Craft Beer House Devinchi in Sonezaki, Osaka

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Craft Beer House Devinchi The Bottom Line Perhaps because it was the end of a long day of travelling and drinking but Craft Beer House Devinchi really didn’t hit the spot for me. While it had a good atmosphere, the smoking across the bar wasn’t welcome and I could have sworn that one of the beers I had was off but …

Ale House Kamiya in Dōyamachō, Osaka

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Ale House Kamiya The Bottom Line Ale House Kamiya is Osaka’s version of Bay Brewing Yokohama – full on wrestling pub that has a good atmosphere but thanks to the beer choices, doesn’t really offer anything that can’t be found elsewhere for cheaper. The beer prices though are some of the cheapest in Osaka and all prices include tax plus …

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka

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Umbrella Rib The Bottom Line Umbrella Rib is a small little place that involves a bit of a walk but it’s well worth going down there for some decent beers and food. While there is no table charge, prices don’t include the mandatory 8% tax. The menus had the essential information in English, that is, the names of the beers …

Tsujido Beer Hall in Tsujido, Kanagawa

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Tsujido Beer Hall One-Line Mini Pros and Cons Pros Close to the station No cover charge No smoking, no food cooked in the bar so your clothes don’t smell Beers change regularly English-speaking, friendly staff Cons Slightly dodgy building Only half pints Bloody TV Naff music Tsujido Beer Hall Full Review Remember a couple of years back, when I got …

Gotsubo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

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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

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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 …

Cube Bar in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

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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

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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

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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 …

CLOSED: Kojimachi Bar in Kojimachi, Tokyo

Kojimachi Bar

Editor’s note: Kojimachi Bar in Kojimachi, Tokyo is closed but this review remains for posterity. 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 …