5 best bars in kyoto



The night in Kyoto is long, and the downtown never sleeps. You can find bars literary everywhere in Kyoto, but here are our recommendations of bars which get high reputation from the local! Please check them out and we hope you enjoy your night life!




No.1 bar K-ya (K家)


The bar is formerly machiya, an old style of house in Kyoto. The dim light inside generates the atmosphere. Their seasonal cocktails using fresh fruits are really nice as well as their standard drinks. Here is a great place when you want to chill out after dinner.


Opening Hours Mon, Wed, Thu and Sun 6pm to 2am, Fri and Sat 6pm to 3am
Regular Holidays Tuesdays
Address Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Rokkakudori Gokomachi Nishi Iru, Yaoyacho 103
Tel 075-241-0489






Their trademark is Kawadoko, terrace facing the river, which is open during summer time (May to September). Drinking in the night, feeling the breeze from Kamo River is just perfect to finish your day of exploring in Kyoto.


Opening Hours Weekdays 7pm to 1am, Sun 5pm to 1am
Regular Holidays New Year’s Day
Address Kyoto-shi, Shimogyo-ku, Nishiishigaki Shijo Sagaru, Saitocho 140-19
Tel 075-351-7571
Webpage http://www.sentjamesclub.com/honten/




No.3 Café/Bar OIL


This place is on the 6th floor of a building slightly remote from the city center and has a large roof-top terrace. They don’t have menu, so they make anything according to your request. It’s also a good place to go when you feel like listening to modern jazz music. The price here is quite reasonable.


Opening Hours 4pm to 2am (Sun 4pm to 1am)
Regular Holidays No Regular Holidays
Address Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Shirakabecho 442, FSS Building 6F
Tel 075-2241-1355




No.4 Matamoya (またもや)


This is a bar specializing in Sake. Their specialty is that they serve sake in wine glass so that taste of sake gets even better. Moreover, they have all-you-can-drink plan for sake. If you are a big fan of sake, here is the place you must go!


Opening Hours 6pm to 3am
Regular Holidays No Regular Holiday
Address Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Kawaramachi Sanjo Sagaru Higashi Iru, Ishiyamachi 121, Pontocho Matsushimaya Building 2F
Tel 075-212-5573




No.5 Asakura (あさくら)


This is also a sake bar. There is always a huge collection of sake, including rare aged ones. The owner can speak English fluently and has a deep knowledge about sake. They only have a small number of seats, so we recommend you to call them first.


Opening Hours 7pm to 2am
Regular Holidays No regular holidays
Address Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Kiyamachi Oike Sagaru, Hitosujime Higashi Iru, Daikyu Building 2F
Tel 075-212-4417
Webpage http://ameblo.jp/sakebar/



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