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 …

Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern in Akasaka, Tokyo

Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern Front

Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern The Bottom Line If you’re in the area from 5pm to 7pm and looking for a quick beer and Yona Yona Beer Kitchen is closed, then you could do a lot worse than Craft Beer & Grill 135 Tavern. The happy hour prices are ok for the size of beer you get, but outside of those times, …

Kojimachi Bar in Kojimachi, Tokyo

Kojimachi Bar

Kojimachi Bar The Bottom Line Kojimachi Bar is a nice little place with a good lively atmosphere, though it’s let down by the simple range of craft beer on tap and the prices for it, so unless you’re in the area, don’t worry about it. It’s a shame as the area is in need of a decent craft beer bar. …

Vabene Shimokitazawa in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Vabene Shimokitazawa

Vabene Shimokitazawa The Bottom Line Vabene pretty much has everything we look for in a craft beer bar: inside and outside seating both without table charge, a decent selection of reasonably priced beers though they don’t include tax, along with bilingual menus and some decent looking food as well. The atmosphere is nice and chilled, with the well-known sport of people …

iBeer Le Sun Palm Futakotamagawa in Futakotamagawa, Tokyo

iBeer Le Sun Palm Futakotamagawa Front

iBeer Le Sun Palm Futakotamagawa The Bottom Line If you’ve been to the Shibuya branch then don’t expect anything different from the Futakotamagawa branch of iBeer Le Sun Palm. It offers some cheap beera, especially when compared to Draft Craft, with prices that don’t include tax though. The atmosphere is a little busy with the footfall from the shopping malls …

Hitsuji in Noge, Yokohama

Hitsuji Front

Hitsuji The Bottom Line Hitsuji had so much going for it – nice setting and a great atmosphere but with the table charge and the additional tax that are added on at the end left a bitter taste in my mouth. From having a reasonable price for a beer to then ¥1,326 just to have a single beer means I won’t …

Rohan and Heaven’s Door in Benten, Niigata

Rohan and Heaven's Door Front

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 …

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata in Bancho, Niigata

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata Bar

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata The Bottom Line I have mixed feelings about Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata – great views across the Japan Sea and a cheap place to try some of the Swan Lake beers on tap – if you go at the right time. The atmosphere is more upmarket than the usual chain of Swan …

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 …

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Craft And Romance in Kichijoji

Craft And Romance

Craft And Romance One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for somewhere with a decent view over Kichijoji, then you’re in luck with Craft And Romance. If you’ve been to Craftsman in Gotanda or Craftsman in Yokohama, then you know what you are getting. The outside (non-smoking) area is conducive to some early drinking when the weather permits. The prices are reasonable enough …