Kanazawa has plenty of places where you can enjoy a night out, from theatres and teahouses where you can immerse yourself in Kanazawa's traditional culture to numerous bars and pubs. You'll find places serving local craft beer, American-style bars, bars with old-fashioned bartenders, French bars, international bars, bars with DJs... basically, bars for everyone.

    Since you've come all the way to Kanazawa, don't waste the night in your hotel room. If you get out there and explore, you'll find that Kanazawa has so much to offer no matter what it is you're looking for.

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    Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater

    Experience the traditional culture of Kanazawa

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    Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater, located right next to the scenic Kenrokuen gardens, brings Kanazawa's traditional Noh culture into the present. Kanazawa's Noh play Kaga Hosho (designated as an Intangible Cultural Property) is performed on the Noh stage that was built in 1932 originally as the main stage of Kanazawa Noh Theater before being relocated here.

    Various performances are held throughout the year, but if you’re a beginner, you could try the series of events called Kanno no Yube (Evening Noh Theatre) held on Saturdays during certain periods. You can see both Noh, a type of theatre where the plot develops with music, chanting, and dance, and Kyogen, in which plot develops mainly through conversation. For more information on the performance schedule, check the Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater website.

    Location: Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater, 4-18-3 Ishibiki, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0935, Japan

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm, Closed on Mondays, national holidays (except Culture Day), and over New Year holidays (29th December—3rd January)

    Phone: +81 (0)76-264-2598

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    Kazuemachi

    A teahouse district that comes to life at night

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    Kazuemachi along the Asano River is one of 3 teahouse districts in Kanazawa (the others are Higashi and Nishi). This area is very quiet during the day, but in the evening you’ll hear the sound of shamisen (a Japanese 3-stringed instrument) and drums played by geisha girls as the teahouses, small restaurants, and bars begin to light up.

    The teahouses are not open to first-time visitors, but you can spend the evening at atmospheric bars such as Bar Nagaya and Kiku no Shizuku, which were made by renovating traditional terraced townhouses. Exploring the riverside Kyoka no Michi Street and the quaint backstreets and Kuragarizaka Slope is another great way to enjoy a night in Kazuemachi.

    Location: 3 Kazuemachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0997, Japan

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    Oriental Brewing Kanazawa Station Pub

    A great pub for discovering locally produced craft beers

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    Oriental Brewing Kanazawa Station Pub is directly managed by Oriental Brewing, one of Kanazawa's microbreweries. Located upstairs at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Anto Nishi, a shopping mall in Kanazawa Station, this pub serves local craft beers made with local ingredients, such as Yuwaku Yuzu Ale (using citrus) and Kaga Boucha Stout (using roasted tea stems).

    With the Beer Comparing Set, you can try 4 kinds of in-house beer. For some food to go with your drinks, try one of the pizzas made with local ingredients, such as a teriyaki chicken pizza grilled with Ohno soy sauce.

    Location: 2F Anto Nishi, 1-1-1 Kinoshinbomachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0858, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)76-208-4311

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    InFusion

    An American-style shot bar that attracts an international crowd

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    InFusion is an American-style shot bar just a 3-minute walk from Kanazawa Station. The bar has 17 seats and is crammed with knick-knacks the bar manager has brought back from America, creating a cosy atmosphere.

    Having studied abroad, the manager is fluent in English. He’s a friendly chap who'll be happy to answer your questions about language or studying abroad. With an international clientele, this is a great place to enjoy some cultural exchange and experience the atmosphere of an American bar right in the middle of Kanazawa.

    Location: 6-20 Horikawamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0847, Japan

    Open: Daily from 8 pm to 2 am (Closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +81 (0)80-3041-3347

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    SUNTORY JIGGER BAR St. Louis

    Authentic cocktails served by top bartenders

    SUNTORY JIGGER BAR St. Louis is an authentic bar located in Katamachi, the heart of Kanazawa's nightlife. Award-winning bartenders will wow you with their shaking and stirring.

    If you’re not into cocktails, check out the wide range of other drinks such as Maker's Mark (American bourbon whiskey), Midori SUI (Japanese gin), and freshly squeezed sake. SUNTORY JIGGER BAR St. Louis is right next to the Katamachi Scramble Crossing, and it even has a terrace where you can enjoy your drinks.

    Location: 2-21 Katamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0981, Japan

    Open: Monday—Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, Saturdays from 2 pm to 2 am, Sundays from 2 pm to 1 am, holidays from 5 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +81 (0)76-223-6116

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    Londonya's Bar

    Enjoy a dram of whiskey at this long-running back-alley bar

    If you find an isolated house with brick-like walls on a backstreet in downtown Katamachi, that’ll be the Londonya’s Bar, established 1969. This bar has been visited by many writers and celebrities, including Hitomi Yamaguchi, who was a regular, and the whole place is like being back in Blighty, from the drinks and side dishes to the tableware and good old-fashioned British furnishings.

    Scotch dominates the menu, with more than 150 types of whiskey and other drinks to choose from. If you fancy some food to soak up the alcohol, there are side dishes including pasta and steak. Take a trip to old London town without even leaving Kanazawa.

    Location: 1-12-8 Katamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0981, Japan

    Open: Daily from 5.30 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +81 (0)76-232-2671

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    Furansu Cocktail Bar

    A stylish bar serving cocktails with a little je ne sais quoi

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    Located on Kikura-cho Shopping Street, the stylish Furansu Cocktail Bar serves authentic French cocktails. Run by 3 brothers born to a Japanese father and a French mother, this bar combines real French cocktails with a Japanese atmosphere, serving cocktails in tokkuri (sake decanters) with a straw or in masu (traditional wooden measuring containers) with a tatami coaster.

    Popular French foods are also on the menu, such as cheese platters and tartines. Furansu Cocktail Bar is a perfect place for enjoying a night in Kanazawa with bottles from all over the world and paintings by artists displayed on the walls.

    Location: 2F Kita Building, 1-10 Kiguramachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0988, Japan

    Open: Monday—Thursday/Sunday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday– Saturday and holidays from 8 pm to 3 am (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +81 (0)70-4808-1513

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    Orbital Bar

    A club and bar for DJ events and parties

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    Orbital Bar is a club with a DJ booth, dance floor, darts, and a bar. What more could you ask for of an evening? Sometimes there are guest DJs to get the party started, but even when there’s nothing on, the bar is a great place to enjoy a leisurely chat with the multilingual owner.

    Located on the 2nd floor of the AYA Building behind the Katamachi Kirara shopping mall, this club is popular with international tourists thanks to its owner who speaks 5 languages, including Japanese and English.

    Location: 3F AYA Building, 2-5-6 Katamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0981, Japan

    Open: Tuesday—Saturday from 9 pm to 5 am, Sunday from 9 pm to 2 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +81 (0)80-4257-0484

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    DEF

    A club in Katamachi that knows how to party

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    Located behind Katamachi Kirara, DEF is a music bar and nightclub. On weekdays, it serves as an event space that can be used for parties and banquets, and if there’s no event on, it becomes a music bar where you can enjoy a drink while listening to some top tunes.

    On weekends, DEF becomes a nightclub that hosts various events such as the “Kokusai Onbansai at DEF” party featuring only Japanese music. The DJs who play here make the audience go wild. You’ll find DEF on the 1st floor of the AYA Building, a 1-minute walk from the Katamachi bus stop.

    Location: 2-5-6 Katamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0981, Japan

    Open: Weekdays: Daily from 9 pm to 5 am. Weekend opening hours vary by event.

    Phone: +81 (0)76-205-1165

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    Katamachi

    Kanazawa's neon-lit downtown area buzzes with nightlife

    Katamachi is Kanazawa's main downtown area, located along National Route 157, stretching from Saigawa Bridge to Korinbo. This area is packed with restaurants and bars and is at the heart of vibrant nightlife in Kanazawa.

    Establishments such as Izakaya Rokudo, a Japanese-style pub with Japanese-style sunken seating that stays open until 5.30 in the morning, JOY JOY Kanazawa Katamachi, a 24-hour karaoke place, and Dining Bar JIM HALL, an Italian restaurant with a wide range of drinks on the menu, are great places to spend an evening. It’s also worth checking out Kanazawa Chuo Mishokugai, a hip retro district off the main stretch that's dotted with little bars and restaurants. As the sun begins to set, Katamachi is the go-to district if you want to really enjoy the night in Kanazawa.

    Location: Katamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0981, Japan

    Phone: +81 (0)76-232-0630 (Katamachi Shopping District Promotion Association)

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