Hanasaki Butcher’s Store in Sakuragicho, Yokohama

Hanasaki Butcher's Store Front・ハナサキ ブッチャーズ ストアフロント

Hanasaki Butcher’s Store The Bottom Line Calling Hanasaki Butcher’s Store a craft beer bar is a stretch by any imagination, but it’s still worth coming here for some cracking food and beers – as long as you eat meat. While there are some vegetarian options on the menu, there’s not going to be enough to really satisfy you. The whole …

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Hitsuji Miyagawacho in Noge, Yokohama

Hitsuji Miyakawacho Front・ひつじ宮川町店フロント

Hitsuji Miyagawacho The Bottom Line Like it’s forebearer, Hitsuji Miyagawacho has so much going for it – a nice setting, relaxed atmosphere, with some good food on the menu, but then falls to the same problems as the first branch in that the dread table charge and prices not including tax rear their ugly heads. If you don’t mind that, …

Quays Pacific Bar & Grill in Minatomirai, Yokohama

Quays Pacific Bar and Grill Front・キーズ パシフィック グリル フロント

Quays Pacific Bar & Grill The Bottom Line Quays Pacific Bar & Grill is pricey – no two ways about it. If you’ve got the cash to splash, and the legs to walk, then make a move over to Quays Pacific Bar & Grill. While the beers are well-made, (almost) nothing is really worth almost ¥1,500 for a US pint. …

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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 …

Craft Beer & BBQ in Kanto

Craft Beer and BBQ in Japan

Japan loves its meat – yakiniku, yakitori, yaki—- everything if you can grill it, then you can probably find a place that sells it. All of these places have beer and meat in coming; however, it’s only in the last decade or so, that American-style BBQ has become popular. It’s messy, smokey, and time-consuming; however, the flavours and cuts of …

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 …

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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 …

Magnetico in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Magnetico Front・マグネチコフロント

Magnetico The Bottom Line Magnetico was never going to live up to the expectation that I had for it – but I did really like this place and its break from the bustling tourist areas in Kamakura. Its chilled out atmosphere was a perfect relaxant after a busy day of walking and if I am in the area again, I …

Kanei Shoten in Noge, Yokohama

Kanei Shoten Front・金井商店フロント

Kanei Shoten The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something upmarket in Yokohama to have your craft beer and food, then get to Kanei Shoten, else give it a miss if you’re worried about the price. It’s far more upmarket than other places in the area and you’ll pay for it, but the fun, lively atmosphere, paired up with some …

Uchida Biyori in Hinodecho, Yokohama

Uchida Biyori Front・内田日和フロント

Uchida Biyori The Bottom Line I liked the atmosphere at Uchida Biyori – it’s relaxed and fun – but it’s also on the pricy side. If you can handle that, and like craft beer, sake, locally grown food, or all three of those, then Uchida Biwa is worth a visit. The tap-list isn’t that extensive compared to other bars in …