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 message to them asking what beers were going to be on. Nothing. For two days. Suddenly a message popped up, “We will update the beers tomorrow”, which came and then nothing. We’d pretty much given up hope until we bumped into some foreigners in Kyoto who told us that, yes, the bar is open, and yes, they do serve Japanese craft beer.
This is their second location after moving from Tadg’s Irish Bar and Restaurant. I guess there wasn’t much demand for Guinness and Kilkenny in Kyoto. It has been redesigned with the aim of promoting Japanese craft beer – so much so that all kegs are 10L to ensure quick turnover and freshness, even though most craft beer breweries ship 10L kegs as standard.
We turned up at about 8:30pm on a Saturday night, much later than we had planned but we had spent too much time at Beer Komachi with the owners chatting and laughing. As soon as we sat down we were told that the chef was finishing up for the night and last orders of food were due. Talk about pressure. A plate of meat and beer were swiftly ordered though the waitress did try to push us to eat the fish and chips.
Beer wise, there were eight taps of Japanese craft beer with three different sizes available, the small (270ml) at ¥700. medium (350ml) at ¥900, and large (470ml) at ¥1200. Thankfully, all prices include tax and there wasn’t a table charge else we would have left at these prices. It was great to see some local Kyoto beers on tap though seeing such a swath of taps dedicated to so few breweries was strange. We have no problem with any brewery on the list but after experiencing a wide range of breweries in the various bars, it was a slight disappointment.
With such a narrow choice, we plumped for the Minoh Yuzu White as the last time we tried to have it H@bit it was sold out, and the bottles were hard to come by. The spicy yuzu citrus kick paired well with typical weizen pungency and went down well. We tried to order some of the Kyoto range but the weizen had run out so we ended up with Kyoto Craft Hanamachi Amber Ale. A nice light amber taste though it was pretty bland compared to the Yuzu White.
We didn’t get much time with the food menu as the waitress was a tad pushy so we plumped for the meat plate. As nice as it was, it would have gone down well with some other sides such as bread or cheese but that was gone. The menu at Tadg’s Gastro Pub had the basic pub food, such as some pizzas, eda mame and other Japanese standards so we weren’t too upset about not missing out on it.
Tadg’s Gastro Pub One Paragraph Review
With so much competition in the area, Tadg’s Gastro Pub has its job cut out to succeed. It isn’t cheap and the food is not what you would expect from a regular pub but it is a nice place to relax with some friends.
Tadg’s Gastro Pub Details
Open: Mon to Sun 11:30 – 23:30 (LO 10:30)
Homepage (in English): Tadg’s Gastro Pub
How to Get to Tadg’s Gastro Pub
The nearest station to Tadg’s Gastro Pub is Kyoto Shiyakushomae on the Tozai line.