Gremlin in Hatagaya, Tokyo

Gremlin Front

Gremlin The Bottom Line I had heard many things about Gremlin in the past, from craft beer fans, brewers, and brewery owners so the bar was never going to live up to my expectations. However, for what it is, it is a cozy little place in the basement of a shopping complex that has a decent range of well-served beers …

Beer O’Clock in Chiba, Chiba

Beer O'Clock Front

Beer O’Clock The Bottom Line If you don’t mind paying a lot for your beer, then you’ll be happy at Beer O’Clock, but it’s hard to recommend when thinking about the price alone. While the prices are high, they do include tax, and there is a decent selection of beers on tap. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table …


Shiokaze BrewStand in Soga, Chiba

Shiokaze BrewStand Front

Shiokaze BrewStand The Bottom Line In spite of travelling for almost 90 minutes to get here, I was pleasantly surprised by Shiokaze BrewStand and would happily travel again to get here. It ticks off everything I want in a bar – a decent amount of taps with enough variety on them, cheap prices that include tax, and some decent music …

Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Ble' Ble' ・ブレブレ

Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the outright smoking across the bar, then Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ would come highly recommended – it’s a shame as both inside and outside are very comfortable and relaxing. In spite of this, Beer Bar Ble’ Ble’ does a good job in promoting local craft beer and with the …

Beer Owle in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Beer Owle Front・ビア・アウルフロント

Beer Owle The Bottom Line Beer Owle is perfect for popping in and having a couple of quiet beers while you wait for friends, or picking up some beers to take away – especially useful as there are very few bottle shops in Shizuoka. The whole place is non-smoking and also offers up growler fills for drinking off-site too. There …

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 …


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 …

Japan Craft Beer and Wine Grillman in Nishiki, Nagoya

Grillman Front・グリルマンフロント

Grillman The Bottom Line I would have liked to have stayed at Grillman for longer, alas, the dinner was waiting for me. However, the chilled cozy atmosphere here stuck with me – the friendliness of the staff, the cool breeze coming in, the quirky beer glasses used, and a decent selection of beer on tap too. The main downside to …


Kazenori Merry in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Kazenori Merry Front

Kazenori Merry The Bottom Line Kazenori Merry felt a Ushitora Mk 1.1 – which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your view point of the bar. The whole interior and decor hasn’t changed since opening and it seems that neither have the prices either. It’s one of the more expensive places to drink in Shimo-Kitazawa but …


Goto Jozo in Kyodo, Tokyo

Goto Jozo Front

Goto Jozo The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then it’s worth popping into Goto Jozo for a couple of standing beers. But there in lies the problems with Goto Jozo – it’s a nice little place but the atmosphere is more conducive for a quick beer or two then leave. If there was seating then I would recommend Goto …