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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Draft Pub Bevvy in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Draft Pub Bevvy The Bottom Line Sometimes a place is good because of the sum of its individual parts – and that applies to Draft Pub Bevvy. As a standalone place, it’s expensive, cramped, and has really slow service. However, take it as part of the Food Blast complex, then the place is a good little place to get some food, and …

Beer Stand Molto in Umeda, Osaka

Beer Stand Molto The Bottom Line Beer Stand Molto is a standing bar in the center of Umeda with a great selection of drinks. I recommend it if you’re passing by and notice that it’s not too crowded, but because of its great location and small size, it’s often quite full of salarymen. The best time to visit is during …

Midtown BBQ Nagoya in Nagoya, Aichi

Midtown BBQ Nagoya Front・ミドタウンBBQ名古屋フロント

Midtown BBQ Nagoya The Bottom Line You might come to Midtown BBQ Nagoya for the BBQ – and let’s be honest it’s a damn good reason to come here – but like the Yokohama branch, they is also a decent selection of craft beer on tap too. While the prices are the norm it seems for Nagoya, there is also …

Craft Beer Keg Nagoya in Nagoya, Aichi

Craft Beer Keg Nagoya Front・ケグナゴヤフロント

Craft Beer Keg Nagoya The Bottom Line Craft Beer Keg Nagoya is more of an upmarket kind of craft beer bar than usual, but don’t let that detract you from it. The bar has a chilled-out atmosphere, and is even better when the big bay doors are opened up. The prices aren’t as high as to be expected but seeing …

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Midtown BBQ Yokohama in Kannai, Yokohama

Midtown BBQ Yokohama Front・ミッドタウンバーベキュー横浜店前

Midtown BBQ Yokohama The Bottom Line Midtown BBQ Yokohama brings a new challenger to the Kannai / Sakuragicho / Bashamichi area for some craft beer and BBQ meats, and along with a decent range of beers on tap, means you’ll come for the BBQ and stay for the BBQ with some tasty beers as well. The whole place is non-smoking, …

Bakery & Beer Butchers in Hon-Atsugi, Kanagawa

Bakery & Beer Butchers Front 1・ベーカリーアンドビアブッチャーズ店前1

Bakery & Beer Butchers The Bottom Line While Bakery & Beer Butchers is not an official taproom for Sankt Gallen, it’s a worthy visit for going to try the whole range of Sankt Gallen beers and some tasty bread and burgers. The prices are cheaper than expected, with no table charge, but tax is not included in the prices. Moreover, the …

Caprice Craft Beer and Wine in Tsujido, Kanagawa

Caprice Craft Beer and Wine: The Bottom Line Delicious Italian cuisine, beautifully presented and reasonably priced, and eight taps of Shonan beers. What’s not to like? Come to Tsujido, you fools! Caprice Craft Beer and Wine: The Review Rob often takes the piss out of me (British) for living in a backwater town like Tsujido. And it’s true, I do …

Standing Bar Beer Boy in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo

Standing Bar Beer Boy・立飲みビールボーイ

Standing Bar Beer Boy The Bottom Line Standing Bar Beer Boy tweaks the tried-and-tested idea of Craft Beer Market to create something different, and it works. The casual atmosphere of being able to pop in for a quick beer, without the hassle of waiting for a seat, or having even to book a table, is still welcome. The prices do …

Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Yona Yona Shinjuku Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku doesn’t offer up anything different to the rest of the chain – and that’s a shame. With identical decor, beer, and food, Yona Yona Beer Works has become the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something different – perhaps a …