Bars in Kyoto
A regular theme for Kyoto bars (just like in Tokyo) are, firstly, how many there are and, secondly, how small and cosy they can be! Unlike the UK, Japan uses all spaces in a building for smaller restaurants / shops and bars so look out for the sign showing what places are on each floor.
中京区木屋町通三条下る石屋町115辻田ビルBF 604-8002 Kyoto, Japan
Rub a Dub is a Hawaiian themed small basement bar serving a variety of cocktails. With awesome palm tree decorations, it has a chilled feel. The rum cocktails are pretty strong!
2nd fl, Reiho Kaikan, 366 Kamiya-chō, Nishikiyamachi-dōri, Shijō-agaru
A-Bar has a student feel with a football table and comfortable booths. The drinks are also slightly cheaper than other places.
2nd fl, Royal Bldg, 288 Minamikurayama-chō, Nishikiyamachi-dōri, Takoyakushi-agaru
This bar was a little difficult to find at first (look for signs for Kyoto Royal Building) but so glad we did. The owners were so nice and loved The Rolling Stones (see all the memorabilia) hence the rock bar feel. Like most of the bars, it was only small but it has great music and an extra special personal touch.
Japan, 〒604-8024 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto
Barcode was a great karaoke bar find! It was much larger than other venues with lovely staff and it stays open late. We had a group of locals singing with us, which was so fun! You just take it in turns, pick a song and get a mic!
71-25 Daikokucho Kawaramachidori 3-jo Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8031, Kyoto Prefecture
Right by the Pontocho is Zaza, a louder more tourist pub. It gets going later in the evening for a dance and sheesha is also available.
7th floor Empire building Kiyamachi Sanjo
This is a prime example of a number of bars being in one building. You can find Fishbowl on the 7th floor – it is small venue with seats at the bar making for a more intimate experience There is a selection of cocktails (around £8-10), friendly staff and some board games to keep you entertained.
East London Girl: Kyoto Bars