Mar. 19, 2019 UPDATE

Liquor Museum Karasuma Sanjo Honten

- お酒の美術館 三条烏丸本店 -
Over 1000 bottles of liquor at Liquor Museum Sanjo Honten where they have something for everyone, even beginners!
As you step into Liquor Museum Karasuma Sanjo Honten, you’re in for a surprise: the bar is truly like a museum, as the walls of it are lined with bottles of liquor. In the darkness, under the yellow lights, you get to enjoy the atmosphere of this bar. They have really many different types of drinks here, but their selection of whisky is especially good, so this bar is the perfect spot for a whisky-connoisseur. If you’re a beginner to the world of whisky, the staff can recommend whisky that is easy to drink to you, and they also have cocktails to those who like their alcohol to be on the lighter side. They also have a nice selection of snacks for you to enjoy, such as edamame green breans, pizza, sandwiches, and others. They also have a happy hour when the drinks can be bought for half price, free Wi-Fi, so it’s a great place, be sure to go to it when in Kyoto! *They have an entrance fee during happy hour: ¥500 and for six hours, you get to drink for half the price, so just by drinking two you’re already even!
Suntory Royal
Suntory Royal / ¥500
Suntory Royal is a Japanese whisky that has a bit of honey-like sweetness in its taste. The recommended way of enjoying this whisky is with water, as you get to enjoy a lasting and refreshing aftertaste. If you’re a whisky-beginner, this is a good starting point. *During happy hour ¥250.
Nikka G&G
Nikka G&G / ¥500
A whisky you won’t often see on sale! Nikka, a company based in Hokkaido, makes (made) a whisky called G&G that has a smooth taste that is not too strong. Drink it on the rocks to enjoy the taste of whisky even more, and this is something beginners and connoisseurs are both going to love. *During happy hour ¥250.
Edamame sautéed in olive oil
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Edamame sautéed in olive oil / ¥300
This is the most basic snack here, it’s edamame! The restaurant is very proud of this dish. When compared to the edamame of other bars, the edamame here have the fragrance of the olive oil. The more you eat, the better they taste, and this is a dish that goes very nicely with whisky too.
Grilled chicken neck meat with green onion and salt
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Grilled chicken neck meat with green onion and salt / ¥500
The chicken is nicely chewy and very juicy, and when you add to this the saltiness and the sesame oil, green onion, and that it’s all grilled, you have a delicious dish to enjoy with a drink.
How to Order

Liquor Museum menu

The menu is in English and easy to understand. They also have drinks for ¥500. 

- Order Tips -

tips - Liquor Museum

Sandwiched between slices of toast you have a Hamburg steak that is made from meat from the famous BBQ restaurant Hiro, and the crispy toast and juicy steak complement each other, and make this simple-looking dish have a surprising amount of depth to it. 

*Hiro-sandwich costs ¥700.

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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When I entered the bar, I was really surprised! I was surrounded by bottles; I was almost shaking with excitement! I don’t really like whisky, but the staff recommended me some whisky high balls that were easy to drink, and I quite liked them. And the snacks were also good, so nothing to complain here!
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Their happy hour is from 2 pm to 8 pm (every day!) and everything on their “grand menu” is half price, even rare whisky from overseas, so for a whisky-lover like me, this place was heaven. This bar is run by a liquor store, so they don’t have to go through middle hands, which is why they can sell their drinks so cheaply. The atmosphere is gorgeous and it’s easy to relax here, so I’m definitely going back!
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Liquor Museum Karasuma Sanjo Honten / お酒の美術館 三条烏丸本店
Category Bars / Pubs
Phone +81 75-746-6909
Address 2F of Fumitsubaki Building, 79 Mikura-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 5-minute walk from subway Karasuma Oike Station A 10-minute walk from subway Shijo Station
Open Hours 12 noon-12 midnight Happy hour: 2 pm-8 pm.
Reservations Accepted
Closed Open every day
Price range
Credit cards Accepted
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
In the center of Kyoto, so it’s very easy to get to.
Menu Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Some simple English
Number of seats 80
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Separated areas for smokers and nonsmokers
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