Comfort Hotel Kumamoto Shinshigai
Phone: (81) 96 211 8411
Fax: (81) 96 211 8435
This bar is a great place to go to booze to the sound of a piano for a remarkably good price. Arrive early, you can drink all you want for an hour, and this is not cheap liquor either. Local transvestites and other interesting, foreign performers dance, sing and do acts. There are leather chairs, nice lighting, and other seemingly pricey pieces of decoration, giving the feel of a lounge. The clientèle are markedly older men, usually dressed as if they had just gotten off work, though other ages and types of people filter in as well. Most people come for socializing, the music and the entertaining shows. The entry charge allows you to drink all you want, and the liquor is good. Various snack foods are available.
This basement club, not far from the Hamonomachi area, is one of the most popular hang-outs among hip youth in Nagasaki. It is not a big place, but the energy and the number of people stuffed in there at the weekends can make it seem larger. The music is primarily hip-hop, with live DJs a common part of the scene. Weekdays can hardly be called "dead," and may be a better time to go if you want space to dance. On entering you will see a small bar. Around the perimeter there are a few tables. Most of the space is reserved for dancing, and the sound system is pretty good. There are standard mixed drinks, of a very limited number.
This bar is a great place for those with a passion for soul, R&B and hip-hop music. There are usually DJs as well as occasional emcees, some of whom are rather good. Many of the DJs and emcees work together to produce some great sounds, while stylish guests sip on cocktails and enjoy conversation with frequently seductive intentions. The interior is not at all grungy and sticky like so many places of the same ilk where grooving guests spill their drinks everywhere. Most of the patrons are fairly mellow, and the cool lighting and modern design no doubt facilitates this mood. Their age tends to vary quite widely.
This standard bar has booths and tables, as well as seats at the bar, from which you can see any part of the room. Local musicians play here on occasion, and at other times the bartenders spin the records in their collection. The bar has a warm, hearty atmosphere to it with a generally cheerful mood. Glasses and bottles hang from racks above the counter. Rock posters and signs adorn the walls.
This bar is a rather unique hybrid of times instead of styles. It would normally have the feel of a home built in the early Meiji years (from 1868), except that the owners then decorated the place with contemporary lighting and what they consider "psychedelic" effects--which are admittedly limited. While this may seem tacky, it is not the case, proving for a rather interesting drinking environment. The interior seems to be more old than new, thus making it appeal to older clientèle who dress fairly nicely and drink relatively quietly.