Barchie’s Kamakura in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Barchie's Front・バーチーズ カマクフロント

Barchie’s Kamakura The Bottom Line Barchie’s Kamakura was a great little find for us and we’re definitely going back down there – but for the food and not for the beer. Not to say that the beer is bad, but the narrow range of taps meant that it was pretty much limited to one or two types of beer. Make …

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer Front・トランクコーヒー&クラフトビアフロント

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer was a surprise for me as a random find and is a bit off the beaten track, but if you’re in the area then pop along to get a decent selection of craft beer from Japan, while your friends can drink some very nice coffee. The chilled …

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Aoi Brewing and Grill in Nagoya, Aichi

Aoi Brewing and Grill Front・アオイ ブリューイング タップアンドグリルフロント

Aoi Brewing and Grill The Bottom Line If you’re wanting to try some of Aoi Brewing’s efforts while you’re in Nagoya, then pop along to Aoi Brewing and Grill, but otherwise, there are better places in the area to be honest. While Aoi Brewing and Grill is non-smoking and has no table charge, the place felt like it used to …

TDM 1874 Aoyama in Aoyama, Tokyo

TDM 1874 Aoyama Front・TDM 1874青山フロント

TDM 1874 Aoyama The Bottom Line If you’re in the Aoyama area, and are looking for somewhere to drink, then TDM 1874 Aoyama should be on your list – either for a quick couple of beers, or for a more substantial sessions upstairs. While we didn’t get to sample the food we’ll definitely be popping along another time soon when …

Gather @ Eating House in Bashamichi, Yokohama

Gather @ Eating House Front・ギャザー イーティングハウスフロント

Gather @ Eating House The Bottom Line Gather @ Eating House offers up a solid, if uninspiring, lineup of craft beer throughout the year that supports some local breweries. Moreover, if you’ve got a pet, i.e. a dog, and want to drink outside with them in Yokohama, then Gather @ Eating House is also a good choice. However, for the …

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Boulevard Cafe &9 in Kannai, Yokohama

Boulevard Cafe &9 Front・ブールバードカフェ アンドナイン前

Boulevard Cafe &9 The Bottom Line The south end of Kannai is getting a bit busier with some more craft beer places opening, and if you’re in the south end of Kannai and looking for a place for a quick beer, then Boulevard Cafe &9 is one of the best choices to have one or two beers before a baseball …

Beer House Moriu in Chiyoda, Tokyo

Beer House Moriu Front・ビールハウス森卯店前

Beer House Moriu The Bottom Line If you’re just changing trains at Tokyo station, or are in the area, then Beer House Moriu is worth checking out – just make sure you pick the right beers to drink so you’re not supporting the behemoth that is Asahi. It’s perfectly set up for travellers with its free wifi and charging points …

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama Front・オリエンタル ブルーイング東山前

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama The Bottom Line If you’re in the area then it’s worth popping along to Oriental Brewing Higashiyama for either a couple of beers and a light snack to eat, or a longer drinking session. The atmosphere, like many other places in Kanazawa, is chilled and friendly – something that made us stay for just a bit longer than …

101 Tokyo in Ebisu, Tokyo

101 Tokyo The Bottom Line I really wanted to be able to recommend 101 Tokyo, but the prices for beers and the food push it into the realm of needing a second mortgage to be able to have more than four or five beers with some food. Moreover, the peculiar table charge system ticked me off as well – sit at a …

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Sylvans Restaurant in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

Sylvans Restaurant Front

Sylvans Restaurant The Bottom Line Let’s get the negative out of the way first – Sylvans Restaurant is a pain to get to. However, it’s worth the effort if you do make it out there. The beers are world class fresh, cheap, and the outside gardens make you want to stay for much longer. While we did go the anniversary on …