Negril

NegrilJust a few minutes walk from the center of Misakichou lies one of Ishigaki's better kept secrets, Negril. A back street location along with its rather inconspicuous entrance means that it is rarely discovered by tourists who aren't specifically looking for it, nevertheless, this is a popular bar which has become an integral part of Ishigaki's late scene.

Negril's décor gives it a rather ethnic feel, and you could be mistaken for thinking that it is a reggae bar, but in actual fact the music is as varied as the customer base, which ranges from casually-dressed 20-somethings all the way up to smartly-presented businessmen.

The bar is owned by Yuuko, a charming mainlander from Wakayama who plays the trombone for a local band called 'Slow Beat'. She's clearly built up quite a rapport with her customers, most of whom seem to be locals rather than tourists.

Events

yuukoNegril is host to live events featuring local DJs on the 2nd Friday of every month, with the theme being house, techno and reggae. Entry is very reasonably priced at 1000 yen, which includes one drink. Several times a year Negril also hosts larger events at Mega Hit Paradise.

Food

Negril serves a good selection of light bites with the most popular being the butter and cabbage hot dog, which is priced at 400 Yen. Other dishes include taco rice and a selection of pastas which are priced from around 800 Yen.

Drinks

Negril has an interesting drinks menu which includes a 'mango juice and beer' cocktail. You may also want to try one of Negril's awamori-based cocktails, such which are priced at 600 Yen. In addition to Orion beer international beers such as Corona and Red Eye are also available.

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Opening Times

This is another one of Ishigaki's late bars. Doors are open between 9:00pm and 4:00am with the bar filling up after midnight

Location

Negril is located just a few minutes walk from the center of Misakichou, and its ground floor location means that you won't be endlessly gazing upwards looking for a sign as is often the case when trying to find bars in Japan. Assuming that you're walking through the center of town heading north west (away from the ferry terminal), continue up the road, passing city hall and the fire station on your left until you come to a large crossing. At the time of writing a large 'AU' shop was positioned on the left side of the road. On the opposite side of the road is a narrow street. Proceed up this street and you'll soon come across Negril on your left.

right turnTake a right turn here (note the orange AU shop on the opposite side of the road).
negril-entranceLook out for Negril's blue door on your left.