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Hello Dolly

#170 of 11,529 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Neighbourhood:
Pontocho
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4jyo Noboru Pointchodori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8012 , Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-241-1728
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18:00 - 00:45
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 18:00 - 00:45
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Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a western-style bar with a reasonably good drinks menu and whiskey specialization. However the main reason to come is for the jazz. The night we went they had an excellent 3 piece band and it is very close and personal. There is a 1000 Yen cover charge, but we got to hear two sets for that and it... More 

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Thank DKA255100
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I discovered this place with friends a few years back and every time I'm in Kyoto I make a point to visit. The ambience is amazing, the drinks are well priced, and the Jazz is phenomenal! Check it out, you'll be glad you did

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Thank Mor R
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Two stars are only for interior with lots of old vinyls and location in Gion.. We always love to seat on the bar and watch barmans when they enjoy their job, but this two guys behind the bar look like for the first time at work with any enthusiasm at all.. We order single malt whisky and ask for just... More 

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Thank Pavlína B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Visited tonight after recommended by a friend, was disappointed that the whole place was covered in smoke, don't visit if you are a non-smoker, it's just disgusting. Cover charge applies for certain nights.

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Thank Aaron G
Sydney, Australia
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197 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Great little bar with nice cocktail list. The set up is beautiful with lots of wood. Nice intimate tables great booth or two, nice just to sit at the bar and watch the bar person at work. Good music, some on vinyl. Not super cheap but not overwhelming either. Loved it all!

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Thank James C
Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We stumbled across this place on our first trip to Japan and came back this last trip because we enjoyed it so much the first time! This is a gem of a spot with great music and a fun atmosphere. Go for dinner before hand - so many choices in pontocho and then head in to Hello Dolly for a... More 

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Thank David S
Geneva, Switzerland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Very old style bar trying to be a jazz bar. We were pushed to the bar end and told there was a music charge , Upon seating us the music stopped while we had our rubbishy glass of barely cool wine. We had to put ice cubes to soon down the wine and all in all a very dull place... More 

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Thank CBL264
Wollongong, Australia
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Although our drinks were pricey (we had plum wine which was 75% ice) but I fell in love with the atmosphere. It is very close to Gion district right next to the Camo river (you can see the river from window)

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Thank Maryam3370
Los Gatos, California
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179 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Need I say more?!! We happened upon this place while walking around old Kyoto. We liked the look of the place. It is very small, but very nice, old-world ambience. The live jazz was very good, as was the service and the whiskey selection.

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Thank InformedDecision
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Worth popping in for a visit, good if you enjoy Whisky with a fairly good selection. Other cocktails were not as good, but still OK. Music selection was great, a lot of old LP's on the wall, you can request jazz artists or just sit back and enjoy the staff's selection. Live music fri and sat nights.

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Thank Julian H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 00:45
Monday
18:00 - 00:45
Tuesday
18:00 - 00:45
Wednesday
18:00 - 00:45
Thursday
18:00 - 00:45
Friday
18:00 - 00:45
Saturday
18:00 - 00:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4jyo Noboru Pointchodori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8012, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho
  • Neighbourhood: Pontocho
  • Phone Number: +81 75-241-1728

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Pontocho

Neighbourhood Profile
Pontocho
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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