No, I’m not talking about Bob Marley’s seminal album, although there’s a pretty good chance you’ll hear it playing here at some point. I’m talking about Exodus the bar. This spacious establishment is an oasis of difference amongst the bevy of bars in Osaka, and the perfect place to unwind from your fevered existence.
The brainchild of former motorcycle mechanic Kazuhiro Watari, Exodus boasts some pretty amazing décor: imported Indian and Thai ornaments grace the walls and ceiling, while the hand-crafted wooden furniture direct from Yakushima is a definite talking point.
“During my travels around Thailand, India and Australia I found so many bars with a similar style and feel to this,” Kazuhiro explains. “I realized that there was nothing really like this in Japan, so when I got back I decided to open one myself.”
Apart from the interesting selection of world beers on offer, Exodus boasts an extremely large collection of spirits stacked around the bar. These include a rather dangerous bottle of absinthe, weighing in at a healthy 85% alcohol content. Nice. Coffee, tea and lassi shakes are also on hand for the drivers amongst us.
If you’re feeling peckish, there’s plenty of food on offer. Most dishes range from ¥500-800 in price, and are representative of the bar’s multicultural feel: choose from Mexican quesadillas, salads, pizzas or try the highly recommended Thai green curry. Dedicated sweet-tooths can top it all off with homemade cheesecake and pudding.
Exodus recently marked its two year anniversary with an outdoor party at Furubokke Natural Park near Himeji, and is a big supporter of the local Psy Trance scene. The bar itself holds regular monthly parties: the space is surprisingly large once you clear away the tables – more than enough room for a cosy rave.
On a different note, you can also check out the local market held on the last Sunday of every month, 13:00 to 20:00. You can find all sorts of goods here, ranging from clothes to handmade drums and didgeridoos – perfect for annoying your neighbors in the middle of the night.
1-2-27 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka
From OPA on Midosuji, walk straight through Ame-Mura until you reach the highway entrance. It’s up on the second floor across the road.