No trip to Japan is complete without a night out in one of Osaka’s nightclubs. Despite the name of this website, the Tokyo Night Owl knows everything there is to know when it comes to partying in Osaka.
A night out in Osaka starts much earlier than in Tokyo and surprisingly can end much later. Several nightclubs open from 7 pm, while some don’t open until 3 am!
Osaka nightclubs are located predominately in 3 different areas, Shinsaibashi/Namba, Amerikamura, and Umeda. Umeda nightclubs are predominately filled with Japanese businessmen and women, while Shinsaibashi is popular with foreign tourists. Amerikamura is where you will find underground techno clubs.
Many Osaka nightclubs offer cheap cocktails, and All You Can Drink deals. The local DJs at the big nightclubs spin mostly pop music, and Japanese hip-hop but if you go to the underground nightclubs, you’ll find a small but passionate techno scene.
The Osaka people are known to be more friendly and outgoing than their Tokyo counterparts, which can lead to some wild nights out in the city.
So strap in, and drink a can of Ukon no Chikara, because here is our list of the Top 5 Osaka Nightclubs of 2023.
Our Selection Criteria
We are making our selection based on the following criteria:
- Entertainment: The club needs to be exciting, and provide thrills that customers can’t experience anywhere else. This entertainment could be top-tier DJs or incredible stage production.
- The quality of sound: It is a nightclub, after all, and we want to dance without having our ears ringing the next morning.
- Popularity: A dead club on a Saturday night is awful, but a club full of thirsty men is the worst. The venue should also have a decent ratio of male to female guests.
- Safety: Feeling safe in a nightclub is a must. Women must be able to enjoy the club without being harassed. Additionally, the nightclub should not be overcrowded with overly aggressive security guards.
- Value: Spending a fortune on a simple gin tonic at the bar is “No Bueno.” And no one wants to break the bank at a VIP table with surprise service charges. The club should have a balance between well-priced drinks and reasonable doors prices.
The Top 5 Osaka NightClubs
Club Piccadilly, located in the Umeda neighborhood, is Osaka’s largest nightclub with the best stage production. The club is two floors with the upper floor featuring some of the dopest VIP options in the city.
The sound thumps louder than any other nightclub in Osaka, and the dance floor provides plenty of room for you to show off your dance moves.
Piccadilly is also very welcoming to foreign guests, and it is immediately apparent with a large number of international models partying here.
Nearly every weekend, Piccadilly invites some of the biggest DJs in the world. The large stage, aerial go dancers, and CO2 blasts create a truly epic night out.
Club Piccadilly is a must-see nightclub in Osaka.
Pro Tip: Splurge on a VIP table on the second level overlooking the main floor. The Piccadilly bottle service is second to none, with friendly staff, and a great view of the party. Book your table at ENVYME.JP for cheap deals starting from 60,000 yen.
Average Door Price: 3,000 Yen for Men with 1 free drink ticket, 1,500 Yen for Women with 1 free drink ticket. Happy hour starts at 9 pm and runs till 11 pm with Women receiving free entry with All You Can Drink, and Men 1,500 yen with 1 free drink ticket.
Access: About a ten-minute walk from Umeda station on the 8th floor of the Plaza Umedori Building.
The Pink Cho
The Pink Cho is a brand-new nightclub shaking up the local scene with its resident Pink dancers. The club is one large dance floor surrounded by VIP and dancing podiums for its cute and sexy dancers. The club has incredible branding, with merch on the first floor.
The club primarily books local hip-hop live performers, come here if you are curious about the Japanese hip-hop scene.
Pro Tip: Pick up some of the cool The Pink merch on the main floor as a cool souvenir.
Average Door Price: From midnight ladies are 1,500 yen with 1 drink ticket and men are 3,000 yen (3,500 yen on Saturdays) with 1 drink ticket. Arrive before midnight for much cheaper entry.
Address: 〒542-0083 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Higashishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−7−20 サザンパレスビル B1F
Access: A 8-minute walk Namba station, exit number 6.
Ghost is Osaka’s answer to 1Oak. The club hosts high-end hip-hop parties with VIP tables, models, and bottles. The club is intimate but hosts big local hip-hop acts and international DJ acts.
Pro Tip: Ghost offers a special discount to international guests. The club is also only open Thursday – Sunday.
Average Door Price: 2,000 Yen for International Men (with 1 Drink Ticket) and 700 Yen for Women (with 1 Drink Ticket) on the weekends.
Access: A 8-minute walk from Shinsaibashi station.
Joule is a sizeable rental nightclub where local promoters host a wide range of events. The nightclub’s main floor is large, with an additional second lounge floor. JOULE is similar to Tokyo’s WOMB, with a large variety of events focusing on underground electronic music and hip-hop.
The club has perhaps some of the best sound in Osaka, and the outdoor patio sections are great for chilling.
Pro Tip: Check the event schedule on the website as the music from night to night can be very different.
Average Door Price: Varies greatly between events, but generally expect a 3,000 yen entrance.
Access: Joule is located in Shinsaibashi, with a 7 minute walk from Shisaibashi station.
OWL is one of the most popular nightclubs in Osaka with the absolute best weekday parties in the city. Despite this, foreign travelers rarely visit OWL.
The crowd is a healthy mix of well-dressed young Japanese partygoers, gorgeous ladies, and fantastic VIP table options that are very affordable. Doors open early from 7 pm till 5 am.
The DJs play mostly pop music and EDM from 3 years ago, but it’s hard to deny the party vibes here.
Pro Tip: The weekends at OWL can become overcrowded, but the weekday parties are hands down the best in town.
Average Door Price: Men are 2,000 Yen with 1 Drink ticket, and Women are 3,000 Yen with 1 Drink ticket.
Access: OWL is about a 7-minute walk from Umeda Station in the basement of the Umeda Rakutenchi Building.
Osaka Nightclubs Honorable Mentions:
CIRCUS Osaka is the counterpart to Tokyo’s CIRCUS nightclub. Every weekend CIRCUS books a European DJ supported by local underground acts. Despite its small size, the speakers in this nightclub are powerful and thumpy. Osaka party people looking for deeper techno sounds look no further.
You can find Bambi in the Shinsaibashi neighborhood, absolutely rammed with young Japanese college students every day of the week. The club is rowdy and CROWDED, but if you have the energy for it, Bambi may be the nightclub for you. Foreigners usual skip this nightclub, but if you want to catch some of Japan’s favorite domestic DJs, this is the place to do it.
Pure is your go-to nightclub for hip-hop and RnB music. Centrally located near the famous Dotonbori bridge, this nightclub is pumping every day of the week with Osaka hip-hop fans, and international party people. The club is fairly old, but it still manages to be popular among locals.
Looking for a different form of late night entertainment? Then check out our Complete Guide to Tokyo Strip Clubs!