AZURE

3/F, Ito Building, 219-2 Nabeyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 604 8015 | map | directions

Kyoto’s first and best-known gay bar (opened since 2003), located on Kiyamachi street – the city’s main bar & nightlife street.

AZURE is a men-only bar. The friendly owner and his staff (who speak limited English) will make you feel very welcomed. There’s a table charge, and light snacks are served.

Located on the 3rd floor of a building, so keep your eyes open for the sign.

venue: bar (酒吧) | features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐)

corrections | last updated: 07-03-2017

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  1. Awful... Avoid at all cost

    “If you are looking for a gay night out in Kyoto then avoid this place at all cost. It's small and unfriendly and frequented by old queens who think that if your face doesn't fit they can treat you with contempt. If you are in Kyoto and you want a great friendly gay night out then get on a train and go to Osaka. My suggestion Grand Slam bar.“

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  2. Tit for tat...

    “As an Asian American in predominantly white gay bars in the US and Europe, I'm often made to feel unwelcome or downright ignored. I take pleasure in the fact the roles are reversed in some parts of Asia. I make no apologies for this comment!“

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  3. Unfriendly and overpriced

    “We visited this very small bar with max. 14 seats on a Saturday night. Immediatley the staff informing us about the 800-Yen cover charge per person. The waiters doesn't speak English. 5! waiters care about the Japanese costumers only. Its more like a private club then a public bar. Really not recommended for foreigners. We dint feel welcome at all there. One time and never again.“

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  4. American Colombian in Kyoto

    “The description is off...the staff is not friendly at all or maybe just to foreigners. Bartender seemed to be pissed off for no reason. Too bad since it's the only gay place on the strip but the str8 bars are cheaper and friendlier.
    La peor experiencia , no te hacen sentar ni te dicen welcome , estamos pagando 800¥ por servicio no es mucho es súper accesible pero no cumplen con su servicio cobrado .

    Y es muy pequeño“

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  5. Rarety in Kyoto

    “I went with my partner on 23 October 2016 at around 10 in the evening. As many bars in Kyoto, this place is rather small with the capacity of less than 10 clients. When we came in, there were three other non-Japanese clients. It was an OK experience. Each client has to be 800 charge (a kind of entry service which is translated into a small bowl of snack). The drink will be from 700 onward. It is a smoking place. Since were are not smoker, we didn't stay too long. The service was OK, he was effective but not too much chatty. However, he has a good english command. Overall, it was an interesting experience for us. There might be good if there is a rainbow sign outside (it can be made small and discreet) to help people to know that there is a gay bar in Kyoto. I do encourage people to come and support this unique place.“

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  6. seand

    “Went here because I read review that they are friendly and even though English may be hard at time, they still make an effort to make you feel welcome. This was not my experience tonight. I am white Irish guy, I don't speak Japanese although I do try to be polite with the few greetings and thank you words that I know. I was with my partner who is Asian. It was around 9pm Friday night. We were the only ones there at this stage. One bar tender, Not friendly at all, No nice welcome and not one smile, I mean not even one. We were very polite and asked about the drinks menu, again not very happy exchange. Soon a Japanese local came in and was greeted very well and all smiles, later another couple came in again Japanese and was lots of welcomes and laughter. So sorry to say as a visitor to Kyoto my experience of this place was not positive at all so I cannot recommend it based on my experience tonight 17/09/2016. I will not come back here.“

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