Downtown Nagoya, especially the Sakae district, has all kinds of nightlife ranging from traditional Japanese bars to modern and international live music venues as well as nightclubs. The area’s vibrancy attracts not only residents but also partygoers from other nearby cities, mainly thanks to a superb transportation system which make it fast and easy to get in and out of Nagoya. City nightclubs usually charge an entrance fee but many venues often have special nights when fees are waived or reduced like on ladies’ nights. One other reason why Nagoya is so popular among clubbers is that its bars stay open until very late.
ID Café, the most popular and biggest nightclub in Nagoya, features many different floors, each one playing different kinds of dance tunes and themes. Whether you like fast or slow, new or old sounds, ID plays them all and it’s a great place to mingle. ID Café has a fantastic sound system and interior with many choices of cocktails.
- Opening Hours: Nightly
- Location: Mitsukoshi Building, 3-1-15 Sakae, Naka-ku
MyBar is a busy pub in the Sakae district across from the TV Tower. Famous for its open-mike acts, MyBar provides the stage, microphone and guitar, so from time to time you can get to hear some interesting talent. Sports fans will be happy to learn that they can catch the action on MyBar’s 47" plasma TV and the bar gets quite busy on big game nights. The menu includes soup of the day, Mexican salad, buffalo wings, nachos, chicken satays, chili con carne, barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, cheese burgers and garlic shrimp. Sunday is a big pizza day at MyBar with many choices starting at only 500 yen. Check out their extensive ‘Wild Martini’ list. English, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking staff.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 until late, closed on Mondays
- Location: Sakae, right across from TV Tower
The Elephant’s Nest is a second-floor English pub serving traditional-style pub food. Facilities include darts and large-screen TVs showing all major sports. You can order draught Kilkenny and Guinness and Happy Hour runs from 17:30 until 19:00. The pub is located a five-minute walk from Fushimi Station and is home away from home for many Nagoya-based expats so expect a warm welcome.
- Opening Hours: 17:30 until late
- Location: Hirokoji-dori just down from Fushimi Station, not far from the Hilton
Ten Dollar Bar
The American-themed Ten Dollar Bar is considered by some to be the cheapest place to drink in Nagoya. This is largely due to their popular 1,500 yen all-you-can-drink deal. Many people use it as the place to go for an after party and the Ten Dollar Bar also features karaoke, darts and pub food.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 - 03:00, Lunch (Mon – Fri) 11:30 - 14:00 all-you-can-drink promotion nightly from 21:00 - 24:00
- Location: Across from the Hilton Hotel (not far from Fushimi Station, exit 6)
Shooters Sports Bar & Grill
Shooters is one of the most popular sports bars and restaurants in Nagoya. Serving American and international food and drinks, Shooters offers free pool nights on Tuesdays as well as a weekly pool tournament and live music on Sunday nights. Other pub games include darts and foosball (table football). Many residents hang out at Shooters to cheer on their favourite teams together, especial on major tournament nights. The food selection features American burgers, steaks and BBQ ribs, Mexican tacos, enchiladas, nachos and quesadillas, a variety of sandwiches, pizza and pasta as well as homemade desserts.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:00 – 01:00, Fri 17:00 – 05:00, Sat 11:30 – 05:00 and Sun 11:30 – 01:00
- Location: 2F, Pola Building, Sakae (not far from the Marriot, Hilton, and Tokyu Hotels)
The 59's Café & Diner
59's is a lovely bar and restaurant decorated in 1950’s American-diner style with staff members wearing cowboy hats. The menu consists of a variety of pasta and rice dishes, crispy fried chicken, spicy wedge fries, Mexican taco salad, beef burger and bruschetta. The beer department is full of interesting international brands from Asahi to Guinness. 59’s offers a large-screen TV and an electronic games machine. Major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 17:00 – 04:00, Sunday & Public Holidays 17:00 - 24:00
- Location: In the basement (B1F) of the Nagoya Tower Building at the foot of the TV Tower on the west side.
Hard Rock Café
Also known as the ‘Castle of Rock’, Hard Rock Café Nagoya opened in 1997 and is rated number three Hard Rock branch in Japan. The far-reaching menu features many American favourites such as tupelo chicken tenders, potato skins, grilled chicken quesadilla, hickory smoked chicken wings, Santa Fe spring rolls and a wide range of burgers and grilled food. A few big-name rock bands have been known to perform here including MR. BIG and Megadeth so there is a chance that you might catch a famous artist on stage here too.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 until late
- Location: At the ZXA Building in Sakae (about two minutes from Fushimi Subway Station)
This stylish bar and restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine and a friendly atmosphere during the week. The scene changes at weekends when VABEL throws music parties and the dance floor gets pretty crowded. Major credit cards accepted. English-speaking staff.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:30 - 01:00, Fri, Sat & Sun 17:30 – 24:00
- Location: 4-23-10 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, about five minutes away from Nagoya Subway Station.
The popular Aussie bar & grill, Red Rock successfully runs regular and various fun nights, from the weekly Thursday Quiz Night with big prizes to Wednesday’s all-you-can-drink deal (between 21:00 – 24:00 from only 1,500 yen). English-speaking staff and English-language menu. Major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:30 – 02:00, Fri and Sat 17:30 – 04:00, Sun 11:30 – 02:00
- Location: Second floor Aster Plaza Building, Sakae about two minutes from Sakae Subway Station. Look for the Australian flag in its window.
Jamaica & World Food Bar Aaty
Aaty is currently the only reggae bar in Nagoya and it serves interesting Jamaican dishes as well as international food. The bar features many cocktails, beers and spirits and the atmosphere is carefully created with a tropical beach and island-theme in mind. This charming little bar holds a regular DJ parties with free entry at least once a month. So join them for a chilled drink or to play a game of darts the next time you’re in town. English-speaking staff. Major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 03:00, closed on Tuesdays
- Location: About 5 minutes from Yagoto Subway Station, exit 4
Cream Dining Bar
Many people enjoy the 70-seater Cream Dining Bar for drinks after long day at work. The wine section alone boasts some 130 varieties of wine from both the Old and New World but the 50-dish menu is also quite interesting with mainly French-influenced dishes as well as all-time favourites such as steaks and pasta.
- Opening Hours: Nightly from 17:30 – 03:00
- Location: Nishiki 3-2-1, Naka ku, Nagoya
- Tel: +81 (0)52 963 5511
A trip to Nagoya can be so much fun because of the city’s interesting choices of music clubs and bars. When you feel like something different such as Latin music, just make a stop at Urbana Latina in Sakae District. Here, you can get into live tunes played by Brazilian musicians plus you can sample Brazilian and Mediterranean dishes such as churrasco and feijao – Brazilian-style beans with rice. English-speaking staff. Major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 until late, closed on Mondays
- Location: Koasa Building. B1F, Sakae (about one min from subway Sakae Station, ext. no.12)
Gary’s is where Nagoya people go for good, pumping, high-energy live music. The house band plays almost everything including Jazz, R&B, soul and Hip-Hop. Expect an entrance fee. Gary’s has English-speaking staff, drinks are reasonably priced and major credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 until late, closed on Tuesdays
- Location: At Koasa Building, B1 F (about one minute from Sakae Subway Station, exit No. 12 heading east)
Blue Note Nagoya
Blue Note Nagoya opened in 2002 and is part of a franchise of the famous and popular Greenwich Village-based jazz club Blue Note. Blue Note Nagoya has filled the need of jazz and soul music in Nagoya area in style. It has welcomed many professionals of all ages on its stage including Roots (a Philadelphia-based alternative rap group), Toots Thielemans (the world-famous harmonica player), the Steve Hackett Acoustic Trio and Manhattan Transfer, to name just a few. This club serves amazing delicacies and features an interesting wine list. Prices are on the steep side.
- Location: Manahausu B2F, 3-22-20 Naka-ku