Top Choice Brewery in Kanazawa

Oriental Brewing

You can't miss this trendy brewhouse at the entrance to Higashi-chaya-gai: it's always humming with Japanese and international guests who love the mellow, friendly vibe and the original yeasty ales.
Top Choice Pub in Takayama

Red Hill Pub

You'll feel like you're walking into a friend's living room in this cosy, dimly lit basement bar. The hip and happy owner, Hisayo, deftly adjusts the vibe to suit the patrons present. It's sometimes soulful and smoo…
Bar in Kanazawa

Sturgis Rock Bar

We almost want to keep this fabulous, colourful, fun, wild and original Kanazawan institution to ourselves… With live rock and every manner of everything hanging from the ceiling, you'll feel like you're on an acid …
Bar in Nagoya


We love this friendly, colourful and a little bit hippie two-storey cafe-bar. Whether you're with friends or flying solo, you're bound to feel comfortable. It's a little off the beaten track, but that's part of its …
Cafe in Kanazawa

Curio Espresso & Vintage Design

Brewing Seattle-style coffee that would satisfy even the most hardened Melburnian coffee snob, this sweet little cafe is a great spot to start your day, with a variety of simple breakfast foods to go with your latte…
Bar in Kanazawa

Baby Rick

Class and character in the heart of Katamachi, this basement bar has an extensive picture menu, a billiard table and attracts a lively crowd. There's a ¥500 cover after 10pm.
Bar in Kanazawa

Cambio APT

Smack in the heart of Katamachi you'll find this shiny, welcoming bar. The friendly young owner spent time in Canada and is happy to chat. There's a ¥400 seating charge.
Pub in Matsumoto

Old Rock

In the perfect spot a block south of the river, across from Nakamachi, you'll find this popular pub with good lunch specials and, appropriately, a wide range of beers.
Bar in Matsumoto


This sophisticated little whisky bar is run by a colourful character who'd love to pour you a single malt or one of his original cocktails.
Craft Beer in Matsumoto

Beer Garage Ganesha

A Belgian beer bar overlooked by Lord Ganesha, the Hindu 'God for every man', in the Japanese Alps. Quirky, but it works.