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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.
This new concert hall is located in Hawks Town and tends to host Japanese acts that are not big enough to fill an arena. Some foreign acts, like Beck for example, have been known to do shows here as well. Zepp Fukuoka can accommodate several thousand guests depending on whether the show is general admission or assigned seating, and can even be rented for private parties, such as those for weddings. A bar inside sells a variety of drinks for 500 yen, and soft drinks for 300 yen. Other items like shirts and hats are on sale as well. Many concert-goers will be relieved to know that there are 1,260 coin lockers present.
A pleasant drinking spot with an upmarket feel, Propeller Drive is a good choice for a light meal and cocktails as a prelude to exploring the seamier side of Fukuoka's nightlife. Sporting palm trees, fairy lights, bleached white walls and fake-fur trimmings, the bar is popular with the Japanese in-crowd and is usually fairly full on weekends. Weekdays are quieter with a cozier atmosphere. Food items start from JPY400; cocktails begin at JPY700, while beers begin at JPY450.
A bar that is buzzing with events all year round, the Ristorante & Bar Gold plays host to DJs and bands from across the globe. The menu boasts a wide variety of Italian dishes, prepared with organic ingredients. The main attraction, however, is the interesting line-up of entertainment that attracts crowds, both local and visiting. The bar also rents out its premises for a variety of private events, including wedding receptions. Call or see the website for more information.
Mura Ichiban is definitely at the lower end of the drinking and eating evolutionary scale. Very cheap and very cheerful, it does, however, offer an extremely good weekend party atmosphere.Come here on any Friday or Saturday night and you are sure to find young salarymen and students playing ridiculous (but very amusing) Japanese drinking games and making friends.
Happy Cock, one of Fukuoka's original gaijin gathering spots, provides food, fun and drink for over 1,000 customers each weekend. Managed by World Party, whose owner Jack Holland was one of Fukuoka's first foreign entrepreneurs and whose motto is "No Rip-offs," this bar/club starts to pump as midnight approaches. Guests are always treated to something different: drink specials, cash games, and more! Until around 11pm, the Happy Cock functions primarily as a bar. Background music is subdued enough that you can enjoy your meal or drink over conversation. After 11pm, however, the lights come on, the music kicks in, and people begin to find their groove on the dance floor. Customers tend to be in their 20s.
As at other Blue Note chains in Japan and America, the acts that play here are jazz and blues oriented, the service and atmosphere is luxurious, and the cost for tickets can seem exorbitant at times. The lights are usually dimmed, the food is good, and the music should create the right mood for a great date. But bring a thick wallet. Even after buying a ticket, you will still be spending some money. If you care to dine while enjoying the music, you can order snack dishes like chocolate or cheese. Heavier fare, like the spaghetti choices are available as well, along with beer and cocktails also. CDs of the performing artists are available at the counter.
This is a very popular foreign-owned gaijin hangout on the weekend. It offers hard rock and "alternative" music to a mostly young crowd of Japanese and foreigners. Housed in new digs in an eighth-floor Oyafuko-Dori hideaway, the bar has already acquired that "grungy" feel usually associated with far older venues. Beers start from JPY500, but a wide range of drinks is on offer. Free tequila shots are featured on Friday and Saturday nights! Open daily 7pm onwards.
This huge hip-hop club caters to people (Japanese or otherwise) with an interest in African-American culture and music. It is particularly popular among American military personnel, who come up from Sasebo during the weekends. The music is always pumping, people are dancing (some of them very good), but most are simply trying to score. The interior uses tons of mirrors, even more lights, and huge speakers to create a decent dance floor, but there are other areas within the club where you can sit and talk reasonably well. The people who come here are almost all in their 20s, and on the hunt. Others, however, do come simply to dance.
Friendly Japanese staff, live DJs and a good weekend crowd help to make this bar one of Fukuoka's best-known and older-established hangouts. Although cramped (you would be lucky to fit more than twenty people inside), what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in atmosphere. Check out the dungeon-style fittings and rickety second-floor "balcony." The drink menu is fairly standard, as are the prices, which start at JPY500.
Buttu Trick Bar is an Asian restaurant cum "concept shop." Inside is a seven-meter tall golden Buddha and other artifacts not typically suited to dining. Very funky, spacious and quite dark, everything is done in rich dark reds and blacks. The music is loud techno. The food is varied, drawing on the region as a whole-Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, China and Japan all combined. The wine list is extensive. The only available beer, however, is a domestic tap draft. The food and drinks are expensive, but not outrageous. The namaharumaki (Vietnamese spring rolls) have to be eaten to be believed; service is nothing short of fantastic.
The Happy Cock is guaranteed to provide affordable drinks and a place to dance when the music starts. Located along Fukuoka's main bar strip, Oyafuko Street, this spot caters to an international crowd. While early hours see a bar-type atmosphere, the place turns into a club with a DJ later in the evening. Because of its small space, it can become rather crowded, but its smaller size and twist-around layout also allow for more intimate socializing. A wide selection of drinks including a variety of beer makes up the menu.