere of Nonsuch a lot – if someone were to ask me to point out a British pub (and there are lots of them in Japan, let alone Tokyo) then Nonsuch would be quite high up on the list. With lots of British rock and indie music playing, a friendly chatty atmosphere, and some decent beers …

Vivo! in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Vivo! Front

Vivo! The Bottom Line As much as I wanted to like Vivo! there was something about the bar being downstairs, windowless and in turn stuffy, and with smoke floating around that put me off it – though if you can get over those points, then Vivo! would be a good place to pick up some beers, if you don’t mind the prices …

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Craft Meat in Shibaura, Tokyo

Craft Meat Front

Craft Meat The Bottom Line If you don’t mind a bit of a walk, then Craft Meat is a cracking little place to try some cheap craft beer – though be warned, the food is pretty pricey for the portion sizes you get. While during the week it’s strongly recommended you book a table ahead of time, what with all the …

Cube Bar in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Cube Bar Front

Cube Bar The Bottom Line It’s tough to recommend Cube Bar at all – high prices that don’t include tax, a bizarre “service charge” system of 13% means the more you drink, the more extra charges you have to pay in the end, and it’s all smoking too. For those two reasons, I’d say avoid the place if you can. The …

On The Marks in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

On The Marks Front

On The Marks The Bottom Line On The Marks isn’t your usual place to drink beers but it’s the best choice in Kawasaki for some decent craft beer at the time of writing. The prices are towards the upper end of reasonable, but with tax included and no table charge, they’re bearable – just. The atmosphere at On The Marks is …