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A night with the stars


A night with the stars

Yes, summer days in Kansai can be brutal, but they do give way to balmy evenings that are perfect for outdoor dining. From Tahitian BBQ to poolside dance shows, we’ve sourced this season’s best places for enjoying a cold drink under a canopy of stars. Cheers to that.

Dublin Garden

dublin-garden• What: A sheltered, rooftop wooden terrace, overlooking the Dotonbori river and offering a do-it-yourself BBQ experience. Run by the owners of the Dublin Bay Irish Pub, it’s located in the basement of the same building.
• Go for: A private party or small gathering, or just to enjoy a pint of Guinness in the sun. Get 10 of you together (with the all-you-can-drink plan) and you can even bring your own BBQ ingredients.
• Address: Osaka, Chuo-ku, Dotonbori 2-1-5 Zelkova Due 7F
• Tel: 06-6213-1122
• Price: All-you-can-drink ¥2,500 (¥2,000 for women) for 2 hours; BBQ set (assorted meats and grills, salad) ¥2,000 per person
• Capacity: 30–40
• Open: 3pm–late.
• Access: Namba sta.

Hyatt Regency

hyatt-pergola• What: A Tahitian summer BBQ featuring a fabulous spread of mains and salads, as well as a dessert buffet thrown in. Set on the hotel’s 9th floor pergola, it also boasts great views over Osaka bay.
• Go for: A resort-feel BBQ experience with top-notch fare that’s away from the hubbub of the city. Great for families.
• Address: 1-13-11 Nanko-Kita, Suminoe- Ku, Osaka, Japan, 559-0034
• Tel: 06-6614-7817
• Price: Adults ¥6,500; children ¥2,500
• Open: Until Sep 16. Weekdays 5:30pm– 10pm; Sat, Sun, hols 5pm–10pm
• Access: 3 min walk from New Tram Nakafuto Station. Free shuttle bus from JR Osaka every 30 mins. See website for details.
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Absinthe Solaar

absinthe-solaar-food• What: Enjoy a mediterranean-style BBQ with delicious meze starters and salads in the stylish surrounds of this Takashimaya rooftop restaurant in the heart of Namba.
• Go for: Food served at your table and a fun self-service bar where you can mix your own cocktails and pull your own beers.
• Address: Osaka, Chuo-ku, Namba 5-1-18, Namba Dining Maison 8F (inside Takashimaya dept store)
• Tel: 06-6633-1445
• Price: ¥5,000 incl. 2 hours all-you-candrink
• Open: Until Sep 30. Everyday, 5:30pm– 9pm (Last entry)
• Access: Namba station
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Hankyu Top Beer Garden

hankyu-senri-pool• What: Located on the roof of the Hankyu terminal building in Umeda, this 1,000 seater beer garden offers all-you-caneat and drink without any time constraints (well, within opening hours anyway).
• Go for: The chance to drink ‘till you drop with 1,000 potential friends
• Address: Osaka, Kita-ku, Shibata 1-1-4, Hankyu Terminal Bldg rooftop
• Tel: 06-6375-1780
• Price: ¥3,800 adults, ¥2,000 children (4–12 yrs old)
• Capacity: 1,000
• Open: Until Sep 22. Weekdays 5:30pm– 9pm; Sat/Sun/hols 5pm–9pm
• Access: Umeda sta.
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Ramada Hotel

• What: Island-resort themed fun, featuring a fun lineup of entertainment, set on the rooftop (17th floor) of the Ramada Hotel in Nakatsu.
• Go for: Cold beers, quality food and either Balinese dance, belly dance, samba or even a drag queen show if you time it right. See website for schedule.
• Address: 3-16-19 Toyosaki Kita-Ku, Osaka, 531-0072
• Tel: 06-6372-8181
• Price: All-you-can-drink for 2 hours ¥2,500. Food separate, with BBQ sets from ¥5,000 for 3 people
• Open: Until Oct 5. Weekdays 6pm– 10:30pm; Sat & Sun 5pm–10pm
• Access: Nakatsu sta.
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mexico• What: Outdoor terrace dining at a vibrant, convivial Mexican restaurant in Namba. Enjoy all-you-can-drink and a tasty range of all-you-can-eat Mexican favourites including tacos, burritos and their signature roast chicken with salsa.
• Go for: Latin grooves, authentic mouth-watering cuisine and free-flowing margaritas.
• Address: ZELKOVA TRE 5F, 2-1-8 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
• Tel: 06-6212-6766
• Price: ¥4,000 for 2 hours
• Capacity: 20–30
• Open: Until Sep 1. Weekdays 5pm–9pm; Sat & Sun 12pm–10pm
• Access: Namba sta.

Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside Beer Garden

• What: Outdoor dining with a carnival vibe thanks to dance performances (Wed/ Thur nights), an enormous resort-style pool, plus no time limit all-you-can-drink and buffet. Look out for the glamorous ‘beer girls’ serving drinks to grinning male patrons.
• Go for: The attractive poolside setting and great variety of food.
• Address: 2-1 Shinsenri Higashimachi, Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture 560-0082
• Tel: 06-6871-2416
• Price: ¥3,900 adults, ¥1,500 children (3–12 yrs old)
• Open: Until Sep 30. Weekdays 5:30pm–9pm; Sat 5pm–9pm; Sun/hols 5pm–8:30pm
• Access: Senri-chuo sta.
• Url: other/beer

Sogo Sky Beer Garden

• What: Beer garden on the roof (10th floor) of Sogo department store in Sannomiya, offering hot-pot nabe dishes and a kids food corner on top of the standard buffet.
• Go for: The nabe dishes!
• Address: Kobe Chuo-ku Onoe-dori 8-1-8
• Tel: 078-221-4181
• Price: ¥3,500 men; ¥3,000 women; ¥1,000 kids 3–12 years
• Open: 5:30pm–10pm; Sun 5pm–10pm.
• Access: Sannomiya Sta.

ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe Beer Garden

• What: A luxurious garden terrace (10th floor), sweeping views of Kobe, and a gentle sea breeze.
• Go for: The views!
• Address: 1-Chome, Kitano-cho Chuo-ku Kobe, 650-0002
• Tel: 078 291 1121
• Price: ¥2,500 for 2 hours all-you-candrink. Premium BBQ sets and a la carte food options available.
• Open: Until Sep 22. Weekdays 6pm– 9:30pm; Sat, Sun and hols 5pm–8:30pm
• Access: Shin-kobe sta.
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Takashimaya Kyoto

• What: Asahi-sponsored venue on the roof of Takashimaya department store, serving beer delivered direct from the Asahi brewery in Suita and a buffet spread of beer garden favourites such as yakisoba noodles and karaage fried-chicken. • Go for: No time limit drinking and all the fried food you can stomach, smackbang in the center of Kyoto.
• Address: 600-8520 Kyoto, Shimogyoku, Shijo-dori, Kawaramachi nishi-iri, Shincho 52 • Tel: 075-221-8811
• Price: ¥3,500 (¥3,200 women) all-youcan- drink / all-you-can-eat
• Open: Until Sep 23; 5:30pm–10pm
• Access: Hankyu Kawaramachi Sta, Keihan Gion-Shijo Sta.
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Kyoto Tower Hotel Beer Garden

• What: All-you-can-drink and buffet dining at the top of the Kyoto Tower Hotel, underneath the spire of the tower itself.
• Go for: Great views, tasty buffet and snap-happy memories.
• Address: 600-8216 Kyoto, Shimogyoku, Karasuma Shijo, Higashi Shiokojicho 721-1, 8F
• Tel: 075-361-3212
• Price: ¥3,500 (until Aug 31), ¥3,000 (from Aug 31–Sep 30)
• Open: Until Sep 30; 5:30pm–9pm • Access: Kyoto sta.
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