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#52 of 370 Bar in Kyoto
#717 of 8,088 Restaurants in Kyoto
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Brew Pub, Bar, Pub, Japanese
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

I tried a couple of sakes on the recommendation of the staff and they were just simply outstanding! Hard to buy brands that had been purchased by the establishment - personally some of the best sakes I have tasted!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 11, 2019 via mobile

Stopped in for a couple of drinks after dinner elsewhere. Pale ale and IPA wre both good. Not cheap, but similar prices to craft beer elsewhere in Japan.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

Could have had more japanese options, but had about 10 drafts, which is good for the relatively small venue.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

This place had a good selection of beers and the food was good too. The setup was interesting but maybe not the most comfortable. It was good to have a couple of drinks but it was a little on the expensive side.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

The selection of beers is very interesting, but they charge too much for the service. Smile and a bit more of gentleness will help to create a better atmosphere...

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

I went here with my mom and we loved our beers!! It was somewhat expensive but we have found all of Japan to be expensive so far and the quality here was superb so I'm not sure it was out of the ordinary... about 800...yen for a medium draft brew. I don't know. It was a long day and we were tired so we weren't about to move. We had a couple snacks which were great (pizza and french fries) and a few different kinds of beers. The place is small but there is an upstairs and a downstairs and there didn't seems to be a problem with space to me... They had American movies playing as well with Japanese subtitles on the wall on the second floor. First rocky, then breakfast at tiffany's... kinda funny. Definitely would recommend if you are getting tired of Asahi beer.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

This place came recommend as a pub but fell short. The beer on offer was not as good as most small pubs this size and the service was abysmal. The lady behind the bar would fit in at a high end New York eatery, staring...down the clientele. No English here, though the guy making food seemed more upbeat than anyone else. The food looked decent on the menu though we had already eaten.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

Went here on our first night in Kyoto. I wanted to try some local breweries here in Japan and this was the first. The place was packed, combined with foreigners and locals. Beers are VERY expensive but as always IPA doesn't let you down. Food...wasn't really good. We ordered the Hummus, Fish and Chips and Pizza. All were too expensive and not very tasteful. I would recommend going here just for a nice quick beer. 5400Y ~~ $47 for - One beer, fish and chips, hummus and a tinny-tiny pizza.More

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Quite an Ikea vibe inside with the flatpack-esque furniture. Reasonable selection of craft beers, some better than others (!). Overall, very expensive for a standard hipster bar.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

On our way to the hotel we ran in to this bar. As a Dutchman we were interested. We drank a good IPA AND some dark beer. They have 8 drafts an we don't no if they change them often. You by the number. They...have some good music playing an you can eat some small snacks.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Really liked the feel and aesthetic of this place with fantastic special boutique ales and a great range of saki. A Dinah Washington soundtrack make made for a great evening here. They did a limited selection of food but we just went for the bar....The beers were really excellent. Highly recommended and just round the corner from the central Karasuma oike Metro Station. Closes at 10 PM (not as the name suggests! :-))More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place! Sake was tasty and cheap for how much you got. Beers were very interesting and some very tasty too. Bar staff were incredibly friendly and let us stay whilst they were shutting. Next time I'm in Kyoto I'll be back here. Definitely worth...a visit! (Would recommend getting the sake and ice cream!)More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Good craft beers (apparently one of the only places in Kyoto), their sake glasses are huge. Worth a stop if you walk by. They seem to be non-smoking. A bit on the expensive side for beer (¥800 for the "large" glass seen in the picture)...but nice atmosphere.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed June 11, 2016

Intrigued by the simplistic design of concrete and wood, I sat down and tried the Yuzu beer? The beer was not as cold as I hoped, but it didn't have too much foam, which was great. The seating area is limited (only been to the...ground floor), and not exactly made for hanging around a long time, but it is a great little place for a drink before or after dinner, easy to find. Will definitely go there again!More

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed June 10, 2016

Easy to find, welcoming atmosphere and hipster concrete and timber fitout in this new bar in Kyoto. Only beer and sake served so I had no choice to have my first beer ever. Contemporary and open.

Date of visit: June 2016
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