The buggy – Osaka
Open just little over a year, The buggy has quickly made a reputation for being one of the coolest places to throw a party in Shinsaibashi. The unique space, part art gallery – part restaurant/bar, showcases the over sized vibrant pop illustrations of it’s namesake, buggy. Buggy’s presence seems to permeate every creatively designed detail of the bar. From the front entrance’s glowing bubble-shaped shop sign to the pink paint-splattered stairs leading down to the door, customers can sense they’re about to enter a carefully curated space. Although The buggy is technically underground, it’s incredibly spacious, so much so, that once inside, it’s hard to believe you’re still in Osaka. Vaulted ceilings allow customers, on the main floor and those seated on lofted second floor, full view of the entire space – making it great for people watching.
On our recent trip to The buggy was to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The staff kindly offered us one of the private party rooms in the loft. Comfy couch seating with a ton of graffitied cushions made it the perfect place to relax, chat and properly celebrate the birthday girl. We obviously weren’t the only ones with this idea and several rounds of the ‘birthday song’ could be heard throughout the night.
Although it’s ideal for large groups, The buggy just as seamlessly accommodates couples and pairs of friends. And, while I’m sure it would be a fine place to hangout alone, the food definitely is meant for sharing. Served family style on large wooden cutting boards they offer an assortment of high quality bar basics; salads, pizzas, pastas, and make-your-own tacos, etc. We were a group of 4 and between us, we ordered 2 mains; a salad and the build-your-own tacos (my personal favorite) and a smaller side. We came hungry and this turned out to be more than enough food for us.
Just like the vast food menu, The buggy also has a large drink list of simple cocktails, soft drinks and a handful of their signature drinks, both alcoholic and non. If you’re after a well crafted signature cocktail this probably isn’t the place for you – our birthday girl was originally denied a Cosmopolitan, but then told by the very accommodating staff she could have a vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice with a fresh lime – go figure! Like most bars in the area, cocktails are in the ¥700 range. Lunch averages around ¥1,000 and dinner mains range from ¥1,100 to¥2,000. I’ll definitely be back for the tasty tortilla set in the very near future…
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday: 5pm – 3am
Saturday: 11:30am – 3am
Sunday: 11:30am – 12am
Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 1-1-10 Prairie Building B1F, 542-0086