Comfort Hotel Kariya
1-8-1 Aioi cho
Phone: (81) 566 62 6511
Fax: (81) 566 62 6912
Bars & Cafes
The name might not be inviting, but the cafe truly is! From its warm outward appearance to its wooden interior with old animation characters pasted on the wall, the atmosphere at Ant's Poo is one that you can really relax in. You can also enjoy some hearty meals and dishes, most of which start well under JPY1,000. The food is an eclectic mix of cuisine from Europe and the Americas, Poo's Mexican salad comes highly recommended.
On the top floor, above an antique shop, this quaint cafe gives you a slice of the country in the middle of the city. The spacious open-air cafe is a fantastic place to enjoy coffee and cake and watch the tulips blooming in spring. Hand-made desserts are the order of the day with seasonal specialties like strawberry or raspberry cheesecake. To celebrate spring, strawberries are the fruit of choice, with items like strawberry tarts and Bavarian strawberry cream.
Before Seattle Express coffee was able to prevail in Nagoya, an enterprising American established that there was a market here for gourmet coffees at reasonable prices. Succeeding with a flavorful, high-quality product, the “Espress” brand is now franchised in several locations around the city. The main shop is conveniently located within a bookstore that also serves as an Internet cafe. In addition to offering a wide variety of coffees and soft drinks with accompanying pastries, customers can surf the Internet at leisure. Live music can also be enjoyed on some evenings.
Jazz thrives in Japan, and this place is one of the best in Nagoya to hear some really good live acts, as well as partake of some good eats and drinks. A little off the beaten track, but still easy to get to, this place also offers a slightly more spacious venue and a more rational layout than many such “live houses” in town. Live bands include local artists as well as national and international guests.
Unique nightclub dedicated to chanson and other romantic styles of music. A must for fans. It features live acts every night by local artists and guests from other parts of Japan and overseas. Small and cozy, seating approximately 50, with a utilitarian interior given some atmosphere by strategically placed drapery and lighting. Fare is plain (music is what is important here) with house wines and carafe, along with soft drinks and a small selection of whiskey. Door charge includes one drink and a small dish of appetizers.
Jerry's Uno, a laid-back cafe bar is one of the best places in town to spend an evening if you are into rock music, Tex-Mex a la Californian border cuisine and beer. It offers eight kinds of soft tacos and three kinds of hard tacos and it has an incredible array of beers, over 100 different brews. Go with a group of friends and enjoy the conversation or go alone and watch the rock videos while you enjoy the food and drink.
Don't be put off by the name. This really is the place to go to for a weekend night party. Open till late and featuring music bands, Misfits is a nice place to chill out in. Sway to the strums of the guitar and the sounds of a saxophone, and see if you can follow the lyrics after a few drinks! Grab some pizza, calzone or pasta when hunger pangs strike you. Stand-up comics visit the joint often. Tuesday is Women's Night out here, when the fairer sex gets certain privileges and special treatment. Several events are held during each month. Check the website for details. Though it seats 27 people, it can get crowded on weekends, so book in advance.
This nightclub has made a name for itself by providing entertaining shows in a totally unpretentious manner. The interior is simply a rectangular space with a stage at one end and a bar to one side with tables, chairs, and benches occupying the middle. Music is featured, and ranges from local amateur bands to internationally recognized artists, a grab bag of entertainment. The owner here refers to his place as an 'open house/live house'.
Yes, Nagoya has a Bottom Line, the Bottom Line Nagoya. It is a sister to the famed club in New York and, as such, regularly presents high-level performances of popular music acts. Shows include famous Japanese bands that attract young fans, as well as more established international acts that are popular with the baby-boomer bunch. Depending on the program, the format is usually halfway between a nightclub and a concert hall, offering drinks and snacks during a single or double performance of the main act. Seating capacity is up to 700 and admission varies depending on the program.
The spacious interior of Shirayuki Brewery Village Grand Place has attempted to recreate an evening scene in the Grand Place of Brussels, giving it a romantic, if slightly surreal, atmosphere. A large variety of fare, mostly a blend of Japanese and French cuisine, is available, one being the Belgian favorite, mussels and fries. These are prepared in one of the establishment's two kitchens, which is actually a franchise of the Belgian restaurant Chez Léon. The other feature here is the gold, brown, and white varieties of the jibiiru beer, which is brewed on the premises.
Country Joe is a long established bar run by a fan of American country music. Warm, cozy, friendly are all adjectives that would describe the atmosphere that “Joe” has created here. A musician himself, Joe often has live acts, local musicians and the occasional special guest, on the tiny stage in the back that play good ole country-and-western and other country-flavored music (albeit with a Japanese accent). Simple eats, a selection of beers and cocktails, and the ubiquitous bottle keep are all available for reasonable prices. Door charge for live music are moderately priced and depend on whose playing.
This comfortable, casual bar at Shinsakae is the perfect place to let your hair down. Kick back and enjoy a few drinks in either the smoking or the non smoking area. Budding musicians and DJs judiciously use this avenue as a platform to show off their talent and music.