Hiroshima is a city which has had some decent bars in it for a few years now, and now seems to be growing when it comes to beer, perhaps with the return of tourists in mind. Perhaps not all of the places will be to everyone’s taste though. But I don’t suppose beer is anyone’s main reason for coming here and it is just a pleasant diversion.
Hiroshima Neighborly Brewing
New brewery which seems like it has lots of money behind in. City centre location on a shopping arcade. Brewery is on the first floor along with a bit of a taproom and there’s a bigger dining area on the second floor. Apparently the top three floors are going to be a hostel. Guess they have been a bit scuppered by the lack of tourists, but as soon as people are back in Hiroshima I’m sure they’ll be busy. Only managed to pop in for a few beers, most of which were quite safe, perhaps designed to appeal to people who aren’t necessarily craft beer fans. But they also had the utterly insane Mint White IPA as a standard beer which was actually quite nice and very unique. About 15 taps if I recall correctly. Think they were all their own beers.
Haven’t been here for a long time! Maybe over 10 years. At that time it was one of the only places in town. Since then there are a few more bars and they themselves have opened up Raku (below) and Hiroshima Neighborly Brewing (above). Golden Garden is their world beer cafe so expect some imports. When we went I think it was only on the second floor but judging by pictures it now looks like it has either expanded to include the first floor or has completely moved to there. All of which suggests that everything I have written could be woefully out of date. Ho hum!
The Japanese craft beer bar from the team that brought you the Golden Garden bar. All Japanese craft on tap including some of their Hiroshima Neighborly Brewing beers and always seems to have some Daisen on too. Nice feel to it and I think they have some nice food too, although as a tourist, I always stuff myself with Okonomiyaki when I’m in Hiroshima so I think have never eaten here.
KeMBY’s Brew Pub
Not sure this place is that new, but it was new to me. American style pub, or maybe I’m just saying that because of the pool table and the numerous US Military squadron stickers around. Lots of pub food and… their own brewery! However their own beers are referred to as ‘home brews’ on their menus and blackboards. To some this might sound fine, but to others it might not give off such a positive image. To those who think it’s more of the latter, well, I’m not going to disavow them of their opinion. Definitely this is more of a lively spot than your average craft beer place, so if that’s what you’re looking for, maybe this is the place for you. And if you want to try their beers, they are reasonably priced and you’re probably not going to be able to get them anywhere else.
It’s been a long time since we went here. If I remember rightly, it’s a fairly narrow bar with a counter and a few tables that leans quite heavily on imports and modern styles but also has some domestic craft too. That’s about all I can remember. Sorry!