Vabene Shimokitazawa in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Vabene Shimokitazawa

Vabene Shimokitazawa The Bottom Line Vabene pretty much has everything we look for in a craft beer bar: inside and outside seating both without table charge, a decent selection of reasonably priced beers though they don’t include tax, along with bilingual menus and some decent looking food as well. The atmosphere is nice and chilled, with the well-known sport of people …

iBeer Le Sun Palm Futakotamagawa in Futakotamagawa, Tokyo

iBeer Le Sun Palm Futakotamagawa Front

iBeer Le Sun Palm Futakotamagawa The Bottom Line If you’ve been to the Shibuya branch then don’t expect anything different from the Futakotamagawa branch of iBeer Le Sun Palm. It offers some cheap beera, especially when compared to Draft Craft, with prices that don’t include tax though. The atmosphere is a little busy with the footfall from the shopping malls …

Hitsuji in Noge, Yokohama

Hitsuji Front

Hitsuji The Bottom Line Hitsuji had so much going for it – nice setting and a great atmosphere but with the table charge and the additional tax that are added on at the end left a bitter taste in my mouth. From having a reasonable price for a beer to then ¥1,326 just to have a single beer means I won’t …

Rohan and Heaven’s Door in Benten, Niigata

Rohan and Heaven's Door Front

Rohan and Heaven’s Door The Bottom Line With Bar Olive and Olive Another Pint just across the road, I can’t recommend Rohan and Heaven’s Door to anyone, unless you’re trying to impress someone where the popular kids hang out. With tax not included in the prices, and a smoking policy both inside and outside, this place has got a lot of …

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata in Bancho, Niigata

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata Bar

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata The Bottom Line I have mixed feelings about Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata – great views across the Japan Sea and a cheap place to try some of the Swan Lake beers on tap – if you go at the right time. The atmosphere is more upmarket than the usual chain of Swan …

TT Brewery in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

TT Brewery Front

TT Brewery Bottom Line While TT Brewery is a welcome addition to the brewpub scene in Kanagawa, it suffers from pretty much the same things as the Bakushu Kobo range of brewpubs – beer that is unfinished and could do with a little longer in the tanks. While yeast is known to provide minerals and the ilk, it also imparts some …

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Closed: Craft And Romance in Kichijoji

Craft And Romance

Editor’s Note – Craft And Romance has now closed. This review is being kept up for posterity’s sake. Craft And Romance One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for somewhere with a decent view over Kichijoji, then you’re in luck with Craft And Romance. If you’ve been to Craftsman in Gotanda or Craftsman in Yokohama, then you know what you are getting. The …

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The Lower Right in Daimon, Tokyo

The Lower Right Front

The Lower Right One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for cheap Japanese craft beers that are hard to find to complete your Untappd collection, then you would do well at The Lower Right. With the long happy hour beer prices and the large glasses, it’s a good place to do some afternoon drinking though the prices don’t include tax. Thankfully there …

Apollo Company in Sakuragicho, Yokohama

Apollo Company Front

Apollo Company One Paragraph Review I wanted to like Apollo Company very much – it had a nice relaxed atmosphere and tasty food, but the beer sizes are too small for the price and there was way too much head on the beer too. The bar is also fully smoking so give up trying to enjoy the food and beers as well. …

Craftsman Yokohama in Yokohama, Kanagawa

Craftsman Yokohama

Craftsman Yokohama One Paragraph Craftsman Yokohama is a welcome addition to the craft beer scene in Yokohama, but the only thing it offers over other bars is cheapish draft beers in an almost central location to Yokohama. None of the prices include tax but thankfully there is no table charge at the end of the evening. However, the bottled beers are …