Bar Time for Christmas at the Ritz Carlton Osaka

Review of The Ritz-Carlton Osaka | Kita-ku Umeda 2-5-25
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The Ritz Carlton Osaka located in Osaka Garden City is a leading high-class hotel. If staying there is a bit beyond your budget, but you still want to feel the classy atmosphere, you can enjoy a drink at the hotel’s bar named “The Bar”. It’s an especially nice and romantic place during Christmas and ideal for couples.

The entire hotel shines during Christmas!

bar time for christmas at the ritz carlton osaka | the entire hotel shines during christmas!

During the Christmas season you can see many different illuminations all over the country. 

The Ritz Carlton Osaka is no exception. Every November the hotel is decorated for Christmas under a different conceptual theme that changes annually. The decorations fit the solemn interior and produce an atmosphere like in an old European castle.

Spending a nice time in “The Bar” and its classy environment

bar time for christmas at the ritz carlton osaka | spending a nice time in “the bar” and its classy environment

You can get a taste of the romantic atmosphere even by just looking at the Christmas decorations, but I also recommend stopping by at “The Bar”. If you arrive before the live jazz music starts in 8 pm, you will not be charged for the music (1500 JPY) and you can have a drink at a reasonable price. 

Even if you’re not a regular bar visitor, you can safely order just beer or a wine here. It’s not that you’ll have to order a particular brand. Those how prefer a highball can order some of the Nikka Whiskey brands which lately became famous for appearing in NHK’s TV series “Massan”.

At “The Bar” you can enjoy also some high-class cigars

bar time for christmas at the ritz carlton osaka | at “the bar” you can enjoy also some high-class cigars

You can enjoy cigars at “The Bar” too. They’ll even light up your own cigars so it’s safe to bring in yours. 

The main difference between cigars and ordinary cigarettes is that you don’t suck in the smoke in your lungs and you don’t puff away on the cigar. The cigars smell like incense sticks so in fact many women who hate cigarette smoke enjoy the smell of a cigar. Of course, those who are allergic to nicotine should watch out, but in general it’s nice to have some leisurely time in this bar.

There are many seasonal events at “The Bar”!

bar time for christmas at the ritz carlton osaka | there are many seasonal events at “the bar”!

Many seasonal events are held at “The Bar”. For example, there is a champagne garden in summer. You can drink as much champagne from famous brands like “Moet & Chandon” and “Veuve Clicquot” as you like for a reasonable price in the bar’s outdoor garden on the fifth floor (if it rains you go inside, and the champagne brands change every month). Another event’s main attraction is creating different types of Mojito with rum and different fruits. 

The prices for participating in those seasonal events are always announced in advance and the atmosphere becomes quite lively, so even people who’re not used to bars will casually enjoy their time. However, casual doesn’t mean arriving in short pants and sandals.

There’s plenty to discover in Osaka at night after your early bar time!

there’s plenty to discover in osaka at night after your early bar time!

After you warm up yourself with a drink and leave the hotel, you will see all the glittering Christmas illuminations at Osaka Garden City. The atmosphere here is a bit classier than in most other parts of Osaka so you will enjoy it as an afterglow from your bar experience. Usually one goes to a bar after dinner, but this is the opposite case. There’s plenty of time to try local food such as takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or yakiniku (grilled meat) around Tsuruhashi Station.


Young couples who think that staying at The Ritz Carlton Osaka is totally unaffordable have the opportunity to experience the classy atmosphere of the hotel’s bar. Admittedly, the prices of the drinks are higher than in a typical pub, but that’s a special treat for Christmas. Treat yourself before dinner and enjoy your date for the rest of the night.

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