Hiroshima is primarily known for its horrific past, but today the reality is that Hiroshima is a vibrant and happening city, with a lot to offer tourists. It has some wonderful seafood and unique local dishes, and its night life also gives Tokyo and Osaka some serious competition. With bars ranging from izakayas to hole-in-the-wall bars to really amazing lounges, Hiroshima sure knows how to show visitors and even the locals a great time.
Here are a few of my favourite bars in Hiroshima…
If you love Guinness and good old fish and chips, you won’t find a better place to enjoy them, than Molly Malone’s in all of Hiroshima. Don’t believe me? Well, Guinness has certified Molly Malone’s as the “Guinness Best Pub 2018” for consistently serving the best quality pint of Guinness Draught on tap. You truly can’t get any better than a certification from Guinness itself, can you? A rare, quite authentic Irish-style pub in Japan, Molly Malone’s is a great place to hang out with friends after work, for a pint or two, and listen to a few Irish tunes. The Irish chef ensures that the food that you order is just like you would find back home in Ireland. The also serve good portions, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry anytime soon. Other than the Guiness, Molly Malone’s also has a wide range of fresh beer selections from all over the world, so whatever your choice of beer, you will most likely find it here.
The pub can seat over 100 people, and they also have a great plan for big groups. A reservation is necessary for groups of more than 50 people (if you are planning to have an office party, or an after wedding party for friends and family). So, if you want to get together with friends and watch some sports while enjoying a Sunday roast, head for Molly Malone’s.
Name : MOLLY MALONE’S
Address : 4F Hiroshima Teigeki Kaikan, Shintenchi 1-20, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Business hour : Tuesday – Thursday 17:00～1:00 /
Phone number : +81 82-244-2554
Official website : https://www.mollymalones.jp
Hiroshima’s first brew pub, Kemby’s is one of the best places for Western food and burgers in the city. Their Classic Home Made Beef Burger is succulent and juicy, just the way burgers were meant to be. But they just don’t serve great burgers, they serve everything from Avacado Bruschetta, Smoked Salmon and Feta Cheese Canapes, to Chicago style deep dish pizza, and even Tex Mex classics like Quesadillas, Fajitas and Nachos. They also have more than a dozen craft beers on tap, and they have some kind of happy hours going on most days. If you have a group of friends, and you want to hire their private room for a party, you can do that for a great deal. The play some great music, and if you want to play some pool, they also have a big table in one corner of the pub. So, the next time you want to hang out someplace with expats as well as the locals, you know where to head to…Kembys!
Name : KeMBY’S
Address : 2-9-13 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Business hour : Monday – Thursday 17:00～0:30 / Friday 17:00～1:00 / Saturday 12:00～1:00 / Sunday 12:00～23:30
Phone number : +81 82-249-6201
Official website : https://www.kembyshiroshima.com
Bar 25ans is a bar that is frequented by locals as well as foreigners, and is particularly famous for its selection of over 200 single malts and bourbons. These also include some really rare whiskies, which are not easily available anywhere else. This stylish bar also serves many rich cocktails, using exotic fruits and ingredients, as well as the normal selection of drinks and cocktails too. It can seat about 30 people, and can also cater to big parties and group on advance intimation.
Name : BAR 25ans
Address : 2F Castle Tatemachi, 5-2 Tatemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Business hour : 19:30～1:00
Phone number : +81 82-249-8821
Official website : http://bar25ans.com
Cantina 23 is a Tex-Mex themed bar and restaurant, located in the heart of Hiroshima. It is the perfect place to spend a nice comfortable evening in. The attentive service, welcoming ambience, and the very friendly vibe that surrounds this place is what adds to the charm of this place. But, it just doesn’t stop there. Cantina 23 serves some great comfort food, including nachos, burrittos and even mac & cheese. They serve different types of drinks, right from beers to Japanese shochu. They also have some great cocktails. If you are looking for a heavy round of drinking, they have an all you can drink menu as well, which can vary from 3000 yen to 4000 yen per person, with some snacks added into the mix. They also have a wide variety of cheeses on offer, so don’t forget to end your meals with their specialty cheeses.
It can seat upto 25 people at a time, so if you are looking for a place which is not too crowded, but still has a pleasant buzz about it, Cantina 23 is the place for you.
If you are looking for a hotel bar with an award-winning bartender making your favourite cocktails, watch out for Bar Alegre. The bartender here makes innovative original cocktails with seasonal fruits and ingredients. The bartender has won the prestigious “National Cocktail Competition” with his special concoction of carrot puree, orange marmalade and a few other special ingredients. In addition to the great cocktails that they have on the menu, if you want a specific drink customised, the bartender can even prepare a unique drink specially for you. They serve an assortment of delicious finger food as well as local Japanese udon noodles and tempura starters. A place for adults to hang out, the ambience is definitely classy and mysterious, with samurai swords decorating the walls and passageways. If you want a chic, sophisticated place to spend your evening, Bar Alegre is the place you want to be.
Name : Bar Alegre
Address : 3F Cyny Building, 1-32 Horikawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Business hour : 20:00～3:00
Phone number : +81 82-545-5295
Official website : https://www.bar-alegre.jp
Hiroshima has come a really long way to become an amazing, thriving cosmopolitan city that it is today.
It has some really great places to hang out and have a good time. Several bars have themed decor and food, such as American, Irish, or even Mexican. Most of these places are open till late night, or even early morning. So, whatever your preference and whatever you are in the mood for, Hiroshima definitely has the perfect place for you…
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