Closed: Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar in Kamakura, Kanagawa.

Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar Front

Editor’s Note: Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake. Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar One Paragraph Review If you’re in the area and looking for some craft beer and a chilled out atmosphere, then Xrosk Shonan Pintxos Bar is worth a visit but the lack of tax in the prices means you may get …


Koenji Bakushu Kobo in Koenji, Tokyo

Koenji Bakushu Kobo Outside

Koenji Bakushu Kobo The Bottom Line If you’re looking for some cheap homemade Japanese craft beer that is unusual then Koenji Bakushu Kobo is the place for you. The warm, friendly atmosphere and cheap beer make it a winner. Moreover, the chance of you getting the same beer twice is very low as the recipes are always changing. The beers are …

Cafe Bankan in Koenji, Tokyo

Cafe Bankan Outside

Cafe Bankan One Paragraph Review Cafe Bankan is a tad on the pricey side for beers but go for the tasting set and you’ll leave happy (inebriated). Cafe Bankan had free wi-fi (just ask them behind the bar for the password), and no table charge was included. The bad news is that it allows smoking both inside and outside. I didn’t …

House of Beer in Ebisu, Tokyo

house of beer front

House of Beer One Line Review Yes. Usually it’s a paragraph but we don’t need that much to review this place. Avoid. Avoid like the plague. Don’t even suggest it to your friend. Your enemies though would love this place. With the bar being fully smoking, and high prices that get even higher after 7pm due to a ¥500 table charge, …

Bungalow in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Bungalow Outside

Walking from Karasuma station is a funny experience; bright lights punctuated by traditional Japanese style buildings and then Bungalow pops up on the corner. You can’t miss it as it looks out-of-place as the plastic sheet that both covers the front area and protects you from the elements is unique in the area. Bungalow is a cross between a standing …


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 …