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Girljin in Japan By Rachel Tranter Davies
CRAFTHOUSE KYOTO

Enjoy carefully curated craft beers, coffee and locally-sourced organic food in a beautifully renovated machiya-style bar near Kyoto Station

Whether serving up Japan's finest craft beers from across the country, local Kyoto KI NO BI gin, dishes created with drinks-pairings in mind or expertly blended coffee, Crafthouse Kyoto has raised the bar, spoiling both local and traveling beer lovers alike with a diverse menu served up in a vibrant atmosphere.



Located less than ten minutes-walk from Kyoto Station, the newly renovated machiya-style building immediately draws your attention. Having only opened in January, the renovation is modern but sympathetic, the eye-catching yellow walls and wooden window frames are immediately intriguing. The interior is even better, if possible.

Open the doors and you're hit by the original timber frame, the ''arakabe'' mud and straw walls and the vast mahogany counter. The bar is full of local bottles and there's a really well thought out array of craft beers on the bar's many taps.



It's not surprising that the beer menu is top notch. The brains behind the venture are the owners of two of Kyoto's most popular craft beer bars, Takumi, and Jefferson, a craft beer enthusiast and part-owner of Woodmill Brewery Kyoto, one of Kyoto's newest craft breweries.

The aim of the pair? ''To combine the spirit of Kyoto and a unique setting to give you an elevated craft beer bar experience that you won't forget in a hurry,'' and they've managed. The setting and menu really come together to make a memorable experience and the staff here are as cool as they are clued up on drink pairings, expertly recommending something scrummy to nibble on with your saison.



Weather permitting, drinks can be enjoyed in the beer garden to the front of the building, a rarity for bars in Kyoto. The area, up and coming and totally foreign-friendly, is also really well situated for onward exploration of the city, or to wind down after a day on your feet. Sit back, relax and take in the ambience all accompanied by an awesome soundtrack and maybe even a live DJ. Music is another passion for the owners and so look out for live events to mingle with locals and travelers for some like-minded libation appreciation amongst some serious tunes.


Crafthouse Kyoto
Open every-day 13:00-24:00; crafthousekyoto.com



Rachel is a food, drink and travel writer. Originally from England, she recently relocated to Japan and is now finding her feet in Kyoto. You can find her blogging tweeting and instagramming her experiences at Girljin in Japan.




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