Kyūshū drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Kumamoto

Good Time Charlie

Charlie Nagatani is a living legend, the 'Johnny Cash of Japan', the founding figure behind the nation's entire country-music scene, and an accomplished musician and songwriter. He earned the rank of Kentucky Colone…
Top Choice Bar in Kagoshima

Honkaku Shōchū Bar Ishizue

This chic, amber-and-wood shōchū (alcohol distilled from potatoes, wheat, rice or barley) bar has everything going for it, and it's one of the finest places to drink Kagoshima's prefectural liquor. There are more th…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Fukuoka

Citadel

At this classy upstairs bar, mellow out over coffee cocktails such as mojitos (with homemade coffee rum and coffee ice cubes) and espresso martinis. Liqueurs macerating on shelves above the bar lend a mad-scientist'…
Top Choice Cafe in Kumamoto

Andcoffeeroasters

Delightful boutique coffee shop with freshly roasted beans and a 'tart of the day', such as persimmon or Earl Grey. Coffee nerds will feel right at home with the rich lattes, creamy cappuccinos and other speciality …
Top Choice Bar in Kumamoto

Vibes

Come to this cool new 'glocal' bar for an immersive experience in shōchū, Kyūshū's signature tipple. Owner and bartender Nori-san is something of a shōchū evangelist, and he's got 120 bottles on hand, so there's som…
Top Choice Bar in Kagoshima

Karakara

On the 3rd floor of a generic bar building next to a 7-Eleven, a low door leads to another dimension. Enthusiastic owner Hiroshi-san has crammed every square millimetre with 30,000 (!) Showa-era toys, memorabilia an…
Cafe in Miyazaki

Actors Square Coffee

A cool, young vibe pervades this spacious, mid-century-styled cafe perched above the arcade. Sip coffees from around the world or original coffee drinks like the 'grasshopper' or the trail-mix latte, or order from t…
Cafe in Fukuoka

Oishii Kōri-ya

Kakigōri (shaved ice) is a huge thing in Japanese summers, and this shop is owned by a long-standing ice company so you know the main ingredient is top notch. Toppings span classic (strawberry milk), Japanese (kinak…
Cafe in Beppu

Kissa Natsume

This retro snack and dessert spot is best known for onsen kōhī (coffee made with hot-spring water; ¥550) and ogura toast (topped with azuki beans and ice cream), and it's been making egg-salad sandwiches since it op…
Bar in Miyazaki

Igokochiya Anbai

Anbai is a sophisticated izakaya (pub-eatery) with more than 350 varieties of shōchū (strong distilled liquor), well-chosen local dishes and cool background music. Not much English is spoken, but the 'mama-san' (hos…