Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Craft Stand Front

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 …

Kyoto Beer Lab in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Beer Lab Front

Kyoto Beer Lab The Bottom Line It may be off the beaten (tourist) track in Kyoto, but put Kyoto Beer Lab on your list if you’re looking for some reasonably priced craft beer in a great location. The whole place is non-smoking and mostly standing but the chilled out atmosphere, with the babbling brook-like river just outside bringing some cracking views …

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi in Kawaramachi Kyoto

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi Front

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 …

Beer Pub Ichi-ya in Kawaramachi, Kyoto

Beer Pub Ichi-ya Front

Beer Pub Ichi-ya The Bottom Line With brewpubs galore in Osaka, it’s a surprise that Beer Pub Ichi-ya is one of very few in Kyoto. It offers up some cheap, and drinkable, craft beer just off the beaten track in Kyoto’s busy Kawamachi area. The food may not be up to everyone’s standards; however, it was pretty spectacular to see Beer Pub …

Platinum Fish Beer Marche in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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Platinum Fish Beer Marche The Bottom Line Platinum Fish Beer Marche puts me in a dilemma – if you live, or are shopping, in the area then Platinum Fish Beer Marche is well worth a visit for a couple of relaxing beers. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is more of a bar for that – a quick beer …

iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki Front

iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki The Bottom Line iBeer Le Sun Palm Kawasaki suffers from the same problems the branches in Shibuya and Futakotamagawa do – the beer menu is pretty run of the mill and can be had for cheaper in other places. If you’re in the area for some shopping then it isn’t a bad place to be, …

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Minami Yokohama Beer Labo in Kanazawa Bunko, Kanagawa

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo Front

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo The Bottom Line While the beers at Minami Yokohama Beer Labo were drinkable (more on that later), it’s the cosy atmosphere that I liked more than anything else. It felt like I was sitting in someone’s living room drinking their beer. There was a real mix of clientele – families with young kids, families with teenagers, your …

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Brasserie Beer Boulevard in Shimbashi, Tokyo

Brasserie Beer Blvd. Front

Brasserie Beer Boulevard The Bottom Line BBB was alright, they had a good selection and weren’t terribly expensive but it felt more like a date spot than an actual craft beer bar. The seats for lonely loners are all directly in front of the door which really made me feel like they just wanted us out of there as quickly …

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Craft Beer Gau’s in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Craft Beer Gau’s The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something of the beaten track in Shibuya, then Craft Beer Gau’s is right up your street. However, the beer list will neither excite you nor will it entice you away from other well established places in the area. All the prices include tax as well as having some English on the …

TK Brewing in Kawasaki, Kanagawa 

TK Brewing The Bottom Line TK Brewing is definitely the better of the two brewpubs in Kawasaki and offers up some excellent beers at reasonable prices. It might be an unusual location – well it did appear to be in a food court in a residential area of Kawasaki – but don’t let that hold you back. If you’re in …