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Nagoya Nightlife, Japan

Nagoya’s Blissful Nightlife

Nagoya is one of Japan’s important economic centers. Being the fourth largest city, it’s not the least in its active nightlife. An evening at Nagoya can prove to be a night full of bliss and adventure.

Nagoya has its share of prominent night spots that are sure to be enjoyed by guests. From classy restaurants to vibrant clubs and energetic locales, there are no boring nights in Nagoya.

Drinks Extrvaganza

The Nagoya station area offers several places for those inexpensive drinks. Guests can go around Sakae, the big nightlife hub. Countless izakayas are present along the Kanyama station offering both cheap and up market places. Visitors who are still a bit hesitant about Nagoya’s club and bar scene can always try Nagoya Friends. They host parties twice a month together with locals and foreigners. For those who want to jump right into having fun, here are the following hang-outs:

-Shooters. This bar has an American sports theme and attracts any kind of crowd with live music to enjoy.

-Hard Rock Café. A mix of rock music and American food is the undying trademark of this bar.

-Misfits. This small cozy bar is a place where a mixed crowd of young local Japanese and even expats get to enjoy a drink.

-Yama-chan. This is a Nagoya favorite because of its highly popular tebasaki or fried chicken wings, a Nagoya specialty dish. No wonder it has 35 locations around the city.

In the Sakae area, visitors can check out these unique establishments:

- St. James’s Gate. It’s a large Irish-themed pub that offers imported beer, whiskey, cigars and of course glimpses of the latest football or rugby match that adds to the atmosphere.

-MyBar. This bar features an exciting Monday hockey night. It is also noted for its imported beers and cocktails, irresistible Italian food servings and tacos and burgers on the menu.

-The Red Rock. For that Australian pub experience, guests can try the Red Rock. 

Nagoya’s Lively Nightclubs 

It’s worth noting that some of the best clubs in Japan along with Tokyo can be found in no other place than Nagoya. It’s also a regular favorite for DJs’ from Tokyo who come by Nagoya. 

-Radix. A radical mix house in Nagoya, this huge nightclub is a frequent place for famous big house jungle and dub DJs.

-J-Max. This club gives a perfect combination of music, drinks and dance events that attract crowds of locals and foreigners alike.

The Sakae area is also a place of popular night clubs. 

ID club. Obviously, the most popular and hottest spot in Nagoya, there are 5 floors offering different sound choices for everyone.

STEPS. Different people party at this hangout. STEPS offer a variety of food on the menu, music from Hip Hop, R&B to Reggae and sounds to suit the guests’ choices.

Club Daughter. If you’re looking for a place that has something different every night, try Club Daughter, a small but definitely a great place to party especially on weekends.

Club JB’s. It’s no doubt another one of Nagoya’s great hang outs.

Lush The Underground. Party people can choose between an up stair Hip Hop feel and a downstairs dance music zone. This joint is an attraction for both locals and foreigners as well.

Club Mago. A night of techno, house, electro-clash and progressive house music is what Club Mago can remarkably offer.

Jazz Inn Lovely. For jazz fans this is a sure hit. This club presents Japanese and international jazz artists to a jazz lover’s delight.

Club Quattro Nagoya. Undoubtedly one of Nagoya’s main live houses, this club features several Japanese and international pop and rock artists.


Food in Nagoya


Of course, Nagoya is not all bars and clubs. This hyperactive city also offers a variety of food trends from the simple low-budget to the luxurious and expensive dishes.  

Nagoya specialties are a great delight to the palate. Miso is a local sauce. One of Nagoya’s trademarks is the misokatsu, a dish of fried pork cutlet served with a rich red miso. 

Another classic guests shouldn’t miss is shrimp tempura that after it packed up in rice turns into tenmusu. Nagoya is also famous for its uiro a kind of jelly. It is firmer in texture and gives out a subtle flavor in the mouth and of course Nagoya’s specialty noodle called kishimen

 Café de Metro. Guests can have their fill of basic curry and donburi dishes that includes misokatsu with coffee or tea or a serving of miso soup and pickles.

Kanran aka Marche du Soleil. This is a haven for the vegetarian. They offer an array of vegetarian delights on their menu.

Yamamotoya Sōhonke. This is home of the classic Nagoya favorite nikomi udon. It’s made of thick and chewy udon noodles served in hot sauce or stock.

Arena Venini. This first-class and high end restaurant is a small yet excellent Italian restaurant. It is noted for its outstanding menu selection and service.

Antica Roma. This Italian restaurant offers nothing less than excellent and supreme Italian food. The baroque-style setting sets a formal ambiance with live pianist and opera singer adding to the intimate and formal setting.

Nagoya has delectable offers for everyone.

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