Bars and Nightlife
Bottles of craft beer in Kannai
Yokohama’s “Beer-muda Triangle”—an area roughly encompassing Yokohama, Bashamichi and Kannai stations—is filled to overflowing with craft brew pubs and bars such as Yokohama Brewing, Bashamichi Tap Room, Bay Brewing and the ultimate heavy metal craft beer bar, Thrash Zone (to name just a few). All have helped place the city at the nexus of Japan’s indie beer map.
Antenna America is decidedly flash-free, though, sitting on the fifth floor of a non-descript converted apartment building as it is. Owned by Nagano Trading Company—who have been bringing beer direct to Japan from American breweries since 2006—its decor is simple and sparse, with plain white walls and fluorescent lighting offsetting a gray-blue carpet. Various brewery posters cling to the walls or sit propped up on unused kegs, and small tables for tachinomi (drinking while standing) are placed near the back. Turn to the left, though, and a small bar with keg taps and bottles reveals the depth of their niche. Glass refrigerators lining the back wall are stocked with 50-60 different types of beer from up to half a dozen of America’s best craft breweries, including Ballast Point, Stone, Speakeasy, Green Flash and Bear Republic.
Antenna features four rotating beers on tap, and we started with a Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch and a Green Flash Hop Odyssey Citra Session IPA . The Devil’s Canyon was dark and stout-ish, lightened by the slightly nutty and toasty malt taste—something whisky drinkers would enjoy. The IPA was crisp and hoppy, but not overly so, with the promised citrus easing the marijuana-like nose—definitely the better choice for the hot humid evening.
The menu fits into three categories: chicken baskets, burgers and dogs. Each is accompanied by an amazing variety of sauces and mustards created by some of the breweries to mix and match. We opted for chicken drumsticks with Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale chipotle sauce that turned out to be spicy and BBQ-y with plenty of meat on the bone—and included fresh celery sticks and a real blue cheese dressing for dipping.
The Cali-Belgique Dijon burger was small, with a Japanese bakery-style bun, and a very American-style seasoned patty slathered with melted cheese and served with waffle-cut fries. A simple hot dog —served plain, but with an invitation to make the most of the craft brew condiments—rounded out the meals.
The terrace on this converted apartment complex lacks a stellar view, looking over a parking lot and the back end of Kannai and Noge as it does, but there’s plenty of room to recommend it for a breezy summer night. We ended our foray into American craft beer territory here with a bottle of bitter, hopped up Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA and an Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, which had a bourbon-like bite and pleasant, lingering finish—much like our latest venture into the “Beer-muda Triangle.”
Monday to Friday: 3PM-11PM (last food order 9:40PM), Saturday : 11AM-11PM (last food order 9:40PM), Sunday & Monday holiday : 11AM-10PM (last food order 8:40PM)
Yoshida Building #6, 5th floor, 5-4 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Closest Railway Station
From Minatomirai Line Bashamichi Station (9 min walk)
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