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Sake Spots in Kawaramachi / Shijokarasuma Area

  • The Bar
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kamogawa Nijo Bridge
    A bar on the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto a three minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai Line. Here you can enjoy high end spirits selected by the head bartender, original Ritz-Carlton Kyoto cocktails, and seasonal cocktails. The bar’s wavering candlelight and magical space make for an extraordinary time.
  • POP KYOTO
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishikiyamachishijou Upper Le Mamachi 97 Immersium Building 1F
    "A cafe and bar located on the first floor of the same building as WORLD KYOTO, a long standing Kyoto nightclub. Decorated in bright, primary colors, here customers can enjoy fresh cocktails and fruit juices. One item on the menu that people are particularly paying attention to is the ""eco-presso,"" espresso served in a cookie-based cup that you can eat. The inside of the cup is coated with icing that keeps the espresso from leaking out and also goes great with the bitter flavor of the beverage. A bar where you can take fun pictures, drink, and eat, the establishment is popular with men and women of all ages."
  • Bar Rocking Chair
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Gokochimachidori Bukkoji Sagaru Tachibanacho 434-2
    The bar offers delicious drinks and a comfortable space to enjoy them. It does not have a drink menu. Instead, you just tell the bartender what sort of drinks you like and how you like them served. One of the bar's biggest attractions is its huge selection of wines and spirits, which includes single malt whiskeys, brandies, rums, champagnes, carefully selected vintage port wines, sherry wines, dessert wines, and more.

    We were staying close by at the Citadines and were looking for somewhere to go for a drink before dinner. It’s located down a little side street and is a beautiful, small bar. The cocktails are...

  • BAR OKU
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Takakuradori Shijo Sagaru Takazaimokucho 221-1
    This backstreet shot bar is located inside a renovated Kyo-machiya (traditional Kyoto-style townhouses) a short way from a downtown. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of drinks including wine, whiskey, bourbon, and cocktails. The relaxed and mature atmosphere is rather conducive to great conversation between friends, family, colleagues, and significant others.

    Took us a while to find this cool little bar as google maps had us at the wrong side of the block. Was worth the wait though, great cocktails and reasonable prices. Would return.

  • Isomatsu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachidori Shijo Agaru Komeyacho 384
    An izakaya pub part of the Isoya Group that works with their personal Isozumi Farm and other contracted farms to deliver fresh Kyoto produce. Working with the concept of The Taste and Enjoyment of Kyoto Produce and Wine here you can taste the marriage of wine and Kyoto produce. The shop interior has a chic feel based around a black theme. The moment you open the door their impressive wine cellar jumps out at you. The dishes designed to pair with the wines, from fresh vegetables for simple wines to pickled goods for more vinegar wines, are also a feast for your eyes. Well known as a shop where you can relax and enjoy the casual atmosphere.
  • Isozumi
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachidori Shijo Agaru Komeyacho 388
    An izakaya pub marked by a large red eye-catching paper lantern, just down a narrow street off of Kawaramachi-dori St. They serve high quality oden stew and casual skewers made with fresh Kyoto produce delivered every morning from their person Isozumi Farm. The concept of the shop is a pub that even women can readily enter. They have a lot of female customers that come to enjoy high-quality Kyoto produce in their chic and relaxed interior. Of course, the food but also the energy of the staff, the portion size, and perfect serving timing add to the established reputation of comfort.

    友達と京都旅行の時に行きました。店員さんの元気のいい感じが、とても好感を持てました。料理も個性的でとても美味しかったです!

  • Kyoto Sanboa
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    3.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Dori Sanjo Sagaru Sakuranocho 405
    This storied Kyoto bar is located on Teramachi Street a five-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station. Founded back in 1918, its long history has earned it a place at the top of any list of bars in Kyoto. The bar's walls and pillars are covered in bottle openers received from customers from the floor to the ceiling. Guests can feel the history of the old bar in its seasoned retro interior. The bar is a place for grownups can have a good time whether they've been coming for 20 years or they're visiting for the very first time.

    The Owner is rather a good advisor about Whisky. He knows exactly what you will appreciate. Of course you are just a tourist and the owner doesn’t care about who you are but if you ask question he...

  • Deux Cochons
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shinmachi-dori Takoyakushi Sagaru Mukadeyacho 372-3
    "This wine bar is located at the intersection of Shinmachi Street and Takoyakushi Street a five-minute walk from Karasumaru Station. Floor-to-ceiling windows give the charming renovated traditional townhouse a sense of openness. Guests can enjoy carefully selected natural wines in the bar's relaxed atmosphere. ""Natural wine"" refers to wine that is made in a manner as close as possible to nature in order to fully bring out the power of nature. Natural wines are notable for the deep flavor provided by the power of the grapes. You can feel the owner's near-obsessive love for wine in the photos and comments that have been affixed to each of the many bottles of wine that line bar's wall."

    Nice wine bar not far away from Shijo station. We went around 8:30pm for a glass of wine and some cheese/ham. The service is good, the ambiance is nice. The one thing that irked me beyond belief was...

  • HELLO DOLLY
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    4.5
    89 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Pontomachi Shijo Agaru 200m Kamogawa Side 1F
    This jazz bar stands along the atmospheric cobbled streets of Pontocho Alley. The bar has always had a unique atmosphere since opening in this historic neighborhood some half century ago. The bar's mainstay is its vast selection of whiskeys, which includes bourbons, single malts, Irish whiskies, blended Scotches, and more. Guests can enjoy all the usual brands as well as number of rare and valuable ones. The bar holds concerts by professional musicians on weekends and holidays, allowing guests to enjoy live music up close.

    My wife and I caught up with some friends at this bar on the 04/11/2019. We sat at the bar trying different whiskey and relaxing to the Jazz music that was playing in the background. It has a good...

  • Suiba Takoyakushi-Muromachi Branch
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Takoyakushidori Murocho Nishi Iru
    "This standing bar has a concept of ""tasty, affordable, fast, fun, and clean."" Guests can enjoy a broad selection of food that ranges from standby dishes to creative cuisine in the bar's bright and clean interior. Located inside a charming renovated townhouse that faces Takoyakushi Street, it has surprisingly stylish interior finishings for a standing bar. The smoke-free bar is patronized by people getting a quick drink after work or having a girls' night out. It also accepts reservations, offers party courses, and can also be rented out, making it great for parties and other events."

    The sake and oolong sochu are great. The staff are friendly and willing to help. I’ve tried three different drinks, both of them are great. The price is not expensive. I’d like to recommend this bar...

  • Mexican Dining AVOCADO Kyoto Restarurant
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    3.0
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Nakajimacho 92 TIME'S Building 1F
    This restaurant offers up delicious Mexican cuisine, which is a registered World Intangible Cultural Heritage. It focuses on delicious, healthy dishes using the highest quality avocados in modern arrangements. Their guacamole and chips offers a direct taste of the highest quality avocado, and are a big hit. They combine spiciness with the perfect level of acidity to create an addictive taste sensation. They also have a full drink menu with mojitos, pairing mint and tequila, drinkably sour El Diablo, and other cocktails.

    This place was absolute garbage, gutter trash. I would rather eat from the river next to the restaurant. I paid $50 for a pitcher of sangria that absolutely had zero alcohol, a margarita that was 2-3...

  • ATLANTIS
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Shijoupontochou Kamiro Matsumoto-cho 161
    This is a traditional old style bar located in Ponto-cho serving over 70 different single malts, and offering a menu of more than 500 varieties including brandy, wine and cocktails. The main seats are at the classic-style counter. The back of the shop faces a river, and during May to September, a Japanese style terrace seating is set up to enjoy the river views. The open space where you can enjoy unique cocktails is popular.

    Nice views out over the river. Ordered a Cosmopolitan and it came in the tiniest ever cocktail glass I’ve ever seen for 900 yen. My partner ordered a glass of wine also 900 yen, it was literally a...

  • Mamaya
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Pontochoushijou Kamiya Nabeya Town 212 - 7
    This is a Japanese tavern hidden away on the back streets of Kiyamachi, a two minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Kyoto Line. It is open from 13:00 and visitors can enjoy a set menu for lunch. The cuisine is reasonably priced such as 130 yen for a fried pork skewer, and dishes of traditional Kyoto home style cooking and a la carte dishes beginning from 300 yen. The carefully prepared cuisine is served simply and guests can enjoy a special time here. The restaurant has a wonderful ‘at home' feel, so guests feel happy to come alone. You can also book the entire restaurant for a banquet, and enjoy the relaxed space fully.

    This is a place that has been in the family for 3 generations. The niece does her homework by the side of the kitchen and she comes over to speak in English as her grandparents speak only Japanese...

  • SENT JAMES CLUB Main Store
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Saisekishijou Downing Saito Town 140-19
    This bar located in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture stands out for its fashionable interior that calls to mind an early American brick warehouse. The interior is illuminated only by candlelight and moonlight instead of electric lights, and has the mellow, relaxed atmosphere of a hideaway place for adults. Along with the view of the Kamogawa River that can be seen from the window, guests can enjoy more than 300 types of alcoholic beverages. From May through September they carry on the summer tradition of kawadoko (a raised platform on the bank of a river for enjoying the cool in summer) and guests can experience the coolness of the Kamogawa River under the night sky.

    We have been there tonight with my wife... Place is nice and cosy.. Jazz music in the very background... Price are a bit high and you have to pay a 500 yen charge to seat per person... One thing that...

  • Vital Signs
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nishikiya Town Shimogyo-ku Ward Shijo Shimourusho Le Funaba Town 235
    This restaurant for creative cuisine located in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture is a place where one can primarily enjoy fresh vegetables and wine. The vegetables used in their dishes are seasonal organic vegetables that have been cultivated on farms in Kyoto’s Shizuhara area. The “Ichiju-Sansai and Salad,” a fusion of Japanese and French techniques, is one healthy item on the menu that offers a set meal with appetizer, soup, and a full salad. The wood grained interior has a gentle ambience and guests can enjoy the beautifully presented vegetable dishes together with their popular natural wines.
  • MAO Kumamoto General Restaurant
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Dong-dong Hospital Nishiki Street Road Le Masakado-cho 644
    This restaurant with a stylish interior remodeled from a 100-year-old town house has a unique concept that is neither a cafe, izakaya, nor dining bar. A variety of seating is made available in the town house-style wide open interior, from table seats to counter seats to individual rooms remodeled from storage which can be reserved for private use. They offer a variety of individual dishes and course menus made with vegetables ordered from a contract farm in Fushimi, Kyoto. The reasonably-priced lunches, cakes and sweets are also popular. The closest stations are Karasuma Station and Shijo Station.
  • Ikedaya Hananomai
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Sanjyodo Kawaramachi Higashi Nakajima cho 82 Owa Sanjo Building
    Built on the site of the former Ikeda-ya Inn, where competing forces fought at the end of the Edo period, Ikeda-ya Hananomai provides customers with locally-sourced fresh vegetables from farms under contract and sashimi made from seafood acquired from all over Japan that is acclaimed for its freshness. It has a wide variety of multi-course prix fixe options as well as collaborative menus.

    I was not keen on any of the offerings on Sanjou street so I decided on a whim to eat inside the infamous Ikedaya Inn. It screamed of a tourist trap, but did not expect a decent izakaya to have set...

  • FUNATSURU KYOTO KAMOGAWA RESORT
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Kiya Town Matsubara Kamiru Minowa Town 180
    This French restaurant is in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City along the Kamogawa River. It serves French cuisine in a simple Japanese-style interior that harmonizes the traditional and the modern. Guests dine on meat and fish-based fare from lunch, dinner, and seasonal menus. It's available for use by groups for gatherings like wedding ceremonies and farewell parties.

    Very fancy restsurant, locate in a tourist area, good environment with yummy food, waiter service is so good, enjoy life is so easy

  • Onikai
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-dori Shijo Tower Konoya-machi 3882 F
    This Japanese pub is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. They feature local sake and dishes with seasonal Kyoto-grown vegetables. Guests dine on variety of creative Japanese-style vegetable-based fare including salads, nimono boiled dishes, cooked items, fried food, and more. Drinks such as smoothies with vegetable cocktails and desserts are also popular.

    This restaurant was recommended to us and we were lucky enough to get a reservation for the same evening. We had a great evening - the people in the restaurant are very friendly and welcoming. The...

  • Rokkaku Sakaba Chabu Chabu
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Yamazakichou 236-12
    Rokkaku Sakaba Chabu Chabu is a traditional Japanese izakaya bar located in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward. It serves all the foods and beverages typical of izakaya, but also serves seasonal dishes and those that are currently popular. One of its most notable dishes is bonito tataki, in which fresh bonito is seared, sliced, and served with green onion and ponzu sauce. This izakaya can accommodate up to 100 people for banquets, and it is open all night till 8:00 the next morning.

    意図的に昭和っぽいメニューが多く 赤玉とか真っ赤なウィンナーなど普通の居酒屋で置かない懐かしいものがけっこうあります

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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