Tiny club with cool people and some great – sometimes unusual – music. They've been known to host some great techno, and regularly play house, drum and bass, breaks, dub, reggae, soul and jazz. They seem to have their fair share of local talent too.
One for the rockers, one for the indie kids. The Darkroom is Alternative Central and is known as being the place to head if you want to catch after-show parties when the tours come through. The owner is Japan's answer to John Peel, so if Dave Gedge sang it, this guy's got it.
Summer months see the rooftop garden opened with wonderful views of the Oyafuko Dori district, and a very welcoming crowd can be found most nights, usually from midnight onwards. Don't expect to leave before dawn, and if you bump into anyone looking like Keanu Reeves, it's probably him.
Eighth floor of Bacchus House, Oyafuko Dori
Elvis may have left the building some time ago, but his hometown is alive and well and enjoying life in Fukuoka City. Though the owner confesses to being more of an Eagles fan, Tupelo is a country and western theme bar that takes its name from the King's birthplace.
This fifth floor bar is decorated in classic country album sleeves, with a corner of the room given over to a first-class live band setup. Bend the owner's ear a little, buy him a glass of shochu or two, and you could find yourself standing in for the house
An extensive range of hard liquor and bottled beer is supplemented by the most delicious jambalaya this side of the Mississippi. Stays open til late, with sinful jam sessions a regular feature past your bedtime.
Take the train to Tenjin and head past the ACROSS building, turning right before the Nakasu Bridge. Tupelo is on the left after the Family Mart
The Basement is located in the back room of Early Believers live bar. Taking place on the last Tuesday of every month, the club has a strict policy of promoting up and coming talent regardless of nationality, so visitors are guaranteed a happy hotch potch of acts on any given night. The regular crowd is largely made up of musicians that play on the Fukuoka scene, so it is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in getting up and getting involved.
Local DJs spin a modtastic mix of northern soul and classic indie
between the live performers. Tickets can be purchased on the door and the price includes a free drink.
Nearest station: Tenjin
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