Kita Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Kita - Kyoto

Kita Ward nightlife generally caters to a younger crowd than other Kyoto wards due largely to the presence of a number of universities in the area. There are four universities situated within the ward limits thus thousands of university students inhabit the district. This large, lucrative market has brought about the opening of many businesses to cater for the student population. The streets around the Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji are home to a few smaller bars and quiet izakayas but head to the areas surrounding the universities to find the lively student hangouts.

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This tiny bar played an important role in modern history, once a constantly surveilled hangout for student activists, now it is still a favourite meeting point for university students of a more passive nature. The bar is located within a residential area on the side of Yoshida Hill, signaled only by the presence of its bright red door.

  • Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 05:00
  • Location: 34 Nakaoji-cho, Yoshida Kita-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 771 2388

Nosh Green

This café and bar is described as woodsy and friendly, popular with students from universities in the vicinity. With a great selection of bottled beers, icy cold draft beers and an impressive cocktail list, it is a good place to stop in for a drink after you visit nearby Kinkaku-ji Temple. Nosh Green also serves a hearty menu of western pub food.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
  • Location: 13-3 Yamaiki Bldg. Gaidocho kinugasa, Kita-ku
  • How to get there: Kyoto City Bus 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station


Popular with younger folk Rumiyuka is a good place to stop in for a drink after visiting Kinkaku-ji. The bar has a simple clean design and a good menu of beers and wines. Rumiyuka is very popular with students from nearby Ritsumeikan University.

  • Location: 10 Goshonouchimachi Kinugasa, Kita-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 467 1998
  • How to get there: Kyoto City Bus 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station


Drop in to Brown’s for great food, local and imported beers or to try some of over fifty fine malt whiskey varieties. Located a fair distance away from anything else Brown’s is well worth the trip for a fun night out with a group of friends. The British style garden pub is quite spacious and is furnished with antique furniture and carpets which complements the smooth jazz background music.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 24:00, closed on Thursday
  • Location: 28 Hiraki-cho, Omiya, Kita-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 493 8295
  • How to get there: Karasuma Line, Kitaoji Station

Modern Dining & Bar

This elegant, classy bar stocks some fine malt whiskey and top quality sake plus a great variety of spirits. The bar tenders also know how to make a impressive number of cocktails.

  • Opening Hours: 19:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Omiya Tajiricho, Kita-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 493 7275
  • How to get there: Keifuku Railway, Omiya Station
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