Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Osaka nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Osaka Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Come enjoy the cheerful ambiance of this well-established, traditional English Pub while taking advantage of happy hour specials like a dish and a pint for under $10.00. Locals and business travelers often rub shoulders during a dart game, over fish 'n chips, or while wetting their whistles with a varied selection including Guinness, bottled beers and other spirits.

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Sam and Dave One
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You'll play with a young, hip and festive crowd at Sam and Dave. This sharp, modern nightclub effervesces energy with its fluorescent lights, large dance floor and popular music events ranging from Hip Hop to Trance. Loosen up and join the fun on Tuesdays with a Salsa lesson. Bartenders here take pride in their mixes, shaking up cocktails with professional flair. Enjoy large portions of Western style food while you revel in the party atmosphere.

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This lively Irish pub draws patrons in for good drinks and a fun-filled evening. Eighteen beers from around the world are on tap as are 17 Irish whiskies accompanied by tasty dishes like fish 'n chips or shepherd's pie. Japanese and foreigners alike enjoy the live Irish music that pulsates each Wednesday. Darts and televised football add to the festive ambiance.

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If you're looking for serious dancing and powerful techno, then you've found the spot. Club Karma, known for its high-energy buzz, offers popular rock 'n roll, drum 'n bass, and new wave techno weekend events that attract popular DJs from throughout the country. On weekdays Karma offers great food, hip music, a trendy bar and a staff friendly to foreigners.

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Chat with both locals and out-of-towners while playing pool or darts at this neighborhood pub well known for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly clientele. A well stocked bar offers many imported selections such as Guinness, Old Speckled Hen, Pedigree and Stella Artois. Weekdays feature great food and happy hour specials while the weekend brings live music performances.

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The motto at Tin's Hall, "Everybody is welcome," evidences itself by the mix of locals and foreigners at the bar as well as the friendly atmosphere that prevails. Island decor provides a tropical feel, including the eye-catching overhead surfboard touting the day's menu. Tin's prides itself on making homemade food, using fresh ingredients and serving up large portions. Draft beers, Guinness, guest DJs and some live music on the weekends make for a fun and lively experience.

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The rustic decor and relaxed atmosphere of this well-stocked martini bar draw patrons in as the perfect spot to gossip before hitting the clubs or to wind down after a night of dancing. You'll find that choices like the Chocolate Martini, Apple Martini or Zoolander go down smooth. After good drinks and tasteful snacks you'll still have money in your pocket as the refreshments here ring up quite reasonably.

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Smooth jazz emanates from this classy nightclub known to attract top national and international artists who perform two sets live each night. Although known for its jazz, Blue Note hosts a mixed bag of performers from time to time, ranging from Latin to contemporary folk artists. You'll find the crowd faultlessly dressed, the drinks superbly mixed, the food exceptional and the service outstanding while the staff caters to a clientele expecting only the best. Secure reservations in advance, as capacity crowds appear nightly.

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This energetic live house rocks hard just about every night featuring hot, new aspiring bands as well as established in-demand performers from both Japan and abroad. Rock performers choose to play here because of the raw energy atmosphere and capacity crowds who love to party. A full bar, including wine, cocktails, local and imported beers, helps to keep the guests in motion through the night.

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A beautiful building that mixes modern features with traditional Japanese architectural elements, the National Bunraku Theater houses the traditional art form of Puppet Theater that originated in Osaka. Captivating performances run for three weeks each during the 7 months the theater is active. During performances, master puppeteers manipulate puppets two-thirds the size of human subjects. Three persons manipulate each puppet causing not only its arms and legs to move but its eyes to roll and lips to imitate speech. Contact the theater for specific performance information so as not to miss this unique production.

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