Editor Note:Beer Republic has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake
Opened in April 2011, Beer Republic is situated in a nondescript area about 5 minutes north of Yokohama station. The bar serves only Japanese craft beers from their 14-tap system, which also includes two hand pumps. The beers are strictly curated by the owner, who constantly tinkers with the carbonation levels during pouring to ensure the drinks are always perfectly served. The bar is draught only – there are no bottled beers available. There’s no happy hour or special deals either; it’s strictly business here.
The location is quite small, with room at the counter for just 10 people and a small seating area for 8 people. There is also a tatami room at the back that fits 4 people, and is charged at ¥750 per person. The bar is open from 4pm on weekdays, and from midday at the weekends. There wasn’t any need to book around opening time but I’d recommend phoning ahead if you’re planning on going from 8pm onwards. The bar is also non-smoking so you have to go downstairs to escape for a quick smoke.