Osaka's nightlife is vibrant, hectic and extremely diverse, and there are an enormous number of bars, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues throughout the city. Check the free magazine Kansai Scene for the latest info on clubs, bars and one-off dance events.
Bars in Osaka
Cinquecento is a funky little shot bar in Shinsaibashi with a friendly atmosphere and a local and international clientele. The martini menu is superb, and there’s draft beer available as well. The food menu features pizza, as well as small servings of snacks and nibbles. Prices are reasonable, too.Address: Chuo-ku, 2-1-10 Higashishinsaibashi, Osaka, 542 0083
Telephone: + 81 6 6213 6788.
The Blarney Stone
The Blarney Stone is a lively Irish pub in the heart of Umeda with live bands, darts and pool. There are Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, plus a large selection of international and Japanese brewed ales. The bar food menu has good value standards such as fish and chips and burgers. There’s also free Wi-Fi internet access.Address: Kita-ku, 6F, 2-10-15 Sonezaki, Osaka, 530 0057
Telephone: 81 6 6364 2001.
Yuzu No Komachi
If you fancy a quiet night experiencing authentic Japanese pub culture, stop in at this izakaya, or tavern. Seating is on the floor on cushions, and patrons chat quietly while snacking on edamame beans and sashimi and sipping sake.Address: Chuo-ku, 3-4-16 Nanba , Osaka, 542 0076
Telephone: +81 50 7302 5594.
Clubs in Osaka
Giraffe is one of Osaka's most famous nightclub and caters for all tastes. On four different dancefloors, partygoers can listen to almost any genre imaginable. There are even food stalls, a darts board and other drinking games available for those who want to take a break from dancing. Staff speak English and drinks are affordable.Address: Chuo-ku, 7-9 Souemoncho, Osaka, 542 0084
Telephone: +81 6 6211 1516.
This is a wildly popular club in the frenetic Shinsaibashi area of Osaka. The music policy is trance, hard house and hip-hop, but the atmosphere is casual and friendly. There’s a third-floor lounge for chilling out when the dance floor gets too full.Address: Chuo-ku, 2-11-7 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Osaka, 542 0086
Telephone: +81 6 6214 1223.
Sam & Dave One
This nightclub is characterised by a high-energy factor, as well as plenty of fun and drink enjoyed by foreigners and locals alike. There are regular guest DJs playing house, R&B, hip hop, disco and Top 40. There is another branch in Umeda which also attracts large crowds.Address: Chuo-ku , 2-7-20 Higashishinsaibashi, Osaka, 542 0083
Telephone: +81 6 6212 5867
Live music in Osaka
Billboard Live Osaka
This is an intimate supper club with top jazz, soul, R&B and folk performers every night. The sound system is excellent, and Billboard’s in-house restaurant and bar serve tasty food and drinks.Address: Kita-ku , 2-22 Umeda , Osaka, 530 0001
Telephone: +81 6 6342 7722.
Opened by the former guitarist of the Japanese rock band The Boredoms, Seiichi Yamamoto, this tiny basement venue features live performances from bands running the gamut from punk, rock and indie to pop.Address: Naniwa-ku, 3-14-5 Nambanaka, Osaka, 556 0011
Telephone: +81 6 6649 5564.
Umeda Club Quattro
This is a popular club in Osaka for reggae, hip hop, metal and hard rock acts and attracts a young crowd. Gigs start surprisingly early in the evening, so arrive on time to make sure you see the show.Address: Kita-ku , 10F Plaza Umeda, 8-17 Taiyuji-cho , Osaka, 530 0051
Telephone: +81 6 6311 8111.