You have had a great week and want to celebrate, or possibly it was one of those weeks that felt like a string of Mondays one after the other and you just want to have a quiet drink and put it behind you. Here are some suggestions for places to go:
COCKTAIL and WHISKY BARS:
High Ball Bar Hiroshima
1923 – 2-14 Horikawa-cho, Naka Ward Low key classy bar with a considerable range of excellent whiskey choices, owned and by Suntory (Yamazaki and Hakushu). It is located in the heart of the downtown entertainment district. There is a 500 yen table charge but includes complimentary table snacks.
2-2 Yagenbori, Naka Ward Is one of the very old bars of Hiroshima, having been in operation since 1968 officially and even longer according to many people. The bar master in his seventies provides impeccable service. This is a good place to try Japanese shochu (a kind of Japanese vodka), as well as cocktails.
4-7 Teppōchō, Naka Ward Enjoy the drinks just as much as the dimly lit relaxing atmosphere. The friendly bar master prepares every drink perfectly with great care. Under the light of this bar, the drinks look even more amazing. Their cocktails are loved by regulars.
Tropical Bar Revolucion
8F Meisei Building 3-6 Nagarekawa, Naka Ward Is on the 8th Floor of a building right in the heart of Nagarekawa-dori in the entertainment district. makes the most of limited space with big windows and a balcony overlooking the drinking district. Serving spirits, cocktails, mixers, heartland beer to Hiroshima’s international young and hip crowd and has a wide and very loyal Japanese clientele.
Centre Point Hiroshima
5F 3-12 Yagenbori, Naka Ward Centre Point is a relatively spacious 5th Floor bar with a few seats along the counter bar and seating all along one of the walls, which are painted in simple white. One corner has large windows with views out to the night lights. Cocktails, whiskey, Japanese standard beers
BEER / PUBS:
2 Chome-9-13 Otemachi, Naka Ward Is a stone’s throw from Peace park and the first venue to set up its own micro-brewery. The range of selection can’t compare to the other two craft beer the brews available but are very tasty indeed. Producing 4 main craft beers along with seasonal specials. IPAs, Hazy IPA, Ale, Stout. It’s open and spacious, reminiscent of a sports bar of sorts serving excellent burgers, tapas, ribs and grills, other western dishes and a favorite among expats and locals alike.
3-3 Mikawa-cho, Naka Ward Located right downtown, tucked away in a side street just a few minutes’ walk from the PARCO department store describes itself as a “Japanese Craft Beer Café” with 17 taps, serving craft beer from all over the country, including a wide variety of pilsners and stouts, IPAs, weizens, lambics, bocks, ales, and lagers, and often have hard-to-find concoctions like the Oyster Stout or Miso Lager.
2−12 Shintenchi, Naka Ward Is a smallish space serves eight kinds of craft beer from casks and over 100 bottled world craft beers. Japanese and some western dishes.
Beer Pub phi’s
2-6-9 Otemachi (O- te-machi), Naka Ward Is a little more elegant and quiet. Serves Hoegarden, Bass Ale, Heartland, Occasionally IPA s. Food is simple: curry, chicken dishes, salad. Possibly a bit pricy.
Sunny Day Beer
13-20 Ōsugachō, Minami Ward Is not really a craft beer venue but has a selection of wines and food is mostly Japanese.
1−20 Shintenchi, Naka Ward If you are feeling you would just like a meal somewhere with a familiar feel, Molly’s is also a good choice. Galway style mussels, clam chowder, fish and chips, traditional Irish stew, to mention but a few of the items on the menu. Certified by Guinness as a Best Pub in 2018 for its stout, and a range of non-craft beers and cocktails, mixers as you might expect. Right in the middle of town on Chuo Dori (street). Nonsmoking and popular with families.
Photo by Hugh Cann