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. …

Oonoya in Shinmachi, Osaka

Oonoya Front

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 House Devinchi in Sonezaki, Osaka

Craft Beer House Devinchi Front

Craft Beer House Devinchi The Bottom Line Perhaps because it was the end of a long day of travelling and drinking but Craft Beer House Devinchi really didn’t hit the spot for me. While it had a good atmosphere, the smoking across the bar wasn’t welcome and I could have sworn that one of the beers I had was off but …

Beer Butterfly in Sumiyoshi, Tokyo

Beer Butterfly Front

Beer Butterfly The Bottom Line With Beer Butterfly’s confusing pricing system for beers and food, how much you pay and if it’s right is going to be hard to guess, but at least the taplist makes up for the confusing prices. The tap list is nice and varied though so there is definitely a beer that you can pick from. I’d …

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 …

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 …

Bakushuan Otsuka in Otsuka, Tokyo

Bakushuan Otsuka Front

Bakushuan Otsuka The Bottom Line Bakushuan Otsuka may have a cosy, at-home atmosphere that is relaxing but the high prices, along with the table charge meant that what could be the saviour of craft beer in a quiet area of Tokyo has left itself wanting. The prices are towards the higher end in Tokyo, the 400yen table charge, and the …