Beer Belly Tosabori The Bottom Line
Despite Beer Belly being all smoking, it’s hard not to recommend it due to the sheer variety of beers on tap and the great atmosphere inside – especially late in the evening in a wet and soggy Osaka.. There is no table charge and all prices include tax as well; however, there is no wifi. Some of the staff do speak English as well – helpful for when the eyes make everything seem blurry, but that’s nothing to do with the beer, is it?
Beer Belly Tosabori The Full Review
When it rains in Japan, it really rains and no matter how much of Osaka can be reached from its underground passageways, sometimes you have to go outside and get soaking wet. And on the last night in Osaka, that’s what happened as I tried to get to Beer Belly in Tosabori – less than five minutes from the closest underground exit and drenched at 10pm at night. Not the way I intended to spend the last night in Osaka.
Beer Belly is a small chain of bars across Osaka, with another branch in the Tenma district of Osaka, both owned by Minoh Beer, so really some taprooms for you if you can’t get to the Minoh Beer Warehouse. Beer Belly Tosabori also doubles up as a brewpub since they have now got their own brewhouse in store, with their beers coming under the name Beer Belly Brewing – an ironic name or perhaps a mistranslation? The bar is unfortunately smoking, with no outside area for those trying to escape, and our clothes ended up soaking wet as well as smoky too. There is no table charge nor is there any WiFi either so make sure you add your images to your beers on untappd later.
As mentioned, the beers at Beer Belly Tosabori are split between Minoh Beers as well as the in-house Beer Belly Brewing, with the beers coming in three sizes: half pints (283ml) at ¥520 to ¥620, US pints (470ml) at ¥830 to ¥930 and UK pints (568ml) at ¥930 to ¥1030, with all prices inclusive of tax as well. The Minoh beers were the cheapest of the bunch, so if you’re looking to save money while drinking, then go for those. Beer Belly Tosabori is also perhaps the cheapest place I drank in during my time in Osaka, but then it is technically a Minoh Beer taproom, so no surprise there. I didn’t notice any beer flights or happy hour during my time there, but to be honest, I wasn’t looking over the menu too hard as I was cold and wet.
The food at Beer Belly Tosabori is based around fried grub – so expect the usual chips, sausages, and chicken, along with hamburgers as well. Oh, and the occasional salad as well for some vegetarians but there wasn’t much on the menu that excited nor stood out.
Beer Belly Tosabori Details
Open: Weekdays 17:00 to 02:00 (L.O Food 01:00 Drink 01:30) Saturday 17:00 to 23:00 (L.O Food 22:00 Drink 22:30) Sunday 15:00 to 21:00 (L.O Food 20:00 Drink 20:30)
Happy Hour: None
Homepage (in Japanese): http://www.beerbelly.jp/tosabori/
How to Get to Beer Belly Tosabori
The closest station to Beer Belly Tosabori is Higobashi station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Yotsubashi Line. The closest exit is number 9 and it’s about a 5 minute walk.