This Bar in Osaka Plays Nostalgic Music and Serves Really Good Drinks
And it's been around for almost 60 years.
2-3-11 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo, Osaka
Contact: +81- 6-6211-0690
Open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cover charge: ¥1,000
Sometimes, the best way to get to know a country is to have a drink (or two) in one of their bars. And in Osaka, Bar Masuda is just the place to do it. Located in Dotonbori Street along Soemon-cho Street or nightlife street, Bar Masuda seems like it would be loud and chaotic, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s a great place to relax and get a drink with rockabilly music filling the air.
If that sounds a bit nostalgic, it’s because Bar Masuda has been around since 1958. According to the owner, Masuda Takashi, the bar was originally founded by his father who worked at a bar in a camp, where foreign veterans stayed after World War II. It was that experience that made him want to open his own bar.
Takashi himself has been working in the bar since he was in his teens. Now that he’s turning 65, he will have over 40 years of experience working at Bar Masuda. This year, they will celebrate their 60th anniversary.
For serious drinkers, Bar Masuda has over 2,000 types of alcohol with the most interesting names such as Cinderella, Samurai, and Mt. Fuji. They also provide non-alcoholic cocktails for those who prefer them.
Here’s a taste of the drinks you can try at Bar Masuda.
The Strawberry Frozen Cocktail is a sweet drink with a scent of strawberry mixed by liquid nitrogen. The fruits are seasonal, and you can see the bartender making it right in front of you.
The Rock Garden is an easy-to-drink cocktail that's mixed with gin, green tea and Yuzu (Japanese citron).
The Café de Orange is a hot cocktail mix with orange flavor infused in the coffee. The exciting part is you can see the bartender torch the orange peel right in front of you. Don’t forget to take a photo or video here!
They also provide you free luxury, slightly sweet peanuts from the Chiba Prefecture.
The side dishes are also a delight; try the lettuce fried rice.
They have a lot of foreign customers, so there’s an English menu and the bartenders speak English as well. Make sure to visit Bar Masuda when you're in Osaka.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (12 March 2018)