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Talisker Description

Talisker, a renowned bar located in the Gion district of Kyoto, is a hidden gem that offers a unique dining experience. Specializing in Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, Talisker stands out from other dining establishments in the area.

The restaurant's interior is tastefully decorated, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The dim lighting and elegant furnishings provide the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience.

One of the highlights of Talisker is its extensive menu, featuring a wide range of dishes that showcase the chef's creativity and skill. From traditional Japanese favorites to innovative fusion creations, there is something to satisfy every palate. Don't miss their signature dishes such as the melt-in-your-mouth sashimi platter and the perfectly grilled wagyu beef.

In addition to its exceptional cuisine, Talisker also boasts an impressive selection of drinks. Their expert mixologists craft unique and delicious cocktails using high-quality ingredients, ensuring a delightful drinking experience. Whether you're a cocktail enthusiast or a connoisseur of fine spirits, Talisker has something to please every taste.

If you're looking for a memorable dining experience in Kyoto, Talisker is the place to be. With its exquisite cuisine, stylish ambiance, and attentive service, this bar sets itself apart as a must-visit destination for food lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike.

Talisker Overview


88-570 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0074


+81 (0) 75-525-6205


8 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station
11 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 4:10PM-11:00PM
Mon: Closed
Tue: 5:00PM-1:00AM
Wed: 5:00PM-1:00AM
Thur: 5:00PM-1:00AM
Fri: 5:00PM-1:00AM
Sat: 5:00PM-1:00AM

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Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Craft cocktails

Talisker Reviews

Talisker Google Average Rating



There was only one other person here when we stopped in on a Friday evening. It’s cash only fyi. The person working had limited interaction/suggestions for us Americans but he was willing to show us a price list which helped us figure out what to order. Good place to go if you are already familiar with whiskey. Great vibe inside and he hand cut the ice cube balls.


Quite a nice whisky bar with various types of whisky offered in Kyoto. However, do take note that the staff could not communicate in English. Price was okay.


I find it baffling to see so many comments about this place being unfriendly to foreigners. I don’t know about what was going on before but I went there last Sunday with 3 friends. It was the first time for me but not for my friends. Their last visit, however, was pre-Covid, and the owner didn’t recognize them at all. From this experience I wouldn’t say this is a 一見さんお断り joint (one that refuses first-time patron) as one commenter said. The idea that you would need ‘letter of introduction from high-class people’ to enter this place is quite frankly absurd.

We went there on a Sunday night at 22:30, without knowing that they close earlier on Sunday. At first knock the owner told us, politely, it’s beyond business hour. (I speak broken Japanese and we are all non-caucasian foreigners.) 20 seconds after we started to walk away, he apparently changed his mind and called from behind, telling us we’re welcomed to come in until 23:00. We gladly took the deal.

There’s McIntosh amplifier and vintage JBL speakers in the bar and the owner put on a Carmen McRae record for us. I asked him if he takes requests, and he told us there are 1,000 jazz and 1,000 classical records but no list. I ventured to request something by Fukui Ryo, the late jazz pianist from Sapporo whose reissues kind of take the little global community of Japanese jazz lovers by storm in recent years. Although he doesn’t know the name, I think he made a mental note of my proclivity for Japanese jazz. When the next McRae song was over, he put on Takeda Kazunori’s Gentle November (1979). I know next to nothing about whiskey but my friends were very impressed with his vintage collection. All in all a wonderful and shibui experience.

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