Nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Osaka

Beer Belly

Beer Belly is run by Osaka's best microbrewery, Minoh Beer. There are 10 taps and one hand pump featuring Minoh's award-winning classics and seasonal offerings (pints from ¥1000). Pick up a copy of Osaka's Craft Bee…
Top Choice Bar in Osaka

Misono Building

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

Circus

This small club is the heart of Osaka's underground electronic scene, drawing a crowd more for the music than a pick-up scene. The dance floor is nonsmoking. It's open on Friday and Saturday nights and sometimes dur…
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 local creative community. Expect …
Bar in Osaka

Folk Rock Bar Phoebe

Crammed with vinyl and knick-knacks, Pheobe 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…
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

Leach Bar

Osaka's most attractive hotel bar doesn't have soaring views of the city; instead it has an interior designed by legendary potter Bernard Leach (who spent significant time in Japan). A few of his works and those of …
Cafe in Osaka

Mel Coffee Roasters

This tiny takeaway stand – the vintage Probat roaster takes up half of it – raised the bar for coffee in Osaka when it opened in 2016. The owner speaks good English and will happily discuss the taste profiles of the…