Check out some of the best bars in Kyoto! With a rich history, Kyoto is a mix of both traditional and modern. From the many gardens, Imperial palaces and shrines, the food scene and nightlife in Kyoto have gained momentum and continue to evolve. From expertly crafted cocktails to unusual liquors and craft beer, there is something for everyone in Kyoto.
A more western-style bar that is popular both among locals and tourists, Bar Fishbowl is a fun atmosphere and great place to grab a beer or a whiskey. The bar is small and intimate and the bartender is sure to make you feel welcome. With plenty of creative cocktails that are off the menu, the bartender can make just about anything, and, of course, as the name suggests they serve fishbowl cocktails. For a fun-filled night arrive early as the small joint can fill up quickly as it is notably one of the best bars in Kyoto.
7th Floor Empire building Kiyamachi Sanjo agaru Osaka-cho Nakagyo-ku
Open 7 days a week 6:00 om – 3:00 am (Mondays opens a 7:00 pm)
Sake Bar Yoramu
If you are looking for a unique and personalized experience, a visit to Sake Bar Yoramu will not disappoint. The owner has extensive knowledge and an impeccable selection of sake and will not only educate but provide an in-depth understanding of sake. It is easy to see why Sake Bar Yoramu is one of the best bars in Kyoto. The small, intimate setting is the perfect place to not only enjoy the Sake but learn about the nuances and characteristics of each sake.
35-1 Matsuyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0831, Kyoto Prefecture
Open Wednesdays – Saturdays 6:00 pm -12:00 am. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
Pig & Whistle
Good food, good beer, and good vibes, the Pig & Whistle is an English Pub and authentic British Bar in Kyoto. With an extensive selection of beer including Guinness and a menu with the English bar staples, the Pig & Whistle is a hot spot on game night, and a warm, welcoming environment. Located near Sanjo Station, Pig & Whistle is definitely one of the best bars in Kyoto for a comfortable evening and relaxed environment.
Shobi building 2F, 115 Ohashicho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0009, Kyoto Prefecture
Open 7 days a week, 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Fridays and Saturdays open until 2:00 am
A comfortable Japanese style bar and restaurant with a large selection of beer and fresh delicious food, Beer Komachi has quickly become one of the coolest bars in Kyoto. As such, the small establishment fills up very quickly as there is limited seating, so it is best to arrive early. From fresh chicken karaage or scallops which pairs perfectly with a cold beer, either on tap or in the bottle, the food will not disappoint. The English speaking staff and warm and welcoming, and this is a great place to rub elbows with the locals in the area as it is a popular place for tourists and locals alike.
444 Hachikencho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0027
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays
A cozy cocktail bar, and as the name suggests there are a few rocking chairs. If you are looking for an exceptional cocktail the bartenders at Rocking Chair will whip up anything that suits your preferences. Drinks are inventive and creative as there is no menu, rather you just explain what you’d like and they will concoct your drink. The setting is both warm and inviting and emulates a Speakeasy vibe. There are also several whiskeys to choose from and port wine. If you’re lucky to grab a seat next to the fireplace, it will make your drinking experience even warmer than the cozy Rocking Chair already is.
434-2 Tachibanacho Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 5:00 pm – 2:00 am, Sunday at 5:00 pm – 12:00 am. Closes Tuesdays.
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