For the non-Japanese speaking traveler, one of the most off-putting aspects of Osaka’s nightlife is that many local bars don’t have English speaking staff or clients, making it trickier to enjoy your night out. At Seven Seas, however, you don’t have to worry about that. This Australian-styled bar is a favourite haunt of expats and travelers in Osaka, as the staff all speak English and, unsurprisingly, so do many of the clients, who are mostly expats and nearby office workers. They have overseas beer on tap, including brands that are not easy to find in Osaka, as well as other liquors.
Address: 2F, 9-26, Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka, +81-6-6312-4594
At Moonshine, locals, expats and travelers mingle, bonding over great food, drinks, and karaoke. This joint serves classic Western comfort food such as Southern fried chicken and mashed potatoes, along with a huge variety of drinks, from cocktails and craft beer, to moonshine. Karaoke is free at this bar, so have a couple of drinks and step up on that stage! With their bilingual staff, Moonshine is the perfect place to mix with locals and experience Osaka’s nightlife.
Address: Taiga Bldg 2F, 1-9-12 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka 542-0086, +81 05055861377
Bar Yoshida (バー ヨシダ)
Established in 1931, Bar Yoshida is a family-run establishment that serves a fabulous variety of drinks. From shots like rum and aged whiskey, to original cocktails and Japanese shochu, you are sure to be impressed and satisfied. They have a new cocktail every month, made from local fruits available according to the season. This vintage bar is well worth a visit.
Address: 2-4-6 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, +81 6-6213-1385
A high-end cocktail bar, Kaara is not a bar for partying but for a classy evening of good company and appreciating the art of mixology. With atmospheric decor of brick walls, a smooth long counter top, and warm, dim lighting, it is not difficult to spend your entire evening after dinner in Kaara, chatting with friends as well as the other patrons. A house speciality at Kaara is their gin and tonic, which is served in a lime skin, allowing the sour and slightly bitter flavour of the lime to infiltrate the drink for a unique taste.
Address: 6F, 1-1-18 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka, +81-6-6341-2818
Kama Sutra Karaoke Bar
Karaoke was invented in Japan, and thus your experience of Osaka nightlife would not be complete without karaoke. Kama Sutra Karaoke Bar offers private rooms for karaoke, so you don’t have to worry about being too shy or intimidated to sing in front of strangers. Unlike many karaoke bars in Japan, English tunes are available here. The friendly staff communicate very well in English, too. With drinks and snacks, you won’t have any problem singing through the night.
Address: Osaka-ya Jumbo Bldg, 5F #5, 2-1-13 Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0083, +81 90-1919-3343
Bar Nakamura (Bar 中村)
Located near Kitashinchi, Bar Nakamura is a shot bar and cocktail bar. Despite being little-known, this establishment, which is one of Osaka’s well-kept secrets, is loved by all who frequent it. Their drinks include aged liquors such as whiskey and sake, which their cocktails are made from. While they specialize in Japanese brands, they do occasionally have foreign brands and wines.
Address: 2F, 1-2-25 Dojima Kita-ku Osaka Osaka, +81-6-6342-6342
Bar Juniper (バー・ジュニパー)
A Western-styled wine and cocktail bar, Bar Juniper unsurprisingly specializes in gin, which includes both local labels and ones imported from all over the world. You can ask to sample different types of gin, including rare vintages up to a century old. They serve both classic cocktails, as well as variations on them, and original mixtures that are locally flavoured with ingredients such as yuzu and cherry blossom. A lot of thought and effort is put into the appearance of their cocktails, so it is a visual as well as a gustatory treat.
Address: 1-4-4, Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0003, +81 6 63 48 04 14
St Regis Bar
Located in the St Regis Osaka, the St Regis Bar is a classy, elegant place for dinner followed by a fancy cocktail, or just for some drinks at the end of a day of sightseeing and shopping in nearby Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. The cocktail Bloody Mary was supposedly created at the St Regis New York, and each branch of the famous hotel has its own variation on the classic cocktail. The St Regis Bar at Osaka offers the Shogun Mary – with yuzu and wasabi for local flavours, blended with vodka.
Address: The St Regis Osaka, 12F, 3-6-12 Hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0053, +81 6-6258-3333
The Blarney Stone
With two branches, located in Shinsaibashi and Umeda respectively, this Irish bar is a must-visit place during a night out in Osaka. Owned and operated by an Irishman, The Blarney Stone gives an authentic Irish or European bar experience lacking in many of the pseudo-British pubs in the city. With English-speaking staff and an international clientele, The Blarney Stone is one of the best places to go to meet new people, whether they are locals, expats, or fellow travellers. Comfort food, good beer, and a warm and lively atmosphere, makes The Blarney Stone a fun place to spend a night.
Address: B1 Kohda Bldg 2-5-27 Higashi Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0083, +81 06-6484-2220 (Shinsaibashi branch)
Located near Ame-mura, this bar has a friendly and chilled atmosphere, making it a great place to hang out with your friends and strike up conversations with new people. A popular bar for youngsters, in particular non-locals, Bar Nayuta is a fantastic choice for an atmospheric and slightly cheaper night out. Its English-speaking staff and owner, Hiro, are all super friendly and will make you feel right at home. The bar is known for their shisha options, as they have flavours that are difficult to find elsewhere in Osaka.
Address: Mario Bldg, 5F, 1-6-17 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Osaka Prefecture, +81 6-6210-3615