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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 …

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Golden Gate Hamburger and Craft Beer in Okachimachi, Tokyo

Golden Gate Hamburger and Craft Beer Front・ゴールデンゲートフロント

Golden Gate Hamburger and Craft Beer The Bottom Line Golden Gate is a peculiar place and I don’t know whether to recommend it or not. It’s got a quaint little atmosphere going on, with reasonably well-priced beers that have tax included and there is also no table charge either. However, it’s the unusual smoking rules that get my goat – …

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Osaka Craft Brewery in Umeda, Osaka

Osaka Craft Brewery The Bottom Line Osaka Craft Brewery is a beautiful venue with a decent view of the city and plenty of space for large parties. They have a nice food and wine menu, although their craft beer selection is pretty basic. It’s definitely more of an upscale place than most craft beer bars, and as such you can …

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 …

Craft Beer Dive Futa’s in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Dive Futa's Front・クラフトビールダイブ前

Craft Beer Dive Futa’s The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the smoking and slightly higher prices compared with other places in Kanazawa, then Craft Beer Dive Futa’s would come highly recommended. It’s a shame as it ticks all the right boxes: decent selection of beer on tap – both with styles and breweries – as well as some tasty food …

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Craft Beer Gau’s in Shibuya, Tokyo

Craft Beer Gau's Front

Craft Beer Gau’s The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something of the beaten track in Shibuya, then Craft Beer Gau’s is right up your street. However, the beer list will neither excite you nor will it entice you away from other well established places in the area. All the prices include tax as well as having some English on the …

Beer Belly Tosabori in Tosabori, Osaka

Beer Belly Tosabori Front

Beer Belly Tosabori The Bottom Line Despite Beer Belly being all smoking, it’s hard not to recommend it due to the sheer variety of beers on tap and the great atmosphere inside – especially late in the evening in a wet and soggy Osaka.. There is no table charge and all prices include tax as well; however, there is no wifi. …

Craft Beer House Devinchi in Sonezaki, Osaka

Craft Beer House Devinchi Front

Craft Beer House Devinchi The Bottom Line Perhaps because it was the end of a long day of travelling and drinking but Craft Beer House Devinchi really didn’t hit the spot for me. While it had a good atmosphere, the smoking across the bar wasn’t welcome and I could have sworn that one of the beers I had was off but …

Ale House Kamiya in Dōyamachō, Osaka

Ale House Kamiya Front

Ale House Kamiya The Bottom Line Ale House Kamiya is Osaka’s version of Bay Brewing Yokohama – full on wrestling pub that has a good atmosphere but thanks to the beer choices, doesn’t really offer anything that can’t be found elsewhere for cheaper. The beer prices though are some of the cheapest in Osaka and all prices include tax plus …

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Craft Beer Bar Marciero in Dōyamachō, Osaka

Craft Beer Bar Marciero Osaka

Craft Beer Bar Marciero The Bottom Line If you’re in Osaka, then I strongly recommend getting to Craft Beer Bar Marciero – if you can find it and you don’t mind the smoking environment. The tap list rotates often enough and the atmosphere is chilled, yet fun. The food is also tasty and thankfully the owner will explain what’s on the …