Gion Finlandia Bar

Bar in Southern Higashiyama

This stylish, minimalist Gion bar in an old geisha house is a great place for a quiet civilised drink. There's no menu, so just prop up at the bar and let the bow-tied bartender know what you like, whether it's an expertly crafted cocktail or a high-end Japanese single malt. Friday and Saturday nights can get busy, so you may have to queue.