Two Fingers Craft Beer in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Two Fingers Craft Beer Front ・トゥー・フィンガーズ・クラフトビア店前

Two Fingers Craft Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Two Fingers Craft Beer is one of our picks in the Ikebukuro area to try some new craft beer in a warm, inviting atmosphere. While the prices do gravitate towards the higher end of Tokyo prices, the pours are spot on – no two fingers of head here. …

Oriental Brewing Korinbo in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Oriental Brewing Korinbo Front ・オリエンタル・ブルーイング香林坊店前

Oriental Brewing Korinbo The Bottom Line Oriental Brewing Korinbo is a nice little place to pick up some locally made beers at a reasonable price if you can’t get to the main branch in Higashiyama. Unlike the Higashiyama branch, the focus is purely on Oriental Brewing’s beers, though there is plenty of choice in terms of styles. The whole is …

Dk Art Café in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Dk Art Café Front・Dk Art Café 前

Dk Art Café The Bottom Line Dk Art Café is just a weird and surreal place to drink beer in – so much so that you have to go for one just to see what we’re on about. Would we go again for more beers? No. Of course you’re not going to find rare or niche craft beer here but …

Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che Front・クラフトビール タテマチ チェ前

Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che The Bottom Line Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che may not have an expansive lineup of beers compared to other places in Kanazawa, but its chilled, welcoming atmosphere makes up for that and the slightly higher than average prices in the area. The owner of the bar is chatty – not in …

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 …

BeerMa Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

BeerMa Kanda Front

BeerMa Kanda The Bottom Line BeerMa Kanda – what is it trying to be? The taplist can be found in other places for cheaper but the bottle selection is one of the best in Japan – let alone Tokyo. If you’re going to buy bottles, then BeerMa Kanda is a great place to do that but make sure you take …

Closed: Gambrinus Roppongi in Roppongi, Tokyo

Gambrinus Roppongi Front

Editor’s Note: Gambrinus Roppongi closed at the end of October 2019. This review has been kept up for posterity’s sake. Gambrinus Roppongi The Bottom Line It’s hard to recommend Gambrinus Roppongi over Two Dogs Taproom mainly because of the prices for the beer and the food but Gambrinus Roppongi does offer up a nice cosy drinking atmosphere with a decent selection of beers …

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Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu in Ebisu, Tokyo 

Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu 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 Ebisu is in danger of becoming the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something …

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Craft Beer Base Bud in Umeda, Osaka

Craft Beer Base Bud Front

Craft Beer Base Bud The Bottom Line Craft Beer Base Bud should be on your list of places to drink in when you’re in Osaka – as long as you can navigate going underground among Osaka’s labyrinthine passages that seem to go everywhere in a loop. The friendly and chilled atmosphere helps out and the bar staff really know their beers. …

Beer Garage 87 in Irie, Yokohama

Beer Garage 87 Front

Beer Garage 87 The Bottom Line While the beer list at Beer Garage 87 is interesting, and the owner is generally one of the most friendly and interesting bar owners I’ve met on my BeerTengoku travels, neither of those points can save the fact that as Beer Garage 87 is in the middle of nowhere, you have to have some special reason …