Craft Beer Base Bud in Umeda, Osaka

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Craft Beer Base Bud The Bottom Line Craft Beer Base Bud should be on your list of places to drink in when you’re in Osaka – as long as you can navigate going underground among Osaka’s labyrinthine passages that seem to go everywhere in a loop. The friendly and chilled atmosphere helps out and the bar staff really know their beers. …

Mile Post Cafe in Kayabacho, Tokyo

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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 – …

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Darcy’s Beer & Burger in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

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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 Meat in Shibaura, Tokyo

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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 …

Mokichi Foods Garden in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

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Mokichi Foods Garden The Bottom Line Mokichi Foods Garden is a great, noisy, family-friendly (and smoke-free) place to go and have a load of lovely Shonan beer and pizzas. It’s not for the softly-spoken or people who want to be able to hear the yeast farting in the back room, but it is a fun dining and boozing experience in …

On The Marks in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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On The Marks The Bottom Line On The Marks isn’t your usual place to drink beers but it’s the best choice in Kawasaki for some decent craft beer at the time of writing. The prices are towards the upper end of reasonable, but with tax included and no table charge, they’re bearable – just. The atmosphere at On The Marks is …

Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae in Chuo-ku, Tokyo

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Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae The Bottom Line Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae is a nice little diversion in the hustle and bustle of the area though it’s not really worth trekking out for. As always, Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae doesn’t differ from the tried-and-tested formula of the chain – cheap craft beer, plenty of choices, tax included, and no smoking. There is …

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Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

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Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda doesn’t differ at all from the rest of the Yona Yona range of bars, so you know what you are expecting if you’ve been to any one of them. All prices include tax and there isn’t a table charge. The only gripe I have about the places …

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 …

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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 …