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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

K’s Hills: a Classic Osaka Gay Bar Experience

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Some bars try to be all things to all people, be it vibe or orientation. K’s Hills, a bar in Osaka’s Doyama gay area, makes no such efforts. It does what it does well, with class, and with no apologies. With a location just a few minutes’ walk from Osaka or Umeda stations, K’s Hills is easily accessible. Add in the friendly and caring staff, and you’re bound to find it easily approachable too.

K's Hills is a gay bar in Osaka where a warm welcome awaits.
K Hill's in Osaka - a warm welcome awaits

K’s Hills has seating for about fifteen, though if you’re willing to get a bit cozy, a few more can probably find a place rest their butt. They’ve got karaoke, which is free on weekdays, but may run you 100 yen or so per song on weeknights. That said, a nice smile just may get that charged waived.

Since this is a more premium gay bar/lounge experience, you are going to be the beneficiary of attentive, finely honed service, but this also naturally means you will pay more than “shot bar” prices. Figure on 1,600 yen for your first drink (it will come with a little snack too), and 700-800 yen per drink after that.

K's Hills is a gay bar in Osaka with a loungy vibe.- and no smoking.
Loungy (but smoke-free) K's Hills

K’s Hills has been in business for over fifteen years, so you know they are doing something right. With about 70% of their customers being regulars, it’s just the right mix for conviviality without the potential to exclude first timers. On weekdays, women accompanied by men are permitted, but on weekends K’s Hills is a strictly gay male affair.

With karaoke crooning and all, K’s is a laid back affair. Nice to come to by yourself, or with a small group of friends. In the case of the latter, bottle service is a tempting, and potentially economical option.

While of course any age is welcome (the bar owner and manager is in his 50s), it can be said that the bulk of the clientele is in their 20s to mid 30s.

K's Hills is basically a non-smoking bar, but customers may smoke on the balcony.

The entrance to K's Hills gay bar in Osaka.
The entrance to K's Hills - gay bar in Osaka

K’s is located at 16-12 Doyama-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, on the fifth floor. You can see their name on the big bright sign showing the building’s tenants from street level.

K's Hills
5/F Nakadori Leisure Building, 16-12 Doyama-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
06 6362 6615

Hours: 8 pm - 4 am on weekdays and till 5 am on weekends.

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