Matsukawa Saketen

Mayor: KyotoLefty (1) | Taps: 0 | Bottles: 20
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
Kbeers  (7) , | November 28, 2015
If ambiance = crowded and weird, then it gets a 5, but thatís not how I judge ambiance . . . Very few craft brews, picked up some cans for later and as noted below, the old lady used her abacus to give us the total (400 yen for 4 beers, a great deal).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
GenDV138  (331) Falls Church, Virginia | December 26, 2014
Visited on a pub crawl with KansaiBeerLvrs. Old style Japanese design, mostly standing room. Pick a beer from one of the refrigerators and pay at the end. Mostly Japanese macros with a craft beer or two. Some glasses available to pour your beer into. Interesting atmosphere with a good amount of Japanese locals and salarymen winding down. Worth a stop if youíre in the area, mostly for the unique atmosphere.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (472) Kyoto, Japan | November 8, 2013
As KyotoLefty said this place is all about the ambience of which it has loads. It is full of old Japanese dudes drinking everywhere(it was really busy tonight at around 6pm) with many "tables" being 3 crates of beer stacked on top of each other. This place is old school! The lady running the register even counts the bill up on an abacus. The fridge had 3 craft beers from Kyoto (Syuzan Kaidoís), Heartland & Guiness. Pretty much all the rest of the beer is macrobrew, much better selection if youíre into sake but it is cheap and right near the end of Nishiki marketís shopping arcade so worth dropping by.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
nate2g  (1076) Boomtown!, Australia | July 3, 2012
Visited here with KyotoLefty. A must for the experience. Markís review sums it up best.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty  (639) Kyoto, Japan | July 2, 2012
Ok, maybe I shouldnít have added it but I did. This is a booze store with stand-up drinking in the evenings. No taps, just a fridge full of macro beers, sake, and lots of other crap. Prices are basically retail. The key is, itís over 100 years old. Located in a Kyoto Machiya near Karasuma station. The selection is better than the usual Japanese izakaya, with even a couple local craft beers in bottles, but you go for the atmosphere, not the selection. No service to speak of, really, except the old owner might come and speak a few words of English to you. Not worth crossing an ocean for, but if you are in the neighborhood, itís worth popping in for one.

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