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#16 of 369 Bar in Kyoto
#246 of 8,056 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner


Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar

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Reviewed January 15, 2020

Cosy and wonderfully designed, taking you back to the old days of bars and lounges. Crackly vinyl sounds of jazz and even some early Doris Day swoons. Great choice in whiskey selections.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank davidpointon
Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I caught up with some friends at this bar on the 04/11/2019. We sat at the bar trying different whiskey and relaxing to the Jazz music that was playing in the background. It has a good selection of whiskey and is a...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank bon1979
Reviewed October 23, 2019 via mobile

A lovely quaint little bar that is common in the area. This one seems to have the pull factor they all crave for. Unfortunately we weren’t impressed. Waiting 25 minutes to order a whiskey sour , it came out after another 25. 50 minutes for...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank nomadicT23
Reviewed October 17, 2019 via mobile

We were walking along Pontocho Alley and happened upon this bar that said it played jazz. We walked in and they were playing great jazz from vinyl records. Made good gin martini’s (even dirty martini’s which are hard to come by.) The decor suited the...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank ArleneD547
Reviewed October 9, 2019

Stopped by here one night by chance, and what a spot! Cozy little bar with such a cool vibe. Awesome jazz played off vinyl records which i loved, and a fantastic selection of drinks. Enjoyed a few cracker local whiskies and met some super fun...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ramenchaser
Reviewed June 17, 2019

Very enjoyable experience; good live jazz by local musicians; good service; good G+T. I would highly recommend this small venue and would happily return.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank GjazzTraveller
Reviewed June 9, 2019 via mobile

We stopped by for drinks on vacation. They had a nice selection of cocktails and alcohol. Had a delicious Moscow mule.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank BobsyW
Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

Good music. Cozy. Great ambiance. Excellent bartender. Makes an excellent old fashioned. Feels homey and at the same time has the Kyoto feel.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 308nickw
Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

This is a very small and cosy bar. It however has but of a grubby feel to it with old looking carpets and furniture. However The cocktails were great.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank saintlysinner
Reviewed March 31, 2019

The cover charge for the live jazz is a bit steep but well worth it when you're on vacation. Be aware, they do allow smoking, as many bars in Japan do, so if you're sensitive to smoke, that's something to consider. The drinks weren't the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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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
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