Saturday, 17 June 2017

Nawlins BBQ & Craft Beer House

Whilst visiting the new Yokosuka Beer standing bar, it seemed like a good idea to pop into another place serving craft beer in the area. Nawlins has been open maybe a couple of years now but I haven’t managed to visit it till now. This is probably due to a combination of it not being in easy reach of my place and also the fact that its speciality is barbecue, which let’s be honest is never the best for vegetarians. Consequently, I can’t really give you a full overview of all aspects of the place, but I’ll do my best!

- Split over two floors. The ground floor has a counter with seating for around ten and a few other tables for maybe 20 more. The second floor was closed when we went there early on a Sunday, but there is a picture of it on their website and it looks pretty big! Seems like they hold events up there including live music. The decor is dominated by New Orleans Saints posters and memorabilia. Not a surprise given the name! There were a few people in there early on a Sunday but it was a kind of subdued atmosphere. I guess that it gets livelier later on.
- Loads of taps on the wall but not all of them were on. There was however a decent choice of 13 beers, dominated by Baird but with a couple of US imports and some other Japanese stuff thrown in. They have their own house beer, a smoked amber which is made for them by Baird. On the menu there are only prices for US pint size, but there were some smaller glasses behind the bar so maybe they’ll give you a half if you want one. Maybe Navy guys don’t drink halves. The Japanese stuff was mainly priced at ¥900, but there were a couple that were a little more expensive, but nothing over ¥1100. The US imports were ¥1200. As seems to be the case in most places that have a Baird connection, the Baird beers are cheaper here than they are in the Baird taprooms.
- Serves apparently excellent barbecue. My friend had some and said it was very good. It seems they have a good reputation judging by the comments on their Facebook page and it also seems they do take out which suggests it most definitely has a focus on the food.
- No smoking (apart from the meat, ho ho ho…), no cover charge and daytime opening. The holy trinity! They have wifi too!

I’m sure that I am 100% not their target customer but I had a nice time here and was pleased to get the chance to have their house beer which was very nice. Beer wise this is perhaps their big selling point as their other selections are widely available elsewhere. The pricing was good though and obviously most people go there to eat, so maybe it's more a restaurant with some good beer, rather than a bar with some barbecue. All the same, I think it’s worth popping in for the Smoked Amber if you’re heading to Yokosuka Beer, as it’s just around the corner.

Japanese breweries recently seen on tap:
Tama No Megumi

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-22:00
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00-22:30
Closed Monday

大滝町1-8, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa



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