Beer Garden and the Snack Bar

It’s summer in Japan, so this means intense humidity, intense rain and intense drinking on top of skyscrapers at beer gardens! Yay!

Last year we went to the Hanshin beer garden (there are 2 big department stores/railways in this area, Hanshin and Hankyu), this year we plumbed for the slighly classier Hankyu.

And classier it was too! A wide selection of beers (well, 4 compared to 2 last year), also sake, cocktails and some quite tasty food. You pay 3500Yen and can drink and eat all you want until closing time (opens from 6-9pm).
I only managed to get in 10 glasses and a small bottle of sake, but we did get there at 6.30 😉

Thankfully it was a little windy that day, so not too unbearable in the heat.
I also got to try out the automatic beer machine! Little bit scary though.

Automatic Beer Machine

Automatic Beer Machine

What I like about these beer gardens (apart from the “all you can drink” – “nomihodai”), is the friendly atmosphere, everyone is just there to have fun and drink and eat, not to start a fight. Relaxing.

View of Osaka From Beer Garden

View of Osaka From Beer Garden

On the way home we passed a tiny snack bar near the station which I walk past everyday on the way home from work, and have always wondered what’s inside. A “Snack bar” is like a tiny bar, generally for salarymen, where they drink whisky and sing karaoke and talk to the “snack mama”, the owner.

I drunkenly convinced Aki to go in (afterwards I could see why she was soooo reluctant), and we had a drink and I sang some Japanese songs on the karaoke machine while the “snack mama” tried to clap along with my horrendous screechings.

All for a shocking ¥6000!!(glass of sake and a small bottle of wine). We won’t be going back, but glad we tried it at least once.
Oh, I forgot to mention the small cheese cubes we were given as
a “snack”, like dairy lea but…cubed.

Keep your own Whiskey Bottle Behind the Bar

Keep your own Whiskey Bottle Behind the Bar

She's trying to keep time!

She's trying to keep time!


Comments (1)

stojanovic tomislavApril 23rd, 2016 at 5:22 am

hallo,
ich habe interese für beer machine automatic?
wie bekommen weitere info?
danke

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