Comfort Hotel Nagasaki
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Bars & Cafes
Good value for money and a comprehensive menu make this a popular venue for returning clientèle. Small circular wooden tables in an elaborately decorated bright and cheerful interior set the scene for this intimate dining experience. The remarkable selection of food items available is epitomized by its sixteen varieties of shellfish. Numerous excellent courses and wide selection of drinks is available.
Good value lunch menu, with dinner selections at reasonable prices. If you go at lunch, you can order set meals for very cheap! There are usually three choices available. Drinks, including beer, are also available. The tables, chairs and booths are comfortable enough, decorations sufficient to let you know that you are in a Chinese restaurant. It is mostly frequented by a young, casually dressed crowd.
You certainly do not have to be staying in the Hotel JAL City Nagasaki, near China Town, to eat at this pub-like restaurant located within the hotel. In fact, many if not most of the clientele are from "outside," and have come because word has spread: the place is good and the prices are affordable. While it calls itself a pub, this is basically in appearance only. It is more like a restaurant.
Few bars are more charming than this one. Actually, it would be a little misleading to call Inaka a bar; it is a traditional Japanese watering hole. Everything about it is Japanese. You sit on the floor or in a private room with Japanese fireplaces, and sip sake while eating a variety of fish—baked, broiled, grilled, fired or raw--and seasonal vegetables. The interior is almost completely wooden, and in Japanese-style with shoji (sliding paper-screened doors) and hanging paper lanterns. Although you can order a la carte, some of the best deals are the combination plates for two that feature meat and fish and start at JPY2,000. Sake, which is the perfect match for the food, starts at JPY1,000.
This charming old coffee shop is located in a building that has existed since the Edo Era. The atmosphere is quiet and pleasant, allowing you to take a rest or gather your thoughts, and enjoy the coffee and tea served here. The establishment is frequented by Japanese as well as members of the international community. Decorated with objets d'art, the interior exudes a warm atmosphere.
Located among the shops and stores of Yorozuya-machi, this small coffeehouse serves delicious desserts and provides a place to unwind. The owner is particularly friendly (and a big Hanshin Tigers fan). Try the house specialty rokko oroshi, which is also the title of the Tigers' fight song. The interior is small, and attractively incorporates wood into its overall design.
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 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.
Kyabetsu izakaya (Japanese pub) is almost legendary for its good, cheap food. The liquor is also quite varied and cheap. The place features tatami mats, low sitting tables, and quite a lot of noise and high spirits. The guests are an eclectic mix, but mostly young and casual. On the weekends, the place is almost always full. Most of the food served comes fresh off the boat or from the fields. Numerous dishes of Japanese staples, such as fried chicken, Sashimi. There are numerous types of sake available, and beer.
This bar serves cocktails as well as excellent freshly squeezed fruit-juice based drinks. It is particularly popular among women. The interior is elegant and simple, with attractive back lighting behind the bar and track lights above. The Vodka milk cocktail is interesting, as are the seasonal selections.
Suntory Jigger Bars are found in nearly every major Japanese city. People go in usually because they know what to expect; the feel, price and selection changes very little from city to city. A tad more expensive than most bars, the drinks are good, but standard. Inside you will find impeccably dressed staff, dim lighting, elegant wood-style counters and booths. There is a comprehensive menu of cocktails and shots. Complementary bar chow is served, such as mixed nuts and potato chips.
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.