Comfort Hotel Kure
Phone: (81) 823 32 4811
Fax: (81) 823 32 4812
Bars & Cafes
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
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.
This light, airy cafe with its soft cherry wood interior and amply spaced tables is a great place to go and relax with a friend over conversation and some really good dessert. Caramel Milk, Cafe Mocha, and other delicious milk-shake type desserts are available. Guests who arrive later in the day tend to select from the alcoholic drink menu whose prices are comparable. Sandwiches and other light food items are also available. As the cafe is located along Peace Boulevard, all types walk in, though young and casual seems to be the norm.
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.
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.
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
Hiroshima's legendary watering hole, affectionately known as "Mac's," often stays open until dawn on weekends, giving you lots of opportunity to check out the floor to ceiling collection of classic and alternative rock. A friendly, sweaty crowd of expats and locals jam the small dance floor and small tables. The interior is woody, dark and intimate. Bottled beer and mixed drinks are the rule. Expect to pay between JPY500 and JPY1,000 per drink. Mac's is located east of Chuo Dori in the nightclub district, next to a big, well-lit parking tower entrance. The bar is open all week except Sundays at 6 pm.
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.
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.
Grog (gotta love that name!) is a relatively new, very chic cocktail bar located next to Okonomi-mura. Furnished with simple, minimal decor, its atmosphere comes from its dark, sexy lighting and plain glass windowing, which looks out onto the street and Parco. There is seating for eight to ten at the bar, or you can go for the more intimate two-to-four-seater, high tables. It is a good place to go as a couple for some late-night romancing, or as a small group to end a night out.
A dark, atmospheric bar conveniently located at the heart of Hiroshima's main pleasure district, Harry's attracts a large number of foreigners and the city's young and upwardly mobile with its immaculately dressed bartenders and smart, almost classic hotel-style décor. It is a travel through time when the bartenders soberly execute a flurry of rumba dances as they mix the drinks behind the horseshoe bar - a meticulous recreation of a West you have never seen that makes this a peculiarly Japanese experience.
This small cocktail lounge/cafe makes a pleasant visit simply to enjoy its attractive, modern interior. Black and white minimalism bests describes it, while the guests tend to be nicely dressed women. On the second floor there is "space" (where the name comes from) consisting of comfortable sofas and tables. Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and light edibles like cake are on the menu. No, it is not cheap, but the ambience is worth it to many.