Nomi Nalu in Adachi, Tokyo

Nomi Nalu Front・ノミナルフロント

Nomi Nalu The Bottom Line What Nomi Nalu lacks in a wide range of craft beer, it makes up in a solid range of beers on tap along with some tasty burgers to boot as well. The main downside to getting to Nomi Nalu is the long walk, or cycle, need to get there from the closest station. The whole …

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Mugi no Oto in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Mugi no Oto Front ・麦の音フロント

Mugi no Oto The Bottom Line Mugi no Oto is a place I really wanted to like – went in with an open mind, looking forward to some craft beer and relaxing music in the background. I definitely had some beers but the music and prices of beers left me a bit cold, despite the beers being well served. The prices …

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 …

Kanei Shoten in Noge, Yokohama

Kanei Shoten Front・金井商店フロント

Kanei Shoten The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something upmarket in Yokohama to have your craft beer and food, then get to Kanei Shoten, else give it a miss if you’re worried about the price. It’s far more upmarket than other places in the area and you’ll pay for it, but the fun, lively atmosphere, paired up with some …

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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 …