Beer Pub Ichi-ya in Kawaramachi, Kyoto

Beer Pub Ichi-ya Front

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 …

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 …

Alpha Beta Coffee Club in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

Alpha Beta Coffee Club Logo

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

The Lower Right Ebina Front

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, …

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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. …

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka Front

Umbrella Rib The Bottom Line Umbrella Rib is a small little place that involves a bit of a walk but it’s well worth going down there for some decent beers and food. While there is no table charge, prices don’t include the mandatory 8% tax. The menus had the essential information in English, that is, the names of the beers …

Mile Post Cafe in Kayabacho, Tokyo

Mile Post Cafe Front

Mile Post Cafe The Bottom Line If it weren’t for the table charge and the lack of tax included in the prices, then Mile Post Cafe would be a 100% recommendation, though if you do factor those two issues into your session, then Mile Post Cafe is worth a visit. It has nigh-on everything I look for in a decent bar – …

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Craft Beer Happy Hour in Tokyo

Happy Hour Craft Beer

If you have read our article on Cheap Craft Beer Bars in Tokyo, then you may have wondered where the happy hour bars are. Well, not everyone can get to a bar when happy hour is on, though some people can. Tokyo isn’t known for being a cheap place for eating or drinking, but if you look hard enough, or …

Closed: Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern in Akasaka, Tokyo

Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern Front

Editor Note: Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern The Bottom Line If you’re in the area from 5pm to 7pm and looking for a quick beer and Yona Yona Beer Kitchen is closed, then you could do a lot worse than Craft Beer & Grill 135 …

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Bakushu Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo

Bakushu Club Popeye Front

Bakushu Club Popeye The Bottom Line If you’re looking for the most variety of beer in a bar then with Bakushu Club Popeye it’s the one and only place that you should look at, with its 70+ taps of craft beer. It’s a must go place at least once; however, with the years gone by, Bakushu Club Popeye is no longer the …