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Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro in Nakameguro, Tokyo

Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro Front・サイドウォーク スタンド中目黒フロント

Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro The Bottom Line While Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro stretches the boundaries of what is classified as a craft beer bar, it is a cosy little place that should be on your list for a quick beer while you’re going to Deguchiya or perhaps for a nice respite from the crowds along the River Meguro. Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro ticks off …

Y Market Brewing Taproom in Nagoya, Aichi

Y Market Brewing Taproom ・ワイマーケットブルーイングタップルーム

Y Market Brewing Taproom The Bottom Line There’s no better place than a brewery to get the freshest beers going, and with Y Market Brewing Taproom, you have another choice after Y Market Brewing Kitchen to do that. However, Y Market Brewing Taproom is a trek out of the city to do it, so it’s probably only the die-hard Y …

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Hopbuds in Nagoya, Aichi

Hopbuds The Bottom Line Is Hopbuds a bottle shop turned bar, or a bar turned bottle shop? Doesn’t matter as it does both well enough that you should go there for a few beers while you’re in Nagoya. The multi-nationality makeup of Hopbuds means you’ll end up talking with people from different backgrounds, a welcome change in what seemed to …

Midtown BBQ Nagoya in Nagoya, Aichi

Midtown BBQ Nagoya Front・ミドタウンBBQ名古屋フロント

Midtown BBQ Nagoya The Bottom Line You might come to Midtown BBQ Nagoya for the BBQ – and let’s be honest it’s a damn good reason to come here – but like the Yokohama branch, they is also a decent selection of craft beer on tap too. While the prices are the norm it seems for Nagoya, there is also …

Barchie’s Kamakura in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Barchie's Front・バーチーズ カマクフロント

Barchie’s Kamakura The Bottom Line Barchie’s Kamakura was a great little find for us and we’re definitely going back down there – but for the food and not for the beer. Not to say that the beer is bad, but the narrow range of taps meant that it was pretty much limited to one or two types of beer. Make …

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer Front・トランクコーヒー&クラフトビアフロント

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer was a surprise for me as a random find and is a bit off the beaten track, but if you’re in the area then pop along to get a decent selection of craft beer from Japan, while your friends can drink some very nice coffee. The chilled …

Y Market Brewing Kitchen in Nagoya, Aichi

Y Market Brewing Kitchen Front・ワイマーケットブルーイングキッチンフロント

Y Market Brewing Kitchen The Bottom Line If you go to Nagoya, then you have to go to Y Market Brewing. Heck, if you live in Nagoya and haven’t been to Y Market Brewing Kitchen, then what are you doing?! Y Market Brewing Kitchen ticks all the right boxes that we love in a craft beer and we could have …

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Rudy Brew in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Rudy Brew Front ・ルーディーブリュー店前

Rudy Brew The Bottom Line If Rudy Brew can succeed where Xrosk failed, then they’re onto a winner – however, Kamakura is a fickle place it seems. There ska-punk-esque atmosphere in Rudy Brew is completely the opposite of what Xrosk was – and I liked it. The staff are friendly, there is a variety of beer on the menu, and …

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara in Akihabara, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara Front・クラフトビアバル IBREW 秋葉原フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara The Bottom Line If you have a winning formula, why change it? Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara does exactly the same thing as the other bars, but to a larger scale and brings some much needed cheaper craft beer to an area in danger of becoming gentrified. If you’ve been to any other branch of …

Gather @ Eating House in Bashamichi, Yokohama

Gather @ Eating House Front・ギャザー イーティングハウスフロント

Gather @ Eating House The Bottom Line Gather @ Eating House offers up a solid, if uninspiring, lineup of craft beer throughout the year that supports some local breweries. Moreover, if you’ve got a pet, i.e. a dog, and want to drink outside with them in Yokohama, then Gather @ Eating House is also a good choice. However, for the …