Gotsubo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Gotsubo Front

Gotsubo The Bottom Line What Gotsubo lacks in space and extensive tap list, it makes up in atmosphere and is perhaps one of the most charismatic little bars in Japan I’ve come across. The tap list is solid, with Shiga Kogen beers on tap, and the whole place is non-smoking and standing. If you’re in the area and want a well-poured …

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Darcy’s Beer & Burger in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Darcy's Beer & Burger Front

Darcy’s Beer & Burger The Bottom Line Come for the burgers and chips by all means, but there are better (and cheaper) options in the area for craft beer. While the atmosphere is chilled out and relaxed, it felt like it was more of a quick eat and drink place rather than a bar you can sit and stay the …

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Craft Beer Market Awajicho in Awajicho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Awajicho

Craft Beer Market Awajicho The Bottom Line If you’re in the area looking for a lunch time beer, then Craft Beer Market Awajicho is a decent choice but it’s closed at the weekends due to lack of business in the area, so remember that next time you think it’s open for a beer. If you’ve been to one Craft Beer Market bar, …

TDM1874 Brewery in Tokaichiba, Yokohama

TDM1874 Brewery Front

TDM1874 Brewery The Bottom Line If you’re in the area then get down to TDM1874. The beers are well priced, tasty, and served well and all the prices include tax on the menu. The whole place is non-smoking and if you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to meet George, the British brewer, when he is serving. There is also …

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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 …

Swan Lake Tamachi in Tamachi, Tokyo 

Swan Lake Tamachi Front

Swan Lake Tamachi The Bottom Line Tamachi is in unluckily slap bang between craft beer locations but with Swan Lake Tamachi, at least there is something decent in the area – if you go during happy hour times. Swan Lake Tamachi doesn’t differ much from the Swan Lake Pub Edo in Kyobashi branch in terms of beers, atmosphere, or food so if you’ve been …

Beer Bar Lupulin in Ginza, Tokyo

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Beer Bar Lupulin The Bottom Line If you’re with a rich benefactor, or are too lazy to walk to either of the Craft Beer iBrews, then Beer Bar Lupulin is right up your street. It’s expensive – with some of the most priciest beers I’ve seen in Tokyo – but then it is in the smack-bang-middle of Ginza. Beer Bar Lupulin does …

Towers Beer Bar in Kyobashi, Tokyo

Towers Beer Bar Front

Towers Beer Bar The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something small and cosy, with a friendly atmosphere, then Towers Beer Bar is right up your street. It’s not going to set the world alight in terms of beer lists nor in gourmet food; however, it is a fun little dive bar to have some beers – when you’re going between …

Craft Beer iBrew Wired in Ginza, Tokyo

Craft Beer iBrew Wired Front

Craft Beer iBrew Wired The Bottom Line If Craft Beer iBrew Wired is full up, then Craft Beer iBrew Wired is your next best bet in the area. With ten taps of craft beer on – though they are split between domestic and imported – the prices can’t be beaten in the area. Craft Beer iBrew Wired isn’t a change from what has …

Gold’n Bub in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Gold'n bub ext

Gold’n Bub The Bottom Line The Bub is moving on up, with a fancier albeit slightly less cosy and intimate atmosphere. But they’re working their socks off to make a bunch of varied ales, and the food is as fantastic and inventive as always. They remain an important part of the craft beer landscape of Kanagawa. Gold’n Bub The Full …