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Bars & Cafes
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.
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.
From the dartboard on the wall to the brass on the bar, this is a true English pub. It even has fish and chips on the menu! The clientèles is a cheerful mix of locals and those who are visiting on a stopover or business trip. Sitting at the bar or relaxing on a sofa, you will soon feel at home here. The traditional pub fare also includes chicken and chips and pizza, and a "one-dish, one-pint" happy hour for a good price makes extraordinary good value.
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.
More a take-out stall than a cafe, this establishment in Nishi-shinsaibashi offers to the Japanese public what has long since become extremely popular in America: cinammon rolls. In fact, the place readily acknowledges that it modeled itself after its American counterpart, which is reason to rejoice for many. Although sweet things traditionally have not found much popularity with Japanese tastes, the so-called 'cinammon roll industry' seems to be changing that. The place is closed on every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Gross is an unusual choice for a name given that the bar is rather trendy and clean, and that the customers, mostly in their 20s or early 30s, tend to dress up well at times. This bar became a popular site for so-called "para-para" dancing and for grooving to Euro-beat sounds. The dance floor resembles something from the 1970s, and some of the clothes that people wear go well with it. The bartenders do a fairly good job mixing drinks, especially some of the more unusual cocktails, with prices ranging closer to a grand.
This grungy, urban club with steel and concrete decor actually rents itself out to various groups, meaning you can never be quite sure what kind of music you will get. DJs spinning hip-hop and other sounds you can groove to is the norm here, though punk music, hard-core and more popular sounds do have nights of their own on occasion. Be on the lookout for live acts as well, especially the underground rock groups. Whatever the music, the crowd tends to be young and stylish, in their early 20s.
Monsoon Tea Room is a well-known cafe in Shinsaibashi that has been going since 1987. One of the most popular things on the menu is tea, of which there are several varieties, all worth trying. Also recommended is the mango pudding. Big windows, lots of artwork, colorful and varied decor and furniture all make for a warming, relaxing distinctly southeast Asian-inspired space. Most of the artwork is on exhibition. Enjoy the Monsoon's Asian-style lunches flavored with myriads of herbs.
This cosmopolitan nightspot features house music on Friday and Saturday nights put on by some of the best local DJs. Among patrons it is known for its cozy atmosphere and diverse crowd. open Friday to Saturday at 8pm.
Rodeo is not an all-out Wild West-style outfit, but has just enough leathery brown decor and Terra cotta bits and pieces to make the connection. Airy, spacious, and relaxing with lots of greenery, the cafe specializes in pots of thick no-nonsense Turkish tea that you dilute according to your taste with water, or, as the cafe's own special (apparently), with milk. A delicious selection of desserts, pies, tarts and cakes complement.ith water, or, as the cafe's own special (apparently), with milk. A delicious selection of desserts, pies, tarts and cakes complement.
Many places in Japan try to capture the feel of an Irish pub, but few are as successful as this one in the Nishi-shinsaibashi area. Small and intimate, with stools and a traditional wooden bar displaying the essential tap and liquor dispensers, Key Point provides an excellent atmosphere for convivial imbibing. There is a wide range of drinks available, most notably Guinness, which can often be hard to find, and you can trust that the cocktails will be mixed well. It has a mostly middle-aged clientèle.
If you are a fan of jazz and other music from 1950s America, then you might want to come here. Certainly the music and the various pictures plastered all over the walls remind you of that era, but talk to the owner and you will have no doubts. There is also a bottle-keep system for regulars. Given the age of the music (and the master), the clientèle tends to be young middle-aged.