Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi
Phone: (81) 83 974 2511
Fax: (81) 83 974 2512
As the name suggests, One Love is a cafe-bar heavily inspired by reggae music, which it plays quietly in the background. Located in the area where the old Hiroshima University used to be, it is a little inconvenient to get to but worth having a look. Walk through the heavy curtains inside the front door, and you step into another world. With a carpet of leaves and petals underfoot, soft lighting and wooden barrels for tables, the ambience is relaxed and mellow. The menu offers a variety of beverages, and tasty light meals of Southeast Asian inspiration.
This basement-located club is packed to the hilt on weekends with a mixture of hip young Japanese and an assortment of foreigners looking for a place to boogie-and someone to boogie with. It is typically a loud, hot and bothered crowd getting down to it. Pretty strict checking of identification occurs at the door. The cover charge will get you two drinks-fast service and strong drinks. But take note: there is only one toilet!
Cllub Quattro is Hiroshima's answer for everything rock 'n' roll. Bright lights, stiff drinks, and a huge sound system are the name of the game, and both touring acts and local favorites rock the house on a regular basis. See website for schedule.
You can find a mixed bunch of people dancing, drinking and eating at El Barco any week night. Expect the music to be a mix of mainstream hip-hop, R&B, pop and rock. The menu is a good selection of meat dishes for a good price.
The sign at the start of the staircase says "What a hell going on," and one might well wonder at this dimly lit, top floor space with a balcony view. Deep and dark house, soul and funk music is the norm here, with guest DJs or live bands prompting the occasional cover charge. The music is good, but the dance floor, as there is not really enough space for grooving. This actually keeps Cross from getting too crowded. The usual run of drinks is served at JPY700 each. Opens daily at 8pm.
Snappers is in the entertainment district of Nagarekawa and has been around for a few years, developing a good reputation amongst the local expatriate community. Run by an Australian who enjoys loud bikes and loud music, the fun atmosphere makes this a good place for night owls to drop in on any night of the week. The addition of a DJ booth has the place packed on weekends; there is even a small area for those who like to dance. You are guaranteed a good time on a Friday or Saturday night.
Do not let the dingy exterior of this bar put you off: although dark and gritty in appearance, Jazz and Bar hosts some of the best live jazz in Fukuoka. Inside, you will find an extremely friendly and "switched on" clientèle, as well as wall-to-wall LPs featuring all the jazz greats, and a huge selection of whisky. Live nights are held four or five times a month, and feature enthusiasts from the Fukuoka area as well as better-known acts. Food you will not find; but if bourbon is your thing you will love this bar! Drinks range between JPY500 and JPY1000.
Moghura No Salute is a dark underground shot bar in the heart of Nakasu. On hearing your approach (heralded by an extremely loud gong), Moghura's bar-staff may or may not decide to let you in (they like to pretend that they are very discerning about the quality of their clientele!). With mirrors, neon fish-tanks and smart cocktail waiters, the bar is dark with a very subterranean feel. There is live jazz on selected days until 5am. At least a hundred varieties of bourbon line the walls. Cocktails and Snacks are also available.
HORANS (yes, in bold!) takes its name from its owner, Jack Holland, who also runs the highly successful bars The Happy Cock and The Crazy Cock. His latest establishment, and certainly his nicest, is also an outstanding success. Offering good food, good prices, a good atmosphere, competent DJs, and live music, HORANS will not disappoint you. If you are in the Nakasu district, this place is certainly one of the more affordable and tasteful entertainment establishments you could visit. The interior is lavishly decorated with an excellent sound system. A stage allows talented local acts to perform regularly. Ample tables and a VIP lounge make the dining experience pleasant during the weekdays, but the place heats up on the weekends after 11pm when the DJ party begins. Private parties are also frequent.
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.
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.
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.