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. …

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Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

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Craft Stand The Bottom Line In all of the bars I went to in Kyoto for the #BTinKyoto trip, none of them had as good as an atmosphere as Craft Stand did. It’s located in an unusual area of Kyoto that is neither in the tourist area or the main shopping area, but it is highly recommended. Serving only beers from …

Kyoto Beer Lab in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

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Kyoto Beer Lab The Bottom Line It may be off the beaten (tourist) track in Kyoto, but put Kyoto Beer Lab on your list if you’re looking for some reasonably priced craft beer in a great location. The whole place is non-smoking and mostly standing but the chilled out atmosphere, with the babbling brook-like river just outside bringing some cracking views …

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi in Kawaramachi Kyoto

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Len Kyoto Kawaramachi The Bottom Line It kind of feels like cheating reviewing Len Kyoto Kawaramachi as it’s a hostel more than a bar, but they have craft beer on tap daily so it counts. If you’re walked a bit too much and want a break from the crowds of tourists, then pop over to Len. While there are only three taps …

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 …

Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom in Minami-ku, Kyoto

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Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom The Bottom Line Ok, while this is the taproom for Kyoto Brewing Company, and you can get their beers at other places, this place HAS to be on your list of places to go and drink at while you’re in Kyoto. It’s the cheapest place to get some of Kyoto’s best craft beer on tap at some …

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, …

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Brew La La in Shimbashi, Tokyo

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Brew La La The Bottom Line Brew La La is great. The staff is friendly, the beer selection is wide, the food is solid pub fare, and there’s regular events such as pub quizzes (we didn’t stick around for the Star Wars pub quiz because neither Rob nor Aldo had allegedly seen arguably the most important cinematic series of the …

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 …