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Where to Watch Rugby in Osaka? 5 Sports Bars in Dotonbori

Where to Watch Rugby in Osaka? 5 Sports Bars in Dotonbori

Date published: 9 October 2019
Last updated: 9 September 2020

Osaka's Dotonbori is more lively when there are sporting events. This is a sacred area where Japanese tend to gather when they want to get excited around key sports events, such as Japan's national soccer game and the local Hanshin Tigers pro baseball team.

The area has proven to be a hit with sports fans from abroad, too, with crowds of people congregating during the 2019 Rugby tournament.

Here we'll introduce 5 sports bars in Dotonbori where you can enjoy watching the game and cheering the team of your choice!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Darts & Sports DIJEST: Kansai's largest shop area
  2. 2. Cafe ABSINTHE: A stylish bar in Dotonbori where foreign languages fly around
  3. 3. DECO: Watching sports at an authentic Italian restaurant
  4. 4. Three Monkeys Cafe Namba Dotonbori: Feel like you're at a tropical resort
  5. 5. Tonbori Base: Bring your own food!

1. Darts & Sports DIJEST: Kansai's largest shop area

1. Darts & Sports DIJEST: Kansai's largest shop area

Darts & Sports DIJEST boasts the largest area for a sports bar in Kansai. With a hall that can hold up to 200 people and a massive 150" screen, you can enjoy watching sports and all sorts of other events.

Photo: Darts & Sports DIJEST

DIJEST is located right in the middle of Osaka Minami. It is easy to locate as it's on the 5th floor of the distinctive HIPS Building.

Namba Station No.15-B exit is right in the building, so you don't have to worry about getting lost - or even wet on rainy days.

DIJEST also supports a variety of foreign languages. It offers an English menu, and there are employees who can speak English, Korean and Chinese, so you can enjoy it with peace of mind. During the rugby world tournament, DIJEST will even be offering a selection of beers and wines from each country.

Photo: Darts & Sports DIJEST
  • Darts & Sports DIJest
    Darts & Sports DIJest
    • Address NamBa HIPS5F 1-8-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
    • Nearest Station Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Namba Station 1 minute walk, Osaka Metro Sennichimae Line Namba Station 2 minute walk, Nankai Main Line Namba Station 3 minute walk, Nankai Takano Line Namba Station 3 minute walk, Kintetsu Namba Line Osaka Namba Station 2 minute walk
    • Phone Number 050-3467-2782
    • Business Hours: Mon-Fri 16:00-Next 5:00, Sat / Sun / Holidays 12:00-Next 5:00
      Price: 1,500 yen (average)
      Regular holiday: No holidays
      Official site: http://www.dijest.co.jp

2. Cafe ABSINTHE: A stylish bar in Dotonbori where foreign languages fly around

2. Cafe ABSINTHE: A stylish bar in Dotonbori where foreign languages fly around
Photo: Cafe ABSINTHE

Cafe ABSINTHE is one of the area's trendy spots, fashionable and open. There are many foreign staff, so English and other languages are always flying around, making for a unique international atmosphere. In fact, depending on the day, the number of non-Japanese might even outnumber the locals!

On popular sporting event days, the large underground hall Wormwood will be opened and it will become a sports bar. With 4 screens and 3 monitors, the hall makes for the perfect spot to catch a match.

Photo: Cafe ABSINTHE

Boasting Mediterranean cuisine and a variety of drinks, Cafe ABSINTHE's menu is written in English, so tourists visiting Japan do not need to worry about the language. One of the popular drinks are its mojitos - the perfect cocktail for watching a fast-paced game!

Photo: Cafe ABSINTHE
  • Cafe ABSINTHE
    Cafe ABSINTHE
    • Address 1-2-27 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka AXIS SOUTH Yotsubashi Building 1F & B1F
    • Nearest Station Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Shinsaibashi Station Exit 7 a 5-minute walk, Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line Yotsubashi Station Exit 6 a 3-minute walk
    • Phone Number 06-6534-6635
    • Business Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-Next 3:00, Sat / Sun / Holiday 12:00-Next 5:00
      Price: 2,500 yen (average)
      Closed on Tuesdays
      Official site: http://www.absinthe-jp.com/ja/cafe-absinthe_en

3. DECO: Watching sports at an authentic Italian restaurant

3. DECO: Watching sports at an authentic Italian restaurant
Photo: Italian Dining & Cafe DECO

1 minute walk from Subway Honmachi Station, Italian Dining & Cafe DECO boasts cuisine prepared by an Italian chef who has been demonstrating his skills in the Michelin Guide for two consecutive years. The large shop has an ideal environment for watching sports. Up to 100 people put in a ceiling-high space where there aren't support columns to obstruct the view, and everyone watches over at a gigantic 120" large screen. It's truly a heart-pounding experience, watching the game with everyone else together.

Boasting Italian cuisine with an extensive menu, DECO is perfect for all times of day - lunch, dinner and cafe time. And of course, drinks! Fresh fruit mojitos are especially popular.

Photo: Italian Dining & Cafe DECO

Note that restaurant reservations are given priority, so we recommend that you check the official website or SNS before visiting - especially during popular sport events.

Specialty! Smoked Sangen pork with sauce (Photo provided by Italian Dining & Cafe DECO)
  • Italian Dining & Cafe DECO
    イタリアンダイニング&カフェ DECO
    • Address 1-5-12 Awaza, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka ACDC02 1F
    • Nearest Station Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line Honmachi Station Exit 23 1 minute walk, Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Honmachi Station Exit 23 minute walk, Osaka Metro Chuo Line Honmachi Station Exit 23 minute walk, Osaka Metro Sennichimae Line Awaza Station 5 minute walk
    • Phone Number 06-6531-9500
    • Business hours: 11: 30-23: 00 (L.O.22: 00, drink L.O.22: 30)
      Price: 2,000 yen (average), 900 yen (lunch average)
      Regular holiday: Sundays and public holidays
      Official site: https://deco.gorp.jp

4. Three Monkeys Cafe Namba Dotonbori: Feel like you're at a tropical resort

4. Three Monkeys Cafe Namba Dotonbori: Feel like you're at a tropical resort
Photo: Three Monkeys Cafe

Three Monkeys Cafe Namba Dotonbori on the 5th floor of a building along the lively street of Dotonbori. In addition to the gigantic 150" screen that's perfect for watching exciting sports in a tropical-themed space, the 10 additional monitors spread around the shop give you the perfect view from wherever you are.

The expansive shop can seat 70 or stand up to 120. At major sporting events, it is filled with excited sport fans, creating an incredibly fun atmosphere. Note that advance reservations are possible.

Photo: Three Monkeys Cafe

Three Monkeys Cafe offers a variety of dishes ranging from Asian cuisine to Italian and Spanish cuisine. There is even an all-you-can-eat cheese fondue and takoyaki. And more than 150 drinks. Eat and drink and support your team as much as you can! (The broadcast schedule is published on the official page, so e sure to give it a look before going out.)

Photo: Three Monkeys Cafe
  • Sports & Bar Three Monkeys Cafe
    Sports & Bar Three Monkeys Cafe
    • Address Osaka, Osaka City Chuo-ku Dotonbori 1-427 Venice Building 1 5F
    • Nearest Station Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Namba Station Exit 14 min. walk, Osaka Metro Sennichimae Line Nihonbashi Station Exit 3 and 4 minutes walk, Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line Nihonbashi Station Exit 3 and 4 min. walk, Kintetsu Namba Line Kintetsu Nihonbashi Station Namba Walk Exit 3 min. on foot
    • Phone Number 050-3460-9783
    • Business hours: Monday to Friday, the day before holidays 18:00 to the next 5:00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 12:00 to the next 5:00
      Price: 2,000 yen (average)
      Regular holiday: Open all year round
      Official site: https://www.pasela.co.jp/shoplist/threemonkeyscafe/namba-dotonbori-2/

5. Tonbori Base: Bring your own food!

5. Tonbori Base: Bring your own food!
Photo: Tonbori Base Cafe & Info.

Located in the center of Dotonbori, on the first basement floor of the Nakaza Kuidaore Building, is the Tonbori Base Cafe & Info. Whether you want to drop by for a short break, a sip or few, or get soggy with rounds with friends, it has a large screen so you can watch sports.

Photo: Tonbori Base Cafe & Info.

In a rarity for Japan, you can bring your own food. Dotonbori is a treasure trove of food. It's a dream place where you can shop around with your tummy and pluck out a variety of Osaka-like foods such as Takoyaki, plus sweets and foodie souvenirs.

Photo: Tonbori Base Cafe & Info.

But you'll have to order drinks! Tonbori Base has a variety of these, ranging from coffee to soft drinks and of course a selection of alcohol. Menus are available in English, Chinese and Korean. It's a perfect space for enjoying some time by yourself - or for rooting for your team in the world rugby tournament.

  • TONBORI BASE Café & Info
    TONBORI BASE Café & Info
    • Address Osaka Prefecture Osaka City Chuo-ku Dotonbori 1-7-21 Nakaza Kuidaore Building B1F Dotonbori Square
    • Nearest Station 5 minutes on foot from Osaka Metro Line Namba Station, 10 minutes on foot from Osaka Metro Line Shinsaibashi Station, 6 minutes on foot from Kintetsu Namba Station, 7 minutes on foot from Nankai Electric Railway Namba Station, JR Kansai Main Line Namba, 9 minutes on foot from the station
    • Phone Number 090-9864-2710
    • Opening hours: Weekdays 12: 00 ~ 2: 00, ︎Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 11: 00 ~ Next 2:00, subject to change
      Price: within 1,000 yen (average)
      Regular holiday: No holidays
      Official site: https://tonboribase.com

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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