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Craft Beer Mugibatake in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Mugibatake Front・クラフトビア麦畑前

Craft Beer Mugibatake The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something family friendly and straight-forward, then Craft Beer Mugibatake is right up your street. Its family restaurant orientated decor left us feeling a bit cold, but it is this design that makes it good for those trying to find somewhere they can take their kids. The tap list won’t excite the …

Fukuoka Kitchen in Matsumoto, Nagano

Fukuoka Kitchen Front

Fukuoka Kitchen The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the table charge and lack of tax included in the price, then Fukuoka Kitchen would be the craft beer bar to go to in Matsumoto. Right now, it’s just a recommended place but don’t let that get you down too much. Fukuoka-san is a great host – even on a Monday night – …

Gastropub Gozo in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Gastropub Gozo Front

Gastropub Gozo The Bottom Line If you like Hitachino Nest Beer or hamburgers with lots of melted cheese on top, then Gastropub Gozo is the place for you. Else, give it a wide berth to be honest. While the atmosphere is great at Gastropub Gozo – very chilled and relaxed – the smoking policy lets the bar down as well as the …

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Craft Beer Gau’s in Shibuya, Tokyo

Craft Beer Gau's Front

Craft Beer Gau’s The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something of the beaten track in Shibuya, then Craft Beer Gau’s is right up your street. However, the beer list will neither excite you nor will it entice you away from other well established places in the area. All the prices include tax as well as having some English on the …

Smoke Cafe in Niigata, Niigata

Smoke Cafe Front

Smoke Cafe The Bottom Line While Smoke Cafe does offer some very nice food, the range of domestic craft beers and the prices pale in comparison to Craft Beer Kan, so it’s not really a place we’d recommend going to if you’re in the area for a short time. Moreover, the table charge of ¥500 is also pretty pricey, even though you …

Ohka The Best Days in Naka-meguro, Tokyo

Ohka The Bestdays Front

Ohka The Best Days The Bottom Line Ohka The Best Days isn’t the best place to find new craft beer and nor is it the cheapest place either. If you want large portions of food with craft beer for the usual Tokyo price, then you’ve found somewhere. The guaranteed selection of Shiga Kogen means you get one of Japan’s best …

Noge West End in Noge, Yokohama

Noge West End Front

Noge West End The Bottom Line Noge West End is El Nubichinom what should have turned out like. The former is a nice little sitting bar, with some good, well-conditioned beers on tap at reasonable prices, in a very chilled out old Japanese izakaya shop. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area for some of rarer beers we’ve …