Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Craft Stand Front

Craft Stand The Bottom Line In all of the bars I went to in Kyoto for the #BTinKyoto trip, none of them had as good as an atmosphere as Craft Stand did. It’s located in an unusual area of Kyoto that is neither in the tourist area or the main shopping area, but it is highly recommended. Serving only beers from …

Kyoto Beer Lab in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Beer Lab Front

Kyoto Beer Lab The Bottom Line It may be off the beaten (tourist) track in Kyoto, but put Kyoto Beer Lab on your list if you’re looking for some reasonably priced craft beer in a great location. The whole place is non-smoking and mostly standing but the chilled out atmosphere, with the babbling brook-like river just outside bringing some cracking views …

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi in Kawaramachi Kyoto

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi Front

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi The Bottom Line It kind of feels like cheating reviewing Len Kyoto Kawaramachi as it’s a hostel more than a bar, but they have craft beer on tap daily so it counts. If you’re walked a bit too much and want a break from the crowds of tourists, then pop over to Len. While there are only three taps …

Beer Pub Ichi-ya in Kawaramachi, Kyoto

Beer Pub Ichi-ya Front

Beer Pub Ichi-ya The Bottom Line With brewpubs galore in Osaka, it’s a surprise that Beer Pub Ichi-ya is one of very few in Kyoto. It offers up some cheap, and drinkable, craft beer just off the beaten track in Kyoto’s busy Kawamachi area. The food may not be up to everyone’s standards; however, it was pretty spectacular to see Beer Pub …

Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom in Minami-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Brewing Company Front

Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom The Bottom Line Ok, while this is the taproom for Kyoto Brewing Company, and you can get their beers at other places, this place HAS to be on your list of places to go and drink at while you’re in Kyoto. It’s the cheapest place to get some of Kyoto’s best craft beer on tap at some …

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Tadg\’s Gastro Pub in Kamikorikichō, Kyoto

Tadg's Gastro Pub

It wasn’t easy locating Tadg’s Gastro Pub. Looking on the internet, we found Tadg’s Irish Pub and then had found out that it had closed. Luckily we stumbled upon the website only to find it hadn’t been updated since Christmas. Not the most auspicious of starts. Then, purely by chance, the Facebook page popped up so we quickly sent a …

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Beer Komachi in Kyoto

beer komachi sign

Plumped off Komachi shopping street, Beer Komachi is the only shop open late into the night as the small restaurants and izakayas dotted around it close down for the night. Like Bungalow, Beer Komachi also spouts the plastic covering out front although being situated down a small shopping street, it’s hard to see why when it’s protected from the elements. The smell …

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Beer Cafe Bakujun in Kyoto

beer cafe bakujun

The craft beer scene and rock music seem to go hand in hand. A few bars that we’ve been to for BeerTengoku, such as Thrash Zone in Yokohama, and Beer Cafe Bakujun is no exception It isn’t the easiest place to find though we heard the strains of Green Day’s American idiot punctuating the quiet Kyoto night. If it hadn’t …

Beer House Craft Man in Nijohanshiki-cho, Kyoto

“Have you been to Beer House Craft Man?” was the first question I got asked by someone I got talking with in Bungalow. The craft beer scene in Kyoto is growing and it seems that the locals are happy to share the knowledge of it to anyone and everyone who is prepared to listen. “Make sure you get in the standing area …

Bungalow in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Bungalow Outside

Walking from Karasuma station is a funny experience; bright lights punctuated by traditional Japanese style buildings and then Bungalow pops up on the corner. You can’t miss it as it looks out-of-place as the plastic sheet that both covers the front area and protects you from the elements is unique in the area. Bungalow is a cross between a standing …