Nara by Night: Best Bars & Late Night Dining

If you’re seeking big nights at mega clubs, you won’t find them in Nara. But the locals do know how to have a good time, with a focus on good food and craft cocktails. While many restaurants close around 10pm, here is a selection of the best late night spots.

Steak Ciel Blue

Top notch steak and lobster in a sleek setting. The kitchen closes at 11pm but the bar stays open into the early hours. | Western Restaurants | Nara Park

Lamp Bar

The owner barman won the world bar tending championship, and crafts his cocktails with amazing attention to detail, until 2am. | Bars & Izakaya | Nara Park

Yakitei Juju

Fast and friendly, casual favourites like okonomiyaki are served up until midnight. | Japanese Restaurants | Nara Park

Salon des Vins Seve

A quiet spot to unwind with a good range of sakes and wines by the glass until 2am. | Bars & Izakaya | Naramachi

Shin-Omiya Rokuchome Yokocho

Pick from one of the six indoor food stalls in this lively late night space, well-known among the locals. | Bars & Izakaya | Shin-Omiya

Osteria Orbetello

A cut above the usual pizza joint, this casual trattoria serves authentic Italian dishes until midnight. | Western Restaurants | Yamato Koriyama

Yatagarasu (Nara)

A lively yakitori restaurant serving up organic chicken and a wide range of drinks until 1am. | Japanese Restaurants | Nara Park

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