Downtown Bar/PubJun. 30, 2016 UPDATE
Spend a blissful time at this small hideaway bar along Alley 13

BAR Sand

BAR Sand
Pontocho and Kiyamachi, located in central Kyoto, are connected together by countless alleyways. Among these alleys is Alley 13 which is particularly famous for its abundance of popular pubs and bars. BAR Sand is one such popular bar along Alley 13 and is located about a 10 minute walk north from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. In a small space with seating for a total of 10, including counter seating for 5 and a single table for 5, customers are seated closely together and fall into lively conversa...moretion with one another.

The first thing that strikes the eye as you enter the bar is the beautiful and various-shaped glass cups that line the wall behind the counter. The one-of-a-kind glass cups produced by  a glass artist Genta Suzuki play a part in the interior décor of the bar.

Drinks on offer include liqueur, meticulously selected whisky and beer that are offered nowhere else in Kyoto but here. The manager, who is a female bartender with a hotel experience background, makes the most delicate, beautiful and delicious cocktails. Apparently, she can accommodate almost any request from standard to original cocktails, so why not request a fitting cocktail for a night in Kyoto and spend a blissful time at this bar.
Our Comments
Average: ★★★★★3.5
Popular in Kyoto
Must-visit shops and spots for all first time tourists to Kyoto.
Highly Recommended
Top shops and spots loved by our editors and highly recommended to be listed on your itinerary.
Well Worth a Visit
Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
Good for Fans
Hideaway shops and spots of worthwhile destination. Recommended if you are keen on these genres.
For Enthusiasts
Very popular among enthusiasts on these genres. Not always suitable if you are not particularly interested.
The popular BAR Sand is located along Alley 13 in Kyoto. The bar atmosphere is inviting even for a woman drinking alone. The bar is clean and sophisticated, yet relaxing, and somehow makes you feel like staying for a long time.
The bar offers a wide range of time limited alcoholic beverages that are available only during certain seasons, and I recommend this bar to people who want to enjoy good conversation with the bartender while having a delicious drink.
BAR Sand is a place I would recommend to bar lovers, but also to those who don’t usually feel comfortable going to bars. The female bartender and the other customers will welcome you warmly. If there’s anything you want to know about Kyoto, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m sure they’d be happy to answer any of your questions. Spend an exquisite night in Kyoto as you enjoy sipping your drink from a lovely glass cup made by a Japanese artist. When you return to your home country, I’m sure BAR Sand will ...morebe a place you’d want to recommend to your bar-loving friends.
Local beer BAREN ALT
1Must Eat !
Local beer BAREN ALT / ¥1,000
BAREN ALT is a beer produced in Iwate characterized by its reddish-brown color and floral aroma. The beer is light with a pleasant taste and is a fitting choice to start off your night. At BAR Sand, in addition toBAREN ALT, they also have BAREN SCHWARZ black beer, and BAREN RADLER, which is beer mixed with lemonade on offer for a limited period.
2Must Eat !
The Japanese Single Malt Whiskey YAMAZAKI is of course also available for your enjoyment at this bar. At BAR Sand, a wide range of domestic and imported whiskies are served, and domestic whiskies that are popular among international visitors such as YAMAZAKI, HAKUSHU YOICHI TAKETSURU are always in stock.
Original Moscow Mule
3Let's Try !
Original Moscow Mule / ¥1,000
The Original Moscow Mule is made with the bar’s famous homemade ginger syrup. The ginger syrup, which takes two days to make, and the spices inside the drink create a stronger aroma and flavor compared to the standard Moscow Mule, but the drink is very refreshing and goes down smooth and easy.
4Let's Try !
Portonic / ¥1,000
Portonic is made with white port wine from Portugal and tonic water. This cocktail that looks clean and cool to the eye is something that would hit the spot on a slightly hot day. The bar offers standard cocktails, but any drink request can be accommodated, so talk with the bartender so you can enjoy a drink that suits your palate. All cocktails are 1,000 JPY and up.
How to Order & Eat
There are no drink menus so please ask the bartender.
The bar serves simple side dishes that are written on the small blackboard inside the bar. Some side dishes change from day to day, so before ordering, it is recommended that you ask the bartender what would go well with what you are drinking.
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A rich variety of liqueurs are available and the bartender can make cocktails at your request.
The bartender can speak some simple English, so don’t hesitate to request any drink you want.
BAR Sand Interior Photo
These glass cups that line the wall behind the counter are made by a glass artist.
BAR Sand Interior Photo
This is a small bar with counter seating for 5 and 1 table that also seats 5.
BAR Sand Appearance Photo
BAR Sand
Categories Bar/Pub
Phone +81 75-241-0920
Address 13, Shimokorikicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8016
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn.
6-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 8pm - 2am
Reservations Accepted; call in advance to reserve seats.
Closed Sunday
Notes Cover charge: 200 JPY per person. Service charge: 3% of drink bill.
Price range
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Credit cards Accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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There are no English menus available, but the staff can speak some simple English, so there won’t be any inconvenience.
Menu Japanese
Languages spoken Japanese, Simple English
Number of seats 10 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking smoking
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