10 Best Bars in Osaka

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Bryce was born in California, but raised from the age of 3 near Seattle, Washington. He’s been living in Tokyo for about 7 years, and graduated from Temple University, Japan with degrees in economics and international business. He loves traveling of course, but also cooking, snowboarding, some video games as well. His biggest interest is songwriting/music production, more specifically electronic music… (think Skrillex, Marshmello, Daft Punk, etc.) He also has terrible humor as you’ll notice, but he hopes you’ll enjoy it!

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Welcome, fellow wanderers and aficionados of exquisite flavors! Osaka, one of the most exciting cities in Japan, isn’t just a city; it’s a culinary odyssey waiting to be explored. Beyond its bustling streets and vibrant culture, lies a treasure trove of hidden bars that are more than just watering holes. They’re experiences that blend tradition and innovation with every sip and every bite. So, fasten your seatbelts and drink your ukon-no-chikara because we’re about to embark on a journey through the 10 best bars in Osaka, where gastronomy meets artistry.

1. Bar Nayuta


Step into the enchanting realm of Bar Nayuta, where mixology isn’t just a craft; it’s an art form. Nestled in the heart of the city, this cozy gem beckons you with its dimly lit ambiance and a cocktail menu that reads like poetry. The skilled bartenders are true alchemists, conjuring up concoctions that dance on your taste buds. From classic cocktails to bespoke creations, each sip is a revelation. The bar’s minimalist yet eclectic décor and intimate setting make it perfect for a romantic evening or a sophisticated gathering with friends.


2. Bar Hiramatsu Umeda

In the heart of bustling Umeda, Bar Hiramatsu offers an oasis of sake sophistication. With a vast array of premium whiskeys as well as a smattering of tasty cocktails, this bar is a haven for enthusiasts and novices alike. The warm wooden interiors exude traditional charm, inviting you to explore the world of spirits. The knowledgeable staff are more than happy to guide you through the nuances of different brews, making each tasting a cultural revelation. Raise your cup and toast to the fusion of old-world charm and modern vibrancy.


3. PC and Retro Bar Space Station

Calling all gamers, geeks, and retro enthusiasts! Step into the PC and Retro Bar Space Station, where nostalgia collides with a futuristic vibe. This innovative bar is a haven for gamers and millennials, offering a vast collection (over 600!) of vintage games to play while sipping on creatively crafted cocktails. From pixelated art to sci-fi-inspired décor, every corner is an ode to pop culture. Whether you’re a joystick veteran or a button-masher, this bar promises a night of playful camaraderie and out-of-this-world libations.


4. Bar Juniper

If gin is your spirit of choice, then Bar Juniper is your paradise. Tucked away in the heart of Osaka, this sleek and contemporary bar boasts a gin-credible collection from around the world. The skilled bartenders whip up gin-based concoctions that redefine the boundaries of mixology. The ambiance is refined yet approachable, making it an ideal spot for gin connoisseurs and newcomers alike. So, raise a glass, and let the juniper-infused journey begin!


5. Bible Club Osaka

Prepare to be whisked away to whiskey wonderland at the Bible Club Osaka. This underground gem is a huge tribute to the American prohibition act, with the theme consistent from floor to ceiling, as well as boasting an extensive selection that spans the globe. From the moment you step through its doors, the intimate and vintage vibe envelops you in its charm. The bartenders here are true whiskey scholars, ready to regale you with stories. Whether you’re a whiskey novice or a seasoned sipper, this bar offers an unforgettable tasting adventure.


6. Bar K

Bar K isn’t just a place; it’s an experience of creative liberation. With an appearance comparable to Hiramatsu and Whiskey selection to combat Bible Club, This avant-garde establishment is one you have to try out. They’re also known for offering a variety of cocktails that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. The minimalist, compact, yet artsy interior creates a space where the drinks are the true protagonists. Get ready to embark on an imaginative expedition through flavors that defy convention.


7. Cinquecento

For those seeking a taste of Italy in the heart of Osaka, Cinquecento is the ultimate destination. This charming bar pays homage to Italian culture with its curated selection of cocktails  and delectable antipasti. And the best part? It’s true to its name! Cinquecento means 500 in italian, and the drinks cost just that (they’re also open ‘till 5:00 am). The rustic interiors and warm lighting transport you to the streets of Tuscany. This is a great place to experience a bit of Italy and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Osaka!


8. Balabushka

Balabushka is where sophistication meets entertainment in the most seamless manner. This upscale bar combines billiards (and a few other games) and mixology for an evening of leisure and luxury. With its suave style and ambiance, it’s the perfect spot to unwind with friends. The cocktail menu is a fusion of classic concoctions and innovative signatures, each crafted with precision. So, chalk your cue, order your favorite libation, and let the good times roll.

9. The Hearth Osaka

Couldn’t win at billiards or at the video game bar? Well, try your luck at Hearth, a haven for board game lovers! Tons of board games are available here aside a delectable selection of beverages to better (or worsen) your shot of winning. Fear not, the likelihood of any table flipping is quite low despite the nature of board games combined with alcohol! Surely this is a spot where you’ll be able to create some lasting memories and perhaps find some buddies to roll the dice and deal the cards with. Oh, and you can’t miss the great Irish theme here!


10. Deepening Submarine Bar SHINKA

Prepare to plunge into the depths of imagination at Deepening Submarine Bar SHINKA. This whimsical bar takes you on an underwater adventure with its submarine-inspired design and aquatic-themed drinks. As you sip on vibrantly colored cocktails, you’ll feel like a sailor exploring the mysteries of the sea. The bartenders are as friendly as they are skilled, ensuring a voyage filled with laughter and merriment. Immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind experience that promises a tidal wave of memories. Be warned, however, this place is about as hard to detect as a submarine might be, so forget google maps and invest in a sonar! Just kidding, use any app you’d like, but it is hard to find.

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