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Craft beers - Japanese and imported

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Molto!! Fukushima - Beer bar: Fukushima
Molto's Fukushima branch stands out among Osaka's many craft-beer bars for its excellent food - a selection of a dozen or so home-made artisanal sausages alongside a full menu of casual Italian cuisine. If you're just popping in for a drink the...
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Pogo - Beer bar: Fukushima
One of a growing number of craft-beer bars in the Fukushima neighborhood, this attractively appointed two-story bar offers eight taps dispensing both Japanese and imported brews. Service is friendly, music is above average, and there's some outdoor...
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Beer Belly - Beer bar: Higobashi
Minoh Beer is a craft brewery a bit north of Osaka city, and this centrally located taproom serves a line-up of their regular beers (including their excellent W-IPA) plus a few limited-edition special seasonal brews. They also offer nicely chosen...
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Garage 39 - Beer bar: Honmachi
The fifteen taps at this relatively spacious beer bar serve up a mix of Japanese and US craft beers, with US pints selling for Y950. The food is also good.
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Fujiyama - Beer bar: Kita-Horie
Billing themselves as a "meat beer bar," Fujiyama delivers on both food and drink fronts, with an excellent selection of craft beers alongside a meat-focused food menu. The bar's six taps dispense US craft beers from breweries like Knee Deep, Lost...
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Kamikaze - Beer bar: Kita-Horie
The 23 taps at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze serve mostly Japanese craft beers, with a few US imports as well. Food and service are good, but it can get crowded during busy times and seating can be cramped.
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Marca - Brewpub: Kita-Horie
Marca Cafe and Beer Factory usually serves five or six of their own beers and sometimes a guest beer. The limited food menu offers beer-friendly bar fare like pates and sausages, plus a canned-food selection. Beers come in three sizes, with a UK...
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Yellow Ape Craft - Beer bar: Kitahama
Thirty beers, mostly Japanese craft beers, are served on tap here along with bar snacks like pizza. The Y320 table charge includes a small appetizer.
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Hathor - Beer bar: Kyobashi
Kyobashi may be off the beaten track for Osaka craft-beer bar denizens, but this cozy neighborhood spot is worth checking out if you're anywhere nearby. There's a big tap list, including eight well-selected Japanese craft brews and seven mostly US...
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TNT Bar - Beer bar: Taisho
This extremely informal, charmingly scruffy bar has one of the most impressive selections of US craft beers by the bottle that we've seen in town, usually with more than 100 to choose from. Most bottles are in the Y900-1200 range, although you'll...
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Harenohi - Beer bar: Tanimachi 4-chome
Six US craft beers on tap plus nice Utsunomiya-style gyoza are served at this convivial beer bar. From the folks who brought us Q-Brick.
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Lingua World Cafe - Beer bar: Tanimachi 9-chome
The menu here promises sandwiches (grilled cheese, roast chicken), poutine (!) and craft beers, and while there are only a couple of taps, Lingua does offer an excellent selection of canned and bottled imports, and cans are just Y700. They also...
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Beer Belly Tenma - Beer bar: Tenma
Fourteen taps, including four hand pumps, all dispense beers from Osaka's Minoh Brewery at this spacious company-run taproom. The food menu is decent, with a wide range of tapas dishes. It's located around the corner from Stand Bar 1020 and many...
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Standing Beer Bar 1020 - Beer bar: Tenma
Located in a mini-shopping arcade just off a main shopping arcade in busy Tenma, this tiny standing bar has room for around six or seven customers at a time. The six taps represent Japanese craft beers in a variety of styles - hoppy beers, stouts,...
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B and G Nicholson - Beer bar: Tenmabashi
Oversized Utsunomiya-style gyoza (fried pork dumplings) are one of the draws at this cozy craft-beer bar, from the same management of the nearby Harenohi bar and the legendary (now defunct) Q-Brick. Well-chosen Japanese craft beers from breweries...
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Beer Stand Molto! - Beer bar: Umeda
A lively standing bar, conveniently located in the Hankyu Sanbangai station complex, Molto serves four craft beers on tap along with several dozen by the bottle. They also have around ten wines by the glass and tapas-style small dishes to go with...
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Craft Beer Base - Beer bar: Umeda
This tiny standing beer bar attached to a retail liquor shop has only four taps, but they change fairly often. However the real reason to come here is their amazing selection of 200-300 bottled beers, including interesting US and European craft...
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Marciero - Beer bar: Umeda
The eight taps at this tiny bar here dispense a rotating selection of well-chosen craft beers, mostly from Japan, the US and Germany. Imperial pints are priced at Y1080. Open from 3pm weekends.
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Molto - Italian: Umeda
Craft Beer House Molto is definitely the highest craft-beer bar in Osaka, offering a fine view of the city from its 31st-floor location. There's a full menu of Italian food (budget around Y4000 at dinnertime), or you can just stop by for a beer,...
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Craft Beer Base Bud - Beer bar: Umeda 1-chome
A lively, very down-to-earth craft-beer bar, Bud offers an inspired selection from their eight taps - generally four brews from the US and two each from Japan and Europe. All pints are priced at Y1000 while half-pints are Y700. The very casual...

Belgian beers

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Dolphins Umeda - Belgian rest/beer bar: Chayamachi
This conveniently located cafe is part of the popular chain of Osaka Belgian beer bars, and stocks around 100 beers, mostly from Belgium. Unfortunately the food menu is rather lackluster, and even Belgian specialties like mussels and frites are...
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Nakai - Yakitori: Chayamachi
There are plenty of places in town to get some yakitori and beer, but the beers here are Belgian craft beers and the yakitori is made from free-range Tamba birds, an heirloom breed prized for its flavor. Run by the Dolphins group of Belgian beer...
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Dolphins (Higobashi) - Belgian rest/beer bar: Higobashi
A good selection of Belgian beers and budget-friendly food items can be found in this branch of the popular Osaka beer-bar chain.
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Dolphins - Belgian rest/beer bar: Honmachi
The Sekaisuji-Honmachi outpost of Dolphins is the "beer bistrot" branch, with a basic food menu and a large selection of Belgian beers.
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Keller Keller - Belgian rest/beer bar: Namba
Conveniently located next to the Namba subway station, Beer's Table Keller Keller carries a couple dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, mostly priced around Y970-1240. There are also a few common Belgians on tap (Hoegaarden, Vedett, Belvue Kriek),...
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Keller Keller Cave - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shin-Osaka
If you're in the mood for a Belgian beer before you catch your train, this small branch of the Keller Keller chain serves a couple dozen Belgian beers by the bottle, mostly in the Y1000-1200 range, along with a simple food menu. Fried chicken and...
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Doll Dress - Beer bar: Tenma
Perhaps worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood, this oddly decorated, under-the-tracks bar stocks around 200 Belgian beers. As with any small bar with a large stock, it doesn't hurt to check expiration dates.
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Nakai - Yakitori: Tenmabashi
Good yakitori and Belgian beers, from the Dolphins chain of Belgian beer bar-restaurants. Budget around Y3000-3500 for dinner and drinks.
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Keller Keller Kranz - Belgian rest/beer bar: Umeda
One of the more stylish branches of this Osaka Belgian bar chain, Keller Keller Kranz is located in the Fukoku Forest Square dining complex, accessible from the Whity underground shopping arcade. The wide-ranging food menu features everything from...
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Flanders Tale - Belgian rest/beer bar: Umeda 2-chome
Nine Belgian beers on draft and many more by the bottle are served at this sprawling pub-restaurant. The food menu includes Belgian standards like mussels and frites, plus teppan-grilled meats and seafood, sausage and charcuterie platters and of...
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Barrel - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yodoyabashi
Good, authentic Belgian cuisine and a nice assortment of Belgian beers, including several on tap.

Other beers

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Drunk Bears - Beer bar: Chayamachi
Bears serves more than 100 different beers from around the world, along with bar food like nachos, sausages, calamari, and fried chicken fajitas. The stand-up bar is open till 2am weekends; there's also a sit-down dining room across the hall.
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World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Umeda
With more than 300 seats and several different bar counters and table areas, this sprawling complex is more like a world-beer theme park than a typical bar. The place is run by a beer importer, so you'll see some unusual beers on draft that you...

Retail

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Yamaya - Liquor shop: Namba
This nationwide chain specializes in imported wines and liquors, and they also carry a miscellaneous assortment of imported foods. They also stock several Belgian beers by the bottle along with bottles from Minoh, a local Osaka brewery. Maybe not...
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Craft Beer Base - Beer bar: Umeda
This tiny standing beer bar attached to a retail liquor shop has only four taps, but they change fairly often. However the real reason to come here is their amazing selection of 200-300 bottled beers, including interesting US and European craft...
Retail
World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Umeda
With more than 300 seats and several different bar counters and table areas, this sprawling complex is more like a world-beer theme park than a typical bar. The place is run by a beer importer, so you'll see some unusual beers on draft that you...
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Craft Beer Base Seed @Hanshin - Liquor shop: Umeda 1-chome
Located in the liquor section of Hanshin department store's food hall, this outlet of the Western-Umeda beer shop offers around 100 craft beers and Belgian beers for sale. Prices are slightly higher than at the main shop, about ten minutes away.

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