and Nightclubs Kobe, Japan
Kobe doesn't have as diverse a nightlife scene
as Osaka does, its compactness is an advantage
-- virtually all of the best bars are within walking
distance of each other. Kobe is also regarded
as the center of Japan's thriving jazz scene.
Let dusk settle in and you will feel the magic
in the air, as nightlife in Kobe springs into
nightclubs in Kobe and the bars & pubs in
Kobe are lit up in all their finery to catch the
eyes of the night raiders who are on their prowl.
Nightlife in Kobe has its unique charms, scents
and sounds and it's very hard to resist the lures.
in Kobe has attractions lined up to suit varied
tastes. Party animals, quiet drinkers, ones
who prefer to jive the night away and the ones
who are more into a varied musical fare to sooth
their frayed nerves at the end of the day. There's
something for everyone in terms of the Kobe
for instance, the Sally's Sports Bar and Club
or the Café 45 Sports Bar and Club ,
the glittering jewels of nightlife in Kobe.
These drinking joints feature many choices as
regards indoor games and also have facilities
for watching sports telecasts and hence attract
the sports freaks in droves. There is also ample
space in the dance floor for you to shake your
leg in merry abandon to some groovy beats.
the foodies out there, nightlife in Kobe has
options aplenty for most of the bars and nightclubs
has have snacks and dishes on offer. But for
the real connoisseur, a trip to the Troop Café,
Kobe is a must. This is a Kobe nightlife haunt
that is actually more known for its wining and
in Kobe flaunts some real lineage too. Smokey
Bar, Kobe was founded way back in 1955 and it's
still going great guns. So is the Second Chance
Bar, Kobe, with its very peppy Hawaiian décor
and an ambience to match.
the curfew hours and jump into the wild bandwagon
that nightlife in Kobe is all about. Whoever
had said something about going early to bed
and rising early, obviously hadn't experienced
the charms of nightlife in Kobe.
45 Sports Bar and Club
Kodan Nunobiki Bldg B1F
Forty-Five is a Kobe-based sports bar that opened
in July 2004 and is just a six-minute walk from
Sannomiya Station. We are located directly across
from Lineup - Cafe Forty-Five's partner store
that deals in Snowboards. Forty-Five features
three tv projectors-the largest a massive 180
inches - a DJ booth, foosball tables, darts, and
a miniramp (open till 11 pm).
2-17-15 Shimo-Yamate Dori
Just west of Ikuta Shrine
place is one of Kobe's most popular for 20-somethings
in search of well-known Japanese music acts, including
pop, jazz, and alternative. It's easy to spot
with its grungy, graffiti-filled exterior; the
inside is dark and cavernous. Though there's table
seating for more mellow acts, sold-out sets mean
everyone stands. Check Kansai Time Out for concert
listings. Open daily 6 or 6:30 to 10pm.
+81 78 333 0111
ideal place to unwind after a busy day, Main Bar
- Emerald serves up an extensive collection of
beverages from around the globe. Sip on your favorite
drink in the company of friends or simply drop
in for a cool beverage!
1-13-7 Nakayamate Dori
Kobe Yamashita Building, basement.
On Yamate Kansen Dori east of Higashimon
gauzy curtains draped from the high ceiling, Roman
statues, a copper and stone bar, and stone walls
set the scene at this basement with five sets
of good, live music Friday through Sunday nights
and DJs the rest of the week. The interesting
setting attracts the local foreigner clientele.
Open daily 6pm to 4am (Sun and holidays to 2am).
1-chome Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku
Lounge for Drinks and Listen to Jazz. On the top
floor of CROWNE PLAZA Hotel (the tall narrow building)
just outside of Shin Kobe Station.
Sports Bar and Club
Inaba Building 2F
tel: 078 393 3132
spacious fusion of bar, club and pool lounge with
Kobe's biggest full service bar, friendly staff
and discerning music from DJs and live bands.
2 bars, comfortable couches, championship pool
tables, darts, 8 televisions and a big screen,
live stage area and room to boot. Sally's is Kobe's
first WIFI bar, offering free high speed Internet
access to our customers with compatible equipment.
2-1-12 Nakayamate Dori
Takashima Building, 2nd floor. On Yamate Kansen
Dori west of Higashimon and catty-corner from
Nishimura coffee shop
all-nighter, in business an astonishing 28 years
(which makes it older than most of its customers),
is a small, one-room bar favored by night owls
who don't mind the rather sparse furnishings with
Hawaiian touches. Decorated with surfboards and
mock thatched roofs, it's where people congregate
when the other bars have had the good sense to
close down for the night. Open daily 6pm to 5am.
1-9-1 Nakayamate Dori
North of the station on the left side of Kitano-zaka
place is one of a kind -- a tiny bar with only
eight seats at the counter, all under the watchful
eye of 80-something bartender Kamogawa-san, who
worked at several hotels (he even served Marilyn
Monroe and Joe DiMaggio at the old Kobe Oriental
Hotel) before opening his own bar in 1955. Now
the oldest bar in Kobe, it's filled with memorabilia
of a lifetime, and if you ask, Kamogawa-san will
drag out his photographs of actors, actresses,
comedians, baseball players, sumo wrestlers, and
politicians who have sat here. He's also likely
to show you a few of his magic tricks when he's
not busy changing records on his old player. There's
no cover or table charge, but the average bill
is about ¥4,000 ($33). (There are never prices
posted in these kinds of bars and there are no
menus; most customers are regulars and they don't
come just for one drink -- they come for the evening.
The price above includes snacks like nuts and
whatever other dishes are offered that day.) Since
this place is tiny, even regular clientele often
call to reserve a seat. Open Monday to Saturday
5 to 11:30pm.