道頓堀ハイツ (Folk Rock Bar Phoebe)
Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−7−２２ 道頓堀ハイツ
Take a Load Off at a Classic Japanese Hippie Bar/CafePhoebe is a special place. It's my favorite bar in Japan, maybe even the world... Husband and wife owners Tatsuo and Keiko have been running this small rock cafe for almost 10 years now. The menu is almost as long as Tatsuo's encyclopedic knowledge of music. Their frozen and fruity daiquiris, margaritas and mojitos are the best I found anywhere in Japan. They've also got some unique Japanese alcohols, like Okinawa awamori and yuzu shochu. Ask for a recommendation and you're bound to get something interesting and delicious.
Keiko is an impressive chef as well, churning out Japanese comfort food from a kitchen so small it's easy to think she's actually disappearing through it and somehow teleporting to a normally sized kitchen to cook. Unsurprisingly, all of the food pairs well with alcohol.
To me, the best thing about Phoebe is the music. Never just in the background, the soundtrack at Phoebe is kind of the real attraction. Tatsuo takes great care in the music he plays for his customers. The only common thread is that the music is all inspired, ranging from Tatsuo's favorites Bob Dylan and The Band to more obscure musicians from all over the world, including Japan. And Tatsuo always posts the previous night's playlist to his blog the day after, so you can always check out what you missed: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/bsgrsmustang73