San Diego style IPA’s while listening to 80s metal is the theme of this prize. Located just a 5 minute walk north of Yokohama Station, you’ll be able to hide out and drink the hoppiest beers available in Japan. Service is great. The owner is very friendly, welcoming, and will let you play whatever music you’d like of his collection. I’d give it a 100, but I know that’s because of personal reasons.
The best beer bar in Ylkohama, no exceptions. Mr. Koichi is a wonderful host. The beers are selected by Koichi, and he appreciates craft beer. Here’s to continued sucess to the Thrash Zone!
chuwy (26) , Japan | March 11, 2009| Updated July 24, 2011
Great gem of a place in Yokohama. Not far from the station, though can be hard to find, the first time. Tim E’s directions will get you there. Around 9 taps, including Crossover, a new beer brewedd by Yokohama brewery, especially for Thrash zone. kinda cream ale (?) West Coast IPa, it’s a hoppy monster! Great crowd there. seats about 10 to 15 at a squeeze. always has a few locals in. Everyone is very friendly. One of the friendliest bars I know of. Suprisingly, I don’t hear much Thrash Metal when I go there. Story goes it was created as a way to promote Nagahama ale, discovered by the owner, Koichi san whilst fishing out on a lake near there. They now have a nice range of Japanese craft beers plus one or two American hop monsters. Occasionally dry hopping beers to make them even better and more interesting. One of my favourite bars. Period. Better than Cheers! Open almost till last train (then there’s always the green sheep, as a last resort). Watch your last train, or you may end up
New place much more comfortable than the old, though it looks a bit rough and industrial. Even more great beers on tap, and good prices. Small, personal place near Yokohama station. Great beers on tap. The master is a very nice guy who speaks English. Other customers were friendly too. Good mix of American and Japanese micros on tap.
This place is becoming a weekly stop. I miss my California brews and Thrash is slowly becoming home away from home. The Japan Micros on tap are always tasty. Plan to go by tonight.
jonno (148) , Japan | August 15, 2008| Updated June 19, 2011
A great little place in Yokohama. The beer range is not extensive, but what they do have is generally of very high quality. Nice music selection (if it’s your thing) and the bar owner (Koichi) is a great guy, who really enjoys his job. Definitely worth a visit in Yokohama...see you there!
Hands down, my favorite stop for a beer. The bartender is fun to talk to, the music selection is excellent, the decor is nice...with a vision ripped right from the average metalhead’s bedroom in the 80’s, and the beer selection is usually spot on...Showcasing Japanese craft beers and a growing selection of imported bottles. Thrash Zone is the kind of rare place that has a metal heart but a homey vibe. Great for a local chat with a buddy or a solo trip to sample some fresh beer and smoked foods. The cheese plate comes recommended as does the Minoh Stout. ALE AWAITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marc (13) Yokosuka, Japan | December 9, 2007| Updated January 26, 2008
Smallish (in the way that most Japanese Places are) probably fitting 20 or so. Could be a bit of a challenge to find for some folks, follow TimE’s directions and take a peek at the map on the web site and you should be fine. Inside is very well lit with minimalist decor’. Clean yet inviting the walls are lined with heavy metal albums from the 80’s. Like said earlier, the music is mostly metal (I have yet to hear any punk) played at a very reasonable level. 7 taps with 2 hand pumps with a decent variety of Japanese micros and an attentive staff of one make this place a soon to be regular stop when in Yokohama for me.
Capa (464) Kitsap, Washington | December 9, 2007| Updated December 20, 2008
I heard that Thrash Zone played punk and metal while serving some good beers. While it wasn’t quite what I expected in decor, it was a fun place anyhow. I was thinking it would be dark and loud, but it was well lit and the music was being played at a very resonable level. Had a few hand pumps mixed in with their taps. Nothing exceptional, but still a good selection. I had the cheese plate and it went really well with the couple IPAs I had. The bartender is nice, knows his beer, and speaks english...which was nice for me. Some people can find this place right away, I on the other hand, walked around for about an hour, passing it 5 times before giving up and trying again a couple weeks later. TimE’s directions are better than the ones I used, though. Big fan of this little bar, I’ll be back for sure.
Update December 2008. There seems to be an influx of guest beers available and he added a couple taps. I love this place!
TimE (345) Tokyo, Japan | November 28, 2007| Updated February 3, 2012
Reopened in Feb 2012 in new location - a whole 20 sec walk from old location. Instead of turning left at parking lot, keep walking straight, cross main road and it is the first building on the right side.
I love the new place. Better than the old place. It has a rea,l no frills just good beer, feel to it, that lacked in the last place - plus it is bigger. Exposed concrete walls, TVs playing heavy metal videos. Tap list has expanded, but still focuses on extreme craft beers - when I was in there the other night 8 of the 12 taps were IPA or IIPAs. Prices seemed to have dropped (1000 yen pint/US craft beer, ie. Hop Juice, etc nad 800 yen for Japanese craft). This is a must for any beer geek who is in the Tokyo/Yokohama area. Awesome
A small bar not too far from Yokohama station (see map on website). Punk rock memorabilia lines the wall, but the music is surprisingly played at reasonable levels unless you ask the owner to turn it up. Seven micros on tap, which all rotate except for the house beer, which is Nagahama ale and Minoh Stout. Only place in Tokyo/Yokohama that I have seen Shinano and Inawashiro beers on tap. The latter is just average, but the former is really nice. The owner will also dry hop beers just for his bar. The night I was there Minoh IIPA was on and was fabulous with Centenial dry hopping. Food is only smoked stuff and yaki-udon (like yaki-soba). Only seven taps, so given limited beer range, there are better places around. However, given that it is only a 5 min walk from Cheers, it seems like a mandatory stop over. Proof that Yokohama is the most improved beer city in the world for 2007. From Yokohama Station go out the North Gate, then go out the West exit (essentially the NW part of the statio