Kyoto nightlife—A bar where you can enjoy a quiet and relaxing time with some superb cocktails
Kiyamachi is Kyoto's largest nightlife district, and is located right by the Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. BAR STAND is located right in the middle of this area, down a narrow alley known as Alleyway 13. The interior offers counter seats only, with a male bartender always ready to serve customers. The shelves are stocked full of whiskies and liquors, offering a classic bar atmosphere. BAR STAND’s selection whisky contains around 80 different varieties, including Japanese brands such as Yamazaki and Hibiki. We particularly recommend the cocktail shaker drinks prepared by the skilled bartender. The bartender can of course prepare traditional drinks such as Gin & Tonics and Salty Dogs as well, but BAR STAND made 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 with a friend. BAR STAND is the perfect place to visit after a long day of sightseeing in Kyoto to go through all the wonderful memories of the day.
Gin & Tonic
Gin & Tonic / ¥800 (+tax)
A familiar and traditional cocktail that’s one of BAR STAND’s most popular drinks. The exquisite combination of gin, tonic and lime gives this drink a smooth and refreshing flavor. Highly recommended as the first cocktail of the night.
Whisky / ¥800 ~ (+tax)
BAR STAND offers around 80 different varieties of whisky, including Japanese brands. If you’re unsure as to which brand to choose, let the bartender know/ He’ll be sure to give you a recommendation based on your own personal preferences. The whisky featured in the photo is the well-known brand ABERFELDY. This whisky has a mild flavor that’s slightly spicy and easy to drink. If you wish to mix it with soda, you’ll have to pay an extra ¥100.
Salty Dog
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Salty Dog / ¥1,100 ~ (+tax)
A traditional vodka-based cocktail. This drink features the refreshing flavors of grapefruit, emphasized by the little bits of salt you take in with every sip. This cocktail is made with raw grapefruits so always tastes extremely fresh. Highly recommended if you want to enjoy a drink without that strong alcohol flavor.
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Matador / ¥900 (+tax)
A tequila-based drink, made with pineapple juice and lime juice. This cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and sour, and also offers a highly enjoyable fruity aroma. We also recommend checking out the bartender as he works his magic on the cocktail shaker to whip up this awesome cocktail.
How to Order
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.
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・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.
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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 as they wish.
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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.
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Category Bars / Pubs
Phone +81 75-241-1106
Address 2F, 13, Kiyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0961
Directions 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Open Hours 8pm - 6am
Reservations On-the-day reservations accepted.
Closed Thursday
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, etc.
Good for Solo, Romantic
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats 9 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Smoking
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