Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku Front・スワンレイクパブエド修蔵 新宿店フロント

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku The Bottom Line Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku is nothing like the other two branches in Kyobashi or Tamachi – it’s far more upmarket and not really aimed at craft beer drinkers. Instead, it’s aimed at the local office workers – as I found out on the day. While it follows a similar vein to …

Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku Front・ブラッセルズビアプロジェクト新宿フロント

Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku The Bottom Line If you come to Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku to find some cheap domestic beer, then you’re going to be severely let down. If you like Brussels Beer Project beers then Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku will be right up your street – if you can afford it. At least those yen coins won’t be …

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Draft Pub Bevvy in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Draft Pub Bevvy The Bottom Line Sometimes a place is good because of the sum of its individual parts – and that applies to Draft Pub Bevvy. As a standalone place, it’s expensive, cramped, and has really slow service. However, take it as part of the Food Blast complex, then the place is a good little place to get some food, and …

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Ottotto Brewery Shibuya in Shibuya, Tokyo

Ottotto Brewery Shibuya Front・オットットブルワリー渋谷道玄坂店店前

Ottotto Brewery Shibuya The Bottom Line Ottotto Brewery Shibuya is a weird one – it’s hard to say whether I really liked it or not, because the previous place disappointed me so much that anything that came after it would probably have been a better choice. The main disappointment to Ottotto Brewery Shibuya is that unlike the other location at Ottotto …

Devilcraft Jiyugaoka in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

Devilcraft Jiyugaoka Front・デビルクラフト自由が丘フロント

Devilcraft Jiyugaoka The Bottom Line Devilcraft Jiyugaoka doesn’t veer too far off the road for what has made the Devilcraft chain so successful – a great list of beers paired up with some great pizzas. If you’re in the area, then Devilcraft Jiyugaoka is one of the best choices in the area to sit and relax with a couple of …

The Silver Lining in Umeda, Osaka

The Silver Lining Bottom Line The Silver Lining is a great bar to go to for friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere. It’s a little off the beaten path in Umeda, but well worth the walk, especially if you’re hungry. While the bar doesn’t have a huge beer selection, what they do have is always good quality. Their food is some …

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu in Ebisu, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu Front・クラフトビアバルiBrew恵比寿フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu The Bottom Line It’s great to have some cheap craft beer in what seems to be Tokyo’s newest area for craft beer bars. Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu doesn’t stray from the tried-and-tested formula of cheap craft beer with slightly expensive food, but then that’s what works for people. While some branches of the chain …

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Brunton’s in Ishikawacho, Kanagawa

Brunton's Front ・ブラントンズフロント

Brunton’s The Bottom Line It’s great to see a place styled like Brunton’s, more in tune with its surroundings and with some character, and I wanted to like Brunton’s – but the prices for the beer and food left me feeling a bit like I was paying for the style of the bar, rather than actually for the beers. The …

Kokopelli in Ishikawacho, Kanagawa

Kokopelli Front・ココペリフロント

Kokopelli The Bottom Line Kokopelli is definitely one of the nicest little bars I’ve been to and I will be going back again – both for the beers and for the great food served there. That’s not to sound dismissive about the beers – the three taps they had did have some variety on there and was good value for …

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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 …