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Frenz Frenzy

Osaka’s 'gayest' bar where Lady Gaga showed her poker face!

Tucked away in the back alleys of electric nightlife district Doyamacho, the LGBT hub of Osaka, is a tiny bar with a reputation for revelry called Frenz Frenzy. Everyone is welcome — gay or straight, foreign or local.

Photo by: frenzfrenzy Gaga sings at the bar in 2009.

Even a few celebrities have shown up. Lady Gaga herself dropped by during her 2009 tour and sang karaoke with guests. Other American gay icons Perez Hilton and Adam Lambert also graced the spot with their fabulous presence. It’s no wonder Frenz Frenzy claims to be the gayest, most popular bar in Osaka!

Open since 2004, this renowned haunt is a staple of the local gay scene and of uptown nightlife, as well. The owner, a jovial Australian man known as Sarichan, has created a bilingual atmosphere for locals and foreign visitors.

Rainbow haven

Describing itself as a “rainbow haven” is no exaggeration. Nearly every surface is awash in an abundance of color, from the kaleidoscopic tie-dyed walls to the prismatic lights and disco balls that illuminate the tight space. The psychedelic decor is great for taking photos and immerses guests from any walk of life into the colorful lifestyle the bar promotes. The gaudy disco vibe lures visitors into a night of dancing, drinking and debauchery. In other words, all the things this spot is known for.

Photo by: mrfelixchang A kaleidoscope of colors inside.

Frenz Frenzy is often packed, especially later in the evenings and on weekends. The drinks are strong and cheap; DJs are a regular feature; and there is even karaoke, free and always available. All of these create a cocktail of amusements and ensure that even those who go alone are bound to make friends by the end of the night.

Even those who go alone are bound to make friends by the end of the night.

Seating is at the bar as well as some lounge-worthy couches and can comfortably fit about 20 people. However, Frenz can get a bit crazy on weekends. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, go on a weeknight.

Frenz Frenzy does not disappoint when it comes to entertainment, so make sure to drop by for some booze and live performances. Though it’s a little hard to spot from street level — Doyama is known for tiny bars concealed in hidden alleyways — the front door is characteristically decorated with enough color to make up for the concrete commercial district that surrounds it.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

Drinks start from ¥ 500. The bar opens every night from 8 p.m. From Sunday to Thursday it’s open until 1 a.m. On Fridays, open until 3 a.m. and Saturdays until 5 a.m.

Menz Menzy

Above the bar is a menswear sexy clothing store called Menz Menzy.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒530-0026 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Kamiyamachō, 8−14 日宝東阪急レジャービル

By foot

From JR Osaka or Umeda station, walk for about 10 minutes.

Where To Stay

Hotel Wing International Select Osaka Umeda
  • 8-4 Kamiyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0026 Japan
  • ¥8,640 - ¥46,350
  • 3.44/5 (332 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Capsule Inn Osaka (New Japan Umeda)
  • 9-5 Doyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0027 Japan
  • ¥3,800 - ¥9,000
  • 4.01/5 (2,543 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Osaka Tokyu REI Hotel
  • 2-1 Doyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0027 Japan
  • ¥10,977 - ¥53,160
  • 3.85/5 (4,281 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Hotel Livemax Umeda Doyama
  • 8-15 Doyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0027 Japan
  • ¥6,460 - ¥29,325
  • 2.63/5 (208 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Umeda Holic Hotel
  • 5-2 Toganocho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0056 Japan
  • ¥9,960 - ¥32,960
  • 4.38/5 (240 reviews)
  • 0.2 km

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