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, …

Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer in Yotsuya, Tokyo

Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer Front・クルズバーガーズ アンド クラフトビアフロント

Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Calling Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer a bar may be a slight stretch but they do offer up some good craft beer as well as very good selection of freshly made burgers that means I will definitely be going back there if I am in the area. And that’s the catch – …

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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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 …

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 …

Craft Beer Ghent in Nagoya, Aichi

Craft Beer Ghent Front・クラフト酒場 ゲント店前

Craft Beer Ghent The Bottom Line If you’re desperate for craft beer and there’s nowhere else in the area, then I guess Craft Beer Ghent is worthy of a visit, but there’s so much that it does wrong that personally I would give it a wide miss unless you’re really wanting some craft beer. When we went, Craft Beer Ghent was …

Beer Pub Brick Lane in Nagoya, Aichi

Beer Pub Brick Lane Front・ビアパブ ブリックレーンフロント

Beer Pub Brick Lane The Bottom Line Beer Pub Brick Lane was an off-the-cuff visit in search of some food, but turned out to be a lot better than expected and I’d happily go again – if someone else is paying for me. While the prices are on the more expensive side for Nagoya i.e. there were very expensive, at …