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Hello Dolly

#208 of 11,669 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4jyo Noboru Pointchodori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8012 , Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-241-1728
18:00 - 00:45
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London, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm travelling alone for a year so I'm sure you can imagine going to bars.....by yourself.....is very scary. I managed to gather up my courage and go to Hello Dolly whilst in Kyoto. Sweet jazz bar but such slow service. I waited ten mins to get a menu then nothing. I sat at the bar, closed the menu and looked... More 

Thank Juliet G
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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113 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We shared a few cocktails together here after eating at another restaurant in Pontocho. The ambience is dimly lit and perfectly quaint. Would definitely recommend it!

Thank drnichole
South Korea
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We crept into this bar by accident after biking late night near the castle. Quite romantic and soft lighted place to ease off your mind, drinks are generous and price is midranged but completely worth it for the vibe. I enjoyed this place because it wasnt too clustered, people are able to have privacy. Especially recommended for dates and if... More 

Thank Alexander K
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We had a few drinks here one night and enjoyed our time. We waited for a table for about 15 min as it does get pretty busy and is a popular place. They do old school cocktails that are very good. It had a great atmosphere and great music obviously. I would recommend checking it out for a drink or... More 

Thank LAG2378
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We walked quite a long distance to have a drink at Hello Dolly, and were disappointed. Slow service, cheesy atmosphere, and terrible cocktails. Do not waste your time! Sorry, Hello Dolly, we really wanted to like you!

1 Thank Ellyn G
Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 

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

Thank Mor R
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

1 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.

Thank Aaron G
Sydney, Australia
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198 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 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!

Thank James C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
18:00 - 00:45
18:00 - 00:45
18:00 - 00:45
18:00 - 00:45
18:00 - 00:45
18:00 - 00:45
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Pontocho

Neighbourhood Profile
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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