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Osaka Nightlife: TOP 20 Bars & Nightclubs

Osaka Nightlife: TOP 20 Bars & Nightclubs

Updated on Sep. 10, 2019 by

This is my ultimate Osaka nightlife guide featuring the Top 20 bars & nightclubs which I carefully selected including places such as ADAM, Captain Kangaroo, Sam & Dave, OWL, The Pink, Giraffe, Space Station and of course the epic Osaka Pub Crawl.

Tips & Advice
  • Why: 2nd best nightlife in Japan after Tokyo
  • When: Spring & Fall
  • Last Call: Nightclubs stay open until the first train starts running.
  • Accommodation: Airbnb ($46 OFF), stay in Umeda or Shinsaibashi.
  • Pocket Wifi: Stay connected across Japan with Ninja Wifi (30% discount)
  • Best Osaka Bar: Osaka Pub Crawl (Friday night)
  • Best Osaka Nightclub: ADAM (Saturday night)
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  • Book Now: Osaka Pub Crawl adventure for just $24 USD  Book you Taipei Pub Crawl adventure

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Osaka is a massive city, luckily the nightlife is concentrated in just a few districts to make clubbing in Osaka a lot easier. The most common party districts are Umeda (east of Osaka Station), Amerikamura (the funky town) and Shinsaibashi (the best party district). Osaka has a ton of bars and nightclubs to choose from, that's why I spent quite some time in this city to bring you the best places in town. If you do not have a lot of time, spend at least one weekend in Shinsaibashi for the ultimate Osaka party experience.

Places

  • 1. Captain Kangaroo

    Great bar to start off your Osaka nightlife adventure. A laid back sports bar with happy hour and fun games! (map)

  • 2. Rock Bar Midian

    A metal rock bar with a satanic atmosphere and creepy decoration. Quite unique in Osaka! (map)

  • 3. Christon Bar

    Cleanse your sins at this Christian bar with incredible decor, cheap food and drinks and open until 5am (map)

  • 4. OWL Osaka

    100% Japanese nightclub, you will not find many foreigners here. 3500 yen cover ($33 USD) includes 1 drink ticket. Packed and busy until 4am! (map)

  • 5. Moon Walk

    Super cheap bar where drinks are only 200 yen ($1.80 USD) and food 300 yen. (map)

  • 6. Rooftop Bar OO

    Most unique rooftop bar in Osaka with a outdoor pool, shishas and funky beats. Free entrance! (map)

  • 7. Giraffe

    Most popular nightclub in Osaka with 3 floors, epic beats and a young crowd. Unfortunately open until 2am, go to ADAM Club afterwards. (map)

  • 8. Bettei Bar (大阪かに源 別邸 宗右衛門町店)

    Almost impossible to find but 100% worth it! This hidden rooftop bar has the best view of the Dotonbori river. A romantic Japanese bar. (map)

  • 9. Osaka Pub Crawl

    As a newcomer to Osaka, I highly recommend you join the Osaka Pub Crawl so you can familiarize yourself with the nightlife and most current nightclubs. Just $20 USD including many shots. 3 Bars + 1 Nightclub in 4 hours of epic fun! (map)

  • 10. The Blarney Stone

    The Osaka Pub Crawl starts here, a great laid back international bar where you'll meet many travelers, expats and locals. (map)

  • 11. Domus

    A fun bar in the Amerikamura district, one of the stops on the Osaka Pub Crawl with a cozy atmosphere, a great place to mingle. (map)

  • 12. Life

    In a dodgy alleyway you'll find the Life Club dive bar in hidden basement. This place is actually super fun with foosball tables and darts. Entrance is FREE! (map)

  • 13. Sam & Dave

    Considered the most popular bar in Osaka, Sam and Dave has been around for decades and feature a large dance floor, great drinks and sexy Japanese pole dancers. (map)

  • 14. Club Candy (Amber)

    A new, sexy, hot nightclub in Osaka, not known by many foreigners but many pretty Japanese girls party here and music is pretty good as well. (map)

  • 15. The Pink

    Latest nightclub in Osaka, the Pink, as the name states, is a completely pink nightclub with a large dance floor, bottle service, dancers and good modern music. Bucketlist worthy! (map)

  • 16. ADAM Lounge

    My favorite nightclub in Osaka, this place is pumping! Often considered the after party after Giraffe and stays open until 5am. DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!

  • 17. Berg

    The best hiphop and rap nightclub in Osaka, best time to visit is on Thursday night.

  • 18. Bar Heaven

    If you still have energy at 5am and want to continue partying go checkout Bar Heaven which is open until noon. (map)

  • 19. Space Station

    Do you love video games? Space Station Osaka is your spot! Incredible cocktails and every retro console you can dream off, mostly visited by expats and travelers. Entrance is FREE! (map)

  • 20. Garden Bar

    Do you like Japanese ParaPara dancing? Visit Garden Bar on Thursday night for their weekly SEN: Super Euro Night event. (map)

  • 21. BONUS: Piccadilly

    Club Piccadilly in the Umeda district is one of the biggest nightclubs with the biggest events in Osaka. (map)

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The best possible thing you can do is join the Osaka Pub Crawl on Friday night in Shinsaibashi which covers 3 bars and 1 epic nightclub twice per week. Including places such as DOMUS, LIFE and Sam & Dave. The Osaka Pub Crawl is a great way to quickly make new friends in Osaka and learn everything about the latest hot spots in the city. The Osaka Pub Crawl is ONLY $24 USD for 4 hours of fun, you cannot go wrong!

Osaka Pub Crawl at LIFE club in Osaka, Osaka, JapanOsaka Pub Crawl at LIFE club

After the Osaka Pub Crawl you can go your own way and head over to famous nightclubs in Shinsaibashi like Giraffe, ADAM and The Pink. These nightclubs are the best places for an epic night out. Entrance can be a bit pricey, often 3500 yen ($33 USD) for men and 1500 yen ($13 USD) for women but these prices do include 1 or 2 drink tickets.

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If you make new friends in Osaka, you will eventually be asked to be added to LINE. LINE is 'the' chat app in Japan, so if you do not have DATA on your phone during your stay, make sure to rent a dirt cheap pocket Wifi station at the airport. You can take these pocket Wifi stations all over Japan and allow you to connect many of your devices like your laptop, tablet and phone. It even fits in your back pocket. Luckily, I have a 30% discount on Ninja pocket Wifi stations on Voyagin. I personally rent this device everytime I visit Japan.

Giraffe Nightclub in Osaka in Osaka, Osaka, JapanGiraffe Nightclub in Osaka

The lesser known area to party in Osaka is Umeda East Steet which includes cool bars like Christon Cafe (a church themed bar with cheap eats and drinks), rock bar Midian (a cool hidden metal bar with great cocktails and a dark atmosphere), the best nightclubs in the Umeda district are OWL Osaka (mostly visited by local Japanese) and Piccadilly, one of the biggest nightclubs in Osaka.

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Great bars to start your Osaka nightlife adventure are Captain Kangaroo, a sports-bar located across Osaka Station, they offer happy hours, cheap drinks, snacks, darts and a cozy atmosphere. Next is Space Station, a nerd friendly bar with fun cocktails like the Commodore 64 special and tons of retro games like StarFox and Turtles in Time. Space Station is a bar not to be missed!

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Above all, do not leave Osaka without visiting the famous Dotonbori area. Dotonbori is loaded with incredible restaurants and street foods ranging from Takoyaki, Giant Japanese Oysters, Okonomiyaki, Kushikatsu and Osaka Ramen. Dotonbori is truly the heart of Osaka where you'll find the famous Glico running man sign.

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While you are in Osaka I highly recommend you visit Universal Studios Japan during October for their Halloween Zombie Walks during the evening which includes some great street parties at the USJ park. Check this link for discounts on USJ tickets!

Oden, snacks in broth, epic after party food in Osaka, Osaka, JapanOden, snacks in broth, epic after party food

For after party food consider buying a delicious Famichiki from the FamilyMart convenience store, fresh deep-fried chicken, a mouth-watering sensation. FamilyMart also offers Oden, all kinds of warm tasty snacks in hot borth often located near the cashier. Alternatively, there are tons of ramen restaurants open late so plenty of choices for food 24/7.

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In conclusion, the Osaka Nightlife is a underrated gem. The city offers so many great places to drink and party but if you are new to Osaka, do not forget to join The Osaka Pub Crawl for just $24 USD and includes 4 hours of fun at the best places in town, you cannot go wrong!

LIFE club in Osaka in Osaka, Osaka, JapanLIFE club in Osaka

Do you want more travel tips for Osaka?

  1. In Dotonbori, checkout these great tourist bars; Voyager Stand and Tonbori Base
  2. In Shinsaibari, checkout these fun bars as well; Safari bar, Absinthe and The Australian
  3. You must join the unforgettable Mario Kart Osaka experience (25% discount)
  4. Rent a pocket Wifi rental station at the aiport (30% discount)
  5. Jump into a wine, coffee and green tea spa at Yunessun Waterpark in the Hakone region
  6. More tips in my Tokyo Nightlife Guide

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