Craftman Gotanda in Gotanda, Tokyo

Craftman Gotanda Front

Craftman Gotanda One Paragraph Review With 31 taps, Craftman Gotanda has something for everyone – if it wasn’t for the sly charges that aren’t mentioned before you step in. With tax not included and a table charge of ¥324, two or three beers with a friend can easily cost over ¥6000 without realising. Moreover, there is no English menu and …

Closed: BeerBar Fujizakura Roppongi in Roppongi, Tokyo

BeerBar Fujizakura Roppongii

Editor’s Note: BeerBar Fujizakura Roppongi has closed. This review is being kept up for posterity’s sake. BeerBar Fujizakura Roppongi One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for Fujizakura beer in the best possible condition, then BeerBar Fujizakura Roppongi is the place to go. However, compared to other bars in the local area, it’s also one of, if not the, the most expensive. Prices don’t …

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Drunken Ramblings #5: Mysterious Charges

After being fed up with poor servings of craft beer and prices, another rant has reared its ugly head – table charges and other mysterious prices. Now, I know that drinking beer in bars is more expensive than drinking at home – impulse-buying of special bottles, tabs to settle and such- and I don’t mind paying a thousand yen a …

TBE Brewing in Ebisu, Tokyo

TBE Brewing Outside

TBE Brewing One Paragraph Review TBE Brewing got us caught in with the ¥100 (plus tax) craft beers on the opening weekend but the regular prices for medium and large beers are standard for Tokyo craft beer bars it seems. The lack of inclusion of tax in the prices and table charge meant our bill increased at the final moment …

Vector Beer Factory in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Vector Beer Factory Outside

Vector Beer Factory, the sister bar to Vector Beer reviewed here, is located less than minute up the road from Vector Beer though it specialises in IPAs and oven cooked food instead of cow’s tongue. Someone seems to have thought that catering for the IPA crowd is a great idea as all the beers on tap at Vector Beer Factory are IPAs only …

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Vector Beer in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Vector Beer

With typhoon #18 kicking in, and rain spreading across Tokyo, the sensible idea would be to go home and relax in front of Netflix and catch up on those TV shows from overseas. For some crazy reason though, I decided to trek up to Shinjuku to visit Vector Beer, and its sister bar Vector Beer Factory, in the search for some cheap …

House of Beer in Ebisu, Tokyo

house of beer front

House of Beer One Line Review Yes. Usually it’s a paragraph but we don’t need that much to review this place. Avoid. Avoid like the plague. Don’t even suggest it to your friend. Your enemies though would love this place. With the bar being fully smoking, and high prices that get even higher after 7pm due to a ¥500 table charge, …

Hops125 in Ebisu

Hops125 Ebisu

Hops125 is an enigma of a place. I had to get that out of my system before I carry on writing. Located on a side street around Ebisu station, Hops125 seems like it has been around for ages yet I’ve only ventured in there twice, perhaps three times, in the last four years or so. Its decorative exterior seems to …

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Beer Cafe Bakujun in Kyoto

beer cafe bakujun

The craft beer scene and rock music seem to go hand in hand. A few bars that we’ve been to for BeerTengoku, such as Thrash Zone in Yokohama, and Beer Cafe Bakujun is no exception It isn’t the easiest place to find though we heard the strains of Green Day’s American idiot punctuating the quiet Kyoto night. If it hadn’t …

Beer House Craft Man in Nijohanshiki-cho, Kyoto

“Have you been to Beer House Craft Man?” was the first question I got asked by someone I got talking with in Bungalow. The craft beer scene in Kyoto is growing and it seems that the locals are happy to share the knowledge of it to anyone and everyone who is prepared to listen. “Make sure you get in the standing area …