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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.
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.
Blues has long had a relatively large following in Osaka and some of the better acts that pass through the city frequently stop by this lively bar. Even without these, there are regular artists and groups as well as amateur nights where you can catch some surprisingly good talent. The sound equipment and stage facilities are quite good for a bar of its size. And even when there are no live acts, it is still a good place to visit. The drinks - standard as well as some originals - are mixed well and can be as much as a thousand bucks. Opens daily at 6:30pm.
Located right next to Triangle Park (Sankaku Koen), the major landmark of Osaka's main youth hangout 'America Mura' (mura means village), Club Joule is a smart, modern club where you can hear hip hop, jazz, soul, and rhythm and blues, depending on the night. There is a menu for small snacks such as tuna and tomato pizza and there is also a dessert menu that changes daily. The first two drinks are included in the entry charge and the further drinks are to be paid for. As a special bonus for the ladies, there is a nail and make-up service.
Club Circus is the latest addition to the glitzy and happening nightlife of Osaka. This small but cool venue attracts young and hip party animals who head here to dance to the tunes of resident as well as international touring DJs. Given its popularity and great gigs, the place tends to get crowded faster, hence do arrive in time to avoid last minute disappointment. For gig guide and other details, check its website or call ahead.
Underlounge is Osaka's hottest new club—an expansive sophisticated space with a main dance floor and a chill-out lounge. It serves food as well as drink at reasonable prices. Lockers are available. Monday is private rental night. Tuesday and Thursday feature any of a number of styles from hip hop to rock to house to Goa to Latin, while Friday and Saturday usually feature house, techno or drum & bass. Wednesday is disco night. The street entrance is a distinctive bright orange tunnel easily mistaken for a cargo container.
Housed inside the mega-complex called RiverPalace, in the Naniwa-ku area of the city, Namba Hatch is a premier live music destination. A wide range of music genres are covered here, from jazz and blues, to rock, punk, and even R&B and hip-hop. See the website or call to know more.
Coelacanth is a stylish two-story bar/restaurant serving Asian food with a distinctly Thai emphasis. The extensive menu includes imaginative salads, curries and spring rolls and an impressive array of wines, beers and cocktails. Downstairs is more spacious than upstairs and makes a better venue for a group of friends dining together. Since it is open until dawn, Coelacanth is frequented by those who have been out late partying as well as those who would like just 'one' final drink after the regular places close.
Although the accent is heavily on jazz, the Blue Note does present a wide range of acts from many other genres of modern music, including Latin and contemporary folk. Most of the top-class jazz artists who come to Osaka play here, so the club is a very popular venue and reservations are almost always necessary. Besides excellent music, the Blue Note also serves up some good food, ranging from a simple sandwich to some yummy steak. There is a full drinks menu that covers wine and cocktails as well as local and imported beers.
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.
Part of a popular chain of nightclubs, this club in Umeda leaves no stone unturned in giving the music lovers in Osaka a great time. Open for artists and bands from across the world, the club is a much sought-after stop for various famous Japanese and international artists and bands on tour. Expect performances of bands like Spiritualized, The New Mastersounds and Sparks, who have already graced the stage at Club Quattro in the past. Apart from the large performing room, the club features a full-fledged bar, a smoking room and lobby space to hangout.