When you think of Okinawa and beer, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Orion Beer. This is unsurprising, as they pretty much dominate the beer market here. However, there are a number of other breweries in Okinawa, and if you’re a fan of craft beer, it’s definitely worth checking them out.
Here are three bars you should absolutely visit if you fancy broadening your beer horizons while on the island!
This bright and spacious bar is located right in the heart of Kokusai Dori, making it really convenient for anyone staying in or visiting Naha.
They brew a range of their own beer, including a pale ale, a porter, and a unique Goya Dry, which uses juice from local bitter melons to add an interesting flavor to the beer. On our visit, they had a delicious seasonal mango beer available too, so be sure to check the specials on offer when you drop by. The pub also has an extensive food menu.
Be aware that there is a cover charge per person at this bar. You do get a small side dish for this – it’s not vegetarian, but if you ask, they are happy to change it to a vegetarian dish for you at no extra cost.
Opening hours: 12:30 PM to 11:00 PM (Sundays to Thursdays; last order at 10:30 PM), 12:30 PM to 12:00 AM (Fridays and Saturdays; last order at 11:30 PM)
Address: 1F, 1-2-25 Makishi, Naha City, Okinawa (沖縄県那覇市牧志 1-2-25, 1F)
Another Naha establishment, this friendly and welcoming bar is tucked away on a side street just south of Kokusai Dori. The interior is dominated by two large communal tables which are designed to encourage customers to talk to each other and make new friends.
Taste of Okinawa has five rotating craft beers from local breweries on tap and a wide range of bottles from Okinawa, other areas in Japan, and abroad. They also have a great food menu that uses locally sourced ingredients and is specifically designed to complement the beer.
The staff here are really friendly and more than happy to chat with patrons about the beer, the food, and life in general!
For those interested in Okinawan cuisine, Taste of Okinawa also runs a food market tour and cooking class where you can learn more about local products and prepare a traditional four-course meal.
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – light food menu; 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM – full food menu)
Address: 1F, 1-6-21 Tsuboya, Naha City, Okinawa (沖縄県那覇市壺屋 1-6-21, 1F)
Chatan Harbor Brewery & Restaurant is an upmarket bar and restaurant located right on the seafront near American Village in Chatan. With dim lighting and a fabulous view over the ocean, it’s a great place for a date night or to relax with friends. And the big vats on display behind the bar remind you that you’re in a real brewery!
The bar serves five of their own craft beers, plus they often have a couple of seasonal specials available, too. Can’t make up your mind? Try their tasting set to sample each of their five main beers! The extensive cocktail and spirits menu on offer provides plenty of options for those who aren’t beer drinkers.
The bar and restaurant area are separate, but there’s also a bar snack menu available if you get peckish. On warm days, you can sit on the spacious outdoor terrace and listen to the ocean waves lapping at the shore in front of you.
Opening hours: 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Address: 53-1 Mihama, Chatan, Okinawa (沖縄県北谷町美浜 53-1)
This is just a small sample of the craft beer bars in Okinawa, so be sure to pay them a visit when you come to this beautiful island in Japan!