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Top 5 Osaka Nightclubs of 2024

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 2024.


Our Selection Criteria

We are making our selection based on the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. The quality of sound: It is a nightclub, after all, and we want to dance without having our ears ringing the next morning.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Joule

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.

Address: 〒542-0086 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome-11-7

Access: Joule is located in Shinsaibashi, with a 7 minute walk from Shisaibashi station.

Website: https://club-joule.com

Osaka nightclub

OWL Osaka

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.

Address: 〒530-0017 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Kakudachō, 5-1

Access: OWL is about a 7-minute walk from Umeda Station in the basement of the Umeda Rakutenchi Building.

Website:  https://owl-osaka.net/

Gala Resort

Gala Resort

Despite it’s name, Gala Resort is far from a resort where you can rest your feet after a long day walking around Osaka. Gala was originally Giraffe, and is centrally located directly across from the iconic Gilco Man poster.

This Osaka nightclub has 3 different floors, with one floor seemingly fully dedicated to Japanese hip hop live performances. For those looking for a more traditional nightclub experience, head to the top floor where the resident DJs play top hits all week long.

Due to its PRIME location, this nightclub is especially popular with tourists. If you are looking to meet other internationals, mixed with Japanese hip hop fans, this is the spot for your

Pro Tip: Gala Resort actually charges a higher door fee to “foreigners” so if you live in Japan, it is unclear how the door staff will determine how much to charge you.

Average Door Price: 4,000 Yen with 1 Drink Ticket for Foreign Men, And 2,000 Yen with 1 Drink ticket for Foreign women on the weekends. Discounts apply on the weekdays.

Address:  〒530-0051 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Taiyūjichō, 8−17

Access: About a ten-minute walk from Umeda station on the 8th floor of the Plaza Umedori Building.

Website: https://clubpiccadilly.jp/

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.

Website: http://the-pink.club/

Ghost

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.

Address: 〒542-0086 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−17−3, Shinsaibashi Arty Inn, B1F

Access: A 8-minute walk from Shinsaibashi station.

Website: https://www.ghostosaka.com/


Osaka Nightclubs Honorable Mentions:

Circus Osaka

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.

Address: 〒542-0086 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 1-8-16

Website: http://circus-osaka.com/

Bambi

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.

Address: 〒542-0083 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Higashishinsaibashi, 1−18−27 B1F

Website: https://club-bambi.com/

Pure

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.

Address: 〒542-0085 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Shinsaibashisuji, 2-3-12

Website: https://clubpure.com

Ammona

Ammona is a long standing nightclub in the Higashi Shinsaibashi area. The nightclub is basically a Japanese disco with a splash of Japanese hip hop live acts.

Address: 〒542-0083 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Higashishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−3−22, Tamahachi Building, 1F

Website: https://ammona.jp/


Looking for a different form of late night entertainment? Then check out our Complete Guide to Tokyo Strip Clubs!

Written by VIVID

A renowned DJ, music producer, and Tokyo nightlife guru, VIVID has become a fixture in the city's club scene. With countless gigs across Japan and Asia, he's not just a performer, he's a cultural insider. VIVID curates Tokyonightowl.com, a platform where he shares his expertise, guiding you through the electrifying world of Tokyo's nightlife.

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