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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 …

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 …

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer Front・トランクコーヒー&クラフトビアフロント

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer was a surprise for me as a random find and is a bit off the beaten track, but if you’re in the area then pop along to get a decent selection of craft beer from Japan, while your friends can drink some very nice coffee. The chilled …

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Aoi Brewing and Grill in Nagoya, Aichi

Aoi Brewing and Grill Front・アオイ ブリューイング タップアンドグリルフロント

Aoi Brewing and Grill The Bottom Line If you’re wanting to try some of Aoi Brewing’s efforts while you’re in Nagoya, then pop along to Aoi Brewing and Grill, but otherwise, there are better places in the area to be honest. While Aoi Brewing and Grill is non-smoking and has no table charge, the place felt like it used to …

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 …

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 …

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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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara in Akihabara, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara Front・クラフトビアバル IBREW 秋葉原フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara The Bottom Line If you have a winning formula, why change it? Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara does exactly the same thing as the other bars, but to a larger scale and brings some much needed cheaper craft beer to an area in danger of becoming gentrified. If you’ve been to any other branch of …