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Giwon Finlandia Bar

#2,230 of 12,940 Restaurants in Kyoto
$$ - $$$
Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-541-3482
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good14%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible14%
Nov 4, 2018
“Disappointing atmosphere”
May 9, 2018
“A memorable and quite unusual experience”
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$$ - $$$
Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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!

Thank jessicaspencer87
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

1  Thank JasmineSB
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

Thank beaupral
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

Thank ChilternsAleFiend
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

Thank mamagphd
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

Thank MarkP426
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Stylish bar but the atmosphere was strange and very quiet so you almost feel as though you have to whisper. Had to pay 500yen to enter so if you only go for 1 drink your paying about £10 for it (£7 for the drink, £3...More

Thank Lawrence K
Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

I visited this bar after the party in Kiyamachi erea. I was looking for quiet bar which I could drink good spirits cocktail such as gin or vodka. This bar was absolutely matched my want. Both of bartender Ms.Nakayama and Mr.Imai has huge knowledge about...More

Thank Peeeteeer00
Reviewed November 2, 2017

They do not have a menu and they will overcharge you for mediocre drinks and average customer service.

Thank JackienBob55
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

The drinks are ok, but way overpriced. There is no menu, so surprise comes at the end. No reason to go here.

Thank dutchtraveller29
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
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  • Address: Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighborhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 75-541-3482
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