Comfort Inn Hiroshima Heiwa-Odori
3-17 Komachi Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 82 541 5555
Fax: (81) 82 541 0096
Bars & Cafes
An American-style sports bar, Kemby's has become a popular first (and last) stop for drinks and Western food among Hiroshima's expatriates. The bar also supports a large number of local customers. Laid-back and friendly, if sometimes hectic—it is a good place to eat, drink, meet friends or check out a local band. Kemby's features great bar food with a Mexican twist, including burritos and tacos, as well the standard pizza and burgers. Nachos and seasoned french fries are especially popular. Also on the menu are vegetarian choices. Beer selection is limited, but the mixed drinks list is impressive.
This light, airy cafe with its soft cherry wood interior and amply spaced tables is a great place to go and relax with a friend over conversation and some really good dessert. Caramel Milk, Cafe Mocha, and other delicious milk-shake type desserts are available. Guests who arrive later in the day tend to select from the alcoholic drink menu whose prices are comparable. Sandwiches and other light food items are also available. As the cafe is located along Peace Boulevard, all types walk in, though young and casual seems to be the norm.
From the reproductions of Sistine Chapel frescoes prominently displayed behind the counter, to the thick steamed milk floating delicately on the surface of your cappuccino, this pulsating café takes great pains to evoke the frantic but cool atmosphere of Italy in the midst of Hiroshima's premier shopping grotto. Pastries and cakes are available during the day. The quality of the coffee lends support to Pronto as a homage to La Dolce Vita. At night the coffee counter converts to a bar and shoppers are replaced by chatting beer drinkers preparing for an evening at nightclubs nearby.
The Flat Blue Cafe is a fashionable cafe/bakery with open concept, glass and steel decor. Inside is a large no-smoking area. This is a great place to people-watch or laze away an afternoon reading on the window-side sofas or under parasols on the second-floor terrace. The menu, partly in English, offers lunch sets, including deli, noodle and salad entrees. A la carte light meals are served throughout the day. The dessert pages feature cheesecakes, yogurt and ice cream sundaes, fancy coffees, teas and fruit smoothies. The short drinks list includes an intriguing 'Calpis and vodka' cocktails.
B.A.D is said to be Hiroshima's first specialty shot bar with a rock music theme, which is partially a result of the owner's collection of over 3,000 CDs. Requests are taken, so if you're in the mood to listen to your favourite songs in a relaxed, casual environment, this is the place. Group bookings are also taken for up to 40 people for two hours all-you-can-drink and an extra rate is applicable if you order snacks. An array of beer and cocktails are yours to enjoy.
Rokutsuboya, or “Six-Tsubo Shop”, takes its name from its small size, a tsubo being a traditional Japanese measurement. Its emphasis is on good food and a genuine atmosphere, which it achieves through its yatai-style ambiance and the personal cast-iron grills it serves its dishes on. Popular with both businessmen and tourists, chefs are accustomed to instructing first-timers and can provide English menus for international guests. Rokutsuboya serves local sake, shochu, and Kirin and Carlsberg draught beer. If guests are inclined to drink a bit more, they can purchase their own bottle and leave it for future returns through a “keep system”.
Grog (gotta love that name!) is a relatively new, very chic cocktail bar located next to Okonomi-mura. Furnished with simple, minimal decor, its atmosphere comes from its dark, sexy lighting and plain glass windowing, which looks out onto the street and Parco. There is seating for eight to ten at the bar, or you can go for the more intimate two-to-four-seater, high tables. It is a good place to go as a couple for some late-night romancing, or as a small group to end a night out.
This basement-located club is packed to the hilt on weekends with a mixture of hip young Japanese and an assortment of foreigners looking for a place to boogie-and someone to boogie with. It is typically a loud, hot and bothered crowd getting down to it. Pretty strict checking of identification occurs at the door. The cover charge will get you two drinks-fast service and strong drinks. But take note: there is only one toilet!
Hiroshima's legendary watering hole, affectionately known as "Mac's," often stays open until dawn on weekends, giving you lots of opportunity to check out the floor to ceiling collection of classic and alternative rock. A friendly, sweaty crowd of expats and locals jam the small dance floor and small tables. The interior is woody, dark and intimate. Bottled beer and mixed drinks are the rule. Expect to pay between JPY500 and JPY1,000 per drink. Mac's is located east of Chuo Dori in the nightclub district, next to a big, well-lit parking tower entrance. The bar is open all week except Sundays at 6 pm.
This restaurant is a prime example of the keen ability of the Japanese to take an idea from abroad, refine it, and make it something essentially Japanese. Chez Tan's owner-chef studied in France and specialises in creating appetisers from unusual combinations of ingredients, such as innards and mushrooms or sardines and fruit. Patrons are requested to remove their shoes, to make them feel at home.
This small cocktail lounge/cafe makes a pleasant visit simply to enjoy its attractive, modern interior. Black and white minimalism bests describes it, while the guests tend to be nicely dressed women. On the second floor there is "space" (where the name comes from) consisting of comfortable sofas and tables. Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and light edibles like cake are on the menu. No, it is not cheap, but the ambience is worth it to many.
You can find a mixed bunch of people dancing, drinking and eating at El Barco any week night. Expect the music to be a mix of mainstream hip-hop, R&B, pop and rock. The menu is a good selection of meat dishes for a good price.