32 Amazing Osaka Bars

Take it from us, Osaka's bar scene is one of the best in Japan. To help you navigate, take a look at our guide to the 32 very best Osaka bars.

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Where better to feel the pulse of a city than in its bars? This has never been more true than in Osaka, a city that buzzes with energy at all times, though especially at night. To discover the best of Osaka’s bars, take a look at our choice of the 32 greatest.

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1. Craft Beer Works Kamikaze

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A small and cosy bar offering some American favourites but mainly Japanese brews across their 23 taps. Many of the beers you’ll be hard pressed finding in many other places, making it a popular joint with Osaka’s beer connoisseurs. The food is also excellent, looking like it should be getting served up in a Michelin star restaurant no less. Craft Beer Works Kamikaze is one of the few bars in the area open until late so pop in for a late-night beer and a snack.

Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 17:00 - 01:00
Address: 1-22-21 Kitahorie, Nishi, Osaka 550-0014 
Access: Nishi Ohashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6539-7550
Website: Craft Beer Works Kamikaze

2. The Blarney Stone Irish Pub

This quaint pub in Kita offers free live music every Thursday to Sunday, typical pub food and a mix of British and Japanese beers. There are pool tables, televisions screening international sports games and it is very gaijin (foreigner) friendly.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 - 01:00/Fri-Sat 17:00 - 05:00/Sun 15:30 - 05:00
Address:  Sonezaki Center Building 6F, 2-10-16 Sonezaki, Kita, Osaka 530-0057
Access: Higashi Umeda Station
Phone Number: 06-63634-2001
Website: The Blarney Stone Irish Pub

3. Covent Garden

A few minutes from Triangle Park, this friendly neighbourhood pub doesn’t feel like any regular bar, it has an unmistakable home away from home feel. It opens twice a day for set hours on weekdays, offers live music on weekends, boasts free WiFi, foosball and darts, plus, the bar serves up a wide variety of imported beers. Convent Garden is the place to mingle and make friends, or even to try your hand out at DJing on its weekly open booth nights.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30-14:00/19:00-01:00 Fri 11:30-14:00/19:00-03:00 Sat 19:00-03:00 Sun 19:00-01:00
Address: 2-5-10 Kitahorie Nishi-ku, Osaka 550-0014
Access: Nishi Ohashi Station
Phone Number: 06-4391-3177
Website: Covent Garden

4. CinqueCento

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A popular place with locals and foreigners alike, CinqueCento – “500” in Italian – sells all drinks for just 500 yen a pop. The bar is shaped like a horseshoe, making it a great space to socialise and meet new people. English isn’t a problem here as the owner, Anthony, is an Australian expat himself.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 20:00-05:00 / Sun 20:00-03:00
Address:  2-1-10 Higashi Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, 1F Matsumiya Building, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Nagahoribashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6213-6788
Website: CinqueCento

5. Fiji Bar Osaka

Yogi, the Fijian owner if this little place, brings a welcome slice of his native land to Osaka with Fiji Bar Osaka. The Fijian food and drinks are a nice change of pace, plus, the rugby-mad regulars and giant tv screens make it a great place to watch a game. There’s also a great terrace to spill out onto where you’ll be treated to some awesome tunes.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 18:00-Late/ Fri-Sat 18:00-05:00/Sun 18:00-23:00
Address: 5-30 Soemoncho, Chuo-ku, Mitsudera Galaxy Bldg 2, B1F-A, Osaka 542-0084
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 080-3112-5161
Website: Fiji Bar Osaka

6. Comodo Bar with Jazz

The best spot in town for an evening of jazz. This quaint jazz bar offers a small selection of delicious food and all the usual drinks options, though it is the music people really come for. If you plan to head to Comodo on a weekend make sure you book seats in advance, the bar is very popular and space is tight.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:30-00:30/Sun Closed
Address: 1-17-15 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Shinsaibashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6258-8088
Website: Comodo Bar with Jazz

7. Hana Sake Bar

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This is the place to be if you’re looking to ditch the beers and try out something a little more local in flavour. Hana Sake Bar, unsurprisingly, specialises in everyone’s favourite Japanese liquor, sake. Grab one of the special tasting sets consisting of three different sake types and you’ll soon be an expert. Hana Sake Bar also has a bar stocked with all the usual non-sake choices and serves up a decent selection of light meals and snacks.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00-01:00/Sun Closed
Address: 1-8-4 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086
Access:  Yotsubashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6484-7896
Website: Hana Sake Bar

8. Balabushka Pool & Darts Bar

One of the oldest pool and darts bars in Osaka, Balabushka has an interesting industrial feel to it, with an interior heavy on metal and a scaffolded raised level. The cheap beer on tap and free pool and darts has proven a winning combo with locals and tourists alike, many of who use it as a bar to warm up in before heading to one of Dotonbori’s clubs.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 18:00-03:00/Fri-Sat 18:00-05:00
Address: 2-9-5 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku | 4F, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Shinsaibashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6213-5056

9. Bar Nayuta

Hidden on the fifth floor of a corner building near Triangle Park, Bar Nayuta is a unique bar that’s worth seeking out. It has an apothecary-theme, a speakeasy-like vibe and seats just 20 people, all adding up to a place like no other. Customers rave about the cocktails, though if nothing off the menu takes your fancy, Hiro, the barman, will be happy to throw something together for you.

Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 17:00-03:00/Fri-Sat 17:00-05:00
Address: 1-6-17 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Mario Bldg. 5F, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Yotsubashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6210-3615
Website: Bar Nayuta

10. Captain Kangaroo

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At Captain Kangaroo you’ll find more than 50 different types of beer as well a small but delicious menu of bar food. A great atmosphere, friendly staff and good music are also on the menu.

Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 18:00-05:00
Address: 1-5-20 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0002
Access: Kitashinchi Station
Phone Number: 06-6346-0367
Website: Captain Kangaroo

11. Rooftop Bar OO

With live DJs almost every night, a small swimming pool on the rooftop, a huge projector screen on the patio and even board games to keep you entertained, Rooftop Bar OO rarely disappoints. On top of this, there’s a decent food menu and over 100 drinks to choose from.

Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 11:00-15:00/18:00-03:00
Address: 2-3-28 Dotombori, Chuo-ku, 7F New Japan Bldg., Osaka 542-0071
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 080-4974-4835
Website: Rooftop Bar OO

12. Cafe Absinthe

Situated in the heart of Osaka, this well-known Mediterranean fusion restaurant and bar is famous for one thing: absinthe. If you’d like to try out the Green Fairy, this is your place. The food, regular cocktails and shisha are excellent too.

Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 12:00-03:00/Tues Closed
Address: 1-2-27 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku | South Yotsubashi Bldg. 102, Osaka 550-0014
Access: Yotsubashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6534-6635
Website: Cafe Absinthe

13. Bar K

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Japanese distilleries have built up quite a reputation in the whisky world. To find out why, head to Bar K. Beautiful cocktails and other creative drinks are produced by top-level bartenders who’ll tailor your cocktail to suit you. It’s not particularly cheap but the prices are hard to argue with given the quality.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 18:00-02:00/Sat-Sun 18:00-00:00
Address: 1-3-3 Sonezaki Shinbashi Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Koyo Building B1F, Osaka, 530-0002
Access: Kitashinchi Station
Phone Number: 06-6343-1167
Website: Bar K

14. Moonshine Karaoke Bar

If you’d like to be serenaded while enjoying some great Western-style food and drinks, look no further than Moonshine Karaoke Bar. Calm your nerves with a few stiff drinks and you’ll be singing your heart out in no time. Packed with friendly locals every weekend, this is a great spot to experience the famous Osaka hospitality.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 19:00-04:00
Address: 2-12-8 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 050-5586-1377
Website: Moonshine Karaoke Bar

15. Little Long Beach

Ask anyone for an Osaka bar recommendation and Little Long Beach will be sure to pop up. The owner, Chad from California, is an awesome guy with a great knowledge of the area and some funny stories to tell. He whips up great drinks and makes sure the atmosphere is always buoyant. The bar has doors that open out onto the street creating a different feel than your usual Japanese bar.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 18:00-02:00
Address: 1-4-22 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku | 1F Roajiru Namba, Osaka 556-0016
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 06-6567-8685
Website: Little Long Beach

16. Murphy’s Irish Bar

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Classic pub food, international beers and a cosy atmosphere. With live music every Saturday, there’s always something happening at Murphy’s. They were the first and claim to still be the best Irish bar in Osaka.

Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 17:00-01:00/Fri-Sat 17:00-04:00
Address: 1-5-2 Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-Ku | 2F, Osaka 542-0085
Access: Shinsaibashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6245-3757
Website: Murphey's Irish Bar

17. The Drunken Clam

This English karaoke bar can boast a great atmosphere, friendly English speaking staff, cheap drinks and good food. It’s a well-liked joint which regularly fills up with regulars and visitors alike.

Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 20:00-02:00/Thurs 20:00-00:00/Fri-Sat 20:00-05:00/Sun 21:00-02:00
Address:  6-26 Soemoncho, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0084
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 080-5306-5114
Website: The Drunken Clam

18. Rock Rock

Blaring metal, indie and alternative hits, this music bar is one of the best bars for travelling rock fans in Osaka. Aside from the music, the food and drinks are great too.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00-05:00/Sun 18:00-01:00
Address: Shinsaibashi Atrium Build, 3f, 1-8-1, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-Ku, Osaka, 542-0086
Access: Yotsubashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6244-6969
Website: Rock Rock

19. L&L Bar and Restaurant

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A classy bar providing great drinks, delicious food and the opportunity to relax with some shisha. It has a cool atmosphere and is regularly filled with foreigners and locals, all looking for a good time.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-05:00/Sun 17:00-05:00
Address: 2-16-13 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Hosen Bldg. 1F, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 060 6211 2623
Website: L&L Bar and Restaurant

20. One Love Osaka Reggae Bar

Release your inner Rastafarian at this awesome Jamaican bar. Knock one back from a selection of 130 different rums while jamming along to Bob Marley and other classic reggae hits.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 20:00-05:00
Address: 18 1F, 2-5 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Nagahoribashi Station
Phone Number: 06-4708-7918
Website: One Love Osaka Reaggae Bar

21. Bar Zerro

A well-stocked bar with a good vibe and a live DJ. Great for pre-drinks before you head out to go clubbing or to make a few new friends if you’re travelling solo.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 19:00-05:00
Address: 2-3-2 Shinsaibashi Suji, Chuo-ku | 1F Queen's Court Bldg, Osaka 542-0085
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 06-6211-0439
Website: Bar Zerro

22. Bar Moon Walk

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A cosy cocktail bar with a great selection of drinks at cheap prices. You’ll discover some interesting drink combinations thrown together by the friendly staff. There are five of these charming bars scattered around Osaka but the Nishi Shinsaibashi store is perhaps the best.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 19:00-05:00
Address: 2-8-33 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-Ku, Amemura Square 2F, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 060-6212-9955
Website: Bar Moon Walk

23. Rock Bar Cherry Bomb

Said to be the best expat bar in Osaka, here you’ll find diehard rock fans from all over the world partying the night away. At Rock Bar Cherry Bomb you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re in Japan, indeed, they pride themselves on being unapologetically American. 

Opening Hours: Mon 21:00-04:00/Tues 19:00-04:00/Wed-Thurs 21:00-04:00/Fri-Sat 20:00-05:00/Sun 20:00-03:00
Address:  2-4-8 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku | Junon Hachiman Bldg 5F, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 090-7961-0457
Website: Rock Bar Cherry Bomb

24. Wine Bar Koyuki

This is one for you budding wine connoisseurs. A great stop for an after dinner drink or if you’re after a more laid back night out in Osaka. The owner Yuki loves to talk all things wine and will happily share her extensive knowledge of the wine industry with you.

Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 19:00-01:00/ Sun-Mon Closed
Address: 1-14-14 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku | TK Bldg 1F, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Nagahoribashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6252-7788
Website: Wine Bar Koyuki

25. HUB British Pub Shinsaibashi

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The HUB is a chain you’ll find throughout Japan, famed for their cheap drinks, hearty pub grub and authentically pub-like atmosphere. If you’re missing Blighty, the HUB is sure to work wonders. For the best value, get there for happy hour between 17:00 and 19:00!

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 17:00-00:00/ Fri 17:00-02:00/ Sat 16:00-02:00/ Sun 16:00-00:00
Address: 2-6-14 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 06-6211-8286
Website: HUB

26. Video Game Bar Space Station

An awesome place which offers the chance to play video games old and new while you enjoy a drink. They have nearly every console ever released and an impressive library of games, all set up and ready to go.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 19:00-02:00
Address: 2-13-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0086
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 080-4151-6336
Website: Video Game Bar Space Station

27. Coolabah Sports Bar

An Australia-themed sports bar offering live sports on the big screens, Aussie food and all the beer you can drink.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 19:00-02:00/Sat-Sun 13:00-05:00
Address: 2-13-16 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 06-6213-5153
Website: Coolabah Sports Bar

28. Moon Tower

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A super cool space-themed bar offering top notch food from an award winning chef, intergalactic cocktails, shisha and awesome music courtesy of live DJs. Moon Tower is always packed so it’s great place to make new friends and lifelong memories! The location overlooking the Dotonbori Canal is hard to beat as well.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00-05:00/Sat-Sun 15:00-05:00
Address: 2-16-8 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku | Rivet Bldg. 1F, Osaka 542-0086
Access: Namba Station
Phone Number: 06-6210-3414
Website: Moon Tower

29. Mexican Ola Tacos Bar

Authentic Mexican cuisine made using fresh ingredients and family recipes, Mexican Ola Tacos Bar will transport you to sun-soaked Mexico in a flash. Of course, there’s also plenty of tequila to be drunk.

Opening Hours: Tues-Thurs 18:00-01:00/Fri-Sat 18:00-03:00/ Sun 18:00-00:00/Mon Closed
Address: 1-17-1 Higashi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku | Kosumi Bldg 1F, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Nagahoribashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6251-2082
Website: Mexican Ola Tacos Bar

30. Kama Sutra Karaoke Bar

Don’t be put off by the name, this is actually a pretty quaint karaoke bar offering traditional Japanese snacks and drinks. Richard the owner is most welcoming and will have you singing in no time.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 21:00-06:00
Address: 2-1-13 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku | Osaka-ya Jumbo Bldg, 5F, Osaka 542-0083
Access: Nagahoribashi Station
Phone Number: 06-6212-8885
Website: Kama Sutra Karaoke Bar

31. Whisky Dining WWW.W

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Perfect for seasoned whisky fans or those wanting to experiment, Whisky Dining’s goal is to serve up the best whiskies alongside wonderfully complimentary food. The food itself is fresh and seasonal and the whisky cellar extensive. If you’re a novice, the helpful staff with gladly guide you toward the perfect choice.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-14:30/17:30-23:00
Address: 3-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Capital 2F, Osaka 530-0011
Access: Umeda Station
Phone Number: 06-6359-5177
Website: Whisky Dining WWW.W

32. FrenZ FrenZY Rainbow Haven

The unusually named FrenZ FrenZY Rainbow Haven is Osaka’s most popular gay bar, and at over ten years old, one of its most long lasting. They have an open door policy meaning anyone is welcome and with cheap drinks, a mind-bending interior and friendly atmosphere, who could resist?

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 20:00-01:00/ Fri-Sat 20:00-05:00/Sun 20:00-01:00
Address:  12-9, Kamiyamacho, Kita-Ku, Osaka, Osaka, Japan 530-0026
Access: Ogimachi Station
Phone Number: 06-6311-1386
Website: FrenZ FrenZY Rainbow Haven

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