Downtown Bar/PubJun. 30, 2016 UPDATE
A sophisticated shot bar in Pontocho where you can enjoy cocktails on a riverside platform during summer

BAR Atlantis

BAR Atlantis
BAR Atlantis is located just inside the entry to Pontocho from Shijo-dori, around a five-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and a three-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station. This is a shot bar for spending special moments, where everything is refined—from the interior to the atmosphere, the way the bartenders carry themselves, and the cocktails they serve.
Although it is by and large a quiet, low-key space, the bar does not feel unapproachable, so you can visit with friends or yo...moreur partner without hesitation. The cover charge, at ¥1,000 per person, is a little on the expensive side, so we recommend taking your time and enjoying a variety of liquors, rather than heading home after just one drink.
The riverside platform yuka, open from May through September, is also furnished with its own bar counter. This incredibly rare style of riverside platform, even for Kyoto, is one of the bar's well-known attractions. If you visit from May to September, you should definitely try the experience of having a drink over the Kamo River while listening to the murmuring of the river.
Our Comments
Average: ★★★★★3.0
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BAR Atlantis is famous even among the many bars of Pontocho. Its appeal is that it is a comfortable space within a polished atmosphere. The cocktails, bearing names like "Kamo-gawa" and "Pontocho", play a role in creating memories of your Kyoto trip. Enjoy spending a wonderful time here together with my cocktail recommendation, the "Ponto-cho Cooler".
This is a bar you should definitely stop by when strolling along Pontocho. The bar has a range of original cocktails, but also beer, sake, Japanese whiskies, and wines. I recommend the Mojito. Its appeal is the fresh aroma and flavor of the mint. There is also an abundance of other cocktails using fruit.
The bar's interior has a chic, stylish atmosphere. Your drinks are prepared by well-dressed bartenders. Enjoy conversations with them too.
1Must Eat !
Mojito / ¥900
Mojito, the most popular cocktail at BAR Atlantis. This refreshing drink, with a rum base and using plenty of fresh mint, is perfect for summer on the riverside platform. Enjoy this cocktail as your first drink, should you have the opportunity to visit the bar's riverside platform.
2Must Eat !
Atlantis / ¥900
Atlantis, an original cocktail bearing the bar's name. We recommend this very easy-to-drink cocktail—a gin base finished with cranberry and grapefruit—to the ladies in particular. Enjoy the sweetness of the refreshing fruits.
Ponto-cho Cooler
3Let's Try !
Ponto-cho Cooler / ¥900 ~
Ponto-cho Cooler, a cocktail bearing the name of the area where the bar is located, Ponto-cho. The clear, light green color comes from the use of French liqueur, Cointreau, and powdered green tea. The drink's flavor has both sweetness and cooling notes, well suited to the hot Kyoto summer.
Homemade Pickles & Olive
4Let's Try !
Homemade Pickles & Olives / ¥600
Similar to the cocktail options, the food options are also wide and varied. The bar has a food menu with over 20 choices, from classic items suited to cocktails, such as mixed nuts, an assortment of cheeses, and dried fruits, to pastas and Fish-and-Chips for those who are hungry.
How to Order & Eat
The bar stocks over 500 types of alcohol beverages, so there are many drinks not mentioned on the menu.
Rather than ordering from the menu, it's better to discuss with the bartender to find a drink you like.
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The bar has an English menu, but the bartenders also speak simple English, so you can communicate your preferences when ordering.
Atlantis Interior Photo
There are eight counter seats, where the bartender shakes up drinks right in front of your eyes.
Atlantis Interior Photo
The riverside platform yuka has 10 counter seats and 15 table seats. Limited from May to September.
Atlantis Appearance Photo
BAR Atlantis
Categories Bar/Pub
Phone +81 75-241-1621
Address 161, Matsumotocho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8013
Directions 3-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn.
5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 6pm - 2am (Sunday is 6pm - 1am)
Reservations No
Closed Open everyday
Notes The cover charge is ¥1,000 per person (including seats on the riverside platform). Seats on the riverside platform can be used until 11:00 p.m. After 11:00 p.m., you can move to a seat inside the bar to continue drinking.
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The bar's staff can speak simple English, so there is no difficulty in ordering.
Menu Japanese, English
Languages spoken Japanese, Simple English
Number of seats Inside: 8 counter seats, 13 table seats / Outdoor Platform: 10 counter seats, 15 table seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
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