Downtown Bar/PubJun. 30, 2016 UPDATE
One cup of shochu from ¥300! At this Kiyamachi standing bar, you don’t need to spend a lot to have a good time

Standing BAR Kyasa

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You can find the popular Standing BAR Kyasa in a multi-tenant building in Kiyamachi, just a ten-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. This small but popular hole in the wall holds only 15 people, and it’s always packed with regular customers and foreign visitors. The secret to its success? The wall behind the bar, which displays the owner’s carefully selected range of Japanese sake and shochu that can be served for only ¥300 and up. An immense variety of brands awaits you, from staples to...more rare finds. The owner is particularly proud of his shochu selection.

Small numbered stickers adorn every bottle, and a “3” means that you can order one cup for ¥300. The cash-only ordering and payment system is particularly accessible to foreigners. Just put money in the bowl in front of you, and the bartender will take out the price of every drink you order. You can enjoy your evening without worrying about language barriers or prices. For a snack, you can get the bar’s famous “¥100 side dishes” of Japanese sweets, canned goods, and more. Around ¥1000 will get you all you need. The bartender and the his customers always create a friendly atmosphere, so women traveling alone will feel perfectly comfortable here. Standing BAR Kyasa doesn’t charge for entry, so please walk right in and have a good time.
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Standing BAR Kyasa is a popular bar in Kiyamachi where you can get shochu and sake for a reasonable price.
This place boasts some of the lowest prices of the Kiyamachi area, and it’s easy to accidentally drink too much because everything is so cheap.
But the prices aren’t the only good thing about this bar. Because the space is so small, there’s not much distance between you and other customers, and you’ll often see all the patrons chatting like old friends. As people from many countries visit...more Standing BAR Kyasa, you’ll have an experience that you couldn’t replicate anywhere else.
This standing bar is always full of people who really love their drink. You can get shochu or sake, beer, and fruit wines. Drinks are crazy cheap, from ¥300! Snacks on small plates are ¥100 each.
With everyone sitting so close together, there’s a friendly atmosphere in which it’s easy to strike up a conversation with other customers. The bar is also very popular with foreigners. Try dropping in for a drink before dinner, or before you go back to your hotel!
1Must Eat !
Shochu / ¥300 ~
Shochu is a kind of Japanese alcoholic drink distilled from wheat, potatoes, rice, or buckwheat. You can’t visit Japan without trying shochu at least once. In this bar, you can get a cup from ¥300. Try drinking shochu just the way you like it: on the rocks, or with water, hot water, or soda. Pictured: Kiroku | ¥500, a potato shochu popular in Japan, on the rocks.
2Must Eat !
Sake / ¥400 ~
You can also try Japan’s most famous sake brands at Standing BAR Kyasa, with one cup starting at ¥400. Sake is usually drunk straight, but it can famously be enjoyed at any temperature. At Standing BAR Kyasa, you can of course choose to have your sake cold, at room temperature, or warm. Pictured: Hakkaisan | ¥400, a classic sake brewed in Nagoya.
Plum wine
3Let's Try !
Plum wine / ¥300 ~
Standing BAR Kyasa also boasts a large selection of plum wines, which is popular among female customers. Enjoy regular plum wines or try something more adventurous, such as a plum wine with honey or with a green tea base. You can get your plum wine on the rocks, with soda, or any other way you like. Pictured: plum wine with a tea base, for ¥500.
Small bowl
4Let's Try !
Small bowl / ¥100
Drinks are not the only thing that’s cheap at Standing BAR Kyasa: every small bowl of snacks on a tray is ¥100. You can get a variety of daily specials with your drink–rolled egg, boiled fish or vegetables, kimchi, potato salad, and many other side dishes. Choosing the perfect small bowl to complement your drink is its own kind of pleasure.
How to Order & Eat
There is no menu at Standing BAR Kyasa. Just look at the bottles lined up behind the counter and order what you want. The small stickers on every bottle indicate the price, so you can decide based on that. Some wines and beers are not displayed behind the counter, so feel free to ask the staff if you want anything you don’t see.

Standing BAR Kyasa how to order & eat
- Order Tips -
You pay in cash every time you order.
The staff will place a bowl in front of you when you come in. Please put some money in there. Every time you order, the staff will take some money from the bowl to cover the cost of your drink. You can top up the bowl when the money in it runs low.
The bar is full when there are 15 customers; 25 is about the maximum to be accommodated.
Standing BAR Kyasa Interior Photo
The long lines of bottles and snacks behind the counter.
Standing BAR Kyasa Appearance PhotoStanding BAR Kyasa Appearance Photo
Standing BAR Kyasa
Categories Bar/Pub
Phone +81 75-255-9883
Address 287, Minamikurumayacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8022
Directions 10-minute walk from Keihan Line Sanjo Stn.
10-minute walk from Keihan Line Shijo Stn.
10-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 6pm - 2am
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Notes Entry is free.
Price range
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Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The staff will happily use hand gestures to communicate with you.
Menu Japanese
Languages spoken Japanese, Simple English
Number of seats 15 maximum.
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
Standing BAR Kyasa +81 75-255-9883 -1/3

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