Comfort Hotel Kariya
1-8-1 Aioi cho
Phone: (81) 566 62 6511
Fax: (81) 566 62 6912
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.
With a Welsh owner, Kilkenny and Guinness on tap, and a menu including shepherd's pie and bangers and mash, Bumphy's is the closest thing to an Irish pub in Nagoya. Bumphy's has live music every weekend of the traditional harp & accordion variety, and advertises no cover. The atmosphere is cozy, with a small stage in the corner, memorabilia on the walls, and a pleasant back room decorated with a set of armor and some medieval weapons to give it a castle-drinking atmosphere. But you definitely pay for your Irish experience. Food is reasonably priced, but pints of Kilkenny and Guinness are a whopping JPY900 each.
One of the popular spots in the Chikusa ward of Nagoya, Club UPSET will definitely turn your idea of entertainment upside down, but in a good way. Featuring bands and artists from all over the world, though giving prominence to local artists, this club is much known for the live music it hosts. Besides the live music, the club also serves scintillating drinks and has special events organized now and then. See the website for more information.
Club Zion is one of the hottest nightclubs in Nagoya which has carved a niche for itself in the city's nightlife scene. DJs set the dance floor on fire while bartenders do a great job spinning magic with the cocktails. Check website for details on any live gigs or special performances.
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.
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.
Flashing lights, foot-tapping music, and vibrant colors welcome you to the Plastic Factory. The place was earlier used as an old plastic manufacturing unit, but in its new avatar, it stands as one of the hip joints in Nagoya. The in-house DJ renders lively tracks, and plays everything from trance to house. On weekends you will find a live band playing to a packed house. The bar is well-stocked and serves amazing concoctions throughout the night. The club is also hired for private parties and product launches, so do check the program schedule before making your plans.
As one of the small chain of nightclubs in major cities across Japan, this club regularly books up and coming bands that have hits on the charts but are still too new to fill large concert halls. With a capacity of only a few hundred, it is possible to see some of the latest popular music in a close, intimate atmosphere. Sellouts and SRO nights are common. Established bands or their individual members, on solo or revival tours also show up occasionally.
A destination for rockers in the Naka area of Nagoya, Club Rock'n'Roll is the place to head to for a night of headbanging. A modestly spacious venue, this club-cum-music-venue offers a stage area, a floor for dancing, and also a bar that serves up a seemingly endless stream of intoxication. See the website to know more.