One cup of shochu from ¥300! At this Kiyamachi standing bar, you don’t need to spend a lot to have a good time
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 and foreign customers. 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 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 some money in the bowl in front of you, and when you order, the bartender will take the amount they need from the bowl. When your bowl gets empty, simply top it up and order away.
Standing bar Kyasa is the perfect place to 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 foods, and more. Around ¥1000 will get you all you need. The bartender and his customers always have a friendly atmosphere, so women traveling alone can feel comfortable here too. Standing BAR Kyasa doesn’t charge for entry, so please walk right in and have a good time.
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Shochu is a kind of Japanese alcohol that can be made from a range of distilled ingredients, including wheat, potatoes, rice, or buckwheat. You can’t visit Japan without trying shochu at least once, and at this bar, you can get a glass for ¥300. Try a glass of shochu just the way you want: on the rocks, with cold or hot water, or sparkling. Pictured: Kiroku | ¥500, a potato shochu popular in Japan, on the rocks.
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You can also try Japan’s most famous sake brands at Standing BAR Kyasa, with one glass 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 hot. Pictured: Hakkaisan | ¥400, a classic sake brewed in Nagoya.
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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.
Drinks are not the only thing that’s cheap at Standing BAR Kyasa: every small bowl of snacks on this tray is ¥100. You can get a variety of daily specials with your drink—including rolled omelets, boiled fish or vegetables, kimchi, potato salad, and many more. Choosing the perfect little snack to complement your drink is a pleasure in itself.