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Devilcraft Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

by Rob

This review of Devilcraft Kanda has been a long time coming – not because I’m lazy or anything like that but that’s it always booked out whenever I want to go. I guess if I went by myself, then I could get a seat at the counter on the first floor, but Devilcraft Kanda feels like it should be a group experience. Pizza and craft beer seems to be a big hit in Japan now, with plenty of joints like this opening up, but there is only one place that keeps us coming back for the pizza. Well, Devilcraft Hamamatsucho also keeps us coming back too.

Devilcraft Kanda

The place where the magic happens. The beer that is.

If you haven’t been to either branch then what has stopped you, besides the aforementioned fully booked out nature of the place? Without wanting to rehash the Devilcraft Hamamatsucho review too much, Devilcraft Kanda is the original place where it all got started, back in 2011. Chicago style pizzas were pretty much unheard of and a new place was born.

Devilcraft Kanda is located about two minutes from JR Kanda station if you know where you are going. I keep getting lost, no matter how many times I go there and always end up having to ask for directions, mainly because JR Kanda station confuses me. It’s a narrow building but if you see a crowd hanging around outside a building, then you’ve found it. There are three floors to the building, with each floor being able to accommodate about 15 people at a squeeze. There were five of us when we went, four big people and one tiny person. It wasn’t as tight as we had thought but it was still pretty close.

Devilcraft Kanda Beer 1
Ushitora Nishikaigan no Omoi by Ushitora Brewery. A 7% Belgian IPA. Wheaty and hoppy.
Devilcraft Kanda Beer 2
Swan Lake Swan White Weizen. Wheaty. Excuse the V in the background.
Devilcraft Kanda Beer 3
I forgot. I was a bit drunk by this point.

The beers at Devilcraft Kanda are priced either by half-size or per pint. We were paying between ¥1000-¥1200 for the large, about 450ml size, and ¥600-¥800 for the small, about 250ml size. We just missed out on the happy hour, but on weekdays from 17.00-18.00 and at weekends and holidays from 15.00-17.00, all drinks ¥100 off. Japanese domestic beers tended to be on the cheaper end of the scale for both large and small sizes.

Devilcraft Kanda Food 1
The Abe Froman - sausage! We went small so our stomachs could handle it.
Devilcraft Kanda Food 2
The Meatzza. If you like meat, then you order this.
Devilcraft Kanda Food 3
Extreme closeup of the Abe Froman.

The food is the same as the Devilcraft Hamamatsucho branch so we won’t go into that in too much detail but there are some seasonal specials that differ in terms of pizzas. Likewise, all prices include tax and it’s all non-smoking.

Devilcraft Kanda One Paragraph Review

DevilCraft Kanda is well-worth a visit for some Japanese craft beer and pizza. It’s a cosy, intimate place that offers great food but make sure you check out the beer list on their homepage as both branches differ on a daily basis.

DevilCraft Kanda Details

Open: Mon-Fri 17:00 ~ 23:30 (Pizza L.O 22:00 Drinks 23:00), Sat 15:00 ~ 23:30 (Pizza L.O 22:00 Drinks 23:00), Sun / National holidays 15:00~  22:00 (Pizza L.O 21:00 Drinks 21:30)

Address: Ishikawa Bldg 4-2-3 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

Phone: 03-6265-1779

Website: DevilCraft Kanda homepage

How to Get to DevilCraft Kanda

The closest station is JR Kanda on the Yamanote line. Take the south exit and walk. It’s about a two-minute walk, if you don’t get lost.

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pudgym29 September 28, 2015 - 11:26 am

If you arrive soon after it opens, you can get a seat on the 1st floor without a reservation. But, as this foursquare tip illustrates, if you merely appear later in the evening, you may be stuck in the stairwell. X=} This is a venue which is frequently the site for ‘tap takeovers’, and U.S. craftbeers’ brand launches in Tokyo.

Rob September 28, 2015 - 12:19 pm

That sucks that happened. Whenever I’ve gone, I’ve always booked a table for at least the amount of people coming plus one to ensure that we get somewhere decent. I guess if it’s just one person, then they would do that.

pudgym29 December 21, 2015 - 8:38 am

The night that photograph was taken was the occasion when I bailed out of a bar in Ikebukuro because it was failing badly {to which I allude in another reply}. I walked over to the JR station [I usually avoid riding JR] and rode the Yamanote line clockwise to Kanda. So I understood why.

Darren February 27, 2017 - 3:05 pm

The first deep dish pizza I ever had was in this bar. It’s not really a thing in Canada. We arrived a little before opening, waited out front and got a table no problem.


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