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 …

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku Front・スワンレイクパブエド修蔵 新宿店フロント

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku The Bottom Line Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku is nothing like the other two branches in Kyobashi or Tamachi – it’s far more upmarket and not really aimed at craft beer drinkers. Instead, it’s aimed at the local office workers – as I found out on the day. While it follows a similar vein to …

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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 …

Kanei Shoten in Noge, Yokohama

Kanei Shoten Front・金井商店フロント

Kanei Shoten The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something upmarket in Yokohama to have your craft beer and food, then get to Kanei Shoten, else give it a miss if you’re worried about the price. It’s far more upmarket than other places in the area and you’ll pay for it, but the fun, lively atmosphere, paired up with some …

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Takadanobaba Beer Shokudo in Takadanobaba, Tokyo

Takadanobaba Beer Shokudo.・高田馬場ビール食堂フロント

Takadanobaba Beer Shokudo The Bottom Line If you’ve missed the last train home and need somewhere to drink, then check out Takadanobaba Beer Shokudo. It also offers up something different in the Takadanobaba area – imported beer alongside domestic craft beer though the prices do leave a lot to be desired considering either side of the station there are cheaper …

Dk Art Café in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Dk Art Café Front・Dk Art Café 前

Dk Art Café The Bottom Line Dk Art Café is just a weird and surreal place to drink beer in – so much so that you have to go for one just to see what we’re on about. Would we go again for more beers? No. Of course you’re not going to find rare or niche craft beer here but …

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 …

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 …