Ki Bar

Ki Bar, Kyoto: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Ki Bar Reviews: 5/5

Bars & Clubs • Karaoke Bars
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
About
Ki Bar is a 3 floor BAR on Pontocho in the traditional part of downtown Kyoto. We have a bar on the 1st floor, lounge on the 2nd and karaoke on the 3rd. We offer beer, wine and Japanese sake and sho chu plus lots of cocktails, an amazing WHISKEY collection and NO cover charge. Food is also available. If you're visiting Kyoto for the first time, stop by if you need any sightseeing tips or restaurant recommendations. Just ask Shaheed or Diana - they're a wealth of information on Kyoto. This is a great place to come by yourself and make some new friends or even in groups - Fun for everyone!!! Non-smoking on the 2nd & 3rd floors.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Neighborhood: Pontocho
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
Popular mentions

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ktari3
Kyoto, Japan229 contributions
Excellent bar with friendly staff!
Apr 2019 • Solo
Great little bar on the 1st (ground) floor with 2 more rooms up above. The barman (Nobu) was really friendly/easy going and made an effort to involve me in the conversation with a regular as I had stopped by on my own.
Good prices and a wide choice of drinks and they have a lot of local beers/gins too. Great location right at the north end of Pontocho.
Well worth checking this place out whether you live in Kyoto or are here on vacation.
Written March 23, 2020
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Elliott
Farnham, UK4 contributions
Amazing bar!
Mar 2020 • Couples
Great whiskey selection and unparalleled service. Highly recommended! Craft beers, sake and the best karaoke!
Written March 15, 2020
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Kevin D
6 contributions
Welcoming. Amazing people. Great drink. 4 stars. +1 more. 5 stars.
Feb 2020 • Friends
Best bar in Kyoto. Maybe even the world.

Shaheed is great, the regulars are super welcoming. Everything is geared towards a great time and an awesome social environment. We never made it past the first floor but I don’t think you can go wrong here.

Enjoy!
Written February 20, 2020
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Jessi2288
23 contributions
Great fun, relaxed bar, foosball table/karaoke
Jan 2020
We had a great time at Ki Bar in Kyoto. Super upbeat atmosphere, lovely staff, quality Japanese spirits, a table soccer table and karaoke upstairs. Will go bacK!
Written January 6, 2020
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Lasse B
19 contributions
Awesome place
Dec 2019 • Couples
Really nice and turist friendly bar in downtown. The bartender was very friendly, spoke perfect english and gave us great recommendations for our trip around Kyoto and Osaka
Written December 20, 2019
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nurisw
United Arab Emirates4 contributions
Please drop by!
Nov 2019 • Couples
We chanced upon Ki Bar after a late dinner, and we went in because it said No Cover Charge at the front. No regrets!! Spent two nights there, and both times we stayed till closing time.
Owner and manager were awesome people to just sit and chat with, even though we had to listen to Senorita on repeat at times. 🤣
The prices were on the higher end, but for the great company and lack of cover charge, it was worth it.
MUST drop by for a drink and a chat. Chances are, you'll stay for much longer.
Written November 21, 2019
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Dazzmuzza
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
Average
Nov 2019 • Couples
To be honest I found this place average. Drink prices seemed quite high and the bar attendant wasn’t very welcoming. Stayed for two drinks and went elsewhere
Written November 2, 2019
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Dear Dazzmuzza, Sorry about our prices but they are posted outside and on the menu. TBH, they're very competitive if not more reasonable than many other bars on Pontocho and we don't have a seating charge either. I do want to thank you about the information regarding the bar staff. This is the second complaint against him and he no longer works here. We will endeavor to make sure that you and everyone have a fantastic time when you come to Ki Bar. Give us another chance on your return to Kyoto. Best, s.
Written November 20, 2019
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Arden C
3 contributions
Love love love
Aug 2019 • Couples
Such a cosy bar, perfect to meet other travellers and locals alike, delicious drinks, Shaheed is so kind and welcoming. 10/10 would recommend
Written August 27, 2019
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Liz W
1 contribution
Amazing host!
Jun 2019 • Couples
Nice place, nice host, nice drinks! Fairly cheap and a must visit. Very nice atmosphere feels just a bit like home.
Written June 26, 2019
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Alex S.
Orange County, CA2 contributions
Great Staff
Jun 2019 • Friends
We visited many bars in Pontocho area,
This is by far my favorite we have landed in!
Clean, Super friendly staff!
Good people and music is a plus ❤️
Can’t wait to visit again!
Written June 25, 2019
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