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 …

iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki The Bottom Line iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki suffers from the same problems the branches in Shibuya and Futakotamagawa do – the beer menu is pretty run of the mill and can be had for cheaper in other places. If you’re in the area for some shopping then it isn’t a bad place to be, …

29BY in Kannai, Yokohama

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29BY The Bottom Line Craft Meat and Baird Harajuku Taproom both show that with the right prices and menu, you can’t really go wrong with meat and craft beer – if it’s priced right and the servings are good. Perhaps someone should have told 29BY about these two places as it’s hard to recommend the place in its current form. At the …

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Minami Yokohama Beer Labo in Kanazawa Bunko, Kanagawa

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Minami Yokohama Beer Labo The Bottom Line While the beers at Minami Yokohama Beer Labo were drinkable (more on that later), it’s the cosy atmosphere that I liked more than anything else. It felt like I was sitting in someone’s living room drinking their beer. There was a real mix of clientele – families with young kids, families with teenagers, your …

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Yokosuka Beer in Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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Yokosuka Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the south east Kanagawa area – perhaps on base or visiting – then Yokosuka Beer is worth popping in for a few beers. It’s probably a trek for all but the hardened readers and drinkers of BeerTengoku. While the tap list is not as extensive as Nawlins across the road, the in-house beers are damned …

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Brasserie Beer Boulevard in Shimbashi, Tokyo

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Brasserie Beer Boulevard The Bottom Line BBB was alright, they had a good selection and weren’t terribly expensive but it felt more like a date spot than an actual craft beer bar. The seats for lonely loners are all directly in front of the door which really made me feel like they just wanted us out of there as quickly …

Brew La La in Shimbashi, Tokyo

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Brew La La The Bottom Line Brew La La is great. The staff is friendly, the beer selection is wide, the food is solid pub fare, and there’s regular events such as pub quizzes (we didn’t stick around for the Star Wars pub quiz because neither Rob nor Aldo had allegedly seen arguably the most important cinematic series of the …

øl by Oslo Brewing Company in Shibuya, Tokyo

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øl by Oslo Brewing Company The Bottom Line If you’re into chilled electro music a la Royksopp et al, and don’t mind paying over-the-top prices, then you’ll fit in at øl by Oslo Brewing Company. The prices are some of the most expensive in the area, regardless of the prices including tax, which left me feeling a bit short-changed. While I …