Just off the busy Shinsaibashi shopping street, Amerikamura
, commonly referred to as Amemura by the locals, is a small retail and entertainment area. The area is named Amerikamura – American Village – after the strong American
influence that’s taken hold of the place. This can be evidently seen in the small-scale reproduction of the Statue of Liberty, among other landmarks. The area is well-known for its western-style fashion, bars and nightclubs. Here are 10 of the best nighttime locales in the area.
Located within walking distance from Amemura, Café Absinthe offers a uniquely enjoyable experience. Café Absinthe is a Mediterranean fusion bar serving both Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, from falafels to pizzas and pastas. Famous for being an absinthe bar, the cafe delights its visitors with a flaming shot of absinthe brought over to their table. What’s also very popular is its shisha, of which there is an extensive range of flavors. Café Absinthe is the only shisha bar that substitutes the water in the shisha for absinthe or a juice of your choice, thus creating a truly exclusive flavor.
1-2-27 Kitahorie, Nishi-Ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 665 346 635
L&L Bar And Restaurant
Emanating a backpacker vibe, L&L Bar And Restaurant is a great place to meet locals, foreigners and expatriates. Dishing up casual Mediterranean and Italian food, this joint is good for a late lunch or for a casual dinner. They’ve got a comprehensive choice of shisha along with a good variety of cocktails, beers, spirits and sake. L&L Bar And Restaurant is well-known for the effervescent atmosphere, and welcoming staff, as well as the warm and friendly owner.
2-26-13 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 112 623
Hosting local and national DJs, Triangle is a small venue that attracts a lively and fun crowd. The bartenders are friendly and upon entering the venue, you will find yourself among a vibrant party crowd. It starts to get busy around midnight on the weekends. From the second floor, you’ll get a view of the DJ booth and the dance floor; there, you can relax on the beds they’ve laid out. The top floor has even got a Jacuzzi, so go prepared if you want to jump in.
3F-5F RIBIA, 2-18-5 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 122 264
Bar, Japanese, $$$
Sitting just one street away from Dotonbori, Moon Tower is the ideal venue if you’re looking for a wild night out. The bar is well-priced with incredibly potent drinks, especially their signature drink – the Moon Tower. They often host live events so DJs and performers will entertain you almost every night of the week. Moon Tower attracts a wide range of tourists and locals. The staff are bilingual, the food is good and they offer shisha. What more could you want?
2-16-8 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 103 414
Ghost Ultra Lounge
If you are into hip-hop and RnB music, Ghost Ultra Lounge is the place to go to. The club is clean, the drinks are delicious and the atmosphere is vibrant with pumping bass and music. Besides hosting local DJs, Ghost Ultra invites international DJs to come and perform, so be sure to check out the schedule before heading over. Unlike most Osaka nightclubs, the entry fee isn’t too expensive, which is rather rare. The bar attracts a mix of foreigners and locals so it is a great place to meet people.
2-17-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 140 545
Located just in front of Triangle Park, Bar Nayuta has one of the best and most lively atmospheres inside. You can expect to find people from all around the world at Nayuta, indulging in the glorious cocktails and shisha. If you’re looking to meet people or just looking to listen to some great music, then Nayuta is the place to be. The staff are incredibly friendly and the best part is, there is no cover charge. If you want, they’ll even hook you up with some delicious takoyaki, sent straight to your table.
1-6-17 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 103 615
This laid back shot bar, right by Amemura, is great for those on a budget. Slightly quieter than the livelier bars mentioned above, Bar MoonWalk is a great place to go to with a group of friends. After you pay a 400 yen cover charge, as a bonus, all the drinks are 200 yen and the food is only 100 yen. Head over if you are looking for a quieter, slow night or if you want to fill up on food and drink before heading out to other places.
1-7-17 Namba, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 112 889
Bar and Dining Vano
A very stylish and chic bar, Bar and Dining Vano is good for big groups and parties. With reasonably priced drinks, and fairly cheap, delicious food, Bar Vano is a great place to stop at before a night out. If you’re looking to get together with a group of friends, the bar offers group packages so be sure to call in advance. Being close to a lot of nightclubs, Vano is a good stopover for food after clubbing as well.
1-9-16 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 581 088
Visited by the likes of Avril Lavigne, Green Day, The Arctic Monkeys and many more music icons, Rock Rock goes from being a small bar on the weekdays to a heavy rock club on Saturday nights. With many famous visitors, you have the chance of running into both local and international celebrities. The bar gets packed from wall-to-wall on the weekends but if you like rock music, this place is a must. There is a cover charge to get in, but it is reasonable and includes free drinks.
1-8-1 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 446 969
Located in the Big Step shopping mall in Amemura, Big Cat is one of the most popular live music venues in the city. Lots of young and budding artists are discovered playing in Amemura so check out Big Cat if you are interested in listening to some fresh talent. They have established performers coming through the venue as well, so be sure to check out the schedule. Here, you can be a part of discovering the next big superstar in Japan.
1-6-14 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka, Japan, +81 662 130 858