Near Osaka’s major shopping district of Shinsaibashi and the eccentric Dotonbori hub is Horie. Horie is famous for being Osaka’s most international district and is characterized by chic boutiques and ethnic restaurants. These are the best bars to spend a night out in this local but diverse area.
BLEU is a riverside bar and restaurant with an ambiance both romantic and lively. The space is dim and neon-lit with a 360-degree panoramic view of the river and an ovular bar that evokes the design of a ship. The restaurant serves Chinese cuisine and the bar a selection of fruity, original cocktails and other beverages. This restaurant is also a great spot to have a birthday or anniversary dinner, with special course menus available.
Sauce Boss is a new venue quickly making a name for itself in Horie. Though its main mission is providing chicken wings in over 15 different flavors (from classic Buffalo to creamy curry), the Boss is also passionate about craft beers from around the world. There are always four rotating crafts on tap, as well as a fridge stocked full of local and international selections. Sauce Boss also serves delicious, fresh fruit cocktails and regularly creates special drinks that, if you buy one, will donate money to local charities.
Situated at the edge of Horie on the banks of the Dotonbori Canal is mr.kanso, a unique bar and restaurant with an excellent waterfront view. The theme of the bar is delightfully strange – canned food. Customers pick the cans they want right off the shelves, and the cooks prepare them. mr.kanso also features many types of alcohol that can be chosen based on how they pair with your canned food of choice.