Big Joy! American Dining Bar BJ's has BIG food!

Mark Guthrie

Having been thoroughly perverted good ol’ Uncle Sam, sometimes NAGMAG finds itself hankering after a taste of high quality, honest to goodness Americana. But, as we’re sure many of our readers have discovered, in our fine city of Nagoya, sometimes that’s not so easy to find. Yes, Starbucks and McDonalds are pretty damned inescapable, but the homogenized state of the States is not what we are after. Thank god someone introduced us to American Dining Bar BJ.

Ensconced in the dining capital of Sakae, BJ’s is like a little slice of America on your doorstep. As you swagger in (like any self-respecting American should, you own the world after all), American cinematic and musical iconography adorns the walls so heavily you could expect to be served by Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone. Who you are served by is not a washed-up action star, all roided-up to the eyeballs, but one of the Sexy BJ Girls (and lads, get your mind out of the gutter, it’s not what you think). These scantily-though-tastefully clad, beautiful young ladies will take your order of some of the best American food your nostalgic mind can conjure. Whether you choose the American tapas of buffalo wings, popcorn shrimp, and classic tortillas; the Big Joy Burger, an immense beef patty served on a pretzel bun with all the trimmings; a quite phenomenal Mac and Cheese, just like Mom used to make; or NAGMAG’s personal favorite, the open steak sandwich, a sumptuous feast of beef, cheese, and onion gravy on a crispy baguette; you are guaranteed to go away filled to the gills.

But BJ’s isn’t just about the food. Oh no. There is a extensive drink menu, including a wine list of impressive caliber, high quality gins such as Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire, as well as BJ’s Specials: Mojitos and (a particular recommendation from the manager Fukuchi) the Miami Iced Tea, a refreshing change from the traditional, northern state, Long Island variety. And if you get there early (five to seven pm), you can take advantage of the two-hour nomihoudai for a liver-mocking ¥1500.

Should you not know what to drink, one of the expert bartenders, who put on a stunning flair show every Thursday night, can mix, shake, and stir any drink you can imagine, as well as some you never dreamed of. Just mention your particular mood, and you will find it adroitly matched with intuitive perfection.

And that’s one of the great things about BJ’s, because unlike so many American themed bar-restaurants in Japan, should you not be hungry, you can just pop in for a drink at the bar and, to be honest, the bar is the place you want to be for the pole dancing shows. Oh, did we neglect to mention the shows? Slap on the wrist! Because the shows (Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at nine and ten pm), really are a sight to behold, as the über-talented girls that fling themselves around the pole are elegant, gymnastic, and just out-right amazing; a far cry from the sordid, nicotine-and-despair tinged events you will find back in the good old US of A.

Now NAGMAG comes to think about it, that’s a night out that even America can’t top. It just goes to show, though they say that in America, they do it bigger, in BJ’s, they just do it better.

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¥1500 for 3hrs!  (From 5 to 8 pm)

You can find American Dining Bar BJ in ground floor of the Miyagi Building, one block north and one block west of Sakae subway exit 1.

American Dining Bar BJ
Miyagi Bldg. 1F
3-14-22 Nishiki Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel. (052)973-4560


Opening Hours
Lunch (STARTS APRIL 15): 11:30~14:00
Mon – Thu 17:00−24:00
Fri, Sat 17:00-25:30 (Closed Sun)

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