Nightlife

Club in Northern Higashiyama

Metro

Metro is part disco, part live house and it even hosts the occasional art exhibition. It attracts an eclectic mix of creative types and has a different theme nightly, so check ahead in Kansai Scene to see what’s goi…
Bar in Northern Higashiyama

Bar Tantei

Paying homage to hard-boiled detective movies, lively Bar Tantei (detective) is popular with Kyoto University students and is a great place for a drink in the area. Look out for the secret bookshelf doorway.
Cafe in Northern Higashiyama

Zac Baran

Near the Kyoto Handicraft Center, this is a good spot to listen to some jazz tunes over a light meal or a drink. It serves a variety of spaghetti dishes (meals from ¥700) as well as a good lunch special.
Bar in Northern Higashiyama

Kick Up

Located just across the street from the Westin Miyako Kyoto, this wonderful bar attracts a regular crowd of Kyoto expats, local Japanese and guests from the Westin. It’s subdued, relaxing and friendly.