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The Common One Bar Kyoto

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Magic place

It is a kind of secret bar because is hidden. The location at firts looks like a traditional... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A safehaven in the busy Kyoto

This is a true hidden gem - almost so that one would rather not unveil the bar’s existence but to... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
Helsinki, Finland
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4 weeks ago
“Magic place”
Jul 25, 2018
“A safehaven in the busy Kyoto”
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46 Motoyoshicho, Higashiyama-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto 605-0087, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-5644
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a kind of secret bar because is hidden. The location at firts looks like a traditional japanese ryokan, but inside is modern. Few but good selection of gins and rums. High price but it is worth drinking here.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank muflin
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a true hidden gem - almost so that one would rather not unveil the bar’s existence but to keep the experience for oneself. The bar is found by stepping into a small innergarden of vegetation and following the stepping stones. The clientel is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

It was early on a year-end Saturday night, and our last night in Japan. A favorite restaurant is next door, Gion Yata. Its miniscule upstairs bar, which is a wonderful 8-seat hideout--never seen so much attention paid to making a martini, or gracious assistance in...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Out-of-SFO
Reviewed September 27, 2017

Lovely high end bar. We had an introduction from another Kyoto bartender (Mr. Watanabe at Bar Indigo...go there too). He called ahead for us. Delicious cocktails, beautiful space.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank ssphl22
Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

Difficult to find but excelent. Favorite with he locals. Great attention to detail in every drink. By far one of the best bars we have ever been. I urge you to give it a try. Four bartenders in the counter, that sits some 10-12 people....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank AMajch
Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Escorted to the bar by our host in a nearby restaurant, we felt rather privileged... We were the only Westerners in the bar, on a busy weekend night. The bar, however, isn't stuffy or pretentious -- just exquisite and professional. Couldn't have asked for a...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank IsraelTroy
Reviewed May 19, 2016

At a summer night in Kyoto, I was eager to drink a glass of tasty cocktail. This bar is located in Shinbashi-dori street. It's close to Tatsumi Daimyojin shrine. What a fantastic atmosphere this place produces! After shutting the sliding door at the gate, you...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank easy_a_gogo
Reviewed May 14, 2016

I read about this spot from Anthony Bourdain's Japan travel book: Rice, Noodle, Fish and was excited to check out this geisha / geiko bar in the Gion district. We went early enough on a weeknight where we did not need reservations, but I can...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank blondebond26
Reviewed March 30, 2016

This place is quite hidden, although really worth it! You can make a booking in advance. A typical Japanese whisky and cocktail bar with very high level of service. You can sit at the counter or at a table. The place accomodates a max of...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank kangelini
Reviewed November 5, 2015

Got a 3rd party recommendation to check this place out, Let's start with it's really difficult to find, there is a small sign next to a gate (on Shinbashi-Dori, not on Yamato-Oji or Shin Monzen) down a long narrow nice alley with manicured bushes. We...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Ed B
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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
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