Kyoto drinking and 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 matcha (powdered green tea) and a sweet for ¥840; the perfect way to cool of…
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…
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 Downtown Kyoto

Weekenders Coffee

Weekenders is a tiny coffee bar tucked away in a traditional-style 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 coffee bei…
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…
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…
Cocktail Bar in Downtown Kyoto

Bee's Knees

Speakeasy-style cocktail bars have been popping up in Kyoto of late, and this one hits the mark with its 'secret entrance' (look for the subtle bee sign), pressed metal ceilings, dark wood and dim lighting. Chatty b…
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 a converted machiya (traditional Japanese to…
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…