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2-38 Takara-machi, Kure, JP, 737-0029

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    »Kure Beer

    Now into their 12th year, Kure Beer has firmly established itself as part of the downtown experience and continues to make the arguably best beer in Hiroshima-ken. Located in the harbor not far from the Kure Maritime Museum, the brewpub makes for a nice stop after a healthy dose of naval history, and with their flagship beer named after the infamous Yamato battleship, one can assume that they're angling for the extracurricular enthusiasts to do just that. The brewpub pours a Pilsner, Weizen, Altbier, Irish Red Ale, Stout, and Kolsch, and occasionally has a seasonal on tap. The food menu is standard pub grub with sporadic Japanese flair, but the real reason to come is for the beer. Take-away bottles and kitschy souvenirs are also available in their gift shop. – Brent Katte

    1-1-2 Naka-dori
    Kure,

    »Restaurant Ogawa

    This is a wonderful restaurant to choose when you want to dress up nicely, spend a lot of money, and savor every morsel of food. The service, too, is impeccable. The portions are admittedly small, as is the norm for many French dishes served in Japan, but delicious. Seafood is the specialty. Lunch is less expensive. Bottles of wine run from several thousand yen to exorbitant prices.

    3-11-7 Senta-machi
    Hiroshima, 730-0052

    »One Love

    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.

    2-11-18 Senda-machi
    Hiroshima, 730-0052

    »El Barco

    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.

    7-9 Yagenbori
    Hiroshima,

    »Snappers

    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.

    1-7 Yagenbori
    Hiroshima, 730-0051

    »Chokotto-ya

    Though located in an admittedly “unkempt” section of Nagerakawa, Hiroshima's entertainment district, Chokotto-ya is indeed worth searching out. The lure is their huge selection of Hiroshima “ji-zake”, or craft sake. With roughly 70 local brands and 150 styles depending on the season, this esoteric, three-story “izakaya” (Japanese pub) is the best place in the city to sample the region's famous sake. Sweeter than most due to the mineral content of the local water, Hiroshima's sakes have always been cherished and the area remains a prized brewing locale. Staff can point the uninitiated in the right direction, albeit in limited English, but really come into their own with connoisseurs or guests familiar with the language. The food is advertised as simple and unpretentious, and though it rarely wows, you can be sure that the stuff in your glass undoubtedly will. – Brent Katte

    12-26 Kanayama-cho
    Hiroshima,

    »Cross

    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.

    3-12 Yagenbori
    Hiroshima, 730-0027

    »Chez Tan

    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.

    3-12 Nagarekawa-cho
    Hiroshima, 730-0028

    »Rei-chan

    Okonomiyaki (Japanese omelets) are among Hiroshima's more famous food specialties. There are so many of these restaurants that it is hard to recommend one, but at least this one is located right by the station and is very popular. Most varieties here are cooked right on the counter. The atmosphere is quite casual-with staff hurrying to cook your meal in what cannot quite be described as a din of utensils and orders-but businessmen will drop by in suits after work.

    2-37 Matsubara
    Hiroshima, 732-0822

    »Okonomi-mura

    Okonomi-mura has two floors of diner-style eateries that serve up Hiroshima's most famous local dish, okonomiyaki, a cross between a pancake and an omelet. This is a good place to eat like (and with) local students and salarymen. You will sit on swivel stools at the counter--an unpretentious, workaday setting. Your okonomiyaki will contain cabbage, noodles, and a variety of fillings. For real local flavor, try the type made with oysters from the Seto Inland Sea.

    3-3 Nakamachi Ku
    Hiroshima, 730-0035

    »Ohisamaya

    Located in the heart of the business district in downtown Hiroshima, this small restaurant has gained popularity with nearby office workers for its delicious lunch menu and fast, friendly service. The lunchtime menu, available Monday through Friday, centers on the two most popular "set" dishes, Beef Steak in Miso, and Beef Steak in Giant Radish Sauce, both priced at money-saving rates. Ohisamaya is also a great place to stop for a quick after-work bite to eat and a drink from their range of over 70 alcoholic beverages. Good prices and great food!

    4-8 Nakamachi
    Hiroshima, 730-0037

    »Ganso Henkutsu-ya

    This eatery has been cooking up Okonomiyaki (Japanese omelets) for over 50 years now, so you know the food has to be good. But not only has this super-casual restaurant served many varieties of its specialty dish to returning customers; it has also done so for extremely low prices. Particularly popular here are the Okonomiyaki that incorporate, unusually, noodles into the recipe. The place is open late, so just about anybody walks in, and in varying degrees of sobriety.

    2-12 Shintenchi
    Hiroshima, 730-0034
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