Comfort Hotel Hiroshima Otemachi
3-7-9 Otemachi Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 82 545 7811
Fax: (81) 82 545 7812
Cllub Quattro is Hiroshima's answer for everything rock 'n' roll. Bright lights, stiff drinks, and a huge sound system are the name of the game, and both touring acts and local favorites rock the house on a regular basis. See website for schedule.
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!
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.
The sign at the start of the staircase says "What a hell going on," and one might well wonder at this dimly lit, top floor space with a balcony view. Deep and dark house, soul and funk music is the norm here, with guest DJs or live bands prompting the occasional cover charge. The music is good, but the dance floor, as there is not really enough space for grooving. This actually keeps Cross from getting too crowded. The usual run of drinks is served at JPY700 each. Opens daily at 8pm.
As the name suggests, One Love is a cafe-bar heavily inspired by reggae music, which it plays quietly in the background. Located in the area where the old Hiroshima University used to be, it is a little inconvenient to get to but worth having a look. Walk through the heavy curtains inside the front door, and you step into another world. With a carpet of leaves and petals underfoot, soft lighting and wooden barrels for tables, the ambience is relaxed and mellow. The menu offers a variety of beverages, and tasty light meals of Southeast Asian inspiration.
Snappers is in the entertainment district of Nagarekawa and has been around for a few years, developing a good reputation amongst the local expatriate community. Run by an Australian who enjoys loud bikes and loud music, the fun atmosphere makes this a good place for night owls to drop in on any night of the week. The addition of a DJ booth has the place packed on weekends; there is even a small area for those who like to dance. You are guaranteed a good time on a Friday or Saturday night.