Visited several times, this was our go-to bar in Kyoto. Downstairs is a bit unusual with sort of raw industrial feel to it. On a colder days it’s surrounded with transparent plastic "walls", and on warmer days there are no walls at all so interior becomes some kind of terrace. Good setup to watch the streets, really has charm to it. Selection is 10 Japanese micros on tap and several bottles tucked away in a small fridge. Had some good Kyoto brewing brews there. Food was great, they bake their own bread which is really great, also had foie gras which was perfect with hot bread. Sausages and mash, chicken with vegetables, stout infused cheesecake - everything was very good. Prices bit on a high side, but it’s worth it. Hope to revisit one day.
Two floors, good craft selection, good food. Staff gives a very elitest vibe though (had a few locals tell me the same thing). Only went once because I’d rather have better service at the other craft beer bars around Kyoto.
Cozy little 2-story joint with 10 taps and a great variety. Usually starts with two types of IPA and sells out of one if not both. They only speak Japanese so prepare for confusion unless your Nihongo is good. Almost every plate has chunks of meat in it, even the veggie dishes. Stick with fries if you’re vegetarian. Great place to meet cool locals and globe trotters.
maekchu (152) Hirakata, Japan | October 11, 2015| Updated October 29, 2017
Smallish corner bar, completely open to the street on two sides.Ten taps, all well-selected Japanese craft beer. Priced at 600 yen for 10oz. and 900 yen for 15oz. Space for 8-10 people at the bar and maybe 16 at small tables. Also, an upstairs area (it was full and I didn’t see it). Staff was friendly and fairly prompt in service. Good, limited food menu -- very tasty dishes but a bit pricey. Quite busy and noisy on a Saturday evening. The noise from the traffic was a bit much. Good place to go in Kyoto, maybe earlier in the day to avoid the crowd.
Nice little place in downtown Kyoto. Although the selection wasn’t very big, they did have some rare Japanese stuff and it was as fresh as you like! The food was pretty good as was the service. I was up top as the bottom floor was full so I feel like I might have missed out on the best ambiance.
Visited on a pub crawl with KansaiBeerLvrs. Small bar with some seating on the main floor, dining tables and restroom on the second floor. Beer menu on the board is only in Japanese but there was a paper menu in English. Good selection of 10 drafts, all Japanese craft beer. Order from the bar counter. Food menu looked good, tried the stout cheesecake which was tasty. Nice place to stop in for a beer or two.
Bungalow is a very nice place. I go a couple of times a month. Selection is completely random due to their supplier. Sometimes the slate will be awesome, and sometimes it will be very boring. Staff is friendly and attentive, but you won’t really have many conversations with them. Sometimes, they apologize to Japanese customers for the behavior of tourists and rowdy foreigners...and sometimes that is justifiable. The place runs on being chill.
Visited at 19th of february 2014.
Cool place with a bottom floor being half open kind of like a bistro. Since it was winter when we visited they had some plastic covering and heaters operating.
Good solid list of only japanese beers server in good condiditon and at really nice prices. We only had some french fries there butr the foodlist looked pretty interesting too.
Staff was very polite and attentive.
I am sure this place would be even nicer in the summer with an more open feeling to it.
One of the best places to drink beer in Kyoto.
Really liked this place. Sparse decor downstairs. Didn’t venture upstairs. Service was good and decent selection. It seems that Kyoto bars don’t have as many taps as Tokyo ones, but I quite like this in a way. Will definitely go back.