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Bars & Cafes
This quaint little dessert and coffee cafe on a narrow side-street off the Nishijin arcade is well known and well patronized by locals, or people in the area who are in the know as well. The wooden interior with its quaint booths make it an excellent place for a date or after-dinner dessert treat. The sundaes are addictive, and the fresh pastries are worth mentioning, too. There is a menu with food selections, like pasta, but the vast majority of people go there because of a sweet tooth. The place is not at all spacious, but the somewhat cramped booths and tables add to the charm and intimacy of the place. The clientele is a diverse bunch. College kids from the nearby university drop in, as do families and couples of varying ages.
Owner, chef, bartender, and chief personality "Allen"--a big, burly, super-friendly Jamaican who spent some of his youth in New York--has created a restaurant/bar where your spirits are always lifted. Staff members are international and speak several languages; Allen's adorable children are often present, competing for the affection of guests. The interior gives homage to Jamaica. There is also a piano, and a space for local Jazz acts every Sunday night. The food can be very basic (like tuna sandwiches), but much of it based on Island cuisine, starting at JPY500. Happy hour is held Mon-Sat 6:30pm-8pm, and on beer night (Mon), pitchers are JPY1,200 yen and mugs JPY250. Tuesday nights are ladies' nights, when all cocktails are JPY500.
This quaint coffee shop is located not but a minute's walk from the Nishijin subway station, and is very close to the Nishijin Arcade. You could eat at the small counter inside but this place is perhaps more relevant because of its coffee beans. Yes, it actually sells 'unground' coffee beans for decent prices, and you can make your selection and purchase from the sidewalk.
On Showa-dori, there is an unusual redbrick building that may catch your eye. In English style, the building was built late in the Meiji era, in 1909. The name of the cafe within, which tries to preserve an early 20th century atmosphere, comes from the famous comedian/entertainer Harold Lloyd. Even if you are not much interested in the food or a cup of coffee, a visit could be legitimized by the peace and quiet you can find here.
Those feelings of nostalgia come home when you step into this restaurant/bar. Pictures and posters of Western movie actors and actresses may have you gazing at the walls more at your food orserious foul here—than your date. There are over 70 items on the menu, which change from month to month, but pizza is the specialty here. Wine drinkers should like their all-you-can drink offer, with selections from countries all over the world.
Slainte is a small, family-owned Irish style bar in the heart of the Akasaka district. Unlike most "Irish" pubs, Slainte offers a genuinely warm atmosphere and is a great place for quiet drinks and good conversation. The Guinness comes in bottles, in cans and on tap (take your pick!) and there is a reasonable selection of other foreign beers. The owner, Mr Ito, is on hand at weekends and is happy to talk about his love of Ireland and the time he spent studying English there. Although small, and well off the beaten track, you won't find a better place for a couple of early evening pints amid relaxing surroundings.
This Okinawan bar is the real thing. From the husband & wife owners to the decorations to the menu and drinks to the mood, everything is Okinawan. The Okinawan drinks carry quite a bite, and are recommended only for those who think they are tough enough to down their burning medicine without a grimace. The food is quite a bite as well--on the delicious side--not to mention affordable. Try both, and bask in the cheerfulness of this fine establishment.
This charming Thai restaurant is just like those little hideaway restaurants you might find along the streets of Phuket. There is a warm glow to the place, the staff, and the guests. The food is spicy and hot, and also quite affordable. As you might expect, the interior adopts a Southeast Asian feel. Being in the Daimyo area, the restaurant tends to attract a young, fashionable crowd, many of whom are on dates. There are also about 60 different varieties of liquor on hand, from Thai whiskey to Okinawan sake.
You would expect a restaurant or cafe within the confines of a popular tourist destination to be outrageously priced, but that is strangely not the case here. Although the address indicates that the cafe in on the 4th floor of Fukuoka Tower, this actually means 120 meters above ground, giving you without a doubt the most panoramic dining view in the city. The interior is as sleek and sharp as the tower itself. The clientele are mostly people who are visiting the tower, meaning there will be an abundance of couples and families with children. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, the number of couples gradually increases, as you might expect for a rather romantic dining area.
Ever wonder where the names of bars come from? Like here, for example. In what way does 'eclipse' relate to the somewhat sophisticated, brown-toned interior? You probably forget to ask anyway after sitting down and enjoying any of their 50+ varieties of wine with a plate of cheese. Although the staff say that the place is a wine and cheese bar and nothing more, it could be a 'conversation bar' with its quiet atmosphere, or even a decent place to eat, as other items are on the menu as well. Although this bar is located in Daimyo, which draws much of the city's youth, the clientele here tends to be a little older than the norm, and certainly better dressed. The place is rather small, almost reminiscent of a loft or cubbyhole, making intimate conversation quite possible, and a date quite possibly successful. Open monday and wednesday to sunday from 6pm onwards.
Located in the backstreets of the Daimyo area, Suika is a typical Japanese izakaya pub. Friday and Saturday nights are especially crowded with a special party atmosphere. The food may be nothing to shout about, and the décor may leave something to be desired; but if rowdy drinks in relaxed surroundings are your thing, then Suika may be the ideal venue.
HRC Fukuoka, like most other Hard Rock Cafes, offers good American food for relatively agreeable prices, a lively atmosphere and rock paraphernalia galore. What distinguishes this one is that it is Japan's largest. Located beside the Fukuoka Dome and a concert hall, HRC Fukuoka is frequently treated to celebrity appearances. With many customers in transit to/from concerts or ball games, the place can get rowdy at times. The food served includes Sandwiches, burgers, and other dishes. During happy hour, 4pm-6.30pm, drinks are half price.