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This is a small bar in central Kyoto -on Kiyamachi dori - where blues is played over the stereo and very often live, The bar owner is a good blues guitarist himself, and the bar acts as a magnet for local blues musicians. Beers on...More
Small, but quirky, good drinks and great music. Didn’t get charged a cover but had a few rounds of beer and g and t’s so we may have been given a pass. Blink and you’ll miss it though, 5th floor and holds no more than...More
Located on the fourth floor with just a small sign outside. its easy to miss and as you climb stairs you might give up thinking you came the wrong way. But then you hear music and arrive at a door that gives way to a...More
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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
atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.