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.

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

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://noble-aqua.com/bar_noble/english.html

Chrysler

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

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140104/14001391/ (Japanese only)

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

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://www.bar-stardust.com/ (Japanese only)

The Bar Casablanca Yokohama

This basement bar is particularly famous for its fruity cocktails. You can choose to order one that is made up of in-season ingredients or select a drink from their regular cocktail list. No matter what you pick, they are all certified tasty. Try as many varieties as you’d like, but do take note that these drinks do have enough punch to make you tipsy.

Address: B1F Belleville Bashamichi 5 Chome-79-3 Aioicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://casablanca.yokohama/ (Japanese only)

Rai’s Bar

A calm atmosphere, a respectable food menu, a great selection of drinks, and a convenient location – these are the things you can expect from Rai’s Bar. It is straightforward but nice; just the perfect spot to close a day spent on tiring activities while exploring Yokohama.

Address: 1-7-5 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Price: ¥4,000 ~ ¥4,999

Website: http://www.rais-bar.jp/ (Japanese only)

Bar Three Martini

On the bayside area near Chinatown, Bar Three Martini serves up a classy mood, a fantastic selection of whiskey, yummy food to nibble for the hungry, and of course, martinis. It is a 20-year old establishment that has aged quite well. Being a well-established place, it is crowded by regulars. However, don’t let this discourage you from going in; the atmosphere is very friendly and accommodating.

Address: 28 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140105/14001355/ (Japanese only)

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

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp/sea-guardian-3/ (Japanese only)

Bar Ofen

Bar Ofen doesn’t just focus on serving drinks; it is also keen on providing guests mouthwatering food. There’s an 8-cheese platter to go well with your wine order. Alternatively, you can have sausages, steamed fresh mussels, or chicken wings. Given its extensive food menu, you could choose to eat dinner and spend the rest of the evening drinking here. It is great for a casual evening with your partner or group of friends.

Address: 2-3-11 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999

Website: http://www.bar-ofen.com/ (Japanese only)

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

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: http://www.luther-yokohama.jp/ (Japanese only)

Last Waltz

Last Waltz caters specifically to American Country Rock Music fans. It is a record bar – meaning, it has a huge collection of vinyl albums of the said music genre, and what’s really amazing about this little pub is that customers can request songs from its music menu. Hence, you can enjoy your drink with your favorite country rock song playing in the background. It is a tad bit more special because you know it is played just for you.

Address: 2-10-24 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140101/14001942/ (Japanese only)

All price information in this article is as of May 2017.

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