Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa Front・ラーメン&バーABRI金沢前

Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa The Bottom Line It may have been the last bar on the first night of our run in Kanazawa, but Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa should definitely have been earlier. With its decent selection of beers that come in three (reasonably) priced sizes, Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa also scores highly on both the atmosphere and food …

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 …

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom in Matsumoto, Nagano

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom Front 1

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom The Bottom Line Matsumoto Brewery Taproom is a great little place in an area of Nagano that is deadly in need of some decent craft beer bars. The main downside to Matsumoto Brewery Taproom, at the time of writing, is the hours that the bar is open; however, if you take a walk around Matsumoto then it’s …

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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 …

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Goto Jozo in Kyodo, Tokyo

Goto Jozo Front

Goto Jozo The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then it’s worth popping into Goto Jozo for a couple of standing beers. But there in lies the problems with Goto Jozo – it’s a nice little place but the atmosphere is more conducive for a quick beer or two then leave. If there was seating then I would recommend Goto …

BeerMa Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

BeerMa Kanda Front

BeerMa Kanda The Bottom Line BeerMa Kanda – what is it trying to be? The taplist can be found in other places for cheaper but the bottle selection is one of the best in Japan – let alone Tokyo. If you’re going to buy bottles, then BeerMa Kanda is a great place to do that but make sure you take …

Craft Beer Market Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Kanda Front

Craft Beer Market Kanda The Bottom Line Out of the plethora of choices in the Craft Beer Market range, Craft Beer Market Kanda has some great food but can’t beat out the Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace or Craft Beer Market Otemachi locations for atmosphere. Like the other ones in the range, Craft Beer Market Kanda is non-smoking, has a table charge, but includes tax in their …

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi in Roppongi, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi Front

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi The Bottom Line I so wanted to like Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi but I left feeling cold and done over. Having visited two of their other branches in Tokyo – the Kyobashi branch and also the Tamachi branch – this one just pales in comparison. The beers are some of the most expensive in the area and the dreaded …

Hansharo Beer Homura in Izunokuni, Shizuoka

Hansharo Beer Honmura

Hansharo Beer Homura The Bottom Line If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and you see Hansharo Beer Homura and are hungry, then you’re in for a decent amount of food at reasonable prices. If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and you want beer, keep on going to the FamilyMart down the road instead and then come back for …