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We changed our name on March 17, 2007 to "The Gael Irish Pub"--same great pub, same great craic!

Lonely Planet
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[The GAEL] is our favourite bar in Kyoto. It's a delightfully convivial spot which plays host to a good crowd of expats and Japanese every night of the week. This is an easy spot for solo travellers to enter - you'll soon be drawn into the conversation. Some evenings there are open-mike nights and live Irish music."

Kyoto Visitor's Guide
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Opened in early 2004, this friendly establishment is already established as a 'must visit' on any pub crawl of Kyoto - though if you visit this bar first you may end up not going to any other."

Japan Times
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[The GAEL Irish Pub], just north of the Minamiza kabuki theater, opened in mid-January and, like Rick's Cafe, everybody goes there. This writer, who has visited most of Japan's Irish pubs, notes that [The GAEL] is far more warm and convivial than Tokyo's Irish pubs, and the food is far better...Yes, I know that nobody goes to Kyoto for an Irish pub. But [The GAEL] is definitely worth your while if you're tired of traditional Kyoto and looking for a fun night on the town at a reasonable price."

Tomas Hopkins Primeau's LiveJournal
"...the coolest Irish pub in Japan..."

sumason.com
"A great Irish pub with live Irish music and the full Irish feel."

planetkyoto.com
"... a real Irish Pub with good food..."

Rough Guide to Japan.
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Popular expat hangout with plenty of dark wood and a warm friendly atmosphere. There's good quality food and a decent range of beers"

FODORS
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North of the Minamiza Theatre in Gion, this convivial pub entertains patrons with Irish music and sporting events on TV. The menu offers classic fish-and-chips, plus Irish stew and a beef and Guiness pie...[The GAEL] is famous as a ex-pat watering hole. The pub is located on the east of Kawabata-Shijyo."

Osusume Street
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This newly opened bar feels like a real Irish pub, relaxing and friendly with a wonderful atmosphere. The food is delicious too. It's great! The best Irish pub in Kyoto, and it certainly rates in Japan's top three."

Shibayama Co. Ltd
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The traditional 19th century interior, with its low ceiling and brass fixtures has a real warmth. Please savor the atmosphere and foods, such as: Fish and Chips, Lamb Stew, delicious and healthy Beef in Guiness. Try the Irish whiskeys, along with Kilkenny and Guiness beer, imported from Ireland. A unique spot In Kyoto."

@woman
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The owner and many of the customers are Irish. The Irish bar tenders are studying Japanese language."

We changed our name on March 17, 2007 to "The Gael Irish Pub"--same great pub, same great craic!

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