Bar Edge

Edge is one of those underground clubs that hosts intimate parties for those in the know; the kind of parties that should become legendary. The sound system is great, and although the descent down the dark staircase can be intimidating, the vibe is friendly.

Hosting some great parties, especially in the house and club jazz fields, events vary from packed sweatbox experiences to very mellow sitting around and listening to nice tunes while enjoying a few drinks.

Bar Edge floor

Sometimes – on weeknights in particular – there seems to be no one other than the DJ’s close friends and it can feel a bit like crashing a small house party, but if you’re comfortable with that you may find yourself a new circle of friends. Also, one of the benefits of the small size is that you only need a few people to get a bit of an atmosphere going.

Bar Edge bar

Edge entrance

Entry prices vary depending on event. Drinks from ¥500.

Click here for events coming up at Bar Edge.

Address: B1F 8-15 Nagarekawa-cho, Naka-ku,Hiroshima, Hiroshima, 730-0028

Tel: 082-248-8146

Review of Edge by Otis Tetrax from back in 2008:

When I first arrived at Edge the other night, I immediately started working out in my head how I was going to write an up-to-date review. I was going to say how the sound system isn’t actually all that great, how the room really is too small to be comfortable and that it was totally unnecessary for them to have the heating on, even in January. But after 20 minutes in the place I had to rethink. I realised that I’d found the nightclub I used to tell all my friends I wanted – a sweaty basement with a big sound and one strobe light in the corner! The techno and house they were playing was superior to anything I`ve heard either here or in the UK for a long time. And the atmosphere was close to how I remember things used to be in London back in the 90s. Yes, it’s small and hot, and yes, the PA isn’t so great (the one in Sacred Spirits leaves you with blisters, but this is ample for the space) but these are trivial matters when the music itself and the vibe of the place are so right. I will definitely be back. Possibly every weekend.

And this from 2005:

It’s been said but I’ll say it again, (dance as the record spins) the sound system in Edge is fantastic. It’s cosy but in many ways it feels more like the clubs of my youth back in the UK than other bigger venues here in town. The stairs downstairs make it look slightly ominous. It ain’t, it’s a great place to go for a drink or an even better place to go to party.

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.