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 …

Vivo! in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Vivo! Front

Vivo! The Bottom Line As much as I wanted to like Vivo! there was something about the bar being downstairs, windowless and in turn stuffy, and with smoke floating around that put me off it – though if you can get over those points, then Vivo! would be a good place to pick up some beers, if you don’t mind the prices …

Gotsubo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Gotsubo Front

Gotsubo The Bottom Line What Gotsubo lacks in space and extensive tap list, it makes up in atmosphere and is perhaps one of the most charismatic little bars in Japan I’ve come across. The tap list is solid, with Shiga Kogen beers on tap, and the whole place is non-smoking and standing. If you’re in the area and want a well-poured …

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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 …

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Craft Beer Market Awajicho in Awajicho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Awajicho

Craft Beer Market Awajicho The Bottom Line If you’re in the area looking for a lunch time beer, then Craft Beer Market Awajicho is a decent choice but it’s closed at the weekends due to lack of business in the area, so remember that next time you think it’s open for a beer. If you’ve been to one Craft Beer Market bar, …

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Craft Meat in Shibaura, Tokyo

Craft Meat Front

Craft Meat The Bottom Line If you don’t mind a bit of a walk, then Craft Meat is a cracking little place to try some cheap craft beer – though be warned, the food is pretty pricey for the portion sizes you get. While during the week it’s strongly recommended you book a table ahead of time, what with all the …

Swan Lake Tamachi in Tamachi, Tokyo 

Swan Lake Tamachi Front

Swan Lake Tamachi The Bottom Line Tamachi is in unluckily slap bang between craft beer locations but with Swan Lake Tamachi, at least there is something decent in the area – if you go during happy hour times. Swan Lake Tamachi doesn’t differ much from the Swan Lake Pub Edo in Kyobashi branch in terms of beers, atmosphere, or food so if you’ve been …

Beer Bar Lupulin in Ginza, Tokyo

Beer Bar Lupulin Front 1

Beer Bar Lupulin The Bottom Line If you’re with a rich benefactor, or are too lazy to walk to either of the Craft Beer iBrews, then Beer Bar Lupulin is right up your street. It’s expensive – with some of the most priciest beers I’ve seen in Tokyo – but then it is in the smack-bang-middle of Ginza. Beer Bar Lupulin does …

Closed: Towers Beer Bar in Kyobashi, Tokyo

Towers Beer Bar Front

Editor’s Note: Towers Beer Bar closed in January 2018. This review has been left up for archive purposes. Towers Beer Bar The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something small and cosy, with a friendly atmosphere, then Towers Beer Bar is right up your street. It’s not going to set the world alight in terms of beer lists nor in gourmet food; …

Craft Beer iBrew Wired in Ginza, Tokyo

Craft Beer iBrew Wired Front

Craft Beer iBrew Wired The Bottom Line If Craft Beer iBrew Wired is full up, then Craft Beer iBrew Wired is your next best bet in the area. With ten taps of craft beer on – though they are split between domestic and imported – the prices can’t be beaten in the area. Craft Beer iBrew Wired isn’t a change from what has …