Beer Cafe Hopman in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Beer Cafe Hopman Front

Beer Cafe Hopman: The Bottom Line I wasn’t made to feel particularly welcome at Beer Cafe Hopman, and the decor design was dull as dirty dishwater, so it’s a good job there’s a huge menu to bury your head in. If you’re expecting friendly chat with the locals or staff, though, or an atmosphere more habitable than Venus, or, y’know, …

Mokichi Foods Garden in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Mokichi Foods Garden Outside

Mokichi Foods Garden The Bottom Line Mokichi Foods Garden is a great, noisy, family-friendly (and smoke-free) place to go and have a load of lovely Shonan beer and pizzas. It’s not for the softly-spoken or people who want to be able to hear the yeast farting in the back room, but it is a fun dining and boozing experience in …

Craft Beer Happy Hour in Tokyo

Happy Hour Craft Beer

If you 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 follow …

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Anchor Point in Nagatacho, Tokyo

Anchor Point

Anchor Point The Bottom Line Anchor Point might not be the brew pub you’re looking for – I certainly felt out of place in jeans and a t-shirt in what appeared to be an upmarket bar, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth popping in. Just. The beers, while young and had some dodgy pours, were tasty for a …

Beer Garage 87 in Irie, Yokohama

Beer Garage 87 Front

Beer Garage 87 The Bottom Line While the beer list at Beer Garage 87 is interesting, and the owner is generally one of the most friendly and interesting bar owners I’ve met on my BeerTengoku travels, neither of those points can save the fact that as Beer Garage 87 is in the middle of nowhere, you have to have some special reason …

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 …

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 …

Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae in Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae Front

Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae The Bottom Line Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae is a nice little diversion in the hustle and bustle of the area though it’s not really worth trekking out for. As always, Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae doesn’t differ from the tried-and-tested formula of the chain – cheap craft beer, plenty of choices, tax included, and no smoking. There is …

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Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda doesn’t differ at all from the rest of the Yona Yona range of bars, so you know what you are expecting if you’ve been to any one of them. All prices include tax and there isn’t a table charge. The only gripe I have about the places …