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
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 burgers, as well as small servings of snacks and nibbles. Prices are reasonable, too.
1F 2-1-10 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Tel: + 81 6 6213 6788.
The Blarney Stone
Lively Irish pub in the heart of Umeda with live bands, darts and pool. There's 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.
8F, 2-10-15 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka
Tel: +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.
3-4-16 Nanba Chuo-ku, Osaka
Tel: +81 50 5869 9547.
Clubs in Osaka
Club Karma hosts all-night techno and house events on Fridays and Saturdays, often when big-name foreign DJs are in town. It has a rather stark interior so it's not the place for lounging around. The food menu is good and there's a happy hour until 2100.
B1 1-5-18 Sonezaki-Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka
Tel: +81 6 6344 6181.
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.
2, 3F 2-11-7 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Tel: +81 6 6214 1223.
Sam & Dave
These two nightclubs that are all 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 are branches in Shinsaibashi and Umeda, both of which attract large crowds.
6F 2-7-20 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Tel: +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.
B2 2-2-2 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Tel: (06) 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. There's no bar; bring your own drinks.
3-14-5 Namba-naka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
Tel: +81 6 6649 5564.
Shinsaibashi 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.
8F, 1-9-1 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Tel: +81 6 6281 8181.