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 …

Beer& 246 Aoyama Brewery in Aoyama, Tokyo

Beer& 246 Aoyama Brewery Front・ビアランド ニーヨンロク アオヤマ ブリュワリフロント

Beer& 246 Aoyama Brewery The Bottom Line Perhaps I was cat-fished with Beer& 246 Aoyama Brewery, but I was disappointed with the setup to be honest – I was expecting lots of in-house beers, but ended up with beers from August Beer instead. Once I had gotten past that disappointment, by drinking beer, Beer& 246 Aoyama Brewery is a cosy …

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Goto Jozo in Kyodo, Tokyo

Goto Jozo Front

Goto Jozo The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then it’s worth popping into Goto Jozo for a couple of standing beers. But there in lies the problems with Goto Jozo – it’s a nice little place but the atmosphere is more conducive for a quick beer or two then leave. If there was seating then I would recommend Goto …

Gora Brewery & Grill in Hakone, Kanagawa

Goya Brewery & Grill Front

Gora Brewery & Grill The Bottom Line Perhaps Gora Brewery & Grill should be renamed Gora Grill & Brewery because I’m sure the grilled food is miles better than the beer produced. The setting for Gora Brewery & Grill is second to none – beautiful views over the valley, Japanese zen garden, a foot bath for you to rest your weary feet. But …

Beer Pub Ichi-ya in Kawaramachi, Kyoto

Beer Pub Ichi-ya Front

Beer Pub Ichi-ya The Bottom Line With brewpubs galore in Osaka, it’s a surprise that Beer Pub Ichi-ya is one of very few in Kyoto. It offers up some cheap, and drinkable, craft beer just off the beaten track in Kyoto’s busy Kawamachi area. The food may not be up to everyone’s standards; however, it was pretty spectacular to see Beer Pub …

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The Red Dragon in Nagano, Nagano

Guest Review by Sam Dwyer- Check out his blog here! The Red Dragon: The Bottom Line The Red Dragon Pub is a British Style Pub here in Nagano city that features an ever changing menu of Japanese craft beers. Most of these beers are local, some are from further prefectures. Aside from beers there is some unreal pub style food …

Alpha Beta Coffee Club in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

Alpha Beta Coffee Club Logo

Alpha Beta Coffee Club The Bottom Line “Come for the beer, stay for the coffee” seems apt Alpha Beta Coffee Club. The whole atmosphere left me feeling cold – the bright white walls and the loud music left me with the feeling that I was either out of place for trying to have a conversation or that I didn’t belong there. …

The Lower Right Ebina in Ebina, Kanagawa

The Lower Right Ebina Front

The Lower Right Ebina The Bottom Line If you’re in the Ebina area for some shopping, or happen to want some cheap craft beer, then it’s hard to beat The Lower Right Ebina on price, just like the Daimon location. The staff might not want to appear helpful or knowledgeable about what is on tap or what the beers taste like, …

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Craft Beer Base Bud in Umeda, Osaka

Craft Beer Base Bud Front

Craft Beer Base Bud The Bottom Line Craft Beer Base Bud should be on your list of places to drink in when you’re in Osaka – as long as you can navigate going underground among Osaka’s labyrinthine passages that seem to go everywhere in a loop. The friendly and chilled atmosphere helps out and the bar staff really know their beers. …

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka

Umbrella Rib in Higashi Umeda, Osaka Front

Umbrella Rib The Bottom Line Umbrella Rib is a small little place that involves a bit of a walk but it’s well worth going down there for some decent beers and food. While there is no table charge, prices don’t include the mandatory 8% tax. The menus had the essential information in English, that is, the names of the beers …