Osaka is a city that does all things to excess, and that includes putting on over the top musical performances every night of the week. Visitors can easily find all kinds of live music in this massive and diverse city. From huge concert halls to hidden local bars, check out our list of the best live music venues in Osaka.
Fandango is famed for its crazy and upbeat atmosphere; if you like to let loose at shows, this is the venue for you. Covered in graffiti both inside and out and hosting some of the wildest punk, slash, rock and indie bands in town, Fandango is lit virtually every night of the week. Situated in northern Osaka’s Juso district, a somewhat ramshackle but historic neighbourhood known for classic Osaka cuisine and a cameo in the Ridley Scott film Black Rain, a trip to Fandango is sure to be an adventure.
Run by the renowned music news and awards company, Billboard Live hosts a diverse mix of international and Japanese musicians. Located in Nishi Umeda with direct access to the underground transit system, Billboard Live Osaka is as convenient as it is enjoyable. Its reservation service is extremely English-friendly, so it’s easy to purchase tickets in advance.
Club Quattro was founded in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in 1988 and now has four locations around Japan, including this spacious and dynamic club in Umeda. Committed to hosting musicians from all nations and genres, Umeda Club Quattro’s lineup is varied and wide-ranging. Less than 10 minutes on foot from Umeda Station, Quattro is the perfect stop after a day of sightseeing and shopping or before a night out in this bustling area.
Circus is a small but spirited nightclub where well-known DJs from around the world regularly spin electronic tunes in this intimate, electric space. Everyone from famed artists to local, upcoming DJs play here, all of them talented and well deserving of the attention. During shows, Circus is always packed, lively and welcoming, making it a great place to dance and drink an entire night away.