Melobar in Takamatsu

Melobar

Melobar One Paragraph Review After a bit of a pub crawl I came back to Melobar at around midnight, and it was very different: the music was louder, there were a lot more people and more of a party feel. So if you’re after a quiet beer with your thoughts, earlier is probably better, but the music and atmosphere later …

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Apollo Company in Sakuragicho, Yokohama

Apollo Company Front

Apollo Company One Paragraph Review I wanted to like Apollo Company very much – it had a nice relaxed atmosphere and tasty food, but the beer sizes are too small for the price and there was way too much head on the beer too. The bar is also fully smoking so give up trying to enjoy the food and beers as well. …

Craft Beer Maltan in Kanda, Tokyo

Craft Beer Maltan

Craft Beer Maltan One Paragraph Review Craft Beer Maltan is a funny little bar; it’s a place where I could happily sit and drink for hours on end and chat with the interesting, and slightly eccentric owner, Nakamura-san. It’s quaint and interesting decor reminds me of pubs from the UK from the 70’s and 80’s but the place is incredibly …

Herringbone in Kumamoto, Kumamoto

Herringbone Logo

Herringbone One Paragraph Review Overall, Herringbone is another great place to drink, which I would often go to if I lived there, and will certainly visit when I’m back. The bar is smoking though. Herringbone Full Review I was told about Herringbone by the staff at Voyager, and, although it’s website suggested it was a wine bar, it proved to …

Cafe and Bar Synchronicity in Kannai, Yokohama

Cafe and Bar Synchronicity

Cafe and Bar Synchronicity One Paragraph Review Cafe and Bar Synchronicity doesn’t offer anything new in the craft beer front and as such, it’s hard to recommend this place; however, it does have a good range of different beers that will appeal to everyone. The prices are a tad on the expensive side, considering there are cheaper places in the area, but …

Closed: August Beer Club in Roppongi, Tokyo

August Beer Club Front

Editor’s note: August Beer Club in Roppongi, Tokyo closed at the end of July. This review is being kept up for posterity. It was a sad day for BeerTengoku when August Beer Club ‘B’ Hiroo closed down in 2015 – cheap ¥500 large glasses of beer and decent food taken away from us which left us with even less choice for happy hour …

Vector Beer Factory in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Vector Beer Factory Outside

Vector Beer Factory, the sister bar to Vector Beer reviewed here, is located less than minute up the road from Vector Beer though it specialises in IPAs and oven cooked food instead of cow’s tongue. Someone seems to have thought that catering for the IPA crowd is a great idea as all the beers on tap at Vector Beer Factory are IPAs only …

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Vector Beer in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Vector Beer

With typhoon #18 kicking in, and rain spreading across Tokyo, the sensible idea would be to go home and relax in front of Netflix and catch up on those TV shows from overseas. For some crazy reason though, I decided to trek up to Shinjuku to visit Vector Beer, and its sister bar Vector Beer Factory, in the search for some cheap …

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Closed: Craft Beer & Whisky Bar Transit in Hatanodai, Tokyo

Editor Note: Craft Beer & Whisky Bar Transit has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake Somehow, and I’m blaming my trip to the UK, Craft Beer & Whisky Bar Transit seems to have escaped my mighty review claws even though I have been there three or four times since my first visit there, thanks to Hiro, again a …

Cafe Bankan in Koenji, Tokyo

Cafe Bankan Outside

Cafe Bankan One Paragraph Review Cafe Bankan is a tad on the pricey side for beers but go for the tasting set and you’ll leave happy (inebriated). Cafe Bankan had free wi-fi (just ask them behind the bar for the password), and no table charge was included. The bad news is that it allows smoking both inside and outside. I didn’t …