There are many lovely bars around Kyoto Station where you can refresh from the tiredness of traveling. Here are 5 bars popular with local couples that you can easily check out.
1. mini bar
This bar, just a minute away from Kyoto Station, just opened in fall of 2015.
They're known for their whiskies and scotches that are mostly Japanese-made. The owner is a certified Whiskey Professional, something that is rare in Japan, and the selected brands are lined up in a row. The cocktails made with organic fruits delivered by contract farmers are popular. There are also a variety of cigars that go well with liquor. Whiskey on the rocks start at 900 JPY (excl. tax) per glass.
2. bar ISLAND
Bar ISLAND is in the same building as mini bar.
While they offer a wide menu including scotch, bourbon, brandy, wine, and more, the recommendations are cocktails made with plenty of seasonal fruits. The most popular one uses an entire kiwi and refreshing squeezed grapefruit (1,200 JPY (excl. tax)). The fresh flavor is popular with women. They also have a food menu that will satisfy you, including smoked dishes like beef tongue and roast duck, cheese pizza, and more.
Premier-bar, just a 3 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station, is a popular, chic bar. You can enjoy a moody atmosphere given by the huge glass windows, chandeliers, and comfortable sofas.
The menu has drinks ranging from the standard to original creations, and they also have plenty of limited-edition cocktails. They also have sake and shochu available. They're open until 4 am on the weekdays, which is very convenient. One cocktail starts around 800 JPY (excl. tax).
4. magic hour
This bar is just 3 minutes away from JR Kyoto Station and has an atmosphere of a hidden refuge. You can fully enjoy a variety of brand liquors while sitting comfortably on a sofa.
The recommended drinks are the seasonal, original cocktails (around 1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) using fresh fruits throughout the year, such as peaches and grapes in summer, pears in winter, and strawberries from winter to spring. There are also more than 100 brands of whiskey, as well as rare varieties and those made in limited quantities. There is plenty of food to go along with the drinks as well, including homemade chocolate (600 JPY (excl. tax)). The smooth texture and the rich aroma goes well with both whiskey and brandy.
5. Bar Reed
This is a popular bar in the basement of Kyoto Shin-Hankyu Hotel, right in front of JR Kyoto Station. While they offer standard cocktails, whiskies, and other brand liquors from around the world, the recommended drinks are the original cocktails inspired by areas around Kyoto. The drinks, such as Rikyu and Uji (both 1,200 JPY (incl. tax)), are beautiful and refreshing, so they're quite popular.
Please enjoy a moment of bliss in the calm mood provided by a classy hotel.
Uji (left), Rikyu (right).
5. Bar Reed
These bars are places where you can spend a special moment of bliss with that someone special. Those moments will definitely become wonderful memories. Please enjoy a lovely night.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.