Just a few minutes’ walk from Osaka's Umeda district, one of the entertainment and shopping beating hearts of Osaka, leads you to the Doyama district. Packed with gay bars, clubs, and other venues galore, there’s something for every letter in the LGBTQ acronym!
|Having a good time at Grand Slam, Osaka.|
Going strong for seven years, this hot spot is no flash in the pan, and for good reason. This bar, lounge, and karaoke spectacle accommodates 20-30 people comfortably, which is just the right size for a bit of schmoozing. You can find a place at the bar or a comfy seat in back, but you’ll want to head toward the back if you are going to try your hand at karaoke. Not to worry, you sound better than you think when you’re singing – there’s software in the karaoke machine to ensure that!
|Masa-san, the master of Grand Slam|
|Karaoke screen and mirror ball - fun at Grand Slam, Doyama-cho, Osaka|
|The well-stocked Grand Slam bar|
Ultimately, it’s getting to know people in just the right size venue that makes Grand Slam a winner. For former customers who have not been as of late, do drop by, as they just remodeled in May.
|A rainbow flag greets visitors to Grand Slam|
While it is unabashedly a gay bar, expect to find a mixed crowd, with reasonable prices (figure 1000 yen for that first drink, then around 700 yen for successive ones), a lively, upbeat space, and a way to have a great time in a comfortable (you can actually have a conversation here with just an ever-so-slightly raised voice), pressure-free environment.
Grand Slam also runs special party nights, advertised when they happen on the Grand Slam website.
|Entrance to Grand Slam, Doyama-cho, Osaka.|
Grand Slam is located at 6-14 Doyama, Kita-ku, Osaka, on the ground floor. It’s open daily except Mondays, 9pm to 5am.
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