Izakaya Taverns in Fukuoka
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Fukuoka’s Nightlife : Check Out These Six Areas after the Sun Sets
- From wherever you look at it, Fukuoka is a colourful coastal city. At night, this vibrant town turns up its hues, offering a few different facets and entertainment options. Fukuoka’s nightlife is centred in Nakasu Island, and spills out to nearby areas both in Hakata Ward and Tenjin. Nakasu Island Nakasu Island The streets of Nakasu glow neon, leading to a bustling bar district. If that’s what you’re down for, check out one of the superclubs like the mighty Bijou. And here is as good a spot as any to add this reminder: like anywhere else, watch out for scams and look after yourself—if a helpful gentleman or young woman approaches you on the street in a bar district, consider that their advice might not be trustworthy. Nakasu Island Also on this island but hidden in its backstreets is Ningyo Shoji bar alley. This maze of narrow streets is packed with old-fashioned bars each one with its own unique personality. You can hop in and out of places with ease, and get a good taste of the local vibe.Another popular entertainment option is heading to the Yatai stalls along the river and having a few drinks while rubbing elbows with local salarymen and other locals. In fact, having more than one drink means being allowed to stick around longer at the stalls. Haruyoshi, Nishi-Nakasu and Watanabedori If you strolled through Haruyoshi in the morning to visit Yanagibashi Rengo Market, or visited Nishi-Nakasu on the way to Tenjin Central Park, you might have noticed the shuttered nighttime spots and restaurants that dot these neighborhoods along the river. The vibe is more restrained than Nakasu and the demographics skew a bit older than Daimyo; the scene here is izakaya and small pubs and bars. Carib Soul is a perfect example of what’s on offer here: at this tiny bar in an unassuming building, there’s a steady flow of reggae, rocksteady and jazz to accompany the drinks and conversation. Not far away, to the west, the Watanabedori neighborhood continues the theme, with small pubs and restaurants lining a handful of entertainment blocks, as well as smaller shops like Yumekichi, a comfortable wine bar. Carib Soul Carib Soul Run by Masa-san on the 2nd floor of what at first seems like an abandoned building, this bar specializes in Reggae music and latin jazz. The entrance is on a side street with a fluorescent sign guiding visitors up a short set of stairs. Here it feels more like approaching someone’s apartment, but don’t worry, just open the door and join Masa-san and his eclectic friends for a drink, good conversation, and chilled music. Lohas Beach Bar Lohas Beach Bar Daimyo Daimyo Daimyo is the aging hipster that’s recently given up writing chapbooks in a tiny apartment in Flatbush to take a job in advertising and get an apartment in SoHo: the neighborhood is still cool but a giant Apple store has landed, and there’s the requisite Supreme and Bape shops, as well; the neighborhood retains Old Fukuoka charms, still has plenty of Bohemian cachet, and boasts a number of live houses, bars and art spaces. Stop at Craft Beer Brim, a good example of a Daimyo neighborhood spot, with plenty of interesting brews on tap, and then wander for live music or a DJ night at Brick, Queblick, Rooms, or any of the dozens of local venues.Coyote Ugly Coyote Ugly In a country where Zima is still on the menu and pop culture seized up around the time the Bubble burst, it makes sense that there’s a home in Fukuoka’s Daimyo neighborhood for an outlet of Coyote Ugly, a bar chain banking on the success of the 2000 film of the same name, featuring LeAnn Rimes and Tyra Banks (and the original Lower East Side bar). Waitresses and amateurs hop up on the bar to grind to early-2000s alt-rock bangers, cranking up the PG-13 fun until 3am. The British (or Irish) pub in Japan is a genre unto itself, when done right approaching authenticity but with some elements of Japanese drinking culture maintained. Morris' Black Sheep in the fashionable neighborhood of Daimyo is part of a miniature empire that includes Morris' Red Fox, Morris' Hippo, and Crafty Beer. On most nights, the chatter in the pub will be mostly in English, but there’s a fair share of locals, as well. If you want to make some new friends over a pint of cider and a plate of fish and chips, you’re not going to find a better option. Morris' Black Sheep Imaizumi and Kego Imaizumi and Kego Two central neighborhoods, Kego and Imaizumi are popular with locals; Kego is quieter, with a handful of cocktail bars and narrow pubs hidden in multi-tenant buildings, while Imaizumi catches the spillover from the Daimyo crowd with its live houses and hip bars. Recommended in Kego is Caveman, a dark, masculine room that serves beer in steins and its bar snacks in neanderthal-approved sizes. Caveman Caveman Caveman In Imazumi we recommend Santeria Cafe and Diner, specially when looking for dinner and drinks in a western-style atmosphere. Open till midnight, Santeria offers an all you can drink option of Ebisu Meister draft beer that goes well with the wagyu dishes. Santeria Cafe and Diner Akasaka Akasaka The Akasaka neighborhood feels upscale and hidden, with tall trees sheltering the streets below. Yorozu Bar off Keyaki-dori maintains the atmosphere, serving tea and cocktails in an austerely beautiful space that marries Japanese esthetics and avant-garde design. Yorozu Bar Yorozu Bar Yorozu is known for tea and Japanese confections. When night comes, the handsome building opens out onto a quiet street and the sound of cicadas and the distant shush of traffic meets the soundtrack and chit-chat along the bar. A fine place for conversation and cocktails in Akasaka. Hakata Area The Life Hostel Bar & Lounge If you are in Hakata and looking for an international vibe, you must add The Life Hostel Bar & Lounge to your list of night entertainment. The young bilingual staff behind the bar will be happy to serve you a pint of Blue Moon beer or any cocktail of your choice, while spinning records in between. This bar is also frequented by locals looking to interact with foreigners and it’s highly likely you’ll be drinking well into the night while making new connections. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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The most northerly of Kyushu island's prefectures, Fukuoka comprises castle towns, seaside parks, and Hakata ramen, one of Japan's most famous noodle dishes. Whether due to its good location or its unique charm, the prefecture's capital, Fukuoka city, has been voted one of the most desirable places to live in the country - a close-knit community, a thriving food scene, and accessible nature combine for irresistibly laid-back city vibes.
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