This is part two of what will be constantly updated posts with brief descriptions of places that possibly deserve to be on here but which I have either no time or inclination to visit. Part one is here, part three here, part four here and part five is here, or you can view all of them by clicking the digest tag, or just clicking here. I have tried various ways of keeping up to date with the crazy amount of places that are opening and have been struggling with deciding which places warrant including and which don’t. This seems to be a reasonable way of dealing with them. They will remain on the map with a question mark as I can’t vouch for any of these. The map will link to this post where places will be listed in alphabetical order with a short description and link which should give you some idea of what to expect and whether it’s worth going to. There will be no tags, as that will just confuse matters I think. If I end up going to any of these places and they are worthy of a full write up, I’ll remove them from here and make them a post of their own. Not everything on the backlog will be on here. This is mainly intended for what I imagine to be a bit less interesting but still worth mentioning places.
August Beer Lab Kitchen – Nihonbashi
I have to say, I quite liked the old August place in Roppongi. It certainly was much better than many other places in that area. From the name I’m guessing that this is food focused. Think they have quite a few other bars around town now. If you’re going to choose one, I’d probably still recommend Yanaka Beer Hall.
Bakushuan – Nihonbashi
Fancy looking sake restaurant that serves some Japanese craft beer too. I would guess it’s not the kind of place you’d got to knock back the beers, but if you’re interested in sake and mixing your drinks, go for it.
Bar i.o – Tachikawa
Six taps with some local stuff you don’t see around so much. Seems to be quite whisky focused too.
Beer & 246 – Aoyama
Another August beer place. The fact that they have a ‘standard craft beer’ section to their website and looking at some of the photos suggest to me that they might be in the beer cocktail business! Not heard much about this.
Beer Chimney (Gotemba Kogen) – Marunouchi
Bit of a mystery as it has been around for years, long before the recent craft beer boom, but has very little internet presence and not many people seem to know about it. Serves as a taproom for Gotemba Kogen beer and is also an Izakaya. Walked past one and it looked quite ’traditional’ (ie. old) but is probably a bit of fun if you’re up for Gotemba Kogen beers.
Beer Pub Scent – Meguro
Intriguingly named pub with a mix of Japanese craft, imported craft on five taps and some macro. Three handpumps if that’s your bag. Apparently it’s ‘cosy’.
Boulevard Cafe & 9 – Yokohama
Not exactly a beer bar, but something to do with the Yokohama Baystars baseball team. Bay Brewing make beers for. Seems that you can get three taps of those beers here including a seasonal. Open in the daytime too.
Craft Beer & Wine The Dodo House
Seven taps of what is usually Japanese craft but with an occasional import. To be honest, I know nothing about this place, but a look at their facebook tap lists suggests they get some of the more unusual breweries in.
Fujimaru Craft – Mizonokuchi
Wasn’t at all aware of this place till very recently. Seems import heavy, in fact maybe exclusively import. Makes it on as the only craft beer bar in the area. Will try to visit and provide some more info.
Haburashi Beer & Potato – Shibuya
I’ve heard this place attracts a lot of male customers as the staff are young and female. Winning combination of beer and chips/fries. Seems to offer mainly Scandinavian beers and apparently is priced as you’d expect. Not sure why it’s named as it is (toothbrush).
Karakuri – Kanda
Craft beer and oden. A new spin on the whole beer and food thing I guess. Mainly Japanese craft with a few imports in there I think. I know people who go here quite often, but it’s never quite grabbed me yet. Perhaps because it’s another food concept I can’t eat.
Liquor Base Fussa – Fussa
Beer and other booze shop with what seems like a reasonable selection of Japanese craft and imports. Check their twitter (https://twitter.com/liquorbasefussa) for their new arrivals. If you’re in the area, seems like a decent option. There may be some on site drinking, but I haven’t even above to confirm it, so don’t go depending on that.
Magnetico – Kamakura
A place that I’ve been meaning to go to for ages. Have heard good things about it. Best check the opening hours on their facebook before you go, as I believe it’s a low key operation.
Five taps of Japanese craft including some interesting local stuff.
On Tap/Edo Tokyo Beer – Kiyosumishirakawa
Located out east, this is a bar with its own brewery, although I’m not sure if it’s on site. It does say that their beers are made in Koto-ku. Pretty sure you won’t get these anywhere else. Nine taps of craft and one macro. Bit of a mystery.
Sakeria Sakebozu – Yoyogi Hachiman
Trendy looking sake bar that apparently has some good Japanese and imported bottles and cans of craft beer too. Have been recommend this place by a few people but shamefully have still not gone, even though it’s close to my house.
Tachinomi Beer Boy – Nakameguro
Part of the Craft Beer Market family, one of its Beer Boy bars (more like craft beer izakayas I’ve heard). Standing bar with 10 taps (one macro) made up of a mix of Japanese and imported craft. Good pricing as you’d expect from a CBM.
Taki – Shibuya
The ‘Japanese beer and sake’ branch of the Cerveza Gym chain. Much like Wailele and Wasserfall (see below), they seem to post their beer list on facebook. Might just be my preference, but this seems like the best of the lot, selection wise. Not sure why I’ve never been here to be honest.
Wailele – Shibuya
The ‘Hawaiian and American beer’ branch of the Cerveza Gym chain. Much like Taki and Wasserfall (see above and below), they seem to post their beer list on facebook.