The newest nightspot in Sakae, Sound Space MIXX lives up to its name in more ways than one. Previously known as Zero-One, MIXX was born from a massive overhaul in décor and vibe, thanks mostly to resident DJ and manager, Naoya Junk Osada. A veteran of the Nagoya scene, Junk has played all over and he knows that a club is more than just the music. People want a place that is also comfortable, somewhere to talk when you’re done dancing. With MIXX, you get both.
Red leather sofas, dim-lighting and a steady stream of chill tunes, all working together to create an atmosphere that lends itself to romancing, as well as dancing. The crescent-shaped bar is well-stocked with premium liquor and Yasu, their talented bartender, can mix up pretty much anything, even an Old Fashioned (can’t remember the last time I went to a bar that had actual Bitters). On most nights MIXX is a laidback speak-easy; a good place to hang with your friends or someone special.
But on the weekend MIXX goes into full club mode. Weekday regulars may be surprised just how banging the sound system can be. The talented DJs, most of them trained by Junk himself, are just as comfortable dropping the biggest hip hop and house hits on Saturday night, as they are keeping it cool and jazzy during the week. And where there were candle-lit tables before, there’s now a packed dancefloor.
There’s even more in the MIXX when you head upstairs and find TOP’S International Music Bar, the second half of this machine. More akin to the other gaijin-friendly watering holes around town, TOP’S features an impressive one coin drink menu, electronic dart machine and plenty of seating. As for music, DJ A-One and his crew serve up hip-hop and R&B, from the old school to today.
When you get hungry out on the town, you usually have a choice between conbini food, a kebab or, if you’re lucky, the ramen truck will be nearby. At MIXX and TOP’S you don’t have to leave to find delicious nourishment. Besides having their own menu of nibbles, they’re neighbors with Sukhontha, one of the best Thai restaurants in town. Just ask either bar for the delivery menu, order up some Tom Yam Goong and they’ll bring it right to you.
Located near iD Café, The Emporium and several other spaces that close early, MIXX and TOP’s keep their doors open late on the weekend (5:00 and 7:00 respectively). So when you get kicked out of one space (or just straight up cannot get in), the party is still going strong right down the street.
Sound Space MIXX has no door charge on weekdays (closed on Mondays), Sundays and Fridays before midnight. After midnight and on Saturdays, men get in for ¥2500 and ladies for ¥2000; admission comes with 3 drink tickets. MIXX also plays host to several regular events like K-Pop party NESTAL with Junk and DJ Yuudai on June 6 and 20. And coming up on Friday, June 12 is Le Lien, an all-sexualities welcome party with special guest DJ Julie from Tokyo.
Sound Space MIXX is located in the Leisure Center Building on the second floor. TOP’S is on the third.
Leisure Center Bldg. 2F
3-12-32 Sakae, Naka-ku
Tel: (052) 261-3303