Another new establishment goes
right off the beaten track and provides the foreign community with
From the ashes of foreign-owned bar Arcadia rises
a serious alternative to those drunken, forgotten nights at the
gaijin haunts of Osaka. Freeza takes on a different approach
the focus is on music and quality - a far cry from the cut-and-paste
DJs and alcopop promotions of their rivals.
Located in a dark corner of the Ameson Building
in Amemura, Freeza can be a tad hard to find the first time, but
it's worth the effort. The location itself is very central - follow
the road from the Pig and Whistle across Midosuji. It's a block
or two up there, on the second floor.
interior has undergone a startling change from the days of Arcadia.
Ayberk Eti, manager/owner/creative force has fashioned it into a
cosy little drinking den, with echoes of his native Turkey reflected
in the rough plaster walls and bar display. Freeza's size (think
about 15 mats) works in its favour. It doesn't take hundreds of
people in there to get things moving, and when they do, it's a rare
thing if they stop before the early hours.
Ayberk, an ex-English teacher who took a chance
and started up Freeza as another option for both the foreign and
Japanese communities, says that he generally doesn't kick people
of the charm of the bar is that they'll accommodate you as long
as you're having fun hence the regular sightings of bleary-eyed
patrons stumbling from the maw of Ameson at ten on Sunday.
At present, due to workloads, Freeza's menu is
not yet up and running, but Ayberk wants to bring some more of his
near-eastern flavour to Osaka, with tapas olives, feta, etc
available soon. In the meantime, check out his tacos and
One of Freeza's current specialties is its cocktail
range, including fresh mojitos. All cost ¥800. Beers are the
standard ¥500, and there is an extensive spirit list as well.
Ayberk, a DJ of some years experience at various
Osaka venues, has made Freeza one of the best places to come and
chill to some decent music. If you're tired of the obvious cheese
of most of the big gaijin bars, it's definitely a place worth checking
out. He stresses quality, and the names he has recruited to help
him out on the ones-and-twos is an obvious reflection of this commitment.
Saturdays are the big ones, with DJs Ange, Spicer and Clifford mixing
up a range of music around a housey/breakbeat vibe.
A Sunday hip-hop night is also in the works,
steered by the able hand of Clifford, one of the most able scratch
DJs in Osaka.
Freeza is a welcome diversion from the tune-out,
get-pissed ethos that we have all come to know from the foreign
bars of Osaka. Freeza has the potential to keep on going, and to
provide something for those with a desire to escape the run-of-the-mill
drudgery of the Osaka nightscape.
Owner: Ayberk Eti
Address: Ameson Square Building,
2/F, Nishi-Shinsaibashi 2-8-33, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Nearest station: Namba (or even Shinsaibashi)
Open: Weekdays 8pm-1am Fridays/Saturdays until late
Closed: Sunday & Monday