Osaka drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in Osaka

Brooklyn Roasting Company

With its worn leather couches, big wooden communal table and industrial fittings, this is a little slice of Brooklyn in Osaka and the perfect pit stop while exploring Naka-no-shima. Sip well-crafted coffee (almond a…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Osaka

Beer Belly

Beer Belly is run by Osaka's best microbrewery, Minoh Beer, and features Minoh's award-winning classics and seasonal offerings (pints from ¥930). Pick up a copy of Osaka's Craft Beer Map here to further your local b…
Top Choice Bar in Osaka

Misono Building

With a waterfall and a grand, spiralling staircase out front, the Misono Building (built c 1956) was once a symbol of the high life. It's now fallen into a kind of decadent decay, making the building a lure for unde…
Top Choice Club in Osaka

Circus

This small club is the heart of Osaka's underground electronic scene. The dance floor is nonsmoking. It's open on Friday and Saturday nights and sometimes during the week. Look up for the small sign in English and b…
Gay & Lesbian in Osaka

Frenz Frenzy

Frenz Frenzy calls itself a 'rainbow haven' and it means that literally: the whole place is awash in colour (including the front door, thankfully, because otherwise it would be impossible to find). Run by long-time …
Cafe in Osaka

Jun-kissa American

With its 1940s interior intact and waitresses in long skirts, American is a classic jun-kissa – a shop from the first wave of cafes to open in Japan during the post-WWII American occupation. Come before 11am for a '…
Cafe in Osaka

Salon de Amanto Tenjin

This cafe in a restored wooden building was the first of its kind in Nakazaki-chō – and it set off a wave of followers. Run by local performing artist Amanto Jun, it's a hub for the area's creative community. Expect…
Bar in Osaka

Rock Rock

Serving the music-loving community since 1995, Rock Rock has a history of hosting after-parties for international acts and attracting celeb visitors. Regular events with a modest cover charge (usually ¥1500, includi…
Bar in Osaka

Folk Rock Bar Phoebe

Crammed with vinyl and knick-knacks, Phoebe looks like a drinks counter operated out of an old hippie's storage closet (we mean that in a good way). The friendly owner spins folk-rock tunes on the record player, mix…
Craft Beer in Osaka

Beer Belly Tenma

In the bustling maze of restaurants and bars in the ultra-local area of Ura-Tenma (behind Temma station) is this branch of Beer Belly from the Minoh brewery. The long counter bar and tables are generally packed and …