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[Latest 2022] Cheers in Kyoto! 6 Recommended Izakayas

We introduce six izakayas in Kyoto that offer not only atmosphere and food, but also power from the owner and staff, along with a recommended dish. Whether you want to drink lively or calmly, why not step into one of these wonderful bars that put visitors in a good mood?
Even during the rainy season, a sunny toast will refresh you.

1.A bar that cheers you up with its food and service [Sake-drinking Bingo] / Karasuma

The owner, Mr. Miwa, opened a bar where everyone can enjoy delicious food and drinks in a happy atmosphere under the concept of "a place you can come once a week. A glance at the U-shaped counter lined with bottles reveals a lively atmosphere.

drinking alcohol bingo
sake drinking Bingo meat and bean curd

Tofu is stewed in a large pot in front of the counter, then transferred to a plate and simmered over an open fire. The meat tofu is served with aromatic homemade nama shichimi (seven spices) for 500 yen.

drinking alcohol bingo

  • Sakenonki Bingo
  • September 4, 2020 open
  • 266 Nishi-Nishikikoji-cho, Shinmachi Nishiiri-ru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station
  • Tel.075-748-1499
  • 16:00-24:00 (LO/23:00)

2.[Teppanyaki at Teppan Sakeba Isigawa Second is the best friend of beer! Around Gosho

The sixth restaurant of the Chabuya Group, which operates yakitori and shish-kebab restaurants, attracts a large number of customers every night to its neon-lit machiya (townhouse). The restaurant offers a variety of dishes that go well with beer, such as fresh yakisoba noodles made from the popular Menya Egbe noodles, tan salt, and steak.

Teppan Bar Isikawa Second
Teppan Sakaba Eikawa Second Raw Noodles Yakisoba Sauce

The fresh rice noodles are chewy, and the sauce is a spicy, adult-flavored fresh noodle yakisoba sauce for 780 yen. Add an egg for +50 yen.

Teppan Bar Isikawa Second

  • Teppan Bakaba Ebisu River Second
  • October 06, 2021 open
  • 254 Makieya-cho, Karasuma Nishiiru, Isikawa-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from "Marutamachi" subway station
  • Tel. 075-256-7171
  • 18:00 - 24:00

3.[Enjoy a relaxing moment with a cider at "Apple Bar SWINGIN'" in front of Kyoto City Hall.

[The owner and his wife, both from the Takano Beer Store, opened this bar to promote hard cider (cider), which they discovered in the U.S. The bar is comfortable and welcoming, like the home of a well-cooked friend. The bar is a perfect place for women to make their solo drinking debut, as it is as comfortable as being at the home of a friend who is a good cook.

Apple Tavern SWINGIN'
Potato Salad with Taro, Lotus Root and Chicken Soboroni at Apple Bar SWINGIN'

Potato salad changes its ingredients and taste depending on the day. On this day, taro was used to make it sticky. Potato Salad with Taro, Lotus Root and Chicken Soboroni (600 yen).

Apple Tavern SWINGIN'

  • apple cider swenguin (Cephaloscyllium fasciatum)
  • August 31, 2019 open
  • 2F Oka Tatemono Building, 99-3 Enoki-cho, Teramachi-Dori Nijo-Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 3-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-744-1780
  • 18:00-23:00 (Food LO/22:00, Drink LO/22:30)

4.Even food connoisseurs will be satisfied! [Saiin Watabe's Japanese cuisine at a great price / Saiin, Tokyo

Saiin Watanabe, located a short distance from the center of Saiin, a district crowded with bars, is a hideout where you can enjoy food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. The mainstay of the menu is fresh seafood that the owner purchases from the Kyoto Central Market every morning. In addition to sashimi, you can enjoy a variety of dishes that go well with sake, such as the famous "sea bream araoni" and "saikyo yaki" (grilled sea bream).

Saiin, Wakayabe
Saikyo-Yaki Pork Loin at Watabe's in Saiin

Saikyo-yaki pork loin for 880 yen, a refreshing taste of pork fat. Several types of Saikyo-yaki alone are available, including yellowtail and bonito.

Saiin, Wakayabe

  • Watanabe Ward
  • December 03, 2019 open
  • 10-14, Saiin Higashi Imada-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 1 minute walk from Nishioji Sanjo Station on the Randen Line
    6 minutes walk from Hankyu "Saiin" station
  • Tel. 075-963-5575
  • 17:30-22:30 (LO)

5.Enjoy Yakitori Gyo with a hot sake partner: Kyoto red ground chicken and handmade soba noodles / Gosho Minami

Mr. Suwa, the owner of this restaurant, cooks Kyo-aka Jidori chicken with the perfect balance of softness and elasticity. After gaining experience at Honwaka, an izakaya in Katsura that boasts chicken dishes, he opened his own restaurant, which he had longed for. Most of the sake in the menu is fermented and matured to perfection, and most of the sake is hot to drink. To finish off the meal, you can enjoy handmade soba noodles made by Takayuki Komaki, a chef whose family owns a soba restaurant in Tango.

Grilled chicken

Owner Mr. Suwa (right) and soba chef Takayuki Komaki (left)

Grilled chicken

(From left) Momo (thigh) 260 yen. The large portion of this gem allows you to directly feel the deliciousness of Kyoto red ground chicken. Tsukune (tsukune) 220 yen, an exquisite accompaniment to alcoholic beverages. Chopped chicken skin and ginger are kneaded into the thigh meat and seasoned with miso. The chewy cartilage of yagen cartilage (230 yen) is made from cartilage with as much of the meat left as possible.

Grilled chicken

  • Yakitori Aogu
  • October 31, 2021 open
  • 322 Kawakamiru Sashimonocho, Kawaramachi Toiyoshi, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station
    8 minutes walk from Keihan "Jingu Marutamachi Station"
  • Tel.075-754-8760
  • 17:00 - next day 1:00 (LO/24:00)

6.[The aroma of the samgyeopsal at Karasuma Kogi Club is enough to make you drool / Gosho area

A new samgyeopsal restaurant with a unique taste has opened across from Kamigyo Ward Office. The exterior is made of bricks, and the interior is a Brooklyn-style warehouse with exposed pipes. The menu includes not only samgyeopsal, but also pancakes, kimchi, and other dishes that make makgeolli and chamisul (Korean rice wine) go down a treat.

Karasuma Kogi Club
Samgyeopsal at Karasuma Kogi Club

Special samgyeopsal for 1 person is slowly grilled by the staff for 1,080 yen (photo shows 2 servings). Dip the meat in sesame oil, wrap it in a sunchu (a traditional Japanese dumpling) with kimchi, namul (Korean pickles), and special miso paste, and enjoy.

Karasuma Kogi Club

  • Karasuma Kogi Club
  • October 08, 2021 open
  • 283 Horideshi-cho, Shinmachi Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from Subway "Imadegawa Station"
  • Tel. 075-406-7063
  • 17:00-23:00 (LO/22:30)
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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