Where to find the best bars in Osaka

This Japanese city is home to exciting nightlife, with bars to suit all tastes - whether you feel like cocktails, beer or perhaps a local whisky.

Osaka is home to world-class liquor
  • Katie Lockhart
  • January 2019

Osaka is home to some great bars and while gin cocktails are the latest trend, there are places serving all sorts of tipples – from whisky and craft beer to cocktails – alongside tasty bites. Bar crawl starts now…

Sauce Boss

Oozing hipster cool, this bar opens in new window in the Shinsaibashi shopping hub boasts one of the largest craft beer selections in town. That’s not all; their gourmet chicken wings are epic. Pair a local beer like Doppo with burgers, fresh cut fries or one of their signature wings – they have 18 different flavours to choose from – and you’re all set.

Wash down spicy wings with great beer at Sauce Boss
Wash down spicy wings with great beer at Sauce Boss.

Bar Cue’s

Located in the heart of uptown Kita, this Osaka institution opens in new window has been serving delicious cocktails with fruit and herbal liquors for nearly 30 years. Sleek yet relaxed, the 20-seat bar is perfect for a post-dinner nightcap.

Bar K

Styled like a moody New York bar with dark wood counters, this intimate venue opens in new window, located a 10-minute walk from Osaka Station, is one of the city’s best whisky bars. Find an impressive selection from around the world and quality Japanese whiskies, plus impeccable cocktails. A cover charge applies (about AUD $7.50).

Rooftop Bar OO

A huge outdoor terrace is a luxury in the bustling Dotonbori district, so this seventh-floor sports bar and club is a rare find. A good time is guaranteed, whether you are cheering with fellow fans as you watch a baseball match on the 500-inch projector near the outdoor pool, dancing or just kicking back with a vodka tonic and a board game on one of the many couches.

Game Bar GeeBee

A recent addition to the Shinsaibashi neighbourhood’s game bar scene, this community-focused arcade offers a fun vibe and affordable prices. For about AUD $6 per hour, you can play all the modern electronic games or old-school board games you want, with unlimited soda and small portions of traditional Japanese curry and rice. The alcoholic drinks cost a measly AUD $4.80 extra. Come here for a truly authentic experience with local food and drinks.