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 …

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Hitsuji Miyagawacho in Noge, Yokohama

Hitsuji Miyakawacho Front・ひつじ宮川町店フロント

Hitsuji Miyagawacho The Bottom Line Like it’s forebearer, Hitsuji Miyagawacho has so much going for it – a nice setting, relaxed atmosphere, with some good food on the menu, but then falls to the same problems as the first branch in that the dread table charge and prices not including tax rear their ugly heads. If you don’t mind that, …

Number 6 in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Number 6 Front・ナンバー6フロント

Number 6 The Bottom Line I enjoyed Number 6 a lot – more so than I expected and I wholeheartedly look forward to going again there soon as it has everything you could possibly want in a decent craft beer bar. Considering the bar is located in one of Tokyo’s more expensive districts, the prices were very reasonable and also …

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu in Ebisu, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu Front・クラフトビアバルiBrew恵比寿フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu The Bottom Line It’s great to have some cheap craft beer in what seems to be Tokyo’s newest area for craft beer bars. Craft Beer Bar iBrew Ebisu doesn’t stray from the tried-and-tested formula of cheap craft beer with slightly expensive food, but then that’s what works for people. While some branches of the chain …

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Brunton’s in Ishikawacho, Kanagawa

Brunton's Front ・ブラントンズフロント

Brunton’s The Bottom Line It’s great to see a place styled like Brunton’s, more in tune with its surroundings and with some character, and I wanted to like Brunton’s – but the prices for the beer and food left me feeling a bit like I was paying for the style of the bar, rather than actually for the beers. The …

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara in Akihabara, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara Front・クラフトビアバル IBREW 秋葉原フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara The Bottom Line If you have a winning formula, why change it? Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara does exactly the same thing as the other bars, but to a larger scale and brings some much needed cheaper craft beer to an area in danger of becoming gentrified. If you’ve been to any other branch of …

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 …

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom in Matsumoto, Nagano

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom Front 1

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom The Bottom Line Matsumoto Brewery Taproom is a great little place in an area of Nagano that is deadly in need of some decent craft beer bars. The main downside to Matsumoto Brewery Taproom, at the time of writing, is the hours that the bar is open; however, if you take a walk around Matsumoto then it’s …

Repubrew in Numazu, Shizuoka

Repubrew The Bottom Line Repubrew started out as a craft beer bar that was worth a visit because there wasn’t much in the area. With the recent improvements in its in-house beers, Repubrew has proven itself to be worthy of a visit if you’re remotely in the area. The in-house beers proved to be very tasty and good value for money, …

Beer Hunting Urawa in Kita-Urawa, Saitama

Beer Hunting Urawa

Beer Hunting Urawa The Bottom Line Saitama doesn’t offer up anything new in terms of craft beer, but without much else in the area, I guess Beer Hunting Urawa can charge however much and people will pay it. I wouldn’t recommend people travel there if you’re not in the area, unless you are desperate to get to Beer Hunting Urawa …