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173-2 Kashiwayacho, Nakagyo-ku | B1f, Kyoto 604-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-255-7556
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Don't! Really, save your time and money!

Nice whisky bar, but unnecessarily expensive. Very poor abilities of the bar keepers. They charge a... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2016
Lucerne, Switzerland
via mobile
Lovely bar with excellent service

Finding the bar in the Pontocho Alley was really a lucky punch. You'll have to go into the basement... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2016
via mobile
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25 Jul 2016
“Don't! Really, save your time and money!”
9 Apr 2016
“Lovely bar with excellent service”
173-2 Kashiwayacho, Nakagyo-ku | B1f, Kyoto 604-8014, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-255-7556
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Nice whisky bar, but unnecessarily expensive. Very poor abilities of the bar keepers. They charge a 500 yen fee to just put your but on a chair. Really, don't do it. You can enjoy your drinks in your hometown even better, cheaper and with professional...More

Thank kiljen
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Finding the bar in the Pontocho Alley was really a lucky punch. You'll have to go into the basement and go through a tiny door but then you'll find yourself in a very nice atmospehre. Nice drinks, huge selection, friendly staff and a cherry tree...More

Thank Toaoa
Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Don't mind the 500 yen cover charge - consider it a tip for the fabulous drinks you will be served. All the ice is hand carved to suit the individual drink as is the glass. They take such care to make each drink. Their shaking...More

1  Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

The bar looked nice and was hard to find but when I entered and sat down they asked for a 500yen table charge before the drinks even started flowing. Wasn't really keen on paying to drink when I was planning on having a fair few....More

Thank Elliot K
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Quiet bar with good drinks. Good whiskey selection. All guys though. Bartenders were polite and nice enough for good English conversation.

Thank Markingaround
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Fantastic little bar- we walked around for ages to find it! It is underground and the manager speaks great English. Once you get chatting to him he is very willing to share his knowledge and makes fantastic cocktails. Definitely worth popping in for a drink...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Absolutely perfect drinks ! It's a must ... The barmans are very professional and give great suggestion for cocktails! To try.

Thank Pietro Z
Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I where looking for a nice bar around this area and we were pleased to discover this hidden gem in a basement, overlooking the river and bridge. The staff and barman are very welcoming and have great selection of whisky and cocktails.

2  Thank Pat_Mar07
Reviewed 14 December 2014

This place is a hidden gem - it's in a basement on the river side of Pontocho, not far from the south end. It's opposite a French restaurant. It has a great cosy atmosphere, only seating eight or so people with a view looking out...More

2  Thank Tom C
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's
most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow
street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's
busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls,
Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life,
making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to
come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and
bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly
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