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 …

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Craft Beer Market Awajicho in Awajicho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Awajicho

Craft Beer Market Awajicho The Bottom Line If you’re in the area looking for a lunch time beer, then Craft Beer Market Awajicho is a decent choice but it’s closed at the weekends due to lack of business in the area, so remember that next time you think it’s open for a beer. If you’ve been to one Craft Beer Market bar, …

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 …

Beer Bar Lupulin in Ginza, Tokyo

Beer Bar Lupulin Front 1

Beer Bar Lupulin The Bottom Line If you’re with a rich benefactor, or are too lazy to walk to either of the Craft Beer iBrews, then Beer Bar Lupulin is right up your street. It’s expensive – with some of the most priciest beers I’ve seen in Tokyo – but then it is in the smack-bang-middle of Ginza. Beer Bar Lupulin does …

Gold’n Bub in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Gold'n bub ext

Gold’n Bub The Bottom Line The Bub is moving on up, with a fancier albeit slightly less cosy and intimate atmosphere. But they’re working their socks off to make a bunch of varied ales, and the food is as fantastic and inventive as always. They remain an important part of the craft beer landscape of Kanagawa. Gold’n Bub The Full …

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, …

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 …

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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 …

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Highbury The Home Of Beer in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Highbury - The Home Of Beer Front

Highbury The Home Of Beer The Bottom Line With me being an Arsenal fan, I should love Highbury The Home Of Beer. It’s got everything an Arsenal fan would love: Arsenal memorabilia, Arsenal fans, Arsenal games, and the library atmosphere to boot. But the prices left me feeling a bit cold and confused considering I could get the same beers for …