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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

J’s OSAKA: Gay Conviviality in a Comfortable Space


Looking for a gay bar in Osaka that’s not too big, not too small, not too noisy, but not too quiet? And on top of that, easy on the pocketbook too? J’s OSAKA has it all, and their foreigner-friendly vibe makes for a sure-fire success! The manager (his name is “Ura,” but just call him “Tencho,” which means shop manager), while not usually in drag, is set on making your stay pleasant, and will be happy to speak English with you.

The owner-bartender of J's Osaka gay bar, Osaka, Japan.
"Tencho-san", J's Osaka

Gay bars may come and go, but J’s Osaka is no flash in the pan, already going strong for over fifteen years. Yet it still feels fresh, and the mixed crowd makes it so just about everyone has someone they’d like to talk to, or at the very least gawk at.

Unlike many gay bars in Osaka and elsewhere in Japan, J’s OSAKA welcomes women and non-gay patrons as well. The crowd is, on the whole, more of the 20s and 30s set, but being older than that would certainly not be a problem. Patrons fall more into the “pretty boy” category than the bear, macho, or sportsman buckets.

The interior of J's Osaka, a gay bar in Osaka, Japan.
The J's Osaka bar
Did we mention affordability? No cover charge here, and drinks are around 800 yen a pop, or 700 yen for soft drinks. Not a bad deal at all! And although J’s OSAKA does not serve food of their own, you are welcome to bring in food from outside, or they can even often help you arrange for food to be brought in. Throw in free karaoke and pleasant, English speaking bartenders, and you’ve got quite an attractive package!

The most social area of this mid-sized establishment is going to the U-shaped bar pictured here. It’s almost like theatre in the round, so come on in and be spectator. With a location right in the middle of Doyama, Osaka’s largest gay quarter, it’s easy to stop on by for a quick drink or more.

B1 floor
16-4 Doyama-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka.

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