Kōbe drinking and nightlife

Bar in Kōbe

Sake Yashiro

This standing bar has a daunting selection of 90 kinds of sake, including about 50 from local brewers, on its (Japanese-only) menu. Anticipating your needs, staff have made a cheat sheet in English of their top five…
Cafe in Kōbe

Starbucks Ijinkan

A big chain wouldn't normally be worth listing, but this Starbucks is different: it's housed in a beautifully preserved former ijinkan (foreigners' house), c 1907, in the Kitano-chō neighbourhood. Buy a cuppa and en…
Club in Kōbe

Izn't

This large and lively bar draws an international crowd with a rotation of salsa dancing, live bands, open-mic events, acoustic nights and sport broadcasts, plus beer (from ¥300), cocktails (¥700) and frozen mojitos …
Bar in Kōbe

Bar Ashibe

With a hushed atmosphere and no menu, this is the kind of bar that feels intimidating to enter – but actually the staff are welcoming, speak some English and can recommend speciality cocktails (or just make you your…