It’s Friday night. You’re walking through the streets of Sendai, Japan. You‘ve just finished up another long day of sightseeing (or working, if you live there… or studying if you’re a student…) You could really use a break to unwind from the day so you call up your friends for a night out. Then they ask the obvious question: “Where should we go?”
Before you start to fret trying to remember the names of your boss’s favorite bars and izakayas, and importantly, wondering which have the best service towards foreigners, read this!
Here is a quick list of all you need to know when looking for the best bars for foreigners in Sendai.
1.THE HA’PENNY BRIDGE
Sometimes you just need a change of pace from the typical izakaya. For those moments, why not stop on by an Irish pub instead?
THE HA’PENNY BRIDGE is the first Irish pub established in Sendai. Designed by Irish artisans, this cozy place holds an authentic, relaxing atmosphere, decorated with old-fashioned lamps and an old Irish charm. You may even forget that you are in a business district at all!
You can come for a relaxing time with friends, or enjoy a lively evening and catch a sports game on TV, or some live music.
Though the website is mostly Japanese, the menu items are written in English, so you can take a look and decide in advance what you may want to try. They even have a party plan option! Reservations are available to book in advance by phone.
Name : THE HA’PENNY BRIDGE
Address : 4-5-1 Tsutsujigaoka, Miyagino-ku, Sendai
Business hour : Monday – Wednesday 17:00～0:00 / Thursday 18:00～0:00 / Friday 18:00～1:00 / Saturday 13:00～17:00・18:00～1:00 / Sunday 13:00～17:00
Phone number : +81 22-256-6881
Official website : http://www.the-hapenny-bridge-sendai.com/index.html
2.retro Back Page
If you’re looking for a good time and entertainment, retro Back Page does it all. They have counter space and tables, as well as private rooms and party rentals.
The food and drink here is exceptional, and you can order single drinks or an all-you-can-drink special. If you come on a Friday be prepared to be entertained with their free weekly live music performances that you can enjoy while you drink!
The website is almost all Japanese, but the navigation menu is in English. The prices are very reasonable and they offer a wide selection of food and drinks, and if you click the “Ticket” link on the site, you may even find a drink coupon!
So grab a few friends, print a few discount tickets, and enjoy the evening with some good food and lively music!
Name : retro Back Page
Address : 8F Jozenji Hills, 3-3-1 Kokubun-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Business hour : 18:00～3:00
Phone number : +81 22-264-1084
Official website : http://www.retro-backpage.com
For all the wine lovers out there, Boujon is where it’s at. Delicious cuisine complimented by their wide variety of wines, and a basement wine cellar to boot, you can enjoy this place at any time of the day.
You can enjoy a night at the bar complete with delicious wines and beers and delicious cuisine made from Miyagi ingredients to accompany it.
The basement wine cellar houses thousands of varieties of wines, including rare French and Italian brands. You can even purchase wine glasses and other wine related goods. Whether to enjoy a night out in the bar in the evening, or stop by in the day to shop for yourself, it is highly recommended to give this place a stop by.
Not a wine connoseiur? No worries – the staff is extremely knowledgeable and will be happy to explain to you all you need to know about their wines, as well as offer you a recommendation based on your personal taste.
As it is a popular location, it can get crowded pretty quickly, so it is recommended to make a reservation in advance. The website is mostly Japanese, however the navigation is written in English as well so you can feel free to browse the site and check out the gallery.
Name : BOUCHON
Address : 302-14 Mototera Koji, Miyagino-ku, Sendai
Business hour : Monday – Friday 18:00～0:00 / Saturday 13:00～0:00 /Public Holiday 13:00～21:00
Phone number : +81 22-257-2331
Official website : http://www.bouchon.jp/
A popular place that’s often crowded, this is a standing bar that is perfect for either a fun night out with friends, or a place to chill by yourself as you wait for your train home for the night. Because of its popularity, especially with foreigners, it is naturally a good place to meet, mix and mingle with other foreigners, too.
You can enjoy your drinks at the counters inside, or can even enjoy the cool breeze on a warm summer night at their outdoor space.
Their menu includes a variety, from the typical bar food, to tapas courses, and they even have a party space available.
Not a drinker? Whether you are or not, you might want to stop by to try one of their special items, the Makibi Coffee, some time.
Name : OGGI DOMANI
Address : 1-8-33 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Business hour : Monday 17:00~2:00/ Tuesday – Sunday 14:00〜2:00
Phone number : +81 22-214-6380
Official website : http://www.conception-gp.com/oggi/
This is a trendy yet intimate bar, perfect for small groups, couples, or just for yourself. It has an old-fashioned look and atmosphere, and is known for their great service. They have a wide selection of drinks so there’s something for everyone, including a great selection of wine, and delicious cuisine to go with it.
As it stands in a great location, and boasts a great reputation, it is easy to become crowded. Also, as it is a little more fancy, is a little more on the pricey side too, compared to your typical bar or izakaya. However it is a wonderful place recommended to visit when you want to unwind leisurely over one or two drinks and good food, rather than drinking many shots or beers while watching a game. But be sure to make a reservation, especially on the weekends!
Name : ZIINO CLASSIC
Address : 2F Sugawarasaketen Building, 4-3-1 Ichiban-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Business hour : 18:00～04:30
Phone number : +81 22-222-6888
Official website : http://www.dsgroup.co.jp/ziinoclassic/info.html
Let’s be honest, as foreigners, sometimes you just want to relax with friends or coworkers, and feel comfortable in your surroundings without worrying about the all-too-common foreigner stereotypes.
In these places you can relax easy and enjoy your food and drinks knowing that the staff is going to take care of you well (and not worry about the language barrier!)
If you’re in the area on business or travel, or planning a move here, keep these locations in mind and don’t hesitate to stop by for a drink!
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