Oct. 02, 2019 UPDATE
Story & Recommendation
A high-class night of an Islay Whisky and a Kyoto townhouse.
In the Kyoto bar scene, there are a number of well-known spots, but even among them, Bar K-ya stands out as one of the few that represent the city as a whole. Situated in the heart of downtown, Bar K-ya sits behind a discreet entrance that, unless you’re looking for it, you’ll completely pass by. Venture in and you’ll find a hideaway-like bar. This is Bar K-ya. The bar’s name, K-ya, comes from the initials of owner Kurono’s name and Kyoto, together with its location inside a traditional Kyoto machiya townhouse. The quality of the original early Showa Period townhouse remains, giving the bar a somewhat nostalgic atmosphere. With original aspects of the house such as the nakaniwa courtyard and detached room, which can be used as a private room by customers, the bar gives a rare look into the lives of those who lived back then. Bar K-ya has found a magnificent match between the wondrous atmosphere of a bar and the very Japanese atmosphere of these townhouses. Bar K-ya offer a number of original cocktails thought up by owner Kurono himself. K-ya’s cocktails are characterized by the large number of them that use Islay Whisky. The bar offers an exceptionally large number of Laphroaig based cocktails, making them a must check spot for lovers of smoky whiskeys. Of course, there are options for those not so inclined to whiskey either. Bar K-ya also offers a wide range of fruit cocktails that use seasonal fruits, so we can confidently recommend them to lovers of sweeter drinks and fruits too. If you’re looking for a Kyoto-esque bar, then no need to go any further than K-ya. As this bar is quite popular, we suggest getting there early. Enjoy a wonderful Kyoto night out surrounded by the smoky aromas of Islay Whisky.
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[Mon/Wed/Thur/Sun] 6 PM–2 AM [Fri/Sat] 6 PM–3 AM
JCB, AMEX, Diners / Available
Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Number of seats
Private dining rooms
Non smoking / smoking