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Bars & Cafes
Mukune is a brand of ‘Ginjo' sake brewed by the long-established Daimon Brewery. Ginjo refers to the quality of the wine, the word is synonymous with the English terms 'premium' or 'fine'. The cozy restaurant, housed at the brewery, serves dishes that complement this drink as well as the other home brews on offer. Some of the wait staff speak English, which is a real blessing.
Trader Vic's exudes the exotic atmosphere of the South Pacific, and not just because of the boathouse bar that serves some of the best and most original cocktails in the city. The outstanding cuisine is an eclectic mix of the best from the Pacific Rim, America and Europe. Only the freshest ingredients are used. The seafood dishes are extremely popular as are the barbecues. The Chinese-style spareribs just melt in your mouth. Do not forget to sample the Mai Tai, which was created by the original 'Trader Vic' in the 1940s.
The coffee boom in Japan these past few years has brought Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee and countless other competitors and imitators. To much less fanfare, it also brought Gloria Jean's, which offers tasty American-flavored coffee without the 'fast-food' feel of other places. There is also a great selection of pastries and muffins. This branch is located in the IMP shopping mall near Osaka Castle.
One of the more popular spots for live music in the Tennoji neighborhood of the city, Fireloop is a nightclub, bar, and music venue all rolled into one. Offering a bar area, a performance area, and also a studio, Fireloop is sure to make for an interesting and entertaining time. See the website or call to know more.
This friendly foreign-style neighborhood bar is just as popular with Japanese as with foreigners. It has fascinating decor with a slant toward Hawaii—even the latest menu is written on a surfboard hanging up behind the bar. Everything you order here is homemade with fresh ingredients, and the portions are very generous. There is also a fair selection of dishes for vegetarians. The burgers and sandwiches are especially popular and come with delicious wedge potatoes.
This lounge bar is wonderfully typical of the new relaxed lounge/cafe culture that is sweeping Osaka. Dagaz is a fairly spacious underground lounge bar and gives traditionally rather rough and stolid Tennoji a much-needed boost. It has white stucco walls, subdued lighting, tables in one area and couches in another. It serves a moderate range of international cuisine at prices that are reasonable. Dagaz boasts a well stocked bar and impeccably and friendly service.
Ebisu, is housed in a charming old traditional white plastered building with an interior that is decorated to reflect the season. It serves Japanese food that nevertheless reveals also a strong Western influence. The various sakes on sale look as if they have been bought in in bulk and on the cheap, but a closer look will reveal to the afficionado quite a few rare ones. It attracts clientele of a wide range of ages, so you can expect to see youth rubbing shoulders with age. Very friendly staff.
The biggest selection of martinis and tasty food is what Cinquecento offers. Moreover the food is value for money so you can have your fill and be happy. This is an ideal stopover for those who want to down a few drinks before moving into nightclubs. The decor is rustic with dimmed lights and the bar counter takes precedence over the booths and seats. Draft beer is also available. Martinis to try: Chocolate Martini, Apple Martini and Zoolander. Opens Monday to Saturday 9pm.
This cafe makes indulging in desserts part of a spiritual experience. The translation for their motto is "cakes with consciousness." Each cake is supposed to address the individual temperament of each customer, including earth, fire, water and air. Whether melting in your mouth or cooling your palate, each of the 30 varieties are guaranteed to bring about culinary awareness. White peach mousse is the most popular dessert according to the staff. Freshness and quality are assured in 60-minute session. Reservations are recommended.
Looking for a quiet and classy place to drink well-mixed cocktails in Umeda? This is your place. On the quasi-brick wall behind the bar, attractive shelves with warm back lighting hold an array of fine liquors, bourbon and whiskey. Cocktails are reasonable priced and are very good. Guests, sitting at the smooth, stained counter or any of the small tables, are generally a sophisticated crowd. Although located in an otherwise bustling area, the bar is tucked away down a narrow street off the Hankyu East Arcade.
Newly renovated, Kirin Plaza is now even better than it was in the 1990s. At this ever-popular place four types of beer are brewed right on the premises. Visitors can view the brewing process on the first floor and sample a half pint for JPY300, then pop up to the fifth floor kitchen which overlooks the waterway and the shopping center in this busy district of Minami. Finger food, including a selection of bread and dip, is available on three floors to complement your choice of brew. The pub's central location in Shinsaibashi is an added plus.
Conveniently located on Midosuji (across from Daimaru Department Store), Mango Shower Cafe is a quaint, colorful little place that specializes in quaint and colorful fare. Pastel rainbow-colored decor, lots of crazy tiling, and good lighting. It is popular with groups of young women and dating couples. The food is mainly Indonesian and Vietnamese, appropriately spicy and with reasonable portions. It has a good selection of desserts, mainly cakes and boasts 10 different kinds of Chinese tea. About eight different beers are available, including those from Indonesia and Vietnam.