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Aug. 27, 2020 UPDATE
Crafthouse Kyoto
Traveler Friendly
English menu and Wi-Fi available.
Menu
English
Languages spoken
Basic English
178 1 8.0 1 reviews
Aug. 27, 2020 UPDATE

Crafthouse Kyoto

Traveler Friendly
English menu and Wi-Fi available.
Menu
English
Languages spoken
Basic English
178 1 8.0 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Crafthouse Kyoto – a Kyoto townhouse full of craft beer pouring conversationalists
Opened in January 2019 a little ways from Kyoto Station, Crafthouse Kyoto is a craft beer bar situated right by the Takase River in the Shichijo area.
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.
1Recommended
ICHIGO ICHIE
ICHIGO ICHIE / S (240 ml): ¥750, M (350 ml): ¥900, L (470 ml): ¥1,100 (inc. tax)
The Kyoto Brewing Co.’s ICHIGO ICHIE (meaning "once-in-a-lifetime chance") is a Saison style craft beer. The name was derived from the idea that “every chance in life is a once in a lifetime chance, so give it your best.” The slightly transparent golden color of this pint is strikingly beautiful and really leaves an impression. The beer is light and has a mild spice to it. We recommend getting it for your first drink. While the line up of craft beer at Crafthouse frequently changes, there will always be beer from local Kyoto breweries, such as the Kyoto Brewing Co. One of the best ways to enjoy this bar is to try a range of different beers and find the right craft beer for you. We especially recommend giving the Kyoto brewed beers a try while you’re at it.
2Recommended
RED ROSE AMBER ALE
RED ROSE AMBER ALE / S (240 ml): ¥750, M (350 ml): ¥900, L (470 ml): ¥1,100 (inc. tax)
The RED ROSE AMBER ALE is a beer by Baird Beer of Numazu City, Shizuoka. This dark amber craft beer is aromatic, sharp and refreshing. Not unlike a larger, this beer was fermented at a low temperature and is perfect for chugging back on a hot summer day. It also goes fantastic with a bit to eat as well. If you’re ever unsure about which beer to order, just ask the staff and let them know what you like, and they’ll be sure to suggest the right beer for you.
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Espresso
Espresso / ¥400 (inc. tax)
This is owner Sakurai’s specialty espresso. Using beans from the Shimane Prefecture café VITTA, which has been called the pioneer of dark roast espresso in Japan, Crafthouse offers up an authentic Italian espresso. Before coming across these beans, Crafthouse owner Sakurai visited tens of places around Japan. In contrast to the blend of five to seven beans in regular coffee blends, this blend uses only three varieties of beans. Nevertheless, it manages a deep richness that doesn’t pale in comparison. As this is one of Crafthouse’s signature items, we highly recommend any fans of espresso check it out.
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Kyo Tofu Caprese
Kyo Tofu Caprese / ¥1,000 (inc. tax
The Kyo Tofu Caprese is Crafthouse Kyoto’s house recommendation. This healthy dish includes tasty ingredients such as tomato, Kyoto tofu, and wasabi seasoned simply with dashi soy sauce, salt, and olive oil. The Kyo Tofu is rich and creamy while giving off both the sweet and umami flavors of the soybeans. While the ingredients and seasonings may be incredibly Kyoto in nature, this is a brilliantly delicious dish that’s great for both people wanting to try classically Japanese flavors and vegans.
How to Order

Children are welcome, but those above the age of 12 will need to order at least one thing. Drinking from personal plastic bottles is not allowed (water will be provided).

Inside, the bar is non-smoking; however, you can smoke in the smoking area outside. 

Please be courteous and enjoy the music, drinks and food.

There is also free Wi-Fi.

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In addition to craft beer, there is also a wide selection of other alcohol on offer.

Crafthouse stock Japanese whiskey such as Yamazaki and Yoichi, as well as the much talked about Kyoto craft gin, KI NO BI.

Also, check out the original Crafthouse t-shirts on sale as well.

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