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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

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.

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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.
Website: www.the-blarney-stone.com/umeda/index.php

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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.

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Clubs in Osaka

Club Karma

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.
Website: www.club-karma.com

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Joule

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.
Website: http://iflyer.tv/joule

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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.
Website: www.samanddave.jp

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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.
Website: www.billboard-live.com/club/o_index.html

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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. There's no bar; bring your own drinks.

3-14-5 Namba-naka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
Tel: +81 6 6649 5564.
Website: http://namba-bears.main.jp

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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.
Website: www.club-quattro.com

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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.

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is located in the heart of Namba, above the Nankai train station, which makes it extremely convenient for direct access to Kansai International Airport. The rooms are modestly decorated and have great views over southern Osaka. There are also seven restaurants, bars, a gym, spa and indoor swimming pool.

Cross Hotel Osaka

This surprisingly stylish business hotel is just minutes away from the Minami shopping and nightlife scene. The decently sized rooms are decorated in modern colour schemes and include internet access. There's also a Japanese restaurant and a bar.