Nightlife

Bar in Okayama

Saudade na Yoru

This 2nd-floor lounge bar overlooking the Symphony Hall building makes all the right retro-chic moves, with mismatched furniture, ornate-glass lighting and eclectic background (and sometimes live jazz) music. It has…
Bar in Shiraishi-jima

Moooo! Bar

Popular bar on the beach of Shiraishi-jima, run by resident expat Amy Chavez. It operates only during summer months.
Izakaya in Okayama

Izayoi no Tsuki

A convivial atmosphere (though it's fine to sit at the counter solo), walls decorated with sake labels, and an enormous drinks menu – just what you want from a local izakaya. There are numerous sakes from Okayama Pr…
Bar in Kurashiki

SWLABR

After the Bikan area closes down, relax with the good music and friendly staff at the slightly scruffy SWLABR. By day it serves as a cafe with light meals and cakes; by night it's a bar. It's the green weatherboard …
Pub in Okayama

Aussie Bar

This casual expat-run watering hole is popular with the city's English-speaking population. Pub grub is also served, including fish and chips, and a range of Aussie-themed burgers (the burger with chilli is named af…
Cafe in Kurashiki

Kurashiki Coffee-Kan

The low-ceilinged, wood-and-brick interior of this caffeine lovers' paradise is thick with the aroma of freshly roasted beans. The menu features coffee and coffee only (¥500 to ¥850), though you can choose hot or co…
Juice Bar in Okayama

Marugo Deli

Funky little bar with a good range of fresh juices (¥420) and coffee (from ¥315) and a couple of seats outside. Its sign is a number 5 in a circle.