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Cafe Bar Gael - CLOSED

236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku | 2f, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-8576-4359
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible16%
22 Apr 2017
7 Dec 2017
“Rude staff, tiny/overpriced drinks, and a total rip-off (especially if you're foreign)”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Irish, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku | 2f, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture
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1 - 10 of 33 reviews

Reviewed 7 December 2017

Do yourself a favor, and don't listen to all of the travel websites and books that keep recommending this place, because it's really not that great. While Gael does have a nice look and ambiance to it, during all three times that I went to...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 2 November 2017

My best friend and I went to Kyoto in Oct 2017 and following Lonely Planet guide advice went to Gael. We ordered drinks and the waiters were not sure what they were and when served they had little or no alcohol in them; we also...More

Thank Diana B
Reviewed 22 September 2017

For year we have visited Kyoto and enjoyed the Gael. Not this time. The sign is the same but that is all. Michael, the former owner, sold it months ago according to expats we spoke to at the always interesting FSN Bar. The new Gael...More

Thank ERBfd
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

i come to kyoto for the last five years and the gael has always been good fun. great atmosphere, many travelers visiting, good music. but last time i visited on a Saturday evening, around 10pm the place was almost empty. worst of all they increased...More

Thank Michiel S
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Recently visited this so called Irish Bar... never again. Beers in a mug, overpriced, unfriendly staff. Save yourself the time and don't bother to visit, noting Irish about it and the worst beer ever!!!!!!!

Thank Collette F
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Dropped in for 2 beers. Was very smoky with just the bar man and 3 locals. 2 japanese men came and looked at the menu and left. We ordered 2 small beers. Didn't feel like there was much atmosphere so we drank up and asked...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Just wanted a place for a couple of beers and found this place. We were luckily enough to stumble upon Gael during their jazz night. I don't know a whole lot about jazz, but the pianist band leader was amazing. I highly recommend this bar...More

Thank mjp2013
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We went there for a few cold frothy's - as with most places in Japan they allowed smoking so we did not eat

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Came on a whim after reading TripAdvisor reviews, being round the corner and thinking that we were too early for other bars in the area. Planned to have one and move on. Made friends at the bar, realised it was happy hour and the monthly...More

Thank Charlotte A
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We were there on a Monday evening. It was nice and quiet and they had a couple of good craft beers but they were 1000jpy (admittedly our first day in the city, but seems expensive), friendly staff who spoke English

Thank Liam E
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gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the
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dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion
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Restaurant Details

Irish, Bar, Pub
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Nijuikkencho, Higashiyama-ku | 2f, Kyoto 605-0077, Kyoto Prefecture (Formerly Gael Irish Pub)
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
  • Neighbourhood: Gion
  • Phone Number: +81 90-8576-4359
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