Known to be the food and culinary capital of Japan, Osaka, indeed, is a haven for food and drink lovers, who wants to have an authentic Japanese experience. Everyone traveling to Osaka won’t surely miss having a taste of some of Japan’s staple street foods like Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and Ramen. But, every local would surely recommend having a taste of their great street foods and delicacies with a glass of their authentic craft beer. Want to try the city’s best cold brews, check out our list of the best spots for craft beer in Osaka, Japan.
1. Beer Belly Tenma
Located in the Tenma Market area near the JR Tenma Station, the Beer Belly Tenma is known as the flagship and the largest among all of the Beer Belly bars in the whole Osaka. The craft beers that they serve are being produced by the famous and internationally acclaimed Minoh Brewery. They are known to serve a tasty yet diverse selection of beers for all kinds of beer drinkers. They also serve tapas and one of the best mashed potatoes in the whole of Japan.
Beer Belly Tenma
Address: Japan, 〒530-0033 Osaka, Kita Ward, Ikedacho, 7 Chome−4
Website: Beer Belly Tenma
Opening hours: 3pm - 12am (daily)
2. Rock Bar Cherry Bomb
Despite its tiny area among the swarm of bars in the Shinsaibashi district, the Rock Bar Cherry Bomb still competes among the rest because of its relaxed and quaint atmosphere combined with a very festive rock music scene. Rock Bar Cherry Bomb truly fills the void of the lack of rock music bars in Osaka, and has become the most preferred place to have fun and bond with locals, tourists, and even immigrants. However, they only serve ice-cold craft beers, so they don’t really have a wide selection of cocktails.
Rock Bar Cherry Bomb
Address: Japan, 〒542-0083 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Higashishinsaibashi, 2−4-8
Website: Rock Bar Cherry Bomb
Opening hours: Mon, Wed - Thu: 9pm - 4am; Tue: 7pm - 4am; Fri - Sat: 8pm - 6am; Sun: 8pm - 3am
3. Craft Beer Base
The Craft Beer Base is another quaint bar in Osaka that is known for their huge yet delicately curated selection of both canned and bottled craft beers; some of them came from other parts of the world. Aside from that, the bar also features four rotating taps and draft craft beers. They also serve food that goes well with the cold brews. There are a total of four branches of Craft Beer Base in the whole Osaka, so there’s surely a convenient place for you to enjoy their beer wherever you are in Osaka.
Craft Beer Base
Address: 1 Chome-2-11 Oyodominami, Kita Ward, Osaka, 531-0075, Japan
Website: Craft Beer Base
Opening hours: Fri - Wed: 11am - 11pm; Thu: 5pm - 11pm
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4. Craft Beer Gulp
Craft Beer Gulp is another specialty beer place in Osaka that serves both Japanese and American west coast beers. You will surely love its very clean and contemporary atmosphere that doesn’t reek of a hipster feel on every sip of your quality craft beer. However, you should be reminded that the Craft Beer Gulp charges a relatively hefty cover charge that makes it one of the pricey beer places in Osaka.
Craft Beer Gulp
Address: 2 Chome-4-6 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0076, Japan
Website: Craft Beer Gulp
Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 5pm - 12am (closed on Tue)
5. Craft Beer Works Kamikaze
The Craft Beer Works Kamikaze is a very popular beer place in Osaka because of its top-quality craft beer. Most of the beers that they serve are locally produced and includes the renowned Minoh Beer and some other beers that have been produced from the United States and Europe. Whether you will be drinking a light beer, or a fruity one, or even something strong, there will be surely a perfect beer for you to satisfy your cravings. Their craft beers are even better when partnered with their delicious foods and cozy ambiance.
Craft Beer Works Kamikaze
Address: Japan, 〒550-0014 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Kitahorie, 1 Chome−22−21 ヒフミヤビル 1F
Website: Craft Beer Works Kamikaze
Opening hours: 4pm - 12am (daily)
6. Yellow Ape Craft
Located right in the heart of Osaka’s business district, Yellow Ape Craft offers a very unique beer experience among other beer places in the city. Despite its far location compared to where the tourist usually stays and hangs out, the bar still attracts a relatively big number of patrons because of the quality craft beers and delicious foods that they serve.
Yellow Ape Craft
Address: 2 Chome-4-9 Imabashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 541-0042, Japan
Website: Yellow Ape Craft
Opening hours: Mon, Tue - Thu, Sat: 3pm - 12:30am; Fri: 3pm - 2am; Sun: 3pm - 11:30pm
7. TNT Craft Beer Pub
TNT Craft Beer Pub is a haven for those who have a passion for craft and draft beers. In fact, every corner and wall of the pub features something about beers and drinks. There’s a total of five rotating taps that serve different unique flavors. Aside from that, they also serve bottled and canned beers for those who would want to take home a taste of their quality beers. They also serve an extensive food menu, including some of the Japanese street food favorites like kimchi gyoza, and dumplings. Complete the experience by having fun with your friends over board games, live music and trivia nights.
TNT Craft Beer Pub
Address: 1-2-5 三軒屋東 Taisho Ward, Osaka, 551-0002, Japan
Website: TNT Craft Beer Pub
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 6pm - 12am; Sun: 5pm - 12am; Mon: 7pm - 12am
8. Garage 39
Garage 39 is probably among the largest bars in Osaka. They are well known for its unique location, which is a former garage, hence, the name of the bar. Its large size also makes it capable of housing over a dozen taps. The back part of the bar also features a beer hall, which is a very unique experience when you are in Osaka.
Address: 2 Chome-5-15 Awajimachi, Chuo Ward, 大阪市中央区 Osaka 541-0047, Japan
Website: Garage 39
Opening hours: 5pm - 12am (daily)
If you are craving for some craft beer, but want to stay at an intimate location, then you would want to consider Marciero. The bar can only accommodate less than 12 people and features eight taps. Marciero serves mostly Japanese craft beers, but they also serve some other beers sourced from other countries. This beer place is located just a short walk away from Beer Belly Tenma, so it is possible to experience each of their beers in a single night.
Address: 8-10 Doyamacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0027, Japan
Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 5pm - 2am (closed on Tue)
10. Lingua World Cafe
Lastly, the Lingua World Cafe is a full-service cafe, restaurant, and bar that is guaranteed to be family-friendly. In fact, the restaurant even features a play area for kids, and live music and art events that are suitable for all ages. The place comes with a very artistic ambiance, mainly because the bar is regularly converted into an art gallery. Beer-wise, Lingua offers three rotating taps of Baird Beer, a beer brewed all the way from Shuzenji, Japan, and other selection of bottled craft beers.
Lingua World Cafe
Address: Japan, 〒543-0072 Osaka, Tennoji Ward, Ikutamamaemachi, 1−1 上本町ホールドビル
Website: Lingua World Cafe
Opening hours: Sun - Mon: 11am - 6pm; Tue - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm
Spend the night at one of the craft beer places in Osaka
A trip to Osaka won’t be complete without trying out the local cuisine. Complete your whole Osaka culinary experience by trying out their cold brews at one of the best spots for craft beer in Osaka, Japan.
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