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Gael Irish Pub

#1,316 of 7,330 Restaurants in Kyoto
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Gion
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236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-525-0680
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5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nice selection of drinks and reasonably priced pub food like fish-n-chips and bangers and mash. Sometimes they have really good authentic music.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Ron R
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Akashi, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The atmosphere is nice, decoration also. But when the other reviewers are telling you that portions are small, it's true ! We were 6 people and our main dish was delivered over a one hour slot ensuring that each of us will eat alone ! 650 yen for a glass of soft drink is simply outrageous. Overall, the address would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Nice selection of drinks and reasonably priced pub food like fish-n-chips and bangers and mash. Sometimes they have really good authentic music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Really friendly atmosphere. Usually a good crowd to chat to. We ordered fish and chips and shepherds pie which was really fresh.

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Dalian, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Wandered in looking to catch a game on the TV. They were happy to spend time trying to see if they could find a channel that was showing it. When they couldn't get one, they called around and sent me off to another nearby pub that was showing it. The place is located right outside the Gion station. Great location... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Found this place when I was out with my friends. Had a lot of interesting characters who seemed to run the place... A bit pricy but we had fun. The regulars got a bit rowdy toward the end of the night so we took off. Seems like a good place if it's your thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Needed a quick break from the hustle of Gion, and as an escape for westerners this is perfect. Good beer, good atmosphere and good service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

We were trying to find something to give us a break from Japanese food and wasn't called McDonalds. I found this place on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try (not after stopping at another Irish Pub.....another review on that place). I had the fish and chips. Loved the chips and the fish was pretty darn good. My... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stopped by this Irish pub for a few after dinner drinks. Overall, I was fairly disappointed. We ordered a cider, an Irish coffee and a plate of chips to share. Despite the fact that it was only us and 2 other tables in the entire bar, they somehow forgot our fries. When they did finally show up, they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is a wonderful spot. During our year in Japan, we tried many small pubs but nothing came close to our experience here. We visited Kyoto often, and rushed here as soon as we could. If there was music, it was magical. There were always English books to read; you could log on to the Internet for free for awhile;... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

A traditional-feeling Irish pub / bar upstairs in what looks like an office building. We stopped in for a drink after dinner one evening. There was a birthday party going on so it was a bit noisy - just what we like in a pub. Got to talking with an British ex-pat who brings his bulldog to the bar! Guinness... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighborhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-525-0680

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Irish, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gion

Neighborhood Profile
Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.