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Great for having a good time

This bar was possibly the best place I drank in Japan. Me and my wife tried several great whiskies... read more

Reviewed March 23, 2019
thomasdrf
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Mariazell, Austria
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Whisky Connoisseurs -- Don't Miss this Bar!

Wonderful bar with a great atmosphere and incredible selection, but the best part? The service... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
bvjoke
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Reno, Nevada
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121 Ishiyacho, Nakagyo-ku | Matsushimaya Bldg.3F, Kyoto 604-8002, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed March 23, 2019 via mobile

This bar was possibly the best place I drank in Japan. Me and my wife tried several great whiskies, both national and imported that I would not have found at home. Beyond the selection, our barman, Mr.Fujimoto was extremely helpful and great to chat with,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Wonderful bar with a great atmosphere and incredible selection, but the best part? The service! Bartenders are knowledgeable, speak some English and are very hospitable. They have perfected the art of being available for questions, yet unobtrusive. They provide menus in English with ages and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

You cannot have a better place for whisky! Lots of choice, lots of description in the menu. Plenty of good choice, mostly Japanese whisky. Tasted a Nikka 21 years and it was a blast!!!! Yamazaki 12 years wasn't good at all and Akashi 5 years...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

If I have one regret about a week-long stay in Kyoto, it is that we didn't find Bar Cordon Noir earlier in our visit, and we didn't end every evening there. We spent three perfect evenings enjoying the hospitality here. The whisky/whiskey selection is incredible....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank daviestad
Reviewed July 23, 2018

The only thing better than the whiskey was the service by the bartenders. They were incredible! We are not the biggest whiskey drinkers, and my husband really enjoyed his glass, but I experience the BEST old fashioned I have ever consumed! It was delicious. Definitely...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank aesamsell
Reviewed July 11, 2018

If you are looking for a low key bar and some delicious whiskey to try that you cannot get stateside, go here. Me and my husband came just for the drinks, but the staff was very accommodating and offered great recommendations

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank VVF621
Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

This place has the well deserved reputation of being the best whiskey bar in Kyoto. It oozes class, from attentive and knowledgeable bartenders, the quiet ambience and of course the outstanding whiskey collection. It's quite large by Japanese standards, probably hosting 25 people, but manages...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank AllanSimonsen
Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

This was lovely. The bar was large by Japanese standards and with plenty od atmosphere. So nice to be in a whiskey bar not run by over enthusiastic hipsters. The two staff were very helpful with suggestions as we had an explore of Japanese whiskeys....More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

This one was a really worth the time. Awesome selection of drinks including a great range of Japanese whiskeys, well kept cigars and jazz music playing in the background. The service was accommodating and did their job well. I'd recommend this bar to anyone wanting...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Christian P
Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

First comes first: the drinks. From the huge array of drinks I tried hibiki 17 and taketsuru 17 which were both fantastic, excellently served with the barman placing the bottle in front of you so you can properly admire your beverage. My girlfriend who is...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls,
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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
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