Bars. There are a lot of bars in Japan. There are snack bars, girls bars, hostess clubs, Irish pubs, Hubs, shot bars, darts bars, German bars, beer gardens, sake bars, wine bars, etc… There are so many bars in Japan there is no wonder why Japanese people love drinking so much. Tucked away in a small alleyway nearby Odawara station is a small bar run by my friend, Daiki. The name? Spats Retro. Probably my favorite bar in Japan.
From the outside on non rainy days you’ll see a chalk board inviting you in for a drink. As you enter you’ll walk down the stair well and enter a small bar. There are about 12 to 14 seats. The moment you enter you hear the sound of a piano and are greeted with the usually welcome. If you enjoy an old style bar this is definitely your place. Entering on a rainy day makes you feel like you’ve come into a detective movie. The interior appropriate decorated with old style hangers and a radio that seemed to have come out of the 1930s. The drinks range are standard. It will cost you 700 yen for a drink but if you want to drink you can go to any bar. If you really want the atmosphere and a pretty damn cool bartender to chill with, you’ll come here. There are a variety of original drinks and Daiki being able to get by with his limited English is always a plus. (There will be an English menu when he decides to print the menu I helped translate for him.)
There is also another bar called Spats, which is on the other side of the station. I have not been there but you can go there too if you want. You’ll occasionally find salary men, office ladies, and travelers drinking here. So while you can drink at many places if you happen to find yourself in Odawara check it out.
Spats Retro is a 3 minute walk from Odawara Station.
You can play the where the hell is this bar game. Just kidding I don’t have an address but I’ll update it when I have a chance.
Hours – Monday to Saturday 6:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m.