Fushimi - Sakae Pub Crawl
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Japan, Nagoya Guide (A): Fushimi - Sakae Pub Crawl

This crawl runs through Fushimi and Sakae, the down town area of Nagoya. It is a real mixed bag and every establishment has a different vibe and (more importantly) menu. All of the bars are gaijin friendly and each would be a decent place to have a meal.
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Walk Route

Guide Name: Fushimi - Sakae Pub Crawl
Guide Location: Japan » Nagoya
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 4.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Elephant's Nest   Igirisuya   Shooters   The Hub (Sakae)   Bar Mexigan   American Dining Bar BJ  
Author: Adam Miller
Author Bio: Adam Miller is a freelance writer currently working and living in Nagoya, Japan. He has studied Japanese culture, art and film whilst writing a Masters dissertation on Japanese Cinema. He writes for several Japanese magazines and websites.
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The Elephant's Nest

1) The Elephant's Nest

First off is one of the best known English pubs in Nagoya, a big bar called The Elephants Nest. The Elephant’s Nest is one of the only places in Nagoya to have a real darts board (instead of the electronic variety), as well as drinks so odd, it’s not out of the question to see a dead snake trapped inside a bottle of booze. Each month there are special drinks and foods on offer, advertised on the chalkboard on the left hand side of the bar. The staff are amazingly friendly and great at...
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Igirisuya

2) Igirisuya

Stop number 2 is another English bar, but as different to The Elephant’s Nest as chalk is from cheese. The place has a tiny sign outside and an old archaic oak door, a rather nondescript exterior which can be a little hard to fine, but if you do, it will be one of the best reasons to never judge a book by it’s cover. Beyond the door is a brick staircase which leads you down into a basement/courtyard, behind which is huge, underground bar that is possibly one of the classiest English themed...
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Shooters

3) Shooters

Shooters is a lively sports bar with pool, table football and free electronic darts. The menu is a great selection of American diner and party foods, all of which are served up with gusto and portions so big the food spills off the plate. There is also a wide selection of bottled beers and cocktails, which bring in a large crowd every weekend. It may seem a little expensive, but the real crutch of the matter is that cash-on-delivery is not an option, instead a waiter will take your order at the...
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The Hub (Sakae)

4) The Hub (Sakae)

Once you’ve finished at Shooters,you can head to one of the busiest bars in Nagoya, Sakae’s Hub. Like the Nagoya Hub, it is very gaijin friendly, with cheap food and drinks, English menus and English speaking staff. Unlike the Nagoya Hub, it seems to be a popular hangout for guys hoping to pick up girls and the odd female willing to comply. It is a friendly place but has a slightly sleazy feel to it, especially between the witching hours of 4:00am-5:30am when clubbers are hanging out waiting...
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Bar Mexigan

5) Bar Mexigan

Opposite the Sakae Hub is a tiny Mexican bar, Bar Mexigan, a relatively new establishment that has great cocktails, more tequila than you could possibly try in one night and cheap (if not spectacular) Mexican food. There is a happy hour between opening and 7, but even if you miss this, it should still seem like a reasonable tariff. It is a cool little place with an interesting décor, a mini, artificial desert under glass flooring is just one of it’s oddities. On warmer nights the bar opens up...
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American Dining Bar BJ

6) American Dining Bar BJ

This crawl`s wild card is American Dining Bar BJ, a place that welcomes you with the subtle humming of garish, neon lights, which mark the entrance to this American Diner, where the slightly pricey food and drinks are served by cowgirls wearing little else besides a cute smile. On Friday nights there is a free pole dancing performance on the bar, but somehow BJ avoids being too untoward, as the staff are very friendly and any sexual implication is played off as a harmless gimmick. Insides there...

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