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A true quirky little place

Coming from Melbourne we love a good cocktail speciality bar and this place did deliver. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Preston, Australia
via mobile
amazing.You should go!

This is probably one of the most amazings bars in the world. It's magical. The bartenders are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gabriella M
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138-9 Saisekidori, Shijosagaru, Saitocho, Shimogyo-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto 600-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-708-8511
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Coming from Melbourne we love a good cocktail speciality bar and this place did deliver. Very friendly staffs, the drinks are one better than the other. The atmosphere is amazing with a quirky deco. The background electro swing music add to the ambience really well....More

Thank Emmanuel2108
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably one of the most amazings bars in the world. It's magical. The bartenders are really funny. It's kinda expensive ($10-$14 per drink) but it's totally wot it.

Thank Gabriella M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably not unexpectedly we fell for the top reviews this bar has. We got there and they were “full” so told us to come back in 15-30 Min. We did, but meanwhile other people had also arrived so they were in place before us. We...More

Thank 495gabrielas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best bars I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Sensational cocktails combined with fabulous staff made this a definite highlight of our trip to Kyoto. Lots of theatre involved made it a magical night out.

Thank paulmccallum34
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is only a small place, so be prepared to wait a while. You may have to stand when you first arrived, but will be rotated round as tables or seats at the bar become available. Cocktails are hand made, with traditional and creative options...More

Thank meryll83
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

If you look for a beautiful experience in the Kyoto nightlife, you have to go there. A very small bar with a good atmosphere, lot of strange objects around, the toilet behind a library, barman with hat 🎩 like if they are magician and they...More

Thank Simosix87
Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

Great bar with a touch of magic. Very tasty cocktails, my favorite was Kyoto Garden. I wish there would be more bars like this. The owner was very friendly!

Thank siln_798
Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I absolutely enjoyed our time here at L’escomoteur. Seriously the ambience and setting is FANTASTIC!! All the tools and props are wonderfully curated to fit the intended aesthetics of this magical bar. The cocktail menu was insane. Very thoughtfully crafted with interesting...More

Thank Grace C
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

I tried out a few bars this evening in Kyoto, all the drinks I found were over priced for how simple they were. This bar ACTUALLY makes nice cocktails, and some of them are amazingly presented. The bar is so authentic, very aesthetically pleasing. The...More

Thank Alyxx M
Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

Not easy to have a place in this bar cause it wants to be intimist with max 16 pers. We appreciate the incredible interior decoration, astmosphere of secrecy, feel to be like back 1950's. Perfect cocktail advise by the magician bartender who is the boss...More

Thank ben l
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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub,
Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining,
and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with
tourists and local business travelers, making it a
competitive location for ever-new commercial
structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and
trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains.
Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
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