Nonsuch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Nonsuch The Bottom Line I liked the atmosphere of Nonsuch a lot – if someone were to ask me to point out a British pub (and there are lots of them in Japan, let alone Tokyo) then Nonsuch would be quite high up on the list. With lots of British rock and indie music playing, a friendly chatty atmosphere, and some decent beers …

Gold’n Bub in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

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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 Garage 87 in Irie, Yokohama

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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 …

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Draft Craft in Futakotamagawa, Tokyo

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Draft Craft The Bottom Line Draft Craft is one of the places where it’s hard to find the good in it – it’s expensive, tax is not included, has smoking throughout, has loud music – but at least there is no table charge and there is a semi-decent range of beer on tap. However, those last two points can’t save Draft Craft …

Rohan and Heaven’s Door in Benten, Niigata

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Rohan and Heaven’s Door The Bottom Line With Bar Olive and Olive Another Pint just across the road, I can’t recommend Rohan and Heaven’s Door to anyone, unless you’re trying to impress someone where the popular kids hang out. With tax not included in the prices, and a smoking policy both inside and outside, this place has got a lot of …

Smoke Cafe in Niigata, Niigata

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Smoke Cafe The Bottom Line While Smoke Cafe does offer some very nice food, the range of domestic craft beers and the prices pale in comparison to Craft Beer Kan, so it’s not really a place we’d recommend going to if you’re in the area for a short time. Moreover, the table charge of ¥500 is also pretty pricey, even though you …

Jingle Beer & Dining in Yokohama, Kanagawa

Jingle Beer & Dining Front

Jingle Beer & Dining The Bottom Line While I wanted to like Jingle Beer & Dining, the fact that it is fully smoking and a table charge of ¥432 per person means it’s an overall thumbs down for this place. While the beer list is to be commended as there were some different beers on there, what was supposed to be a …

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Two Dogs Taproom in Roppongi, Tokyo

Two Dogs Taproom Front

Two Dogs Taproom One Paragraph Review If it weren’t for the smoking, Two Dogs Taproom would come highly recommended but seeing as the whole bar is smoking it gets marked down to a recommended if you can handle the smoke or can go when no one is smoking. The range of beers is solid and the happy hour from 5pm to …

TT Brewery in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

TT Brewery Front

TT Brewery Bottom Line While TT Brewery is a welcome addition to the brewpub scene in Kanagawa, it suffers from pretty much the same things as the Bakushu Kobo range of brewpubs – beer that is unfinished and could do with a little longer in the tanks. While yeast is known to provide minerals and the ilk, it also imparts some …