101 Tokyo in Ebisu, Tokyo

101 Tokyo The Bottom Line I really wanted to be able to recommend 101 Tokyo, but the prices for beers and the food push it into the realm of needing a second mortgage to be able to have more than four or five beers with some food. Moreover, the peculiar table charge system ticked me off as well – sit at a …

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Barley Wheat in Kamata, Tokyo

Barley Wheat Front

Barley Wheat The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Barley Wheat is the best choice in the wilderness that is Kamata – just. It doesn’t differ much from the Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho branch, though personally I found the beer menu to be rather narrow in terms of variety of beer styles on tap – the IPA craze is still strong here. …

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Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho in Daimon, Tokyo

Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho

Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho The Bottom Line Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho isn’t a bad place to pick up some beers but there are better, and cheaper, places in the area. With Devilcraft Hamamatsucho and The Lower Right just around the corner from the brewery, it might be worth stopping at Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho for a quick warm-up beer rather than a big session – especially …

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi in Kawaramachi Kyoto

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi Front

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi The Bottom Line It kind of feels like cheating reviewing Len Kyoto Kawaramachi as it’s a hostel more than a bar, but they have craft beer on tap daily so it counts. If you’re walked a bit too much and want a break from the crowds of tourists, then pop over to Len. While there are only three taps …

29BY in Kannai, Yokohama

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29BY The Bottom Line Craft Meat and Baird Harajuku Taproom both show that with the right prices and menu, you can’t really go wrong with meat and craft beer – if it’s priced right and the servings are good. Perhaps someone should have told 29BY about these two places as it’s hard to recommend the place in its current form. At the …

øl by Oslo Brewing Company in Shibuya, Tokyo

øl by Oslo Brewing Company Front

øl by Oslo Brewing Company The Bottom Line If you’re into chilled electro music a la Royksopp et al, and don’t mind paying over-the-top prices, then you’ll fit in at øl by Oslo Brewing Company. The prices are some of the most expensive in the area, regardless of the prices including tax, which left me feeling a bit short-changed. While I …

Mile Post Cafe in Kayabacho, Tokyo

Mile Post Cafe Front

Mile Post Cafe The Bottom Line If it weren’t for the table charge and the lack of tax included in the prices, then Mile Post Cafe would be a 100% recommendation, though if you do factor those two issues into your session, then Mile Post Cafe is worth a visit. It has nigh-on everything I look for in a decent bar – …

Vivo! in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Vivo! Front

Vivo! The Bottom Line As much as I wanted to like Vivo! there was something about the bar being downstairs, windowless and in turn stuffy, and with smoke floating around that put me off it – though if you can get over those points, then Vivo! would be a good place to pick up some beers, if you don’t mind the prices …

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Darcy’s Beer & Burger in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Darcy's Beer & Burger Front

Darcy’s Beer & Burger The Bottom Line Come for the burgers and chips by all means, but there are better (and cheaper) options in the area for craft beer. While the atmosphere is chilled out and relaxed, it felt like it was more of a quick eat and drink place rather than a bar you can sit and stay the …

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Craft Beer Market Awajicho in Awajicho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Awajicho

Craft Beer Market Awajicho The Bottom Line If you’re in the area looking for a lunch time beer, then Craft Beer Market Awajicho is a decent choice but it’s closed at the weekends due to lack of business in the area, so remember that next time you think it’s open for a beer. If you’ve been to one Craft Beer Market bar, …