Osaka

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Osaka Nightlife

Billboard Live

State-of-the-art sound in a snazzy, multi-tiered (and yes, pricey) club serving dinner and drinks. Expect everything from Bossa Nova and JPop (Japanese pop) to Babyface and Sean Lennon.

Kita-ku, Herbis Plaza Ent, 2-2-22 Umeda, 011-81-6-6342-7722, www.billboard-live.com
Tags: nightlife | expensive | trendy

Bunraku

One of the three great Japanese performing arts, and a World Heritage craft, johruri uses highly expressive puppets directed by rigorously trained, consummately skilled puppeteers.

The National Bunraku Theatre; Chuo-ku, 1-12-10 Nipponbashi, 011-81-6-6212-2531
Tags: family | nightlife | historic | culture | performing arts

Cinquecento

Rusty Coulson’s fashionable red oval bar is conducive to meeting other gaijin (foreigners), here until early morning for cheap drinks, homemade pizza, and other Western fare by Chef Brian.

Chuo-ku, 2-1-10 Higashi Shinsaibashi, 011-81-6-6213-6788
Tags: budget | nightlife | open late | bar

El Camino

This sleek interior, with gigantic flower arrangements, indirect lighting, and a long bar featured in a Japanese TV detective drama is presided over by a mama-san (bar owner who chats with guests). Edibles served at a low counter upstairs.

Chuo-ku, 2-2-11 Tokuicho, 011-81-6-6945-1440
Tags: nightlife | moderate | trendy | bar

Murphy's

Wallpapered with business cards, this Irish pub entices Japanese and foreign customers who dine on shepherd’s pie and drink on-tap Kilkenny and Guinness while listening to live Irish music.

Chuo-ku, 1-6-31 Higashi Shinsaibashi, 011-81-6-6282-0677
Tags: nightlife | pub | bar menu

The Bar at The Ritz-Carlton

Swanky retreat with Japanese staples like tempura, sushi, and kaiseki cuisine arranged to perfection on exquisite tableware and overlooking a Japanese garden.

Kita-ku, 2-5-25 Umeda, 011-81-6-6343-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | bar | cigars | whiskey

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