Downtown Bar/PubJun. 30, 2016 UPDATE
Nighttime in Kyoto - A bar where you can enjoy a quiet and relaxing time drinking superb cocktails


Kiyamachi is Kyoto's biggest nightlife strip, located right by Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. BAR STAND is located right here on a narrow alley known as 13Alley. The bar interior offers counter seats only, with a male bartender always ready to serve his customers. The shelves are stacked full of Whiskys and liquors, offering the traditional atmosphere of a classical bar. Its Whisky selection stocks around 80 different varieties, including Japanese brands such as Yamazaki and Hibiki. We particularly...more recommend the cocktails prepared by the bartender using a cocktail shaker. The bartender can of course prepare traditional items such as Gin & Tonic and Salty Dog, but BAR STAND cocktails are simply different from the rest. With a unique depth of flavors, each cocktail shows the great care and craftsmanship of the bartender. At BAR STAND, you can relax and enjoy a drink for as long as you like, whether you are on your own or as a pair. This is the perfect place to visit at the end of a sightseeing day in Kyoto to go through all the wonderful memories of the day.
Our Comments
Average: ★★★★★3.5
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Well Worth a Visit
Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
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BAR STAND is located up the stairs on the second floor on 13Alley. You may feel a little uncomfortable going in as the entrance is rather narrow; however, I highly recommend plucking up the courage to step inside. The bar interior offers a quiet and chic atmosphere that will feel familiar to people who are avid bar visitors. The distance between you and the bartender and the other customers is just perfect, not necessarily encouraging conversation, but allowing everyone to spend their time just ...moreas they wish.
Bar Stand is located up the stairs in the middle of 13Alley, accessed through the right-hand door. It may look slightly uninviting at first, but once you open the door, you will be welcomed by a traditional and friendly-looking shots bar.
All the cocktails prepared by the highly-skilled bartender are so delicious that I can understand how so many people order traditional cocktails like Gin & Tonic. This is a highly recommended bar that is likely to become one of your favorites.
Gin & Tonic
1Must Eat !
Gin & Tonic / ¥800 (+tax)
A familiar and traditional cocktail, and also a highly popular item at BAR STAND. The exquisite combination of gin & tonic and lime gives this drink a smooth and refreshing taste. A highly recommended cocktail as the first drink of the night.
2Must Eat !
Whisky / ¥800 ~ (+tax)
The bar offers around 80 different varieties of Whisky, including Japanese brands. If you are unsure as to which brand to select, do let the bartender know how you like to drink your Whisky and your preference in terms of taste, and he will be sure to make you a recommendation. The Whisky featured on the photo is the well-known brand ABERFELDY. This whisky has a mild taste that is slightly spicy and easy to drink. If you wish to mix it with soda, you will pay an extra ¥100.
Salty Dog
3Let's Try !
Salty Dog / ¥1,100 ~ (+tax)
A traditional vodka-based cocktail. This drink features the refreshing flavor of grapefruit, savored by taking small amounts of salt in your mouth. Made with raw grapefruits so it is extremely fresh. Highly recommended for when you want to enjoy a drink without a strong alcoholic taste.
4Let's Try !
Matador / ¥900 (+tax)
A tequila-based drink, made with pineapple juice and lime juice. The perfect balance between the right amount of sweet and sour flavors, also offering a highly enjoyable fruity aroma. We also recommend admiring the bartender as he uses the shaker magnificently to prepare the cocktail.
How to Order & Eat
No drink menu available. Please let the bartender know what you would like to drink or your particular preference in flavors. No food menu available, either.
- Order Tips -
・The bartender is unable to speak in foreign languages. However; he is likely to understand you if you tell him the brand names or liquor names of your preference.
・There is a cover charge of ¥300 per person.
BAR STAND Interior Photo
Walk down Kiyamachi Street heading north and you will see a signboard on the right-hand side with 13番路地 (13 Rooji) written on it. Walk under the signboard into the narrow alley and you will find some stairs on the right. The entrance to the bar is on the second floor on the right. Next to it you will see BARあん(BAR An).
BAR STAND Appearance PhotoBAR STAND Appearance Photo
Categories Bar/Pub
Phone +81 75-241-1106
Address 2F, 13, Kiyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0961
Directions 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 8pm - 6am
Reservations On-the-day reservations accepted.
Closed Thursday
Price range
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Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, etc.
Good for Solo, Romantic
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Customers are served using Japanese only. We recommend using cocktail or liquor names when placing your order and the bartender will be highly likely to understand you.
Menu None
Languages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 9 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
BAR STAND +81 75-241-1106 -1/3

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