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at Open-air Beer Gardens & Indoor Beer Halls in Kyoto!

Summer just wouldn't be summer without an evening spent idly sipping frosty pints or colorful cocktails with nice food in the open air. During summer time, hotels, department stores, bars and restaurants open their roofs and terraces to all of us. Enjoy nice views, good food and drink and a cool breeze with friends and co-workers, or even make new friends; beer brings people together!


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Outdoor Beer Gardens

Maiko Entertainment at Shinmonso’s Beer Garden

Until Sept. 23: ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
''Sky Bar'' offers an all-you-can-drink course (2 hours) and order-style meals; Enjoy the great night views over Nijo Castle; 18:00-21:30 (L.O. 21:00); Closed Aug. 16; www.anacpkyoto.com

Until Aug. 3: Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande
At their ''Asian Night Market,'' a wide selection of Asian food is served along with an all-you-can-drink option; 17:30-21:00 (L.O. 20:45); https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/kyoto/

Until Sept. 26: Kyoto Tower Rooftop Beer Garden
Great view and atmosphere just under Kyoto Tower; BBQ on weekends & holidays: 12:00-15:00 (L.O. 14:30); Beer Garden: 17:30-21:00 (L.O. 20:30); https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/tower_hotel/beergarden/

Until Sept. 23: New Miyako Hotel
Cold & fresh beer brought directly from the factory; 17:30-21:00 (L.O. 20:45); https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/newmiyako/

Until Sept. 30: Restaurant Kikusui
A beer garden atop a Japanese restaurant; A wide selection of food courses and an all-youcan-drink option; 17:00-23:00 (L.O. 22:00); www.restaurant-kikusui.com

Until Sept. 24: Daimaru Rooftop Beer Garden
Enjoy an attractive alcohol selection from Kyoto's craft beer to local sake, and also original cocktails; 17:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30; from 16:00 on Sat., Sun. & National holidays; www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto

Until Sept. 30: Shozan Resort Kyoto's Keiryo Yuka
Located in the tranquil Takagamine area, special dining platforms called Keiyo Yuka are setup above the river; Enjoy authentic Kyoto cuisine for lunch/dinner; Lunch from 11:30 or 13:30; Dinner from 17:00-21:30 (L.O. 19:45); www.shozan.co.jp

Until Sept. 24: Takashimaya Rooftop Asahi Beer Garden
A large downtown rooftop beer garden atop a department store; 17:30-22:00 (L.O. 21:30; from 16:30 on Sat., Sun. & National holidays); www.takashimaya.co.jp/kyoto

July 15-Aug. 31: Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Theatre
Maiko and geiko will perform their elegant dance on stage; 18:00-19:30 (7,000 yen/person for food + all-you-candrink); 20:00-21:30 (5,000 yen/person for hors d'oeuvre + all you-can-drink); Reservation only (reception: 10:00-16:00; Mon.-Fri.); Closed: July 29, Aug. 15 & 16; www.miyagawacho.jp

July 1-Sept. 5: Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theatre
At the oldest of Kyoto's five kagai districts, maiko and geiko will come and greet you at your table; 17:30-22:00 (L.O. 21:30); Closed Aug. 14, 15, 16; www.maiko3.com

July 6-Sept. 1: Maiko Entertainment at Shinmonso's Beer Garden
Shinmonso is a large ryokan set at the northern edge of Kyoto's legendary Gion district; The ryokan's Japanese-style rooftop beer garden offers a special dining plan featuring maiko entertainment; Spend an evening enjoying a fine meal while being entertained by real maiko.

Ohmi Beef Aged Steak 1596
Savor delicious Japanese beef while enjoying a view of the Kamo River from their rooftop; 17:00-24:00 (L.O. 23:00); Closed irregularly; Reservation required by the day before; proceed-kyoto.com/1596/

Until Oct. 5 : endan
Kyoto's popular yakiniku destination to savor good quality beef; Kamogawa Sky Barbecue Garden offers delicious beef, a la carte and beer with an excellent view of the Kamo River; 2-hour course can start anytime between 17:00 & 18:00 or 20:15 & 20:45; www.tendan.co.jp/gion/

Until mid-Nov.: ''Sour Garden'' at y gion
Stylish roof top ''sour garden'' offers a variety of fresh fruit sours plus other drinks, including beer and light meals; Enjoy a night view of the Kamo River from the rooftop; www.ygion.com/floors/

Indoor Halls

Photo courtesy of Kyoto Century Hotel

Until Sept. 30: Kyoto Century Hotel
Romantic ''Hoshizora Terrace'' in La Jyho restaurant offers dinner buffet, beautiful original cocktails, and other drinks; 17:30-21:00 (L.O. 20:00; 17:30-19:00 & 19:30- 21:00 on Fri., Sat., Sun. & national holidays); www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyotocenturyhotel/

Asahi Beer Restaurant Super Dry Kyoto
Everything you could want for a great night of relaxation, drinking and eating; 11:30-22:00.

Asahi Beer Restaurant Super Dry Renaissance
A large, lively beer hall by Kyoto Station; 11:30-14:30 (L.O. 14:00), 16:30-22:00 (L.O. 21:20); 11:30-22:00 (L.O. 21:20) on Sat., Sun., national holidays.

Until Sept. 9: Kyoto Hotel Okura
Special terrace seats will be set up in the stylish Chinese-style restaurant ''Toh-lee''; 17:00-21:00 (L.O. 20:30); On Sat., Sun.: 17:00-19:00 (L.O. 18:30) or 19:30-21:30 (L.O. 21:00); okura.kyotohotel.co.jp

Beer Restaurant Munchen
A wide variety of beers, other drinks and food menus; 11:30-23:00 (L.O. 22:20); www.kyoto-munchen.com

Kyoto Pig & Whistle
One of Kyoto's best known night spots; A great place to make new friends!

Man in the Moon
2 large TV screens for live sports events; in the Kintetsu Meitengai Miyakomichi Bldg.; Downtown near Shijo Karasuma & Gion and Rokkaku.

Feel ''Kyo'' Good
Shot bar where you can have fun from 15:00! With beer on tap and all kinds of alcoholic drinks; 15:00-2:00; Closed: Wed.

The Rockin' Hearts
English style pub located in Uji; An array of draft & craft beer, 60 single malt whiskies, and delicious food; 17:00-24:00 (until 3:00 on Fri., Sat. & night before holidays); Closed: Thurs.

Beer Bar JIVE
A cozy hide-away beer bar offering 50 kinds of draft and craft beer in Pontocho; Kyoto's specialty liqueurs are also available; 16:00-24:00; Tel: 075-241-2969; www.bar-jive.com