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Murphys
6F Lead Plaza Building, 1-6-31 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi
Tel: 6282 0677 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Daily 5pm-late

The very first Irish bar in all of Japan, Murphys opened back in the 1980s and still packs them in. In addition to Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, theres a great selection of cocktails and pub grub. Live Irish music on Wednesday nights.

The Cellar
Dai Hirata Building B1, 2-17-13 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi
Tel: 6212 6437 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Daily 6pm-2am

Fans of live rock and folk music will definitely want to check out the Cellar, which offers live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Groups are local Japanese and expats looking to make it big. Beers and cocktails cost from US$5.00

Tins Hall
10-3 MinamiKawahori, Tennoji-ku
Tel: 6773 5955 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Monday-Friday 5pm-2am, Saturday 5pm-5am

Forget maps and street directions. Tins Hall requires a bit of searching, and a phone call to the management, but its worth it. The cheapest drinks in town and a very lively mix of locals and expats make this one of the few bright spots in the otherwise glum Tennoji night scene.

Belgian Beer Cafe Barrel
Sumitomo Building 2, 1F, 4-7-28 Kitahama, Kita-ku, Umeda
Tel: 6233 0455 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Daily 5pm-11pm

If youre looking for a bar with a slightly older crowd and a very European atmosphere, Cafe Barrel is the trendy place among Japanese in the area but where few foreigners go. One reason is the prices, as a couple of draught Belgian beers and a small snack can set you back over US$50.

Cocktail Space BB
Orbit Stage 2F, Nishishinsaibashi 2-8-27, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi
Tel: 6251 8267 Fax: 0
Dressing: Dressed Up
Daily 9pmV2am

One of the very few hostess bars in Osaka that is both inexpensive and welcomes foreign customers, Cocktail Space BB offers drinks for under US$10 and conversation with beautiful Japanese hostesses, many of whom are models trying to pay the bills. Hostess bars have a dodgy reputation, but Cocktail Space BB is nothing more than a place to enjoy good Scotch at reasonable prices.

Osaka Blue Note Cafe
2-3-21 Sonezaki-shichi, Kita-ku, Umeda
Tel: 6342 7722 Fax: 0
Dressing: Dressed Up
Daily 6pm-11pm

Though it is primarily a venue for world famous blues artists, the Osaka Blue Note Cafe also features internationally renowned Latin, jazz, and even Celtic musicians. Very, very popular, so reservations are always necessary. Expect to pay a premium for the drinks, but food prices are reasonable.

The Blarneystone
Sonezaki Centre Building 6F, 2-10-15 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Umeda
Tel: 6364 2001 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Monday-Thursday 5pm-midnight, Friday- Saturday 5pm-2am, Sunday 2pm-midnight

Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, a good selection of Irish whiskeys, live music on weekends and billiards and darts make the Blarneystone a favourite among the international community in Umeda.

The Pig & Whistle
2-15-10 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi
Tel: 6215 6911 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Daily 5pm-late

Located two blocks north of the Dotonbori river on Midosuji Boulevard, the Pig is famous throughout Asia as being the place in Osaka to meet people. The English pub atmosphere draws expats and locals. Bass ale on tap and great fish and chips.

Trader Vics
Hotel New Otani 3F, 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Kyobashi
Tel: 6949 3210 Fax: 0
Dressing: Dressed Up
Daily 11.30am-11.45pm

With its splendid view of Osaka Castle Park, Trader Vics bar has long been a favourite with both visitors and residents. Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, Sting, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are among those who drop by when theyre in town. Cocktails cost US$12.

Club
Juso Music Cabaret Club
Juso Higashi 3, Yodogawa-ku, Juso
Tel: 0 Fax: 0
Dressing: Smart Casual
Daily 11am-10:30pm

Osakas most famous strip cabaret offers nightly shows, and the clientele includes the rich and the famous. Entrance fee is US$60, but private shows are available at an extra cost. Juso Music Cabaret Club can be hard to findXits about six minutes east of Hankyu Juso station by foot. Or look for the bright blue minivan thats parked off to the right at the end of the covered arcade that runs east from Juso station. It will take you to the club, and back, for free.

Karma
1-5-18 Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Umeda
Tel: 6344 6181 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Daily 5pm-5am

Karma is popular with students and arty types who gather for the drinks and the wide range of events, from fashion shows to club music, with Japanese and international DJs.

Sam and Dave 4
4-15-19 Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Umeda
Tel: 6365 1688 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes

Anything goes indeed at Sam and Dave 4, the Umeda branch of the Sam and Dave chain of nightclubs and arguably the most popular international nightclub in the city. The drinks are cheap, the crowds are young, and you might spot visiting rock stars like Mick Jagger in the crowd.

Sports Bar
Caribbean Court
Cest La Vie Square Nakaza 4F, 1-7-19 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Shinsaibashi
Tel: 6214 6606 Fax: 0
Dressing: Anything Goes
Daily 10pm-5am

Sports and music fans love Caribbean Court for its large TV screen, which broadcasts local and international concerts. Drinks are reasonably priced from US$5.00 and theres a dart board for those who fancy a game