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A range of tasty beers, helpful staff who went out of their way for us. Also playing great Japanese music. They have two seats overlooking the river but you may need to get there a little before dark to get them.
7 beers on tap and a decent selection of japanese whiskey. A tourist friendly place with money bills from different places in the world on the walls. We had a great beer tasting and generally a good evening here!
Stopped by in the early evening (about 6pm) for a couple of drinks. Good ambiance, awesome small venue, great drinks menu and an awesome server behind the bar. Helped us choose some drinks and let us pick some music. Was an enjoyable time, only planned...on having one but ended up staying for a few hours and ordered multiple drinks. Relatively quiet at this time, my guess because people were going to dinner. Few people popped in and out.More
We spent a few nights in Kyoto on our honeymoon and ducked into this bar about 8pm on a Friday. We wanted to get boozed up in good company and this bar did not disappoint.
It feels like you are drinking with your mates who...have set up a bar in their house. The 2 guys working there werr doing shots and throwing beer down. I can't recommend this place enough if your are after that kind of night. It's one kf those "best mates with strangers" bars, which in my opinion are getting harder to find.
The guys let us choose the music and came and sat with us on the other side of the bar. It retains its atmosphere by only having 18 seats and no standing allowed. If theres no space, then thats it. No queues or reservations.
Special place for both of us, will return soon.More
Popped in as we fancied a drink before dinner totally unplanned. Great small pub , really nice craft beers that are reasonably priced. Great atmosphere , good music and young guys having fun and being entrepreneurial - highly recommended
Popped up the stairs quite early and were the only two in there. Two friendly Japanese bar staff. Was happy hour, so enjoyed a couple of drinks while looking out over the river. People started to arrive as we left to go for dinner and...after a couple of cold responses when walking into other bars after our dinner, we came back and the place was buzzing with mainly western travellers, but all up for fun. Bar staff joining in the fun, dishing out a round of shots. Everyone inside was a traveller with that attitude of just enjoying experiencing another culture. Got recommendations from other travellers for rest of our trip. Stayed later than intended and would definitely be back.More
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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.