Nightlife

Top Choice Teahouse in Arashiyama & Sagano

Hiranoya

Located next to the Atago Torii (a large Shintō shrine gate), this thatched-roof restaurant is about as atmospheric as they get. It serves a simple cup of matcha for a relatively modest ¥840 (it comes with a traditi…
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 …
Bar in Southern Higashiyama

Tōzan Bar

Even if you're not spending the night at the Hyatt Regency, drop by the cool and cosy underground bar for a tipple or two. Kitted out by renowned design firm Super Potato, the dimly lit atmospheric space features in…
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…
Craft Beer in Southern Higashiyama

Beer Komachi

Located in the Furokawa-chō covered shopping arcade close to Higashiyama Station, this tiny casual bar is dedicated to promoting Japanese craft beer. There are usually seven Japanese beers on tap, which rotate on an…
Coffee in Arashiyama & Sagano

% Arabica

Peer through the floor-to-ceiling windows that look across the Hozu-gawa and mountain backdrop as you order your coffee at this tiny cafe bringing excellent brew to Arashiyama. Grab a takeaway and stroll along the r…
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…
Teahouse in Kyoto

Taihō-an

You can't visit the town of Uji without tasting some of its renowned tea and this lovely teahouse right near Byōdō-in is the perfect spot to do so. The friendly staff conduct a 30-minute tea ceremony. Buy your ticke…
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…