Tachinomiya (drinking establishments where you stand) offers comparatively reasonable drinks than a regular izakaya. Here are 5 popular bars to visit in Kyoto.
1. Suiba Rokkaku Tominokoji Branch
Suiba is a bar located in the Shijo Kawaramachi area. It has a bright, clean and chic atmosphere which overturned the traditionalidea of tachinomiya, which is usually hard for female customers to enter. This bar is popular among locals as well.
Their menu includes various dishes from classics to creative cuisine. The price range, such as a homemade potato salad (150 JPY), a cheese omelet (350 JPY), and a draft beer (300 JPY), is one of the secrets for their popularity and is excellent for your budget too. It being a non-smoking bar scores for non-smokers as well.
2. Watanabe Yokocho
Watanabe Yokocho is in Kiyamachi, an area where many izakayas and bars, from long-established places to casual ones, are lined up.
Their specialty is the seafood menu made with fresh seafood of high quality. You can enjoy various dishes made with the seafood directly shipped from the central wholesale market. They also offer a variety of snacks and local sake from the Hokuriku region, where the owner is from. The bustling atmosphere where everyone from regulars to tourists can have a good time is one of their charms, too. Their prices at reasonable, such as 450 JPY for a draft beer, 680 JPY for a set of sashimi, etc.
3. Tachinomi Shomin
Tachinomi Shomin is located in the Shijo Omiya area where many bars are lined up. It is a famous bar open from 11:00 am until late at night, and will let you enjoy "just one drink" even in the afternoon.
The popular atmosphere that makes it easy for everyone to casually drop by, and the reasonable price range are the reasons why it is always very busy! They offer a medium bottle of beer for 300 JPY, sake or shochu from 200 JPY, etc. A variety of food can be tried from 40 and more types of simmered dishes, fried dishes, and seafood items such as sashimi.
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4. Tachinomi Style Shurakuza
Shurakuza is combined with a liquor store called Shurakuza Inoue, and it's five minutes from the Hachijo exit of JR Kyoto Station. The atmosphere it has of being a hidden place in a narrow alley and the drink menu with various drinks that only a liquor store can provide are the secrets to their popularity.
Their specialties are Belgian beers which come in more than 100 different types. They also have an extensive list of sake. The chic bar with beer barrels used as tables has a very friendly atmosphere, and it is favorably received by mainly female customers. The average budget spent is around 1,000 JPY to 2,000 JPY.
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5. Tachinomi Tera
Tachinomi Tera is a bar in a multi-tenant building filled with tiny shops. Their welcoming appearance is well-favored, and it is busy with many customers every day.
Their specialty, yakitori (grilled chicken on a skewer), is made with moderately fatty and juicy chicken meat dipped in not-too-sweet sauce, and goes extremely well with alcohol! We recommend you to have it with a well-chilled draft beer (350 JPY (incl.tax)).
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The charm of tachinomiya is the fact that it is easy to go in even when you are on your own, and you end up having fun communicating with customers standing next to you. Casually drop by while staying in Japan!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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