Off-Broadway: Start the Night Off Right
Looking for some American food in the heart of Fukuoka? A place where you can kick back and relax while knocking back a few drinks and enjoying some good conversation? Look no further than Off Broadway.
Run by a New Yorker, Off Broadway is a second-story bar/restaurant that can be found in the Tenjin area of Fukuoka. It’s open every day, all year round, and has a great atmosphere.
The walls are decorated with great examples of Americana. Photos of athletes and celebrities, logos from American sports teams, posters of movies and plays can be found. Mixed in among them are some photographs of the customers with the owner as well. For those who want a nice breeze to go along with their dinner and drinks, there’s a small balcony customers can sit on.
Off Broadway has an extensive menu, with all varieties of food associated with an American restaurant. There’s the famous Broadway Burger, a decent-sized cheeseburger topped with bacon and served with fries. Pepperoni pizzas, which taste like they’ve been shipped directly from New York; steak and rib options; Mexican food such as tacos, burritos, nachos, and quesadillas and my personal favorite, authentic buffalo wings.
But it’s not just about the food, they’ve also got an extensive drink menu to boot. You can get any kind of Japanese beer, whiskey, shochu, or sake you can imagine. A decent selection of foreign beers is also just an order away. They boast happy hour specials from Monday through Saturday for draft beer, wine, and buffalo wings. These specials begin when the bar opens at 7:30 pm and go until 9:00 pm and will only set you back ¥350 a piece.
Most nights, DJs will play a huge selection of music. But on Friday nights, they have Friday Night Broadway Live featuring music played by Kazuko & Friends, playing from 8:30. Anyone can come and listen for a ¥500 cover price on those nights. If you want to plan a party, there are a number of timed courses you can select from as well.
Aside from good music and great food, one of the best things about Off Broadway is the staff. Although most can only speak limited English, there are a few who can converse fairly well. The owner, Luis, is from New York and is an extremely friendly guy who will gladly sit and chat about any manner of things. Taking a seat at the bar means it won’t be long before someone on the staff not only takes your order, but also sets aside some time to talk and get to know you.
During my brief sojourn in Fukuoka, there were a number of bars I found in the Tenjin area, and there are many located right around the same location as Off Broadway. But I didn’t find any that came close to providing the same, homey atmosphere as this place. Even a newcomer can feel a sense of familiarity here.
Off Broadway is located in Fukuoka’s Chuo-ku, Maizuru 1-8-40 on the second floor. You can’t miss the large windows and blue lights identifying the location. It’s open from 7:30-3:00 on Sunday through Thursday and 7:30-5:00 on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit their official site.