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 …

Beer Bar Lupulin in Ginza, Tokyo

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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 …

Beer Cafe Hopman in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Beer Cafe Hopman Front

Beer Cafe Hopman: The Bottom Line I wasn’t made to feel particularly welcome at Beer Cafe Hopman, and the decor design was dull as dirty dishwater, so it’s a good job there’s a huge menu to bury your head in. If you’re expecting friendly chat with the locals or staff, though, or an atmosphere more habitable than Venus, or, y’know, …

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Bakushu Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo

Bakushu Club Popeye Front

Bakushu Club Popeye The Bottom Line If you’re looking for the most variety of beer in a bar then with Bakushu Club Popeye it’s the one and only place that you should look at, with its 70+ taps of craft beer. It’s a must go place at least once; however, with the years gone by, Bakushu Club Popeye is no longer the …

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 …

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho in Jimbocho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Front

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho The Bottom Line Craft Beer Market Jimbocho is a marmite bar – sometimes the beers you get are well-served and in good condition, and at ¥780 a pint (includes tax!) then there are few better places in Japan, let alone Tokyo, that can beat the price. However, at other times, the beer comes up with a massive …

DevilCraft Gotanda in Gotanda, Tokyo

DevilCraft Gotanda

DevilCraft Gotanda The Bottom Line If you’ve been to either the Kanda branch or Hamamatsucho branch of DevilCraft, then you know what you’re getting – a great selection of craft beer with very tasty food at usual Tokyo prices. The interior of this branch follows the others and with anywhere between ten to twenty taps of craft beer, there is …

Beer Trip Olive & Olive Another Pint in Benten, Niigata

Beer Trip Olive & Olive Another Pint The Bottom Line Beer Trip Olive & Olive Another Pint both come recommended though while the selection of Hitachino Nest beers is safe, the house specials are worth the extra price. The cosy atmosphere and friendly staff also contributed to a fun few hours there though don’t get confused with which one you’re drinking …

Melobar in Takamatsu

Melobar

Melobar One Paragraph Review After a bit of a pub crawl I came back to Melobar at around midnight, and it was very different: the music was louder, there were a lot more people and more of a party feel. So if you’re after a quiet beer with your thoughts, earlier is probably better, but the music and atmosphere later …

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Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar in Kamakura, Kanagawa.

Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar Front

Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar One Paragraph Review If you’re in the area and looking for some craft beer and a chilled out atmosphere, then Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar is worth a visit but the lack of tax in the prices means you may get a surprise at the end of the drinking and eating. However, there isn’t any surprise table …