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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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 …

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 …

Jibiru Bar Marumugi in Yotsuya, Tokyo

Jibiru Bar Marumugi Front

Jibiru Bar Marumugi The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Jibiru Bar Marumugi is a decent choice compared to what else there is in the area – nothing. However, unless you are in the area, then Jibiru Bar Marumugi isn’t worth trekking into Tokyo for. It had a nice quaint atmosphere, but the owner just decided to watch TV and …

Bamboo Beer Pub in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Bamboo Beer Pub Front

Bamboo Beer Pub The Bottom Line Bamboo Beer Pub is not the easiest place to find though it is a nice cosy little place located off the beaten track for some, which is worth a visit if you’re in the general vicinity. While the beer list is not extensive, with only four beers on tap, the chilled atmosphere and reasonable …

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. …

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Century Break in Fujisawa, Kanagawa

Century Break Outside 1

Century Break The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Century Break is definitely worth popping into for a couple of quiet beers. It’s got a decent range of beers on at reasonable prices which all include tax. Moreover, there is no table charge and the whole bar is non-smoking as well. The food menu is also quite varied …

McGuffin in Bashamichi, Yokohama

McGuffin Front

McGuffin The Bottom Line We’re never negative at BeerTengoku without a reason but with McGuffin it’s impossible to be anything but negative about the place. Three times I’ve tried to get in: 1) The bar was closed even though people were drinking insider; 2) the bar had run out of draft beer; and 3) I finally realised that it was a …

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 …

Jingle Beer & Dining in Yokohama, Kanagawa

Jingle Beer & Dining Front

Jingle Beer & Dining The Bottom Line While I wanted to like Jingle Beer & Dining, the fact that it is fully smoking and a table charge of ¥432 per person means it’s an overall thumbs down for this place. While the beer list is to be commended as there were some different beers on there, what was supposed to be a …