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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …