Craft beer bars in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
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We've divided our beer specialty bars into craft-beer specialists (usually Japanese and US craft breweries) and Belgian and other beer bars.

Osaka

Craft beers - Japanese and imported

Molto!! Fukushima - Beer bar: Fukushima
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
Pogo - Bar: Fukushima
[ Open 6pm-1am (Sun -11pm) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 6pm-1am (Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Beer Belly - Beer bar: Higobashi
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Sat 3-10, Sun 3-8) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Sat 3-10, Sun 3-8) daily. ]
Craft Beer Base Garden - Beer bar: Higobashi
[ Open Thu, Fri 5-9:30; Sat, Sun noon-9:30 (LO). Closed Mon-Wed. ]
Open Thursdays through Sundays, 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...
[ Open Thu, Fri 5-9:30; Sat, Sun noon-9:30 (LO). Closed Mon-Wed. ]
Garage 39 - Beer bar: Honmachi
[ Open 5pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
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.
[ Open 5pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Kamikaze - Beer bar: Kita-Horie
[ Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays. ]
Depaas Diner & Brew - Brewpub: Kitahama
[ Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
If you're in the mood to sample some unusual beers, this small basement brewpub might be worth a stop. A recent tap list featured Depaas' takes on Belgian Saison, Cucumber Kolsch, Ume Sour,...
[ Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Yellow Ape Craft - Beer bar: Kitahama
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays. ]
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.
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Sundays. ]
Hathor - Beer bar: Kyobashi
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
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...
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
Gulp - Beer bar: Namba
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Maruho Saketen Namba SkyO - Beer bar: Namba
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Located in a small food court, this craft-beer specialist offers 18 taps of domestic and imported beers along with a decent-sized bottle selection. The food menu features beer-pub dishes like gyoza,...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
TNT Bar - Beer bar: Taisho
[ Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
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...
[ Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Harenohi - Beer bar: Tanimachi 4-chome
[ Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
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.
[ Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
Lingua World Cafe - Beer bar: Tanimachi 9-chome
[ Open 10am-10pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Tuesdays. ]
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...
[ Open 10am-10pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Beer Belly Tenma - Beer bar: Tenma
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
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.
[ Open 3pm-midnight daily. ]
B and G Nicholson - Beer bar: Tenmabashi
[ Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
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. ...
[ Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Beer Stand Molto! - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open noon-2, 5-11:30pm daily. ]
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...
[ Open noon-2, 5-11:30pm daily. ]
Craft Beer Base - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Craft Beer Base Branch - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed Thursdays. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-9pm. Closed Thursdays. ]
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Craft Beer Market Whity Umeda - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
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 Y480 for a small glass and Y780 for a pint, plus a very...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Marciero - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays. ]
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.
[ Open 5pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Molto - Italian: Umeda
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily. ]
Craft Beer Base Bud - Beer bar: Umeda 1-chome
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily. ]

Belgian beers

Dolphins Umeda - Belgian rest/beer bar: Chayamachi
[ Open noon-12:30am (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open noon-12:30am (LO) daily. ]
Nakai - Yakitori: Chayamachi
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
Dolphins - Belgian rest/beer bar: Honmachi
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm daily. ]
The Sekaisuji-Honmachi outpost of Dolphins is the "beer bistrot" branch, with a basic food menu and a large selection of Belgian beers.
[ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm daily. ]
Keller Keller - Belgian rest/beer bar: Namba
[ Open 10am-9:45pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 10am-9:45pm (LO) daily. ]
Keller Keller Cave - Belgian rest/beer bar: Shin-Osaka
[ Open 10:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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,...
[ Open 10:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Regale - Belgian rest/beer bar: Tanimachi 4-chome
[ Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays. ]
Worth noting for their late-night hours, Regale serves a handful of Belgian beers on tap, including DeKoninck and Brigand, as well as more than 70 by the bottle. The food menu features the usual...
[ Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays. ]
Doll Dress - Beer bar: Tenma
[ Open noon-11:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays. ]
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...
[ Open noon-11:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays. ]
Nakai - Yakitori: Tenmabashi
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Good yakitori and Belgian beers, from the Dolphins chain of Belgian beer bar-restaurants. Budget around Y3000-3500 for dinner and drinks.
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Craft Beer Tap - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Run by a beer import company, this sister shop of the nearby World Beer Museum serves draft beers from Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, the UK and the US, including tasting flights. They also offer...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Keller Keller Kranz - Belgian rest/beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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. ...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Flanders Tale - Belgian rest/beer bar: Umeda 2-chome
[ Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Barrel - Belgian rest/beer bar: Yodoyabashi
[ Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]
Good, authentic Belgian cuisine and a nice assortment of Belgian beers, including several on tap.
[ Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays. ]

Other beers

Drunk Bears - Beer bar: Chayamachi
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO; 2am Fri/Sat) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO; 2am Fri/Sat) daily. ]
World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]

Retail

Yamaya - Liquor shop: Namba
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-9pm daily. ]
Craft Beer Base - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
World Beer Museum - Beer bar: Umeda
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Craft Beer Base Seed @Hanshin - Liquor shop: Umeda 1-chome
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
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...
[ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]

Kobe

Craft beers - Japanese and imported

Hop Stand Harborland Mosaic - Yakitori: Harborland
[ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Hop Stand - Yakitori: Sannomiya
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sun 2-10) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-midnight (Sun 2-10) daily. ]
In Tha Door Brewing - Brewpub: Sannomiya
[ Open 5-11pm (weekends noon-11). Closed Wednesdays. ]
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,...
[ Open 5-11pm (weekends noon-11). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Starboard - Beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
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...
[ Open 5-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Mother Moon Cafe - American: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
New Munchen Kobe Taishikan - Beer bar: Sannomiya south
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]

Belgian beers

Beer Cafe Barley - Belgian rest/beer bar: Nishinomiya
[ Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
This cozy and pleasant beer specialist has seven seats at the bar and a few tables. In addition to four hand-pumped ales they offer more than 100 bottled beers, including a wide selection of Belgian...
[ Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Tuesdays. ]
Cafe Brugge - Belgian rest/beer bar: Sannomiya
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]
One of the few places in town where you can find a multiplicity of Belgian beers, in a convenient location right at the foot of Ikuta Road.
[ Open 11:30am-11pm daily. ]

Kyoto

Craft beers - Japanese and imported

Komachi - Beer bar: Heian Shrine
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Seven craft beers on tap and good food at this neighborhood craft-beer bar.
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays. ]
Bungalow - Beer bar: Karasuma
[ Open 3pm-1am (LO; Sun 12-10pm). Closed Mondays. ]
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. ...
[ Open 3pm-1am (LO; Sun 12-10pm). Closed Mondays. ]
Bakujun - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Mondays. ]
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...
[ Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Mondays. ]
Before 9 - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
Takanoya - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 5pm-2am (Sun -midnight) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 5pm-2am (Sun -midnight) daily. ]
Takumiya - Beer bar: Karasuma-Oike
[ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Hachi Record Shop and Bar - Bar: Kawaramachi
[ Open 2-11pm daily. ]
Like its sister shops Before 9 and After 8, Hachi serves both beer and sake. The standing-only bar is located downstairs from their vinyl record shop, and the space includes an impressive sound...
[ Open 2-11pm daily. ]
Ichi-ya - Brewpub: Kawaramachi
[ Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Len - Bar: Kawaramachi
[ Open 8am-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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,...
[ Open 8am-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Karr - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 3pm-1am. Closed Thursdays. ]
'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...
[ Open 3pm-1am. Closed Thursdays. ]
Miyama 162 - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 6pm-midnight (LO; Fri, Sat -2am). Closed Wednesdays. ]
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...
[ Open 6pm-midnight (LO; Fri, Sat -2am). Closed Wednesdays. ]
Taigu - Beer bar: Kyoto City Hall
[ Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Crafthouse Kyoto - Beer bar: Kyoto Station
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
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...
[ Open 11am-midnight daily. ]
Kyoto Beer Lab - Brewpub: Kyoto Station
[ Open 3-11pm daily. ]
This small brewpub offers eight of their own beers on tap, including varieties like Macadamia Brown Ale, Blueberry Cheesecake Sour, and Wasabi-Salt Gueuze. The food is fancier than average beer-bar...
[ Open 3-11pm daily. ]

Belgian beers

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