Shikoku drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar 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-…
Top Choice Bar in Takamatsu


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 …
Top Choice Microbrewery 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 tas…
Top Choice Microbrewery 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 Sōsek…
Craft Beer in Matsuyama


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…
Bar 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…
Bar 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 …
Pub in Kōchi


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.
Teahouse in Takamatsu


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