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Bars & Cafes
Get a seat at the counter or melt into one of the sofas at Live in Guuwa. Here, jazz pianist Fumio Yara takes the stage every night to delight guests with his delicate style. Don't be afraid to chat with friends while he's performing - he encourages guests to feel at home, try the traditional Ryukyuan cuisine, and just enjoy the laid-back environment. Three sets are performed each night, beginning at 9:15p, 10:30p and midnight.
Right behind Tokyo Inn Hotel, this intimate, lantern-lit space is perfect for a small group of friends or a date. Traditional tatami floor seating or hardwood benches are available, and an English menu eases the dining experience for tourists. Sashimi, stone-grilled taco rice, pizza, Ishigaki beef and a wide selection of awamori (Okinawan rice liquor) and cocktails compose the menu, and entice friends to while away the time in this cozy setting. Large parties are advised to make a reservation, as the restaurant can only accommodate 51 people at a time.
An intimate space for 20, this hole-in-the-wall venue is all about fun and relaxation. Set live performances and acoustic sets take place Thursday through Saturday, while patrons can feel free to use any of the instruments in the bar for open mic night on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays are particularly special, because that's when the proprietor takes the stage and dazzles the guests with magic tricks and fortune telling. The music, Western fare, and cocktails will have you leaving with a light heart.
Uraniwa serves an array of dishes from all over Okinawa, including Ishigaki steak and Okinawan pork. This venue is great for intimate parties or large gatherings (for parties of 15 or more, please book ahead), with its chic ambience and Japanese flair. Also, if you plan your visit accordingly, you can enjoy live music while you dine (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).
Musica's lighthearted quality makes for a relaxing setting after stressful day at work, and on Wednesdays, stand-up comedy sets will help you forget your troubles. Because of the great acoustics, live performances and public reading nights draw large crowds into this stylish bar. On nights when there aren't any live performances, the drinks, food and conversation still make for a great time. Check the websites for performer biographies and set schedules. Opening times may vary depending on the events.
Just a few blocks down the street from Darl Bar, which specializes in Western spirits, you'll find Sho-Chu Bar Takayama, which has 500 types of sho-chu (Japanese liquor distilled from barley, potatoes or rice) and awamori (Okinawan rice liquor) in stock. The knowledgeable bartenders have sampled them all, and gladly offer recommendations to novice drinkers. To take the edge off the alcohol, the bar also serves katsu (fried pork) sandwiches. The stylish bar only seats 12, though sho-chu connoisseurs can reserve one of two private rooms. Here, you'll find the perfect bottle of awamori to take home as a souvenir.
American-owned karaoke bar and lounge, American Idol is a place where all can come for a night of letting loose. With the newest karaoke technology, songs in five different languages, and a staff that speaks English, this venue is perfect for international guests. Despite its attractive features, American Idol is also very affordable.
The owner, Toshiko Yamashiro, hails from Iheya Island in Northern Okinawa, and named the tavern after Iheya Island's symbol, the Nendo Hiramatsu (a type of pine tree). Conveniently located near Kokusai Street, the bar and restaurant serves an assortment of Ryukyuan dishes, and the couple performs traditional dances and songs. If you're feeling bold, you can put on a costume and do a free-spirited Okinawan dance called the Kachashi with the owners. The venue is closed on Wednesdays.
The epitome of chic, Darl Bar serves a wide selection of Western and awamori (Okinawan rice wine) cocktails as well as a variety of snacks until the wee hours of the morning. The first thing you notice upon entering is the long, hardwood bar, the recessed lighting and the chandeliers, which highlight the venue's modern furniture and sculpted columns. All-you-can-drink plans are available for guests parched from a day of work. Women can get discounted food and drinks every Tuesday night. Darl Bar holds sixty guests, and groups above forty are asked to call ahead.
Situated in the center of Kokusai Street, Zizake Yokocho is the perfect place to enjoy some awamori (locally crafted Okinawan sake) along with a smattering of traditional Okinawan tapas-style dishes after a long day of souvenir shopping. Accustomed to tourists, the pictures of the prix fixe menus help indecisive visitors choose which of these healthful dishes to sample, although items can also be ordered à la carte. This venue gets crowded during the tourist season so be sure to make reservations via their website. Live traditional music and dance performances occur three times nightly beginning at 6:30p, and patrons are welcome to join the dancers on the stage at the end of the set. Feel free to bring your own awamori for a JPY2000 bottle fee.
The tastefully decorated Latin-themed interiors beckon seekers of Argentinean food, drinks and music to spend an evening at Peña Amancay. This dining and music venue serves delectable cuisine from the exotic country of its origin, also offering wines imported from the region. Conveniently located in central Naha, and easily accessible by public transportation, Peña Amancay is definitely worth a visit, not just for the food and drinks, but also for the range of folk musicians that grace its stage. Call for more information.
There's no better way to feel alive than to hear a riveting percussion or sanshin (Japanese lute) solo. At Masakaya Bar, a skilled family of musicians takes the stage, with the husband on the sanshin and the wife on the drums while their daughter sings. Newcomers are always welcome, and people can order the horse sashimi for a unique treat and wash it down with the local awamori (Okinawan liquor). Reservations by phone are required, since the venue only seats 11.