Barchie’s Kamakura in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Barchie's Front・バーチーズ カマクフロント

Barchie’s Kamakura The Bottom Line Barchie’s Kamakura was a great little find for us and we’re definitely going back down there – but for the food and not for the beer. Not to say that the beer is bad, but the narrow range of taps meant that it was pretty much limited to one or two types of beer. Make …

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer Front・トランクコーヒー&クラフトビアフロント

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer was a surprise for me as a random find and is a bit off the beaten track, but if you’re in the area then pop along to get a decent selection of craft beer from Japan, while your friends can drink some very nice coffee. The chilled …

Y Market Brewing Kitchen in Nagoya, Aichi

Y Market Brewing Kitchen Front・ワイマーケットブルーイングキッチンフロント

Y Market Brewing Kitchen The Bottom Line If you go to Nagoya, then you have to go to Y Market Brewing. Heck, if you live in Nagoya and haven’t been to Y Market Brewing Kitchen, then what are you doing?! Y Market Brewing Kitchen ticks all the right boxes that we love in a craft beer and we could have …

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Rudy Brew in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Rudy Brew Front ・ルーディーブリュー店前

Rudy Brew The Bottom Line If Rudy Brew can succeed where Xrosk failed, then they’re onto a winner – however, Kamakura is a fickle place it seems. There ska-punk-esque atmosphere in Rudy Brew is completely the opposite of what Xrosk was – and I liked it. The staff are friendly, there is a variety of beer on the menu, and …

Used Like New Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Used Like New Beer Front・ユーズドライクニュービフロント

Used Like New Beer The Bottom Line I’m going to stick my neck out here and say Used Like New Beer should be on your list of places to visit if you go to Nagoya – think of it as the Beach Muffin of the West. It’s quaint and cost atmosphere is enticing and I could have easily stuck around …

Magnetico in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Magnetico Front・マグネチコフロント

Magnetico The Bottom Line Magnetico was never going to live up to the expectation that I had for it – but I did really like this place and its break from the bustling tourist areas in Kamakura. Its chilled out atmosphere was a perfect relaxant after a busy day of walking and if I am in the area again, I …

Beer Pub Brick Lane in Nagoya, Aichi

Beer Pub Brick Lane Front・ビアパブ ブリックレーンフロント

Beer Pub Brick Lane The Bottom Line Beer Pub Brick Lane was an off-the-cuff visit in search of some food, but turned out to be a lot better than expected and I’d happily go again – if someone else is paying for me. While the prices are on the more expensive side for Nagoya i.e. there were very expensive, at …

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara in Akihabara, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara Front・クラフトビアバル IBREW 秋葉原フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara The Bottom Line If you have a winning formula, why change it? Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara does exactly the same thing as the other bars, but to a larger scale and brings some much needed cheaper craft beer to an area in danger of becoming gentrified. If you’ve been to any other branch of …

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Boulevard Cafe &9 in Kannai, Yokohama

Boulevard Cafe &9 Front・ブールバードカフェ アンドナイン前

Boulevard Cafe &9 The Bottom Line The south end of Kannai is getting a bit busier with some more craft beer places opening, and if you’re in the south end of Kannai and looking for a place for a quick beer, then Boulevard Cafe &9 is one of the best choices to have one or two beers before a baseball …

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa Front・エンブレム ソーシャルバー金沢前

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa The Bottom Line Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa isn’t a place you’re going to search out for beer – but come for one and the chicken will keep you seated, along with a warm and friendly atmosphere (c’mon – which place in Kanazawa isn’t friendly.) They are so friendly that they even started cooking again at 9:30pm when …