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 …

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 …

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 …

Beer House Moriu in Chiyoda, Tokyo

Beer House Moriu Front・ビールハウス森卯店前

Beer House Moriu The Bottom Line If you’re just changing trains at Tokyo station, or are in the area, then Beer House Moriu is worth checking out – just make sure you pick the right beers to drink so you’re not supporting the behemoth that is Asahi. It’s perfectly set up for travellers with its free wifi and charging points …

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Kazenori Merry in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Kazenori Merry Front

Kazenori Merry The Bottom Line Kazenori Merry felt a Ushitora Mk 1.1 – which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your view point of the bar. The whole interior and decor hasn’t changed since opening and it seems that neither have the prices either. It’s one of the more expensive places to drink in Shimo-Kitazawa but …

Gastropub Gozo in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Gastropub Gozo Front

Gastropub Gozo The Bottom Line If you like Hitachino Nest Beer or hamburgers with lots of melted cheese on top, then Gastropub Gozo is the place for you. Else, give it a wide berth to be honest. While the atmosphere is great at Gastropub Gozo – very chilled and relaxed – the smoking policy lets the bar down as well as the …