One of the most popular bars in Osaka, Covent Garden is a favorite for both locals and internationals expats and tourists. As the name suggests, it is styled like a British pub and serves mostly Western food, including some of the most authentic American food burgers and pizzas in Osaka. The homey establishment gives a relaxed vibe, with its couches and dart boards. This, combined with the impressive drinks list and simple but delicious food, Covent Garden is an ideal place to chill with friends at the end of a long day of shopping in the nearby Shinsaibashi or Dotonbori.
2-5-10 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, +81 06-4391-3177
A small but popular bar, CinqueCento is conveniently situated in Shinsaibashi, which is, apart from its shopping, famous for its vibrant nightlife. CinqueCento is near local and international bars, making it a great stop on a pub crawl to experience Osaka at night. This joint, run by the friendly Australian owner, is also warm and buzzy enough to spend a low-key night meeting new people from all over the world. Every drink served here costs 500 yen — hence the name CinqueCento — which makes it an affordable place to down a drop or two.
Yuzu no Komachi (ゆずの小町)
This Japanese tavern, or izakaya, is situated in Osaka’s downtown Namba district, which contains some of the city’s best bars. Yuzo no Komachi is decorated in a traditional style, with tatami seating where guests are seated on cushions on the floor. Best suited for spending a quiet night with friends, sampling sake and traditional Japanese dishes, this atmospheric establishment offers an authentic Japanese experience.
3-4-16 Nanba Chuo-ku Osaka, +81-50-5869-9547
Located in the international neighborhood of Horie, this bar is a local favorite due to its laid-back atmosphere and craft beer. With a huge variety of craft beer available, from the light and refreshing Himitsu to the bold and bitter Smokey Lager, Kamikaze will delight you. Italian food such as pasta and pizza is also available for the more peckish visitors.
1-22-21 Kitahorie Nishi-ku Osaka, +81 06-6539-7550
Cafe Absinthe is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar that transforms from a chic and casual restaurant into a lively night scene. Apart from a huge variety of drink and cocktails, Café Absinthe is one of the best places in Osaka for shisha. A huge supporter of local artists, Café Absinthe invites a different local artist to exhibit their work every month. Spend an evening here with friends surrounded by the best of local creativity.
South-Yotsubashi Bldg. 1F, 1-2-27 Kitahorie, Nishi-Ku, Osaka, 550-0014, +81 06-6534-6635
The Blarney Stone
This Irish pub has two branches, located in Osaka’s main shopping areas of Shinsaibashi and Umeda respectively. Opened by an Irishman, it is one of the best places to go for an authentic Irish or European bar experience. They have a live band and all the staff speak English, making it a favorite of Osaka’s international community. Combining their top-notch food and beer with the warm atmosphere and interesting crowd, The Blarney Stone is one of the best Irish or British pubs in Osaka.
B1 Kohda Bldg 2-5-27 Higashi Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0083, +81 06-6484-2220 (Shinsaibashi branch)
One of the older international bars in Osaka, Balabushka is a favorite haunt of many expats in Osaka, and popular with tourists, too. A large variety of drinks are available, as well as some bar snacks. With its pool tables, dart boards and live TV, it is easy to have a fun time hanging out with friends or meeting new people.