Kyoto Nightlife

Kyoto is known for its traditional performances—particularly dance and Noh theater. All dialogue is in Japanese, but sometimes there are synopses available. From time to time world-class musicians play the intimate venues, including David Lindley, Ron Sexsmith, and Michelle Shocked. The most convenient source for information is your hotel concierge or guest-relations manager, who may even have

a few tickets on hand. For further information on Kyoto's arts scene check the music and theater sections of the monthly magazine Kansai Scene, at bookshops for ¥300; you can also find information on the website Another source is the Kyoto Visitor's Guide, which devotes a few pages to "This Month's Theater." Look at the festival listings for temple and shrine performances. It's available free from the Kyoto Tourist Information Center on the ninth floor of the Kyoto Station Building; the staff can also provide you with information.

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This one-room izakaya doesn't look like much, but it regularly fills up with a healthy mix of expats and locals. It's a great place to...

Café Independants

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As its name suggests, this bar hosts an array of indie rock, jazz, and blues artists, making it a good place to tap into the underground...

Club Metro

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One of the best clubs in Kansai, Metro frequently hosts famous DJs from Tokyo and abroad. There's an extremely wide range of music, from...

Gael Irish Pub

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This convivial pub entertains patrons with traditional music and sports on the telly. If you want more than a drink, the menu offers...

Le Club Jazz

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This is the place to tap your toes to live jazz, blues, and soul on Tuesday, and jam sessions every night from Thursday to Monday. There's...

Taku Taku

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This bar is an enduring live-music venue, tending toward rock and blues. It occasionally features some really stellar performers. You...


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Israeli sake aficionado Yoram has an extensive range of the delicate rice wine, from unfiltered to aged, fruity to dry, all available...