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Rehab Bar International

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Food/Drink | Avg price: ¥600 | English Available: None (Unknown)

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  • Tomuu

    on Sep 18

    Easy going gaijin bar on Kokusai Dori, Naha

    You’ve got to love the irony in the name of a boozer that has the word “rehab” in it. Fortunately this expat travelling in Okinawa isn’t in any kind of process of rehabilitation so I felt quite safe walking through the doors of Rehab Bar International on Naha’s storied Kokusai Dori (International Street / Road). Rehab Bar International is at the northeastern end of Kokusai Dori about 200 m from Makishi station. Walking towards the station look up as it’s on the third floor on your left. (There’s a Family Mart on the corner before you reach the bar.) Not sure if the term “gaijin bar” carries the same kind of weight in Naha as it does in, say, Tokyo, but by all accounts, this is a gaijin bar. For some solo drinkers it can be a challenge walking into a bar alone, especially when you can’t assess the situation through any windows (although if you strain the eyes you can make out a bit of what’s going on inside in this case). Anyway, if it helps Rehab Bar International is a place one should feel at ease entering solo. I was there on a Monday night and there were around seven drinkers in, almost all of whom were not Japanese. The space is dimly lit. There’s a small bar counter that doglegs around the space. Two seater tables line the windows which have good views over the Kokusai Dori action. A couple of spacious booths can handle plenty of bums, and inset into the bar space is a kind of games area with electronic darts (this is still Japan after all), table football, and Jenga. The decor is a bit bonkers with a couple of bear heads (not real) looking out from behind the bar counter, a surfboard pinned to the wall, and Easter Island statues dotted about the space. Music was generic U.S. / U.K. fare loud enough that the solo traveller wouldn’t be freaked out by the quiet, quiet enough that you can have an easy conversation. Service is from the bar (pay as you order) and the young Japanese lady who served me spoke English by default (even when I broke out the Japanese). Beers at Rehab Bar International include Bass Pale Ale, Becks, Corona, Stella Artois, Chang and Budweiser. Prices for bottles from 650 yen. The Orion is on tap - 500 yen for a glass. There’s a limited selection of whisky as well as sake and wine. Soft drinks are 400 yen. Shots are 400 - 500 yen and cocktails, including the aptly named “Rehabilli” start from 600 yen. Limited food is available - french fries, springs rolls, fried chicken - for around 500 yen. As I said earlier, Rehab Bar International is on the third floor and you have to go up a bit of a dingy and very sweaty staircase to get to it. Don’t be put off though, inside is a perfectly serviceable gaijin bar on a street full of gaijin. In this regard, this bar does exactly what it says on the tin (although not sure how it can account for the “rehab” bit)! Dollars are accepted here as are credit cards, and pretty much everything is in English. Hours: Mon - Thurs: 19:00 - 02:00 Fri - Sat: 19:00 - 03:00

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2 Chome-4-14 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 900-0013

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