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.
KAMIKAZE is renowned for its craft beer. Most of it comes from Japan, including the highly regarded Minoh Beer, with international imports from America and Europe as well. Whether you prefer a light and fruity saison, or a rich, strong stout, there is sure to be a brew to satisfy. They also sell a wide variety of other alcoholic beverages and tasty food. The joint has a rich ambiance that is relaxed and lively, making it a fantastic place to while away an evening.
Horie Club 1.618 advertises itself as a “private golf place,” a rather vague slogan for a bar. In reality, it is a bar that allows you to play golf in a simulation game in groups of up to eight people. For drinks, Horie Club 1.618 offers a wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. These include umeshu (plum wine) and shochu, two uniquely Japanese spirits. Snacks are available, as are meal items such as rice and noodles. This venue is located in the basement of the Collet building near Yotsubashi Station.
This izakaya (Japanese tavern) is extremely ambient, with its wooden furniture, low tables, and cushion seats on the floor. It serves a huge variety of drinks, from Western choices like beer and cocktails to oriental liqueur like sake, shochu, and plum wine. They serve Japanese bar snacks and meals like hotpot sets and edamame beans. An izakaya is a great place to experience the traditional nightlife of Japan. Sumiyakiyo offers this at a reasonable price in an atmospheric setting.
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.
Though it is more of a restaurant than a bar, Five Minami Horie has a wonderful selection of cocktails. Beer, sake, and plum wine are also on the menu, as is a range of shochu, the strong Japanese liquor that is little-known outside of Japan. The establishment gives off a relaxed vibe, using sofas, low coffee tables, and warm lighting as its décor. Bizarrely, the long table in the middle of the floor has a tree protruding from its center. The best part is that you can spend all night at this cozy café; dinner, drinks, and snacks are all served late.
This chic restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean fare and cocktails, which has made it a popular nightlife spot with locals, expats, and travelers. Like its name suggests, the establishment is famous for its absinthe cocktails. Meanwhile, other cocktails, beer, and wine options are also on the menu. ABSINTHE is also one of the only places to get shisha in Horie. In an effort to support local artistic talent, a different local artist is invited to display their work in Café ABSINTHE every month, turning the space into an art gallery.
This vibrant club is one of the most popular live music venues in Osaka. Many local and international artists perform at this underground club. Located in a basement, the environment of Club Vijon is incredible, as the zest and energy of the crowd echoes around the space just like the music itself. This makes it one of the most atmospheric places to enjoy live gigs. A variety of drinks are available at the bar and are usually included with the entry fee to the show.
Named after the popular shopping area of London, Covent Garden is a British-style pub. It serves classic Western comfort foods such as burgers, pizza, and fish and chips. The bar has both local and international beer brands on tap and an even greater selection of bottled beer. They also serve cocktails and other liqueurs. The joint has a casual and relaxed vibe, with comfortable couches and dart boards that are perfect for meeting new people.
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.