Sendai Nightlife


Due to the numerous universities located near the city center, the nightlife in Sendai is excellent for a city of its size. Several small dance clubs on or around Chuo-dori fill with incredibly energetic young people most nights of the week. Kokubunchō is the main entertainment district. Full of restaurants, izakaya, bars, hostess bars and strip clubs.

  • Club Shaft, Dai 3 Yoshiokaya Bldg, Kokubuncho 2 chome 10-11, +81 22 722-5651. 6PM-late. A DJ /Live Band Club and sports bar pub founded by Julian from England. Great atmosphere. World food and beers. Can hire for wedding, birthday parties etc. Check the website for event information.

  • Ha'penny Bridge. M-Sa 5PM-11PM. A Guinness pub.

  • Vilevan. A jazz bar. Free live jazz on Saturday nights.

  • Ernie's Bar, 1st floor Social Building, Sendai-Shi, Aoba-Ku Kokubuncho 2-1-11 (Near Hotel Richfield.. Tu-Su 6PM-5AM. A good bar in Kokubuncho frequented by foreigners with whom one can have a decent conversation. The owner and manager, Ernie, creates a cozy and relaxed atmosphere with his own mix of funky jazz, soul and house.

  • One More Time, Aoba-ku, Ichibanchou 1-13-20 (Walk south on Ichibancho Street one full block after the pedestrian section ends. It's across the main street from the Idemitsu gas station., +81 22 221-1960. 6PM-1AM. An American-style bar filled with 1950's Americana, but surprisingly few foreigners. Music ranges from Elvis to Janis. The owner and his son both speak decent English and instantly make you feel right at home.

  • Wadi Halfa, 2-2-2 Omachi, Aoba-ku, +81 22 225-5241. This cafe often has live performances of Indian or African music.

  • E'z Bar 2-12-19 daisankyoritsuBld. B1 kokubuncho-aobaku. This place is a little hard to find but worth the search. It's within 5 minutes of the big Don Quixote store in Kokubuncho, so don't go too far when you're looking for it. The owner, Hatakeyama-san, speaks perfect English as he lived in New Zealand for a year. Half the fun of ordering a cocktail at this place is watching the bartender cut a block of ice down for your drink!
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