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Think Kyoto beds down when the temples and shrines close? Think again. A bustling nightlife scene can be found at clubs and bars throughout the city.

Kyoto Nightlife

Bar Isn’t It?

A good place to meet fellow gaijin (westerners) this basement bar is big and busy with cheap drinks and an up-for-anything crowd.

Nishikiyamachi bldg B1F; 67-3 Daikoku-cho, Sanjo-Kawaramachi sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, 011-81-75-221-5399
Tags: nightlife | bar

Den-en (Kiyamachi Dori)

The all-you-can-drink entrance ticket that you pick up at the door makes this funky bar a great value and a fun stop on any nightlife itinerary. Good selection of both cocktails and beer.

B1 Vox Biru, Kawaramachi-Sanjo, 011-81-120-071-688,
Tags: nightlife | great value | bar


This very popular club offers DJ sets (depending on the night, beats range from trance and lounge to latin and pop), live music and the occasional art exhibition.

Kawabata –Marutamachi, 011-81-75-752-4765, index.html (Japanese only)
Tags: nightlife | art | dancing | culture


Friendly staff and great reggae music have made this tiny, relaxed basement bar a Kyoto institution with the under-30 set.

Kiyamachi dori sanjo sagaru ishiyamachi 115 BF, Nakagyo-ku, 011-81-75-256-3122
Tags: nightlife | bar


There’s a definite '60s vibe at this bar, where pink seating and red bubble lamps happily clash. The drinks aren’t bad either.

3F.Shiori Bldg.; Shijo; Pontocho, Kawahara Cho, agaru higashi gawa, 011-81-75-212-4555
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | bar

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