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Tin's Hall is possibly the best bar in the Tennō-ji area...
This is not the kind of place you come to talk over the music. Aficionados have been coming here for over 40 years to listen to Japan’s best jazz performers. Weekday matinees feature new artists and cost only ¥1300.
Just about every Japanese band from Buck-Tick to Melt-Banana has passed through here. The room is fairly spacious, but even when the place gets crowded you’ll never be far from the stage...
There's free karaoke on Tuesdays at this tiny bar...
Class and character in the heart of Katamachi; this bar has an extensive picture menu, a billiard table and attracts a lively crowd. It's in the basement level beneath Shidax karaoke. There's a ¥500 cover after 10pm.
Roll up to this tiny white taco shack off Yamate-dōri and knock back beers for ¥500, tacos for ¥330 and tequila for ¥300. It’s operated by a friendly skateboarder, who’s happy to dispense tips on hip local hangouts.
Just around the corner from Heian-jingu, this cosy little cafe-gallery is a nice spot for a cuppa in the Okazaki-kōen area...
Fragrant puffs of fruity hookah smoke waft through this cramped, cubby-like hang-out. Grab a business card to find the super-secret location of the second branch on a nondescript residential block up the street.
Low lighting, sofas, and a broad terrace with a river view make this relaxed bar-cafe a nice place to end your evening. Snacks include homemade pizzas. It's on the 3rd floor of a building just near the bridge.
This little Ishigaki City izakaya has warmth and natural ambience. Local treats are sliced steak of Ishigaki beef (¥1280) and the microbrew ishigaki-jima-zake (¥500). Look for the plants and tree trunks outside.
This chain is a Kyoto institution and has branches across the city. Though slightly expensive, the old-Japan atmosphere makes it worth a try, especially if you want something Japanese rather than international.
Chat, drink and be merry into the wee hours while listening to music from the wall of CDs. The owners take requests; choose wisely. Look for the small sign pointing up a stairway at the side of a building.
Cool but friendly, this dark basement bar is a bit of a local icon, cluttered with rock memorabilia. There's a huge collection of tunes, cosy booths with dim lamps and the staff has pride in the environment.
This massive club is worth a visit if you’re on the younger end of 20-something. Events here are usually jam-packed every night. Occasionally the club hosts some of Tokyo’s bigger DJ events and hip-hop acts.
Everything at this cosy, aptly named bar is ¥500, including a hearty selection of food and the impressively extensive martini menu. It's not far from the corner of Sakai-suji; look for the 5 in a red circle.
Not exactly a bar, not exactly a cafe, this is a fine spot to sip a drink and watch the characters of Gion stroll by. It’s near the Shira-kawa canal and right alongside some of Kyoto’s best cherry trees.
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