Nightlife in Hiroshima

ByJustin Hanus
Jul 19, 2023

Nightlife in Hiroshima

There’s plenty to do after hours in Hiroshima if you fancy letting your hair down. If you don’t fancy winding down after your evening meal, you can check out the city’s clubs and late-night bars offering diverse, fun atmospheres.

Nagarekawa Street

Located just 10 minutes from Hiroshima station, Nagarekawa is the go-to nightlife zone in Hiroshima. It’s the largest entertainment area in the Chugoku-Shikoku region and is a neon-lit mecca of bars, izakayas, nightclubs, and restaurants. Several adjoining party streets also exist, including Yagenbori Street, Butsudan Street, and Ebisu Street.

Among the joints worth paying a late-night visit to are the rock ’n’ roll-themed Wonderful Joke bar that runs karaoke nights, the Kimono and Sake Bar, where you can sample classic Japanese culture and don a kimono for the night, the cozy and well-established Mick’s Izakaya and Step One that has Latin DJs partying into the early hours.

Molly Malone’s

An authentic-style Irish pub in the heart of Hiroshima’s downtown district, Molly Malone’s is understandably popular with expats but also draws a big local crowd. Opened in 2002, it has everything you’d expect from such an establishment – Guinness on draught, pub grub including Sunday roasts, sports on TV, and live Irish music late into the night. The bar closes at midnight most nights and is closed on Mondays.

Website: https://www.mollymalones.jp/

Herbie’s

Opened in 2015, Herbie’s is Nagarekawa’s premier nightclub, where you can polish off an evening’s entertainment by dancing until dawn next to a giant LED screen. It specializes in different styles of dance music, including electro and hip-hop. You even get the off-live performance showcase. The club is open until 5:00 a.m. on the weekends and 4:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. Entrance is around 1,000 yen.

Website: https://herbie.club/

Bar Alegre

This downtown bar is a bit more of a hidden gem. Well worth heading to if you fancy award-winning cocktails or fine spirits, such as an array of good whiskeys. You can try out unique cocktails here, such as a banana and hazelnut dessert cocktail or a Chinese Bloody Mary made with soybean paste! The bar is small and decked out to resemble an authentic old-fashioned tearoom, including a miniature 1.30-meter-high doorframe. Open nightly until 2:00 a.m. except for Sundays.

Address: 1-32 Horikawacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima 730-0033

Mac Bar

Something of an institution in Hiroshima’s nightlife scene, this homely bar looked to have closed for good in 2016 after nearly 40 years when the building that housed it was pulled down, and the charismatic owner of the business passed away shortly afterward. However, it found a new space a year later. The bar is a perfect marriage of music and booze, with the counter area decked out like a music library with walls of CDs on shelves. You will find a friendly mix of international revelers here.

Address: 3-3-4 Tatemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima 730-0032

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