Kanazawa & the Hokuriku Coast drinking and nightlife

Coffee in Wajima


What a delightful surprise to find excellent coffee in deepest Noto! The barista behind Kalpa's counter is also a third-generation lacquer craftsman; his and his father's handiwork is for sale in the shop.
Bar in Kanazawa

Sturgis Rock Bar

An original Kanazawan institution. With live rock bands and every manner of everything hanging from the ceiling, this place'll make you feel as though you're on a trip in San Francisco with a bunch of Japanese touri…
Brewery in Kanazawa

Oriental Brewing

You can't miss this trendy brewhouse at the entrance to Higashi-chaya-gai: it's always humming with Japanese and international guests, who love the mellow, friendly vibe and the original yeasty ales brewed on-site.
Irish Pub in Toyama

Pot Still

This Irish pub has a weird name and an even weirder sign, but more importantly it has Guinness on tap, killer fish and chips (¥950), pool, darts and a foreigner-friendly environment.
Bar in Kanazawa

Baby Rick

Class and character in the heart of Katamachi, this basement bar has an extensive picture menu and a billiard table, and attracts a lively crowd. There's a ¥500 cover after 10pm.
Bar in Kanazawa

Polé Polé

Kanazawa's grungy, foreigner-friendly reggae/dive bar is littered with years' worth of sawdust and peanut shells. Its appeal lies in the warm, open-minded staff and patrons, who are happy to chat if you want (or chi…
Bar in Kanazawa

Cambio APT

Smack in the heart of Katamachi you'll find this shiny, welcoming bar. The friendly young owner spent time in Canada and is happy to chat. There's a ¥400 seating charge.
Pub in Kanazawa


This decent-size German beer hall has been pulling pints and serving wurst, cheese and pasta to a mix of locals and foreigners since 1968.