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Osaka Nightlife

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.

Namba Bears

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.

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Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda

The Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda is part of a reliable and popular business hotel chain. It is conveniently located just behind the main post office next to JR Osaka Station. The rooms are small but clean, and come with cable TV and complimentary internet access. There's also a restaurant with a deck.

Hotel Unizo Yodoyabashi

Hotel Unizo Yodoyabashi is a cheap yet elegant business-type hotel close to Osaka's museum district. The rooms are exceptionally clean and comfortable with spacious bathrooms and large-screen TVs. There's also an in-house spa and Japanese and Italian restaurants.

Toyoko Inn Shin-Osaka Chuo-guchi Honkan

Part of the excellent-value business hotel chain, this Toyoko Inn is just five minutes from the Shinkansen station and makes a solid choice for a cheap hotel in Osaka. The Toyoko Inn has good facilities such as free Wi-Fi, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a free breakfast buffet.

Hilton Osaka Hotel

With its excellent location just outside JR Osaka Station, the Hilton Osaka offers convenience as well as luxury to its guests. There are four restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines, including Windows on the World, which boasts great views of the city from the 35th floor and live music every evening. The hotel has a business centre, a beauty salon, swimming pool and fitness room.

Imperial Hotel Osaka

This opulent hotel is in a pleasant location overlooking the Okawa River in the north of Osaka, and is just as luxurious as its famous Tokyo cousin. Purified air is pumped into the rooms, the service is extremely attentive and there's also a golf driving range. The Imperial Hotel's elegant in-house restaurants serve French, Chinese and a range of Japanese cuisines, including teppanyaki and sushi.

Hotel Nikko Osaka

Hotel Nikko Osaka is a top-class hotel in Osaka, close to the main nightlife and shopping arcades of the Minami area. The spacious rooms are supremely comfortable and decorated in a sleek, modern style, with the upper floors offering views of Mt Ikoma. There's a good range of restaurants, including three offering breakfast. There's also a business centre in the hotel.