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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 …

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Beer House Molto in Umeda, Osaka

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Beer House Molto The Bottom Line Beer House Molto does have a good range of beers but unless you’re a member of their program or are looking for a place to to get some incredible views of Osaka whilst drinking some slightly pricey beer, then it’s hard to recommend it over places in Osaka. The prices include tax and there is …

Beer Belly Tosabori in Tosabori, Osaka

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Beer Belly Tosabori The Bottom Line Despite Beer Belly being all smoking, it’s hard not to recommend it due to the sheer variety of beers on tap and the great atmosphere inside – especially late in the evening in a wet and soggy Osaka.. There is no table charge and all prices include tax as well; however, there is no wifi. …

Oonoya in Shinmachi, Osaka

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Oonoya The Bottom Line Oonoya combines two of my loves – grilled meat on sticks, aka yakitori, and craft beer but it’s hard to recommend Oonoya – the smokey atmosphere and slow service meant our time there was less than enjoyable. It’s a shame as the atmosphere was fun and jovial with groups of people laughing and joking together. The place …

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze in Kitahorie, Osaka

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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

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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 …