Rocking Chair

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Rocking Chair
Hidden away so deep in Kyoto’s backstreets that taxi drivers flinch when they’re asked to drive there, Rocking Chair is a legendary little bar boasting lots of the titular furniture, an open fire and one of Japan’s top bartenders in owner Kenji Tsubokura. He makes vividly flavourful cocktails using Japanese ingredients, and his expert mixology was recognised at the Japan Bartending Competition last year.


Venue name: Rocking Chair
Address: 434-2 Tachibana-cho, Bukkoji-sagaru, Gokomachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku

Opening hours: Wed-Mon 5pm-2am
Transport: Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu-Kyoto line)
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Simply the nicest bar I've ever been to. The owner is a master and the bar is a delight to quietly enjoy expertly crafted cocktails.

What an incredible little bar! 

Kenji Tsubokura and his team have developed an amazing little space where you can drink anything that you (or the staff) can imagine!

It is very easy to walk past, but definitely poke your head in to escape the chaos in the streets and enjoy this oasis.

Best of luck in the IBA Kenji, I'm rooting for you!