Kyoto Nightlife

  • Tadg's Irish Bar (Formerly McLoughlin's)
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  • Tadg's Irish Bar (Formerly McLoughlin's)
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  • Pig and Whistle
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Most Viewed Nightlife in Kyoto

  • 1. Gion and Pontocho

    At night when the temples are closed, in Kyoto, one activity to do is to watch the Cultural Show of geishas and maikos, short displays of introduction Kabuki, Noh, Bunraku, puppet show, comedy, story...

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  • 2. "A" Bar

    A Bar is... A bar! It's one of the many hole-in-the-wall bars around the Gion area and it's popular among foreigners for some reason. There are a fair amount of drinking options and the menu is in...

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  • 3. ING Bar

    ING bar was defiantly a traditional small bar with seating for around 30 people (crammed) that has friendly staff/owners and tunes rocking out, cheap beer and a good singalong however if you are a non...

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  • 4. Pig and Whistle

    The Pig and Whistle is a popular Irish Pub in Eastern Kyoto at Sanjo Station, just north of Gion. This huge bar and restaurant has seats for probably 75 or 100 customers on either side of the bar. The...

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  • 5. Hub Bar

    It is a fairly relaxed foreigner bar, very little sleaze factor. When we go out we usually meet here. Beer is about 500Yen which is good value but the same goes for non-alcoholic drinks, which is a...

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  • 6. Bar Isn't It?

    I hate this place. But, MANY foreigners (age group 21-31)love it. This is a point of contention between me and my friends. I find it sleazy, smoky and the staff really unfriendly. Still, you can...

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  • 7. Tadg's Irish Bar (Formerly McLoughlin's)

    Tadg's Irish Pub is a great bar in Kyoto's Pontocho district one block west of the Kamo River (Kamo-gawa). This friendly establishment is on the 8th floor of a building overlooking the city and...

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  • 8. Aqua Fantasy

    This is a somewhat odd sight. On the roof of a small shop in front of Kyoto Station is a nightly display in which water jets are lit to look a little like fireworks and are set to music in a...

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  • 9. Club Metro

    If you like 'alternative' music, 80's, techno, acid-jazz etc. Metro is not bad. They have a monthly schedule. A very small bar and the atmosphere varies with what's on that night. Depends on the...

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  • 10. Sports Bar Africa (Pub Africa)

    Except for some of the decorations this bar made me think of many things but definitely not the continent its name refers to. Then again, I had never been to a pub named Africa with music from Mariah...

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  • 11. Man in the Moon Pub

    Man in the Moon is an Irish Pub that has three locations in Kyoto. I visited the newest of the three pubs, located in Gion, which just opened in early 2013. The pub is tiny, perhaps able to seat 25,...

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  • 12. Cafe Soware

    In case you didn't know it, Japan is in a coffee boom. But as much as I'm fond of Starbucks (there are now 5 of them just in central Kyoto! And also Tulley's... ) it's lovely to go somewhere with a...

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  • 13. Sent James Club

    There are 2 Sent James Clubs in Kyoto. One in Honten and one in Ponto-cho. I went to the Ponto-cho one with my friend (who is I might add crazy about jazz). But Im not and you dont have to be a jazz...

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  • 14. Brasserie Cafe Onze

    Onze is a nice little French wine bar in Shijo where most of the city's nightlife is located. There is a food menu featuring their breads, cheeses, and others foods. Then there is a separate menu for...

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  • 15. Cafe Independants

    A few meters west of Teramachi/Sanjo. Go downstairs. I would have like it more in my University days, I think. Rather large bar downstairs, with no actual bar to sit at, but big garden-like tables....

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  • 16. Rub A Dub

    This place is pretty small but they serve Red Stripe and play reeeeeeaaally good reggae.. old and new school. The staff is really friendly and the crowd is hip but not tragically hip. The owners of...

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  • 17. Kiyamachi Hoppy

    So, you go into Hoppy, and it's like you walked into someone's house. Someone who has been on a bender for about the past three years and decided while they were at it to just put in some tables and...

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  • 19. Jankara (I think): An evening of karaoke

    Most people know that karaoke was invented in Japan; the word derives from the Japanese for empty, kara, and orchestra ōkesutora, alluding to the use of a...

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  • 20. Kyoto Station: An evening in the station (yes really!)

    Kyoto Station is huge (the second largest in the country, after Nagoya) and as I mentioned in my Transport tip can be daunting to navigate as a traveller. But...

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  • 21. Sam & Dave's Club: Interesting

    This nightclub was very interested with two levels. Saturday night was cosplay night and the staff members were dressed in various furry animal costumes. Mixed...

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  • 22. Going out

    There are plenty of options for nightlife in this city, but to be honest, some are not really to my taste and in other hand, after being out all day I have left...

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  • 23. Bar This Way: International or what?

    Bar This Way advertises as an international bar in Kyoto and if you wonder what would be so international about it, than read further. The bar is owned by a...

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  • 24. The Matching Temple: See the night lanterns at the Matching Temple

    So you think I will recommend a nightclub, ha? Sorry, buddy! I rather want you to go to the Matching Temple and see the night lanterns! It is so beautiful when...

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  • 25. Kyoto Station: Many People Many Things

    From The main hall of Kyoto Station. You can take an escalator to the top. All along the escalator for about 8 stories thereare seating areas and many places...

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