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Hello Dolly

#237 of 11,595 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Pontocho
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4jyo Noboru Pointchodori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8012 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-241-1728
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18:00 - 00:45
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 00:45
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were looking for a place to have a drink without dining and we came across this place. First impression was great as we love oldish jazz bars but the quality is poor. Cocktails are ok, nothing special, I think I can do better at home. Their service is better if you're Japanese. I'd rather pay for a meal to... More 

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Thank Yves L
Hobart, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great atmosphere and excellent service. Also live music some nights. We went there every night we were in Kyoto! Thoroughly recommended.

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Thank tasdance
London, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 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 

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Thank Juliet G
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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117 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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!

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Thank drnichole
South Korea
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Alexander K
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 

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Thank LAG2378
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

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1 Thank Ellyn G
Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 

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Thank DKA255100
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 7 helpful votes
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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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, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
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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