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Craft Beer Bar iBrew in Yurakucho/Ginza, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew

What is a dive bar? I had never heard of one before this place as growing up in the U.K. meant that I was well-protected, aka ignorant, from American idiosyncrasies and their associations. Craft Beer Bar iBrew is a dive bar. Now I’ve been there, I know what it means. A run down shack that is frequented by well-dressed customers who like …

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Closed: Brimmer Beer Box in Omotesando, Tokyo

Brimmer Beer Box

Editor Note: Brimmer Beer Box has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake Brimmer Beer Box is located about five minutes away from Omotesando station, an upmarket part of Tokyo that scares me because I simply do not fit in there. Swathes of high-end fashion and jewellery stores mean me in my usual clothes of jeans and t-shirt either stick …

Craft Hands in Azabu-Juban, Tokyo

Craft Hands entrance

Craft Hands is located near Azabu Juban station in Tokyo. In all honesty, it’s probably the easiest bar to find so far. Turn left out of exit 7 of the Tokyo Metro station on the Oedo line, turn left again and Craft Hands is right in front of you. It is possible to walk it from Roppongi as well so you …

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Nakameguro Taproom in Nakameguro, Tokyo

Nakameguro Taproom

Nakameguro Taproom One Paragraph Review Nakameguro Taproom is well worth visiting if you’re in the area, with good beer at reasonable prices and a decent atmosphere conducive to a fun night out drinking. Paired with pizza, Nakameguro Taproom is a viable alternative for other pizza places in Tokyo, as long as you can get over the amount of wood in the …

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The Aldgate in Shibuya, Tokyo

Aldgate Inside

The Aldgate is a British themed pub, don’t groan at the back there!, located in Shibuya, about ten minutes from JR Shibuya station. You could probably get there quicker if the gaggles of snickering schoolgirls and the bustling throngs of fashionistas moved out of the way. Can’t they see I need a pint? The Aldgate is smack dab halfway up …

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Closed: H@bit in Omori, Tokyo.

happy hour @ h@abit

Edit: H@bit closed at the end of January 2017. This review has been left up for archive purposes. H@bit comes this week courtesy of a recommendation by a friend (Thanks Hiro!) who has been hankering on at me to come along for a few Japanese craft beers. H@bit is located one minute from Omorikaigan station on the Keikyu line and about ten minutes …

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Closed: Craftheads Craftbeer in Shibuya, Tokyo

Craftheads sign

Closed: Craftheads Craftbeer closed. This review has been kept up for posterity’s sake. Craftheads has been open since September 2009, sprung up from Bar Sal in Kawasaki, and is located about 10 minutes from the Hachiko exit at JR Shibuya station. Craftheads sells a mixture of Japanese and import craft beers, with over 20 taps at any one time, and …

Urban BBQ Smokehouse in Shibuya, Tokyo

Urban BBQ Smokehouse by TY Harbor Brewery

Urban BBQ Smokehouse One Paragraph Review If you like your TY Harbor beers and some BBQ food, then Urban BBQ Smokehouse is a great place to come to; however it won’t be cheap. Moreover, the guest beers are cheaper elsewhere so it is best to stick to the TY Harbour beers. Urban BBQ Smokehouse Full Review Located inbetween Shibuya, Harajuku, and …

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Watering Hole in Yoyogi, Tokyo

Watering Hole selection

Watering Hole Yoyogi (there’s no “The” in the name) has been open for over two years and is located about 5 minutes from JR Yoyogi station’s east exit, behind the NTT Docomo building. Watering Hole serves both Japanese craft beer as well as imported American craft beer. With a selection of craft beers in bottles and around 20 taps, depending …

Campion Ale in Asakusa, Tokyo

Campion Ale Shop

Campion Ale, located three minutes from Tawaramachi on the Ginza line, one stop before Asakusa, is an example of a new breed of brewpubs opening up across Tokyo. These brewpubs make and serve their own beer on the premises, allowing thirsty drinkers to see the whole process of milling the malt through brewing and fermentation, right up to serving the …