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Gael Irish Pub

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Gion
Bar, Pub, Irish
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236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-525-0680
Today
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

After a lengthy tour in Japan and a long day of touring Kyoto we were on the lookout for something familiar when we found this Irish Pub. As Pubs of this nature seldom disappoint we gave it a go. When we arrived I immediately noticed that an Australian Rubgy League match was playing on the televison. The manager noticed my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Recently back here and was able to hear some great performers. There is an open mic night on the first Wednesday of the month and I was impressed with the high quality of the musicians. The Guinness is great here as well.

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Thank Simon E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I've been fascinated by these Irish-themed pubs appearing on the upper floors of a modern Japanese building. Gael does it pretty well though and has a good drink range - high prices but OK during happy hour. I ate some fried cambenbert - greatly inferior to the same dish I had at a Japanese restaurant two nights earlier - and... More 

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Thank mrdom
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

After a couple of weeks in Japan went looking for a pub and found this little gem hidden away on the 2nd floor of what appears to be an office block off Shijo Street - station end. It's not very large but had a group of vocal young travellers, a few couples and a musician setting up - I'm sure... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Visiting here after a day of sightseeing in the cold warmed us up no end. We decided to have dinner and the food was really good quality and prepared freshly. I had the fish and chips. The batter was light and crispy and the fish was delicious. Also had a very nice pint of Guinness to go with it. Atmosphere... More 

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Thank Simon E
Los Angeles, California, United States
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Went there twice recently and enjoyed it very much. Staff is great and the Irish music was fantastic.

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Thank Charles B
Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

Nicely decorated, friendly pub with English speaking staff and Irish beer on draft. Drinks are a bit pricey ($6-9), but it's Japan.

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Thank BolzVoyage
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

After a trip of Japanese noodles this was a pleasant diversion. Unfortunately the music doesn't start till 830 very pleasant staff and food was delicious

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Thank Richard D
Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Happened in by chance today and was swept away by amazing local jazzband/-artists! Typical Irish pub (am 25% Irish so thats a compliment) Decent beer menu and tasty "volcano"-pizza - single serving, though! But whatever.. Amazing live music! Go check it out, just in case! Could be very worth it :)

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Thank annecgronvold
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is nice, decoration also. But when the other reviewers are telling you that portions are small, it's true ! We were 6 people and our main dish was delivered over a one hour slot ensuring that each of us will eat alone ! 650 yen for a glass of soft drink is simply outrageous. Overall, the address would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Irish
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighborhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-525-0680

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Staying in Gion

Neighborhood Profile
Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.