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Pogo - Bar: Fukushima
Formerly known as "Craft Beer Kitchen Pogo," the bar transformed itself into a more cocktail-friendly "Tansan Bar Pogo" in July 2019. In addition to a wide range of highball varieties, they still serve nine craft beers on tap, a mix of imported and...
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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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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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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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Gulp - Beer bar: Namba
A bit more stylish than your average beer bar, Gulp is managed by a veteran of Osaka's craft-beer scene, and offers a well-curated selection of domestic Japanese and US import craft beers from its ten taps. Beers average Y1200 a pint or Y800 for a...
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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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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.
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Bak Umekita - Beer bar: Umeda
Run by Osaka's adventurous Bak brewery, this Umeda outlet serves ten of the brewery's beers on tap along with a small food menu. It's a pleasant spot located inside the Grand Front Osaka's stylish and very lively sixth-floor restaurant complex.
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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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Retail
Craft Beer Base Mother Tree - Beer bar: Umeda
Originally known as Kansai's best retail shop for imported beers, Craft Beer Base have expanded their operations to include a restaurant, bar, on-premises brewery and bottle shop. These are all located in their three-story headquarters behind the...
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Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Umeda
When Craft Beer Market opened their first branch in Tokyo they shook up the craft-beer scene with their low prices, wide beer selection, good food and overall mass appeal. Their first Osaka branch offers similarly low prices (starting at Y480 for a...
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market Whity Umeda - Beer bar: Umeda
It's hard to beat Craft Beer Market for price and beer selection. Offering thirty domestic and imported craft beers on tap, they charge just Y550 for a small glass and Y880 for a pint, plus a very reasonable Y300 cover charge after 3pm. The...
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craft beer
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
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...

Kobe

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Hop Stand Harborland Mosaic - Yakitori: Harborland
This big second branch of Hop Stand yakitori restaurant has forty terrace seats and another forty inside. They serve several different craft beers from Rokko brewery plus a collection of fruit-infused beer cocktails. Like the original branch, the...
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In Tha Door Brewing - Brewpub: Rokko Island
This attractive brewpub serves five or six original beers on draft along with a handful of brews from Kibidote brewery in Okayama. Beer styles include English Pale Ale, Belgian White, Session IPA, Coffee Stout, Orange Ale and Strawberry Ale.
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craft beer
Hop Stand - Yakitori: Sannomiya
Craft beers from Rokko brewery are served with yakitori at this small bar. There are generally five or six craft beers on draft (along with three macros), served in four different sizes and priced at Y920 for around a UK pint and Y480 for a small...
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craft beer
Starboard - Beer bar: Sannomiya
Formerly the Rokko Beer Diner, this brewery taproom serves beers from Rokko Brewery, Starboard, and a decent selection of guest beers - we noted Boundary Bay and Coronado among the breweries during our last visit. Glasses are around Y480 while US...
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Mother Moon Cafe - American: Sannomiya south
This popular cafe-style restaurant serves "farm-to-table" fare, with a salad buffet and bread bar at lunchtime. Four Japanese craft beers are served on tap, from Shiga Kogen and Minoh Beer plus a couple of local Hyogo-ken breweries. The lunch...
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craft beer
New Munchen Kobe Taishikan - Beer bar: Sannomiya south
This charming Kobe landmark serves a full range of Sapporo beers, and a huge, 150-item food menu. The small brewery in the basement produced two craft beers - a somewhat fruity wheat beer and a Vienna-style beer that uses Saaz hops. English menus...

Kyoto

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Shalara - Beer bar: Gion
If you're wandering around Kyoto's Gion district near Yasaka Shrine and find yourself in need of a cold drink, this cozy brewpub offers craft beers and ciders for here or to go, and even has a take-out window facing the street for quick outdoor...
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craft beer
Komachi - Beer bar: Heian Shrine
Seven craft beers on tap and good food at this neighborhood craft-beer bar.
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craft beer
Bungalow - Beer bar: Karasuma
One of the better places for craft beer in Kyoto (there isn't much competition), Bunglaow has ten taps devoted to Japanese craft breweries as well as a good menu of French and European bistro fare. There's no sit-down bar, just a standing bar area...
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craft beer
Before 9 - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
This stylish two-story bar, located in a converted machiya townhouse, serves both craft beer and artisanal sake. Kyoto Brewing Co, a local brewer, is well represented on the bar's eight taps, and there are also frequent beer-related popup events...
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Retail
Dig The Line - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
By far the hippest beer bar in Kyoto, Dig The Line offers a good selection of imported craft beers and ciders, excellent music (with regular DJ events), and comfortable seating both indoors and out. Ten taps are devoted to beer and cider, while the...
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craft beer
Takanoya - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
This attractively appointed two-story restaurant offers ten taps of well-chosen imported craft beers along with an impressive selection of food to go with it. The menu ranges from smoked-food platters and roast duck to curry rice, and prix-fixe...
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craft beer
Takumiya - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
Appetizing aromas wafting from the direction of the deep fryer are one of the charms of this lively craft-beer bar, although they occasionally clash with customers' cigarette smoke. Eight taps dispense Japanese craft beers, which are priced at...
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brewpub
Ichi-ya - Brewpub: Kawaramachi
Ichiya's spacious dining room is definitely a cut above your average beer bar, with stylish modern decor, comfortable seating and an invigorating musical soundtrack. Launched in August 2016 by Kyoto's Ichijoji Brewery, the bar serves excellent food...
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craft beer
Len - Bar: Kawaramachi
Located on the ground floor of a popular hostel, this budget-friendly cafe-bar offers a good selection of drinks, including draft beers from Kyoto Brewing and Baird (Shizuoka), a few types of sake, wine from Y2500 a bottle and lots of whiskey. The...
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craft beer
Karr - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
'Good beer! Good ham! Good music!' reads the sign on the wall, and this is a manifesto we wholeheartedly endorse. Pub Karr is a cozy, friendly little spot, well suited to a group outing if you don't mind cigarette smoke. In addition to table...
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restaurant
Miyama 162 - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
This cozy dining bar offers venison, wild boar and other game dishes along with craft beer and craft whisky. Draft beers include four types from Kyoto Brewing, a local favorite, along with Yona Yona American Pale Ale.
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craft beer
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kyoto Station
Thirty beers on tap, reasonable prices and decent food - that's the formula that has made Craft Beer Market a popular drinking destination in Tokyo, Osaka and now Kyoto. Most beers are priced at Y550 for a glass and Y880 for a pint, with a small...
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craft beer
Crafthouse Kyoto - Beer bar: Kyoto Station
A very attractive two-story bar-restaurant, Crafthouse offers excellent food and drink in a beautiful setting. Twelve taps dispense beers from well-regarded Japanese craft breweries like Two Rabbits (Shiga), Isekadoya (Mie) and Minoh (Osaka), with...
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brewpub
Kyoto Beer Lab - Brewpub: Kyoto Station
This small brewpub offers eight of their own well-produced beers on tap. These often including creative varieties like Macadamia Brown Ale, Blueberry Cheesecake Sour, and Wasabi-Salt Gueuze. The food is fancier than average beer-bar fare -...
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