Nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Downtown Kyoto

Bungalow

Spread over two floors with an open-air downstairs bar, Bungalow serves a great range of Japanese craft beer along with natural wines in a cool industrial space. The regularly changing menu features 10 beers on tap …
Cocktail Bar in Downtown Kyoto

Nokishita 711

The sign inside says 'Kyoto Loves Gin' and if you do too, you won't want to miss this quirky little bar. Owner Tomo infuses gin with interesting ingredients, such as bamboo and smoked tea, and mixes up delicious coc…
Coffee in Downtown Kyoto

Weekenders Coffee

Weekenders is a standing-room-only coffee bar tucked away in a traditional building at the back of a parking lot in Downtown Kyoto. Sure, it's a strange location but it's where you'll find some of the city's best co…
Pub in Downtown Kyoto

Tadg's Gastro Pub

Looking out on a particularly scenic stretch of Kiyamachi-dōri, Tadg's is a great place for a drink or two in the evening and you can choose from an extensive selection of craft beers (including nine rotating Japane…
Teahouse in Downtown Kyoto

Kaboku Tearoom

A casual lovely tearoom attached to the Ippōdō Tea store, Kaboku serves a range of tea, including sencha, genmaicha and matcha, and provides a great break while exploring the shops around the Teramachi covered arcad…
Cocktail Bar in Downtown Kyoto

Bar Rocking Chair

Tucked away in the quiet backstreets of Downtown Kyoto, this dimly lit, dark-wood cocktail bar is a good choice for an upscale drink (though at upscale prices). Set up in an converted machiya (traditional Japanese t…
Coffee in Downtown Kyoto

Kiln

On a pretty stretch of canal, Kiln's big windows frame the view and make it the perfect spot to stare lazily while waiting for your caffeine to kick in. The brew is made with single-origin beans and there's a select…
Bar in Downtown Kyoto

Sama Sama

Sama Sama is an Indonesian-owned bar that feels like a very comfortable cave somewhere near the Mediterranean. Grab a seat at the counter or make yourself at home on the floor cushions and enjoy a wide variety of dr…
Bar in Downtown Kyoto

Atlantis

This is a slick Ponto-chō bar that welcomes foreigners and draws a fair smattering of Kyoto’s beautiful people, and wannabe beautiful people. In summer you can sit outside on a platform looking over the Kamo-gawa (t…
Bar in Downtown Kyoto

Sake Bar Yoramu

Named for Yoramu, the Israeli sake expert who runs Sake Bar Yoramu, this bar is highly recommended for anyone after an education in sake. It’s very small and can only accommodate a handful of people. If you're not s…