Crafthouse Kyoto – a Kyoto townhouse of craft beer wielding conversationalists
Opened on January 30th 2019 near Kyoto Station, Crafthouse Kyoto is a beer bar situated right in the Shichijo area by the Takase River.
Although Crafthouse Kyoto goes by the label “beer bar,” they are great for everything from grabbing a pint during the day, sitting down for a coffee, having a hearty meal, or even as the second stop during a night out.
No matter when or what your mood, this place is sure to be exactly what you’re looking for. With the rise of hostels and guest houses in the area, Crafthouse Kyoto sees their fair share of overseas customers and are super welcoming of travelers.
“Pop in whenever you feel like it” – Staff member Nagata
Crafthouse’s concept is “Kyoto machiya, craft beer, espresso, good food, and music.” The chic white exterior was renovated from a 1932 traditional Kyoto machiya townhouse. When you step inside, you’ll find that they have kept the best parts of the townhouse, while creating a large open bright space.
Sitting near the entrance, you’ll also find the bar’s over 12 craft beer taps.
Also, Crafthouse doesn’t carry a set craft beer menu either; the craft beers you’ll find on tap will be that that were available with their suppliers. Speaking of suppliers, with a focus on local Kyoto breweries, Crafthouse offers an incredible line up that includes beers from all across Japan, so if you’re lucky, you might run into a brew that can be only found here.
Crafthouse is also very particular about the acoustics of the bar. They have outfitted both the first and second floors with four speakers each. This makes it feel like the music is enveloping you and allows you to enjoy it in all dimensions.