Hikawa Brewery in Omiya, Saitama

Hikawa Brewery Front

Hikawa Brewery The Bottom Line Hikawa Brewery offers up something needed, but also different, in a city that lacks choices for craft beer. The atmosphere reminded of a British pub – lots of people talking to each other and warm inside. The only downside is the prices, which seemed to be quite high for a brewpub but don’t worry about …

Kawaguchi Brewery in Kawaguchi, Saitama

Kawaguchi Brewery Front

Kawaguchi Brewery The Bottom Line Saitama doesn’t have much to offer – nor does it have many craft beer bars in the area, let alone brewpubs. If you’re in the area though, Kawaguchi Brewery is worth a visit, now they have their own beers on tap. Their beers are better than most brewpub efforts I’ve had and are reasonably priced too. …

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Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu in Ebisu, Tokyo 

Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu doesn’t offer up anything different to the rest of the chain – and that’s a shame. With identical decor, beer, and food, Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu is in danger of becoming the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something …

Another8 in Meguro, Tokyo

Another8 Front

Another8 The Bottom Line Another8 isn’t a bad bar – it ticks all the right things with prices inclusive of tax, no table charge, and no smoking – but the boxes it doesn’t tick are the prices. Sitting there knowing there were cheaper places on either side of the Yamanote line meant that I felt I was paying more for …

Inazuma Dining in Roppongi, Tokyo 

Inazuma Dining Front イナズマダイニング店外

Inazuma Dining The Bottom Line Right now, Inazuma Dining doesn’t offer up anything spectacular nor any reason to go there, especially with cheaper places in the area. That’s not to say Inazuma Dining is a bad place by any means – it just doesn’t better anything else in the Roppongi area. I’ll definitely go back again one the brewery is up and …

Gori Gori Taproom in Roppongi, Tokyo

Gori Gori Taproom ゴリゴリタプルーム

Gori Gori Taproom The Bottom Line Gori Gori Taproom might not offer up any in-house beers, but what they do offer up are cheap beers in Roppongi – perhaps the cheapest by far that we’ve seen – alongside some deliciously huge hamburgers too. While Gori Gori Taproom is more than likely not attracting vegetarians or vegans alike, you shouldn’t knock it for …

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Beer House Molto in Umeda, Osaka

Beer House Molto Front

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

Beer Belly Tosabori Front

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. …

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze in Kitahorie, Osaka

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze Front

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

Boku to Inu Front

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 …