Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

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Craft Stand The Bottom Line In all of the bars I went to in Kyoto for the #BTinKyoto trip, none of them had as good as an atmosphere as Craft Stand did. It’s located in an unusual area of Kyoto that is neither in the tourist area or the main shopping area, but it is highly recommended. Serving only beers from …

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 …

Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom in Minami-ku, Kyoto

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Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom The Bottom Line Ok, while this is the taproom for Kyoto Brewing Company, and you can get their beers at other places, this place HAS to be on your list of places to go and drink at while you’re in Kyoto. It’s the cheapest place to get some of Kyoto’s best craft beer on tap at some …

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 …

Mikkeller Tokyo in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Mikkeller Tokyo The Bottom Line Right in the thick of Shibuya but tucked away in a secluded back street the beers here are an experience; not many do them like Mikkeller. Serving Mikkeller beers alongside a range of domestic beers this venue has great decor and plenty of room to move around. You are going to want to catch a …

Alpha Beta Coffee Club in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

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Alpha Beta Coffee Club The Bottom Line “Come for the beer, stay for the coffee” seems apt Alpha Beta Coffee Club. The whole atmosphere left me feeling cold – the bright white walls and the loud music left me with the feeling that I was either out of place for trying to have a conversation or that I didn’t belong there. …

Dragonfly Beer Hall in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

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Dragonfly Beer Hall The Bottom Line This is what a Baird Beer bar should be like, in fact, it’s by far and away my favourite place, in terms of atmosphere, to drink at. While it may be a place that serves Baird Beer, it is not a Baird Beer bar. However, it does share a lot of similarity – prices …

Pitman’s in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

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Pitman’s The Bottom Line Pitman’s has the potential to do well – nice outside drinking area, non-smoking, plenty of decent food on the menu, and some good beers from August Beer Club, as well as in-house brewery too – but at the time of writing, it’s hard to recommend it due to the weird opening hours and not always having …

Mile Post Cafe in Kayabacho, Tokyo

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Mile Post Cafe The Bottom Line If it weren’t for the table charge and the lack of tax included in the prices, then Mile Post Cafe would be a 100% recommendation, though if you do factor those two issues into your session, then Mile Post Cafe is worth a visit. It has nigh-on everything I look for in a decent bar – …

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Tap x Tap in Kanda, Tokyo

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Tap x Tap The Bottom Line Tap x Tap is good little find in the back streets of Kanda, though with the recent opening of Craft Beer Market Kanda encroaching in on its area, it’s going to be tough to see how it succeeds as it is no longer the cheapest craft beer bar in the area. However, the atmosphere …