Beer House 86
One of the biggest craft beer bars in Osaka, Beer House 86 takes up an entire floor of the Namba Hips mall and can cater for two to three hundred people. This impressive bar offers 90 different kinds of craft beer from all over the world, as well as classic bar food. Comprised of a pub area that can fit 100 people, and private rooms that can fit up to 50, this craft beer bar is a great place to chill after a day of fun activities at Namba Hips.
Address: 4F Namba Hips, 1-8-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, +81 06-6214-8620
The Little Clover Irish Pub
Hidden in Nipponbashi and within walking distance of Namba station, The Little Clover may be a little hard to find, but it is definitely worth it when you get there. This charming Irish pub was opened by a pair of Irishmen who want to bring an authentic taste of Ireland to expats in Osaka. And it’s worked, judging by the number of Irish expats and international customers that regularly visit this bar; you will almost certainly make new friends thanks to the warm and laid-back ambiance. They have the usual pub grub like fish and chips, as well as British and Irish beers on tap, and excellent whiskey.
Address: Misono Bldg. 2F 207 2-3-9, Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, +81-06-65639750
The Drunken Clam
Karaoke was invented in Japan, and you simply can’t claim that you have experienced Japanese nightlife without visiting a karaoke bar. The problem is finding a karaoke bar with English songs available. That’s where The Drunken Clam comes in – this karaoke bar caters to an international clientele and has mostly English songs, including some of the latest hits. The bar arranges for you to be in smaller rooms, so you don’t have to feel shy about singing in front of a crowd. You may joined up with other customers – tourists from all over the world – particularly if you’re in a small group, so you can still meet new people.
Address: 3F, 6-26 Souemoncho, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0084, +81 80-5306-5114
Bar Little Long Beach
If you’re looking for a place to relax over drinks with friends and maybe even meet some new ones, you should definitely head over to Little Long Beach. The bar was opened by a Californian who wanted to bring the sunshine and laid-back vibe of the US West Coast to metropolitan Osaka. The influence is noticeable in the warm lighting and open lay-out. Bar Little Long Beach fosters a real sense of community with its friendly service, great drinks, and international and local customers.
Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Nanbanaka, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, +81 6-6635-2332
Cinquecento, located in Shinsaibashi, is one of the best martini bars in Osaka. While nowhere near as vibrant or hectic as many of the neighboring nightclubs in the district, it’s buzzing with a welcoming vibe that makes it a great place to have drinks after dinner, meet new people from all the corners of the globe, or start off your pub crawl. It is also one of the cheaper nightlife options in Minami, with every drink served at 500 yen, which is the reason behind the name Cinquecento.
Address: 1F Matsumiya Building, 2-1-10 Higashi Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0083, +81-6-6213-6788
The Blarney Stone
Although Osaka has a lively nightlife scene, there are times when you long for a friendly pub atmosphere as well as some pub food. The Blarney Stone is an authentic Irish bar, opened by an Irish expat. This establishment serves classic dishes like fish and chips, and homemade pies. They have up to 10 kinds of beer on tap, including British and Irish labels, as well as Scotch, whiskey, and cocktails. A colorful, international crowd frequents this bar, so you can make use of this opportunity to make friends from all over the world over a pint or a game of darts.
Address: B1 Kohda Bldg 2-5-27 Higashi Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0083, +81 06-6484-2220
Rock Bar Cherry Bomb
A tiny little bar among many in Shinsaibashi, Rock Bar Cherry Bomb stands out with its laid-back atmosphere and rock music scene. American owners Chris and Jesse originally started this place to fill the gap of rock music bars in the local bar scene, and it has since evolved into a gathering place for locals, expats and travelers, where you can be sure to find English-speaking company. While they don’t have anything fancy in terms of drinks, with a respectable selection of ice-cold craft beers on tap, Rock Bar Cherry Bomb offers what is at the core of the best bars – a fun atmosphere, good music, and most importantly, great company.
Address: Junon Hachiman Bldg 5F, 2-4-8 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0083, +81 90-7961-0457
HUB British Pub
If you’re looking for a good time, international company, and cheap drinks, you should definitely pay HUB a visit. One of the most popular chain bars in Japan, HUB has eight stores in Osaka. This British pub has long been a favorite for the international community and travelers from all around the world, due to its friendly atmosphere, English speaking staff, and wide range of drinks. They serve typical British pub food, as well as international beers. They also have an impressive list of cocktails, both classic and original, that will be sure to delight you.
Address: Heiwaen Building B1, 3-6-4, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, +81-06-6630-0520 (Namba Ebisubashi branch)
With its low prices, English-speaking staff and clientele, and range of drinks and shisha options, there’s no wonder that Bar Nayuta is a favorite hangout for expat and international youths in Osaka. It is located near Ame-mura, or “American Village”, the part of town with American brands and indie shops that is a favorite hang-out of internationals in the city. If you want to meet some new people in Osaka, or visit a casual, lively bar, Nayuta is the way to go.
Address: Mario Bldg, 5F, 1-6-17 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, +81 6-6210-3615
Rooftop Bar OO
Located on the 7th floor of the New Japan Building, Rooftop Bar OO has a great atmosphere, a lively crowd, delicious drinks, and a great view. The indoor area has cozy sofas and board games that are perfect for a relaxing night with friends, while the outdoor patio is much more upbeat, with a live DJ, a bar counter and a mini dipping pool. This atmospheric rooftop bar is a sure place to go if you want to have a good time, whether it’s partying on the patio or having a chill, low-key night inside.
Address: New Japan Building 7F, 2-3-28, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0071