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By Jeff Richards

Rockin' In Yokohama
The city's live house scene has something for everyone (even beer lovers)

Jeff Richards

Club 24 West
Club 24 West is the ultimate garage-style live house. Its walls are strewn with old punk band tour posters, Jiffy-marker set lists, and flyers for upcoming shows. There’s virtually no separation between the band and the audience, which typically jumps up and down to punk, hardcore and straight-ahead rock and blues. Founded eight years ago as a sister venue to the sorely missed Club 24, which closed in 2007, this lively little joint has a great location (just stumbling distance from Kannai station) and is home to a plethora of awesome young Yokohama bands like Baron Rooms (above) and Rat Child. Between sets, drink cans of cheap Asahi Super Dry in the stairwell, or outside on the sidewalk, with a like-minded and easygoing crowd of regulars. There aren’t events every night, so be sure you check the live schedule online before going. As with any club, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are your best bets. Club 24 West is the epitome of the garage rock ethos—fists in the air and beer on the floor.

B1, 10 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-252-2424. Nearest stn: JR Kannai, north exit.

Dragon Club
It isn’t even a year old yet, but Dragon Club has already made a major impact on the Yokohama live house scene. Located two blocks from the Kannai station entrance, this place has an impressive sound system and no uptight neighbors to piss off. Besides its large stage, speakers and pit area, the club also has the entrance, bar and lounge separated from the main room by a soundproof door and large window. Here you can get a beer, rest your ears, and talk without missing any of the action. Dragon Club has music most evenings, with popular reggae and dancehall nights, plenty of electro, and of course, rock (especially indie). Recently featured acts include Natccu, The Brixton Academy and Levelload. You can see other up-and-coming acts this summer, among them Aiha Higurashi, The New Cassettes, Bo-peep and more. Dragon also features all-night events, including Sundance, the trendy Sunday night indie-rock party.

1F, 1-2 Akebonocho, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-262-2601. Nearest stn: Isezakichojamachi (Yokohama subway) or JR Kannai.

Club Lizard
Club Lizard is located in the touristy area between Chinatown and Yamashita Park. It has a reputation for hosting more jam bands than Dragon or Club 24 West, but that isn’t to say everyone’s a Deadhead. Reggae, funk, soul, rock and punk bands all share the stage. Lizard is your standard, bred-in-the-bone live house: it has bands almost every night of the week, closes at 11pm, and will never cost you much more than ¥2,000 at the door. Check out bands like Tha Blue Herb, The Emanuelle Sunflower and The Jerry of Beat’s. Lizard’s early closing time means you can rock on over to the hip-hop and urban dance clubs that populate the Motomachi-Ishikawacho station corridor.

B1, 31 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-663-4755. Nearest stn: Motomachi-Chukagai (Minatomirai line), exit 1.

F.A.D. (Flower & Dragon)
F.A.D. (Flower & Dragon) is a sister venue to Club Lizard, located closer to Ishikawacho station’s north exit. Situated below the Konami Sports Center, F.A.D. has become much renowned for its hardcore scene—ask any live-house bartender in Yokohama for a recommendation on hard ‘n’ fast live music, and they’ll point you here. F.A.D. is where you can get your Melt-Banana on, as well as pop/rock and chiller acts like Likkle Mai, A Flood of Circle and Go!Go!7188. The event nights can be sporadic and they aren’t always open, so check the website before you go.

1F, 168-1 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-663-3842. Nearest stn: JR Ishikawacho, north exit.

Jack Cafe Bassment
An event space owned and run by a collective of musicians, DJs and sound-system engineers, Jack Cafe Bassment is open much less frequently than the other venues mentioned here, but when it’s on, it’s really on. As you descend a flight of stairs and land right in the middle of the action, the club's intimate size makes you feel like you’re in a converted basement or wine cellar. The eclectic lineup of events leans to indie, experimental and garage rock, with acts like Kemonogare and a monthly showcase called Beat Goezon. Bassment also hosts local sound systems and mixes it up with everything from house DJs (DJ Andres was there in April) to acoustic performances coupled with art shows. Definitely check the website before heading out.

B1, 1-1 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Nearest stn: Nihon Odori (Minatomirai line), exit 3.

Thrash Zone
Le Freak, White Lightning, Racer 5, Victory at Sea, Karumina. A list of new bands to check out in Yokohama? No—just some of the many Japanese craft beers and microbrews available at this cult establishment. Okay, so it’s not a live house, but this is the place to start your Yokohama rock n’ roll excursion. Or to end it. The music is thrash metal, but don’t let that dissuade you—it’s not cranked to 11. English-speaking owner Koichi Katsuki opened this paean to death metal and microbrews in 2006, and the pub has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best destinations for local beer lovers. Not only that, it’s completely smoke-free. The daunting selection of beers on tap changes regularly, though the music selection does not. For beer-swilling live music fans, a warning: you may not make it out of this joint in time to catch the set. In fact, you may not make it out at all. Check the website for listings—of beer, that is.

2F Paseri Bldg, 2-19-8 Tsuruyacho, Nishi-ku, Yokohama. Tel: 045-514-9947. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-2am, closed Sun. Nearest stn: Tokyu Toyoko Yokohama or JR Yokohama, west exit.

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