This is one of Kyoto's oldest live clubs, established in 1981 and still pulling in the college-age crowd with its mostly Japanese bands that play rock, jazz, acoustic, and fusion. It's small and popular and can fill up fast, so get tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment and to get advance-purchase discounts. Students also often qualify for discounts. Live music is from 7:30 to 10:30pm, after which it winds down to become a mellow bar, making it also a good place to simply drop by for a drink.
Live Spot RAG
Empire Building, 5th floor, 521 Kamiosaka-cho, Nakagyo-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood East side of Kiyamachi with its narrow canal Hours Sun–Thurs 6pm–2am, Fri–Sat 6pm–4:30am Transportation Subway: Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (3 min.); Bus: 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 32, 59, or 205 to Kawaramachi Sanjo (2 min.) Phone 075/241-0446 Prices Most performances ¥1,800–¥3,000 plus 1-drink and 1-dish minimum (most dishes ¥650–¥1,000; drinks start at ¥650) Web site Live Spot RAG
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