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An ice cold round before going out on the town
Price: 3000 yen
In a city where you spend your summers sweating so much you feel like you’re doing an impression of the Wicked Witch of the West after Dorothy throws a bucket of water on her, any place that offers some respite from the heat is bound to be popular.
Right outside exit 12 of Sakae’s subway station is a tall, tall building. Tilt your neck up to stare at the roof, and you might just see the tiny glints from the string lights that illuminate the line to the ice cold beer taps of the Chunichi Rooftop Beer Garden.
This outdoor garden is set up as a Nomihoudai - pay around 3000¥ for a two hour window where you will be afforded access to a slew of chilled Kirin and Asahi taps and a buffet of exactly the type of greasy, bad-for-you food that you simply NEED when you’re slamming back mugs of beer. Along with the beer, patrons can find wines, hard cider, soda, and something that amused ME to no end - giant bottles of hard liquor like rum and vodka in PUMP bottles so you can just smash a shot-worth (or two) on top of your coke as you walk by.
Being smack in the center of Nagoya’s shopping district, the Chunichi Building Rooftop Garden is VERY popular, particular after the sun has gone down and the heat of the day has subsided a tish, so a reservation is recommended. That said, this is not the type of place you go for a fancy evening out - this is the type of place you go specifically to throw back some booze and then wander out to giggle at the novel selection of dicey goods at Don Quijote, or stumble into one of thousands of Karaoke bars within a two block radius.