Apr. 15, 2020 UPDATE

The 10 Best Kyoto Bars Open for Lunchtime Drinks!

In this article, the once day drinking crazed Miyabi introduces us to her favorite bars and cafes in Kyoto where you can grab an early drink.
Lunchtime Drinks

What are your favorite things to do while traveling? 

Taking photos? Making friends with locals? Maybe even just plain old sightseeing?

Well, my favorite is day drinking! 

However, sadly, it’s pretty difficult to find bars in Japan that are open from lunchtime. That’s why I’ve put together this article with an easy to follow area breakdown for those who simply can’t wait until evening for a drink!

In the article, you’ll find places offering everything the trendiest of alcohol, craft beer, and the oh so popular Japanese whiskey to classic Kyoto sake.

The Kyoto Station area has recently become somewhat of a craft beer hub in Japan’s ancient capital.

1Kyoto Beer LabKyoto Beer LabOpen from 3 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends and holidays, the Kyoto Beer Lab is a local Kyoto microbrewery.

This beloved craft beer bar serves not only classic brews but also beer infused with tea from Kyoto’s famous Uji-cha tea region, Wazuka.  

Kyoto Beer Lab also serves vegan and vegetarian food, so it offers a little something for everyone.


5-minutes from the Keihan Shichijo Station

11-minutes from Kyoto Station

Address Eng: 201-3 Juzenjicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8137, Japan Jpn: 京都府京都市下京区十禅師町201-3
Open Hours Monday to Friday: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Weekends and holidays: 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. *Last Call for Food: 10 p.m. Last Call for Drinks: 10:30 p.m. ※The open hours was changed.  Monday to Friday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.   Weekends and holidays: 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.  *Last Call for Drinks: 10:30 p.m.  

2Crafthouse KyotoCrafthouse KyotoCrafthouse Kyoto is a café/beer bar that opens from 11 a.m.

This house of craft beer boasts a line up of 12 different Japanese beers carefully selected from around the country. 

With its old school Kyoto townhouse architecture, massive windows and dope beats, there’s no cooler place in town to cheers to a well-deserved mid-morning pint than  Crafthouse Kyoto.


2-minutes from the Keihan Shichijo Station

8-minutes from Kyoto Station

Address Eng: 211 Omiyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8138 Jpn: 京都府京都市下京区七条通上る大宮町211
Open Hours Weekdays:16:00〜23:00 Saturday and Sunday:12:00〜23:00

3Craft Beer & Pizza 100KCraft Beer & Pizza 100KOpen from 10 a.m., Craft Beer & Pizza 100K is exactly what it sounds like, a craft beer bar and pizza restaurant.

Offering stone oven cooked pizzas and a huge line up of beers, you’ll have no problem finding something that suits your taste buds.


5-minutes from Kyoto Station

Miyabi[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Nothing beats having a beer while the sun’s still sitting high in the sky. All the areas included in this article are Kyoto's main neighborhoods, so next time you’re out sightseeing, why not kick your feet up and have a drink with your lunch?
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