Source: Jirka Matousek
Nara may not be as popular as Tokyo or Kyoto, and it may not be the place for serious and heavy partying, but it still offers a few nice venues for those who love nightlife. If you just look around a bit, you will find some interesting places to choose from.
1. Karaoke&BAR Sally
Karaoke is extremely popular in Japan, so if you like partying, singing and having fun with your friends then you should definitely visit Sally’s karaoke bar in Nara. They organize various parties as well as after parties for large groups of people. There is a long list of western music you can choose from and they offer a wide range of drinks and cocktails to enjoy while having a good time with your friends.
- Name: Karaoke&BAR Sally
- Location: Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara
- Opening Hours: 7.00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
- Tel: +81 743-55-3001
2. Wembley Crown
In this pub, resembling those country pubs in Britain, you can enjoy some of the numerous varieties of not only local but also foreign beers. While you enjoy your drink, you can watch some of your favorite sports like football or rugby on the big TV screen. If you get hungry, you can try some of the typical pub food such as toasted sandwiches, pasta, bagels, roast, chicken curry and many more. If you think this is a typical pub for men, you are wrong. Thursday nights are for girls.
- Name: Wembley Crown
- Location: 2F Nishimura Building, 14 Mochiidonochou
- Opening Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- Tel: +81 (0)74 226 7741
3. Harushika Sake Brewery
You should know that Nara is the birthplace of sake. It dates back to the time when Nara was still the capital of Japan. This popular brewery got its name after the deer you can see freely roaming the grounds of the city park. It is located just a short walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, north of Jurinin Temple. There are almost 50 breweries in Nara and this is probably one of the best places to come for sake tasting. When you come to this premium five course sake tasting, you will be guided through the amazing and sophisticated world of sake.
- Name: Harushika Spring Deer Sake Brewery
- Address: 24-1 Fukuchiincho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8381, Japan
- Tel: +81 742-23-2255
4. Hot Staff
The name of this bar might make you think it is a completely different kind of place, but it is actually just an ordinary bar/restaurant with an extraordinary name. It is currently one of the most dynamic music places in Nara. When you are in town, you should visit them. You can enjoy different kinds of live music there. Some months are very busy when they organize up to five performances. They offer not only good music and show, but also a great diversity of drinks and food.
- Name: Hot Staff
- Location: At Saidaiji in Nara
- Opening Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
- Tel: +81 (0)74 236 1189
If you want to try some teppanyaki grill at modest cost, then Juju is the right place to go to. The bar is located close JR Nara Station down the main shopping street. Your food will be served hot and tasty instantly after being grilled in the open grill kitchen. Taste some great okonomiyake or steak and fried noodles. You will love the friendly and very enjoyable atmosphere along with this savory food. The service is very good and the staff extremely attentive. Enjoy this perfect dinner spot.
- Name: Juju
- Address: 27-1 Mochiidonocho, Nara 630-8222, Nara Prefecture
- Tel: +81 742-27-6121
6. Lamp Bar
If you are a cocktail lover, you must not miss this gorgeous bar. The bar is all neat and nice and is perfect to come to in the evening after you visit the temples. You will be amazed by the way the bartender works and you will enjoy the perfect cocktails he prepares for you. There is not a list of cocktails. You just tell what you like and he creates one for you on the spot. Enjoy it in a warm, cozy and elegant atmosphere.
- Name: Lamp Bar
- Address: 26 Tsunofuricho | 1F Iseya Bldg., Nara 630-8224, Nara Prefecture
- Opening Hours: 5.00 p.m. – 2.00 a.m.
- Tel: +81 742-24-2200
7. Bar Fiddich
This is a very small but nice place perfect for those who really want to relax with a glass of some good drink. Bar Fiddich offers wonderful and tasty cocktails as well as some beer on tap. You might have to wait between the two cocktails because the master is also the owner of the bar, but you won’t regret it. You will be extremely pleased by the cocktails made with different seasonal fruits and you will have fun watching the great bar tender as he makes your drink.
- Name: Bar Fiddich
- Address: 4 Minamiichicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture
- Tel: +81 742-22-5250
As you can see, Nara offers a few interesting venues but they are just perfect spots for people who love listening to live bands, partying and drinking till the morning.
Have a good trip and travel!