Kansai area craft beer bars
craft beerMolto!! 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...
craft beerPogo - 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...
craft beerBeer 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...
craft beerCraft Beer Base Garden - Beer bar: Higobashi
Open Fridays and Saturdays only, this Higobashi branch of the beloved Craft Beer Base chain offers eight craft beers on tap in a pleasant outdoor-terrace setting. The food menu features barbecued chicken and ribs, paella and pizzas. Children and...
craft beerGarage 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.
craft beerKamikaze - 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.
craft beerYellow 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.
craft beerHathor - 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...
craft beerBevvy - Beer bar: Namba
Draft Pub Bevvy is one component of the Food Hall Blast! food-court complex, along with three fast-casual restaurants, a cafe and a rose-wine bar. They offer ten Japanese craft beers on tap, along with ten wines on tap (from barrels) and six...
craft beerTNT 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...
craft beerHarenohi - 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.
craft beerLingua 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...
craft beerBeer 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...
craft beerStanding 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,...
craft beerB 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...
craft beerBeer 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...
RetailCraft 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...
craft beerCraft Beer Base Branch - Beer bar: Umeda
This fifth branch of the popular Craft Beer Base chain is an informal standing bar that's simply called "Branch" because all their outlets have plant-related names. Seven taps dispense three beers from their own CBB Brewing Lab plus four Japanese...
craft beerCraft 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...
craft beerMarciero - 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.
craft beerMolto - 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,...
craft beerCraft 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...
restaurantHop 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...
craft beerHop 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...
craft beerStarboard - 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...
restaurantMother 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...
craft beerNew 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...
craft beerKomachi - Beer bar: Heian Shrine
Seven craft beers on tap and good food at this neighborhood craft-beer bar.
craft beerBungalow - 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...
craft beerBakujun - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
This quiet bar has good food and craft beers, although the atmosphere is rather subdued. There are eight taps along with a selection of bottled beer (both Japanese and Belgian), with beers ranging from Y700-1100 per pint and a Y300 table charge. ...
craft beerBefore 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...
craft beerTakumiya - 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...
craft beerIchi-ya - Beer bar: 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...
craft beerLen - 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...
craft beerKarr - 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...
craft beerTaigu - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
One of Kyoto's pioneering hangouts for craft-beer aficionados, Taigu (formerly known as Tadg's in English) offers several Japanese craft beers on tap along with wine and cocktails. The meat-centered food menu includes burgers, wagyu beef-offal...