Drinking and nightlife in Shikoku

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kōchi

    Tosa-shu Baru

    Without doubt, this nonsmoking bar with an extremely convivial atmosphere is the place to go to try Kōchi-made sake. Owner Kōji is passionate about sake and has offerings from all 18 breweries in Kōchi, three daily-changing nomi-kurabe (tasting sets) and serves superb small dishes featuring local produce. He is a fountain of sake knowledge and plays great jazz.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Tokushima

    Awa Shinmachigawa Brewery

    Head to this relaxed spot down by the river to try a few local brews such as the pale ale, stout and bitter. There's indoor and outdoor seating, plenty of eating options and a convivial atmosphere. A nomi-kurabe tasting set of three beers will set you back ¥800, while if you're in the mood, you can sample a beer cocktail.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Takamatsu

    Grandfather's

    The scene here is so smooth you'll fall off your seat as the bookish owner plays vintage '60s, '70s and '80s funk and soul from his enormous collection of more than 7000 records and CDs. This cool, dark, downstairs place is a pleasant escape. It's our top pick, but if you're averse to smoke, get there and away early in the evening.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Matsuyama

    Dōgo Bakushukan

    Right by Dōgo Onsen Honkan, it's hard to walk past this brewery restaurant, a good spot for a locally made beer and a bite to eat after a relaxing soak. The names of the brews are allusions to novelist Natsume Sōseki and his famous novel, Botchan. There's also a decent range of food available from a picture menu.

  • Nightlife in Matsuyama

    Bokke

    This small craft-beer bar is developing quite a following in Matsuyama, with a good range of beers from around Japan and some tasty bar food. With indoor and outdoor seating, friendly staff and stylish design, Bokke is a popular spot, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Nightlife in Takamatsu

    King's Yard

    Chill out with the diverse crew that hangs out at this Jamaican bar. There's authentic Jamaican food (think jerk chicken and ackee) and generous cocktails, all to a background of reggae and red, gold and green decor. Justifiably popular with both locals and expats.

  • Nightlife in Matsuyama

    Wani to Sai

    Easily the funkiest little spot in Matsuyama, Wani to Sai is definitely easy to spot with a colourful facade featuring an alligator and a rhinoceros (wani to sai). Wanting to hang with an arty crowd? You've come to the right place.

  • Nightlife in Kōchi

    Amontillado

    When you're izakaya 'd out and crave fish and chips with a pint of Guinness (¥880), pop into this Irish pub in its new location right on Obiyamachi Arcade. There's always plenty going on as it's popular with locals.

  • Nightlife in Takamatsu

    Kikugetsu-tei

    Sip matcha with a traditional sweet and enjoy various garden tableaux from the tatami rooms in the gorgeous spot at Ritsurin-kōen.

  • Nightlife in Matsuyama

    Cafe BC

    The best coffee in Matsuyama. The owner also makes tasty sandwiches, perfect for a light lunch; sandwich lunch sets including a small salad and a hot drink cost ¥680 to ¥780.

  • Nightlife in Tokushima

    Ingrid's International Lounge

    Filipina Ingrid is Tokushima's go-to girl for expat gossip and all-night karaoke. The lounge is hard to find, tucked among the hostess clubs in the southwest of Akita-machi, but there's nothing duplicitous about this Tokushima travellers' institution. Head here for live music, karaoke or whatever else is on.

  • Nightlife in Takamatsu

    Anbar

    The company of surreal feline imagery is an interesting companion to a fine whisky. There's an English sign outside – look for the white sign with the black cat – and plenty of hipsters inside. Don't aim to arrive too early!

  • Nightlife in Matsuyama

    Chocobar

    This tiny and extremely popular shot bar located right on a busy road has a regular hip-hop soundtrack and col­ourful decor. It's one of the few places in Matsuyama where passers-by can watch you get drunk.

  • Nightlife in Matsuyama

    Underground Cafe

    A locals and expats secret bar hang-out that serves Japanese-style Mexican food on the side. It's off the street leading to the ropeway; there might not be much going on if you get there too early.

  • Nightlife in Kōchi

    Boston Cafe Bar

    Across the alley from the backside of the Richmond Hotel, this is a friendly, American-themed neighbourhood bar. You may get hit with a ¥500 cover charge.

  • Nightlife in Kōchi

    Love Jamaican

    This underground reggae and hip-hop club is a hive of after-hours mayhem thanks to the excellent sound system, generous drink deals and young crowd.