The other day I realised that’s been roughly eleven months since I last went clubbing. These days I’m more likely to be tucked up in bed by 10pm with a cup of tea. Terrible! To kick me out of this fuddy-duddy trend of mine, I’ve decided to post about my favourite club in Osaka, Sam & Dave.
Despite allegedly having a reputation as a club frequented by foreign tourists (I’ve only ever seen two other Westerners there!), Sam & Dave in Shinsaibashi has a friendly atmosphere that attracts a ton of young Japanese people eager to dance all night to some quality hip hop.
I’ve had some of the best, and by far the messiest, nights here – dancing literally through the night to when the club closes at dawn. I have always managed to meet some great, if not odd, fellow clubbers… some guy with a bear hat and towel on his head, permanently carrying a glass of red wine springs to mind!
Unlike some other clubs, it is foreigner-friendly without being predominantly full of Western people – great if you want to go clubbing in Japan without either sticking out like a sore thumb or being just another face in the crowd.
It may not be the largest or most prestigious hip hop club in Osaka, but the music is good, the atmosphere is relaxed, the drinks are reasonably priced, and most importantly everyone is there to have fun. To me, that’s the perfect mix!
Sam & Dave @ Shinsaibashi, Osaka
1-3-29 Kawahiro Building, 4th floor, Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
(closed Monday & Tuesday, best to get there around 11.30pm on a Saturday night)