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One of the popular spots among the party animals in the city of Kobe, Music Zoo Kobe calls all creatures of the night to partake in their splendidly decadent offerings. Opened in 2010, this interestingly named venue is an excellent place to catch live bands and artists from all over Japan, and beyond. Do check the website or call to know more.
The HRC Osaka is no different from any of the dozens of others all over the world. The gaudy, lavish decorations are comprised of music memorabilia, rock & roll music plays loud, and the menu features some hearty meals. This is perhaps the best place you can go in Japan for hamburgers and other meat dishes, though the other entries are equally as good. Prices are typically between JPY1,000 and JPY2,000. Drinks, such as beer and cocktails start at a pretty reasonable price. Also note that the HRC tends to be a favorite stopping off place for local celebrities.
If live rock music turns you on, then head for Fandango. This live house is one of the best venues in Osaka to see punk, heavy metal, indie and alternative acts, both local and international. The atmosphere is fearsome--the audience rocks and sways with the music in a kind of frenetic new dance form, so why not join in. There is a fully stocked bar that offers local and imported beers starting at a reasonable price, a fine selection of whiskeys and just about any cocktail you can think of, are all available here. Snacks are also available.
In the heart of Osaka lies a paradisaical space for music fans and musicians, called Shangri-La. Not elusive as one might think, this paradise is located right in the center of the city, close to the main Osaka train station. Operating as a nightclub as well as a concert hall, Shangri-La is open till the wee hours of the morning, and plays host to local and national talent, as well as talent brought in from abroad. Do see the website or call to know more.
Although the accent is heavily on jazz, the Blue Note does present a wide range of acts from many other genres of modern music, including Latin and contemporary folk. Most of the top-class jazz artists who come to Osaka play here, so the club is a very popular venue and reservations are almost always necessary. Besides excellent music, the Blue Note also serves up some good food, ranging from a simple sandwich to some yummy steak. There is a full drinks menu that covers wine and cocktails as well as local and imported beers.
Coelacanth is a stylish two-story bar/restaurant serving Asian food with a distinctly Thai emphasis. The extensive menu includes imaginative salads, curries and spring rolls and an impressive array of wines, beers and cocktails. Downstairs is more spacious than upstairs and makes a better venue for a group of friends dining together. Since it is open until dawn, Coelacanth is frequented by those who have been out late partying as well as those who would like just 'one' final drink after the regular places close.
Part of a popular chain of nightclubs, this club in Umeda leaves no stone unturned in giving the music lovers in Osaka a great time. Open for artists and bands from across the world, the club is a much sought-after stop for various famous Japanese and international artists and bands on tour. Expect performances of bands like Spiritualized, The New Mastersounds and Sparks, who have already graced the stage at Club Quattro in the past. Apart from the large performing room, the club features a full-fledged bar, a smoking room and lobby space to hangout.
Explosion is a popular dance club for mainly gay men located in Osaka's gay area, Doyama. This small, no-frills, underground bar, with its low ceilings and dance floor is lots of fun when it is busy. Drinks are all equally priced. There is a small cloakroom where things may be left at your own risk. Most of the nights are for men. However, there is a lesbian party ("Labia Rose") once a month. Theme nights are common, such as for sporty types, fat people or foreigners, etc.
Housed inside the mega-complex called RiverPalace, in the Naniwa-ku area of the city, Namba Hatch is a premier live music destination. A wide range of music genres are covered here, from jazz and blues, to rock, punk, and even R&B and hip-hop. See the website or call to know more.
Club Circus is the latest addition to the glitzy and happening nightlife of Osaka. This small but cool venue attracts young and hip party animals who head here to dance to the tunes of resident as well as international touring DJs. Given its popularity and great gigs, the place tends to get crowded faster, hence do arrive in time to avoid last minute disappointment. For gig guide and other details, check its website or call ahead.
Located right next to Triangle Park (Sankaku Koen), the major landmark of Osaka's main youth hangout 'America Mura' (mura means village), Club Joule is a smart, modern club where you can hear hip hop, jazz, soul, and rhythm and blues, depending on the night. There is a menu for small snacks such as tuna and tomato pizza and there is also a dessert menu that changes daily. The first two drinks are included in the entry charge and the further drinks are to be paid for. As a special bonus for the ladies, there is a nail and make-up service.
Blues has long had a relatively large following in Osaka and some of the better acts that pass through the city frequently stop by this lively bar. Even without these, there are regular artists and groups as well as amateur nights where you can catch some surprisingly good talent. The sound equipment and stage facilities are quite good for a bar of its size. And even when there are no live acts, it is still a good place to visit. The drinks - standard as well as some originals - are mixed well and can be as much as a thousand bucks. Opens daily at 6:30pm.