Pitman’s in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

Pitman's Front

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

Mile Post Cafe Front

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 – …

Tap x Tap in Kanda, Tokyo

Tap x Tap Front

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 …

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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 …

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 …