Amongst the bars and restaurants on Pontocho is this dark and narrow jazz club overlooking the Kamo River. It's been open since 1939 but has a retro look more reminiscent of the 1950s, with velvet-upholstered chairs and an album cover of Doris Day in the front window. There's live jazz Fridays and Saturdays featuring Japanese talent, with three sets at 8, 9:30, and 11pm. During the rest of the week it plays classic jazz recordings. In any case, a very civilized and old-school place in fast-changing Pontocho.
Shijo-agaru, Pontocho, Nakagyo-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood East (river) side of Pontocho, north of the playground Hours Daily 6pm to 1am Transportation Bus: 4, 5, 17, or 205 to Kawaramachi Sanjo (5 min.) Phone 075/241-1728 Prices Fri–Sat table charge ¥900 per person, plus live music charge of ¥900–¥1,050 first hour, half price subsequent hours; no charge Sun–Thurs; cocktails start at ¥950 Web site Hello Dolly
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