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 …

Japan Craft Beer and Wine Grillman in Nishiki, Nagoya

Grillman Front・グリルマンフロント

Grillman The Bottom Line I would have liked to have stayed at Grillman for longer, alas, the dinner was waiting for me. However, the chilled cozy atmosphere here stuck with me – the friendliness of the staff, the cool breeze coming in, the quirky beer glasses used, and a decent selection of beer on tap too. The main downside to …

TDM 1874 Aoyama in Aoyama, Tokyo

TDM 1874 Aoyama Front・TDM 1874青山フロント

TDM 1874 Aoyama The Bottom Line If you’re in the Aoyama area, and are looking for somewhere to drink, then TDM 1874 Aoyama should be on your list – either for a quick couple of beers, or for a more substantial sessions upstairs. While we didn’t get to sample the food we’ll definitely be popping along another time soon when …

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 …

Two Fingers Craft Beer in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Two Fingers Craft Beer Front ・トゥー・フィンガーズ・クラフトビア店前

Two Fingers Craft Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Two Fingers Craft Beer is one of our picks in the Ikebukuro area to try some new craft beer in a warm, inviting atmosphere. While the prices do gravitate towards the higher end of Tokyo prices, the pours are spot on – no two fingers of head here. …

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa Front・エンブレム ソーシャルバー金沢前

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa The Bottom Line Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa isn’t a place you’re going to search out for beer – but come for one and the chicken will keep you seated, along with a warm and friendly atmosphere (c’mon – which place in Kanazawa isn’t friendly.) They are so friendly that they even started cooking again at 9:30pm when …

Tri Star Beer Restaurant in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Tri Star Beer Restaurant Front・トライスタービアレストラン前

Tri Star Beer Restaurant The Bottom Line With Kanazawa’s highest number of taps, there is bound to be something on tap that you want to drink, despite the lineup being narrow on the day we went to Tri Star Beer Restaurant, I’d still recommend the place. The whole place is non-smoking and has no table charge; however, even though there is …

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory Beer 1・Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Front・東海度ビール川崎工前

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory The Bottom Line If you enjoyed the beers Tanoue-san was making at Kazekami Brewery, you’ll like the (restrained) versions he is making at Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory. The whole place has traditional Japanese vibe to it, with some smooth background music and gleaming tanks behind the bar to look at. The whole place is non-smoking and has no …

Korinbo Jibiruba in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Korinbo Jibiruba Front・香林坊ジビルバ前

Korinbo Jibiruba The Bottom Line Korinbo Jibiruba is a bar for craft beer fans with its ever-changing lineup of both regular and harder to find craft beers. While the prices are on the slightly higher side, for some of the rarer beers on tap, they are very good value for money. As with all other places it seems in Kanazawa, …