Ohashi Denki in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Ohashi Denki Front・大橋電機フロント

Ohashi Denki The Bottom Line If you don’t mind walking for a bit, and are sure that Ohashi Denki is open then it’s a bar worthy of a visit. While Ohashi Denki isn’t really designed for sticking around – it’s standing room only here – there is more enough to keep you entertained with its quaint interior and friendly owner …

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar Front・クラフトビール&ブックバーフロント

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar The Bottom Line I was expecting Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar to be one thing – i.e. a taproom fro Voyager Craft Beer in the area – but it turned out to be something else, and I rather enjoyed it there. It was a shame that it was so quiet on the day that …

Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Ble' Ble' ・ブレブレ

Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the outright smoking across the bar, then Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ would come highly recommended – it’s a shame as both inside and outside are very comfortable and relaxing. In spite of this, Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ does a good job in promoting local craft beer and with the …

Craft Beer Station in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Craft Beer Station Front・クラフトビアステーションフロント

Craft Beer Station The Bottom Line If all bars were as friendly and as warming as Craft Beer Station then I’d never be able to leave. While the prices are on the more expensive side for Shizuoka they do thankfully include tax in the price, the atmosphere and generosity of both the bar man and the other customers could not …

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Hamayaki Sakaba Torohachi in Shibuya, Tokyo

Hamayaki Sakaba Torohachi・浜焼酒場トロハチフロント

Hamayaki Sakaba Torohachi The Bottom Line I was hoping for Hamayaki Sakaba Torohachi to be better than it was; however, the prices were way more than I was expecting for something so kitsch I guess. It does have a fun, izakaya-style quality to it, with scaffolding being used for “second” floor seating in some places. Moreover, the whole place is …

Beer Bar Jan in Yotsuya, Tokyo

Beer Bar Jan Front ・ビールバーJANフロント

Beer Bar Jan The Bottom Line Beer Bar Jan is basically Biere Cave Jan Bar but located in Yotusya instead. It’s got the same atmosphere, the same kind of menus, the same kind of food. Even the bar manager is the same. The only thing that is different about it really is the number of taps. If you’re in the area, …

Mugi no Oto in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Mugi no Oto Front ・麦の音フロント

Mugi no Oto The Bottom Line Mugi no Oto is a place I really wanted to like – went in with an open mind, looking forward to some craft beer and relaxing music in the background. I definitely had some beers but the music and prices of beers left me a bit cold, despite the beers being well served. The prices …

Beer Stand Molto in Umeda, Osaka

Beer Stand Molto The Bottom Line Beer Stand Molto is a standing bar in the center of Umeda with a great selection of drinks. I recommend it if you’re passing by and notice that it’s not too crowded, but because of its great location and small size, it’s often quite full of salarymen. The best time to visit is during …

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Tsukinowaguma in Gakugeidaigaku, Tokyo

Tsukinowaguma Front・ツキノワグマ店前

Tsukinowaguma The Bottom Line If you’re in Gakugeidaigaku, and you’re desperate for some craft beer, then you can get the train to either Nakameguro or Jiyugaoka, as it is hard to recommend Tsukinowaguma over anything else that’s close by. While there are some taps of craft beer, the place is pricey for what you get both in terms of beer …

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 …