Takayama drinking and nightlife

Pub in Takayama

Red Hill Pub

You'll feel like you're walking into a friend's living room in this cosy, dimly lit basement bar. The hip and happy owner, Hisayo, deftly adjusts the vibe to suit the patrons present. It's sometimes soulful and smoo…
Sports Bar in Takayama


There's no cover charge at this friendly pub–sports bar with a great open patio out front. It's American-Euro styled but stocks a good selection of Japanese beer.
Bar in Takayama

Desolation Row

If you're a fan of Bob Dylan, you'll likely connect with Ken, the friendly owner of this mellow bar with a real rustic charm. Ken speaks some English, but the language of music is universal. As is the language of wh…
Cafe in Takayama


Come to this authentic, century-old machiya (traditional Japanese town house) to enjoy good coffee, dango (sweet dumplings) and sesame goheimochi (sticky-rice cakes).