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.