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#117 of 368 Bar in Kyoto
#1,745 of 8,045 Restaurants in Kyoto


Dinner, Drinks
Serves Alcohol, Seating
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Popped in here for pre-dinner cocktails... I tried a saki-based cocktail which was amazing. Another in our party had a malt whiskey served in a glass with a huge hand carved globe of an ice cube. Huge range of whiskey and vodka.... nice nibbles too....More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed November 8, 2019

We were a bit lost so typed in "bar" and this was the closest one, when we found it tucked away and went in we were the only people there... we sat at the stunning bar, which the (owner?) bow tied bar tender told us...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 23, 2019

500¥ cover charge pp. Came here with a couple of friends. For 4 No. gin and tonics, bill set us back 8000¥. Nice bar and ambience but a tad pricey. No menu to choose your drinks.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed May 19, 2019 via mobile

All around a good experience. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable with cocktails and different alcohols and the drinks were creative and pretty good. The only issue we had was that some of the other guests were smoking cigarettes and that made it hard to enjoy...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

This place was really intimate and relaxing! The staff were lovely and clearly knew their alcohol! I would definitely go back! Atmosphere was great!

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed November 4, 2018

This place popped up as a good option to get drinks. I walked in and it smelled like stale cigarettes and beer. There is no ambiance, it kind of looks like a US strip club. Not the kind of place you would expect to find...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Went there with two friends on our first day in Kyoto. The place is clean and there is a good choice of alcohol. Apart from the buzzing of the AC, the place is dead silent. There is no menu and the discussion with the bar...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Having read a glowing Lonely Planet recommendation we decided to give Giwon Finlandia Bar a try before dinner last night. It's well tucked away down tiny back streets in a very old building which has been nicely modernised inside and has a bit of a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed July 2, 2018

After a warm day of sightseeing in Kyoto, we came to Finlandia for a cool drink. We were told we'd be charged a 5 yen cover and hoped there might be something interesting inside. We asked if there was a signature drink or some house...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 9, 2018

I can understand why there are mixed reviews here, this is a very quirky and quite small bar and it won't suit everyone. The bill wasn't any more than we had been charged elsewhere, but we really enjoyed the hushed atmosphere, we felt we were...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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