Nightlife in Yokohama is somewhat familiar. As a city that has been exposed to a lot of international influences, its drinking and party scene can be best described as a confluence of tastes. The choices include English beer pubs, American diners, posh lounges, DJ clubs, jazz venues, and cocktail bars; with the atmosphere remaining interesting regardless of style. Indeed, bar hopping is definitely one of the most exciting things to look forward to during your stay in the city. To get you started on the fun, here’s a sampler of the 10 best bars in Yokohama to enjoy a cosmopolitan night out.
1. Bar Noble
Bar Noble is for the cocktail connoisseur. It has an impressive menu of over 500 concoctions, including the Great Sunrise – a drink that won the World Cocktail Championship in 2011. It is a den of very capable mixologists trained under the tutelage of Takafumi Yamada, the master bartender who authored Bar Noble’s winning cocktail.
Staying true to its name, this bar is an exquisite space marked by ambient lighting, mood music, an elegant bar countertop made of polished wood, and bartenders in dapper suits. Its classy atmosphere can rival any other ritzy establishment in Tokyo’s Roppongi or Ginza districts. Aside from its cocktail repertoire, choose this place if you’re in the mood for a sophisticated night out.
Address: 2-7 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
2. Bar Star Dust
Its neon light signage is a telling indication that once you step inside Bar Star Dust, you will be transported back in time. Styled like a classic American bar, this is one of Yokohama’s most popular dens since the 50’s. It has wooden floors, vinyl upholstered ceilings, pin-up girl posters, and a jukebox that plays hits by Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra. It serves beer, hard liquor, about 100 types of cocktails, and standard appetizers. If you’re in the mood for nostalgia, then this is your hideaway for the night.
Address: 2-1 Chiwakacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Website: http://www.bar-stardust.com/ (Japanese only)
3. Blue Light Bar
Blue Light Bar is a romantic bar with delicious cocktails and music. There is a piano, and you can watch live performances on almost every Saturday (music charge required). Bartenders participate in cocktail competitions quite often, which means you can count on the quality of their cocktails. Also, sofas are very comfortable, and it makes you relax fully.
Address: Yamashitacho 11, Yokohama Naka-ku, Kanagawa
4. Bar Bay West
Bar Bay West is a high-grade bar located in Sheraton Hotel Yokohama. The decor is traditional English style, so it's a great place for people who are looking for a refined place to relax and feel at home. Their original cocktail "TOKYO Bouquet" has won the cocktail competition. The flavorful cocktail is made with passion fruits liquor and sakura liquor. This is a must-try if you have a chance to visit Bar Bay West in Yokohoma.
Address: 1-3-23 Kitasaiwai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
5. Cafe Bar Marceau
Cafe Bar Marceau is a casual bar that even a solo female can visit. The bar offers over 500 kinds of cocktails, and some of them can be enjoyed only at Cafe Bar Marceau in Japan. Especially they offer over 170 kinds of Martinis! There is also a flair bartender at this bar, so watching their performances would make a fun night, too.
Address: 2-chome-19-12 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
As a bar that was established in 1950, it is effortlessly retro. Along with bottles of liquor, its display shelf is a gallery of toys and collectibles that the bar owner must have collected over time. Its walls and ceilings are covered with vintage posters, pictures, and pop art. On one corner, there is even a working jukebox where you could play a song for ¥100. Chrysler has these so many details to keep your eyes wandering as you enjoy your drink. Though not a place to find flamboyant drinks, it does have the good old spirits and classic cocktails on offer.
Address: 5-5 Fukutomicho Nishidori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140104/14001391/ (Japanese only)
7. Bar Sea Guardian III
Located inside the Sogo Yokohama Department Store, Bar Sea Guardian III is a stylish space to indulge in good food and relaxing drinks while appreciating the beautiful night views of the Bay Bridge and the Minato Mirai area. The building is directly accessed from Yokohama Station making it a convenient place to end the day.
Address: 10F Sogo Yokohama 2 Chome-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
8. BAR Le Jazz
Bar Le Jazz is a quiet and hidden bar for those who want to spend a quiet evening. The dark lighting and huge wooden counter feel very relaxing. With a delicious sip of cocktails, you can end the day perfectly. They also have light meals such as pizzas and sliced cheese, so you can have a small snack here if you need something. Cuban Cigars are available for those who enjoy it.
Address: 1-13-11 Okano, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Website: https://barlejazz.com/ (Japanese only)
9. Bar Luther
The scene in Bar Luther is upbeat. It caters to the fun and energetic crowd as there are lots of dancing that goes with the drinking. It is a venue that features a DJ counter, where almost every night, an event party is hosted. If you’re the type to party until 5 in the morning, then you’ve just found your match.
Address: 3F Tokaiya Building 2-10-18 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Website: http://www.luther-yokohama.jp/ (Japanese only)
10. Classic Yokohama
Classic Yokohama is conveniently located at three minutes walk from Yokohama Station. Adding to standard cocktails, Classic Yokohama offers excellent collections of wines and whiskeys. Their collections of whiskeys include Japanese whiskeys such as Hibiki, Yamazaki, Yoichi, etc., some of them which have become hard to find these days. Stop by Classic Yokohama before heading back to Tokyo and end your day in Yokohama.
Address: 1-chome-7-18 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Website: https://www.gcland.com/classic/ (Japanese only)
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