We changed our name on March 17, 2007 to "The Gael Irish Pub"--same great pub, same great craic!
"[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
"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."
"[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..."
"A great Irish pub with live Irish music and the full Irish feel."
"... a real Irish Pub with good food..."
Rough Guide to Japan.
"Popular expat hangout with plenty of dark wood and a warm friendly atmosphere. There's good quality food and a decent range of beers"
"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."
"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
"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."
"The owner and many of the customers are Irish. The Irish bar tenders are studying Japanese language."