L'Escamoteur Bar, Kyoto
One of my favourite type of drinks is the cocktail, mostly because it always looks pretty but secondly because of the variety of flavours that a mixologist can offer through it. For that sole reason we were trying to find a small bar in Kyoto that could offer us great drinks and experiences. Yelp (app) was my best friend when we were in Japan so we looked up a small bar and found L'Escamoteur. It was within 10 minutes walking distance from where we were.
The name L'Escamoteur means magician or illusionist and the inside decoration depicted that really well. The owner of the place was a former magician named Christophe Rossi from France. There were books and brown leather couches that hung on the ceiling, brick walls and shelves as well as a hidden restroom. It was fun to see some guests trying to figure out the way to open the 'hidden' restroom.
When we arrived, there were still two empty stools at the bar (yay). The newest staff member, Tom, introduced himself and gave us a cool menu filled with creative cocktails to choose from.
We decided to let one of the staff members help us on what to choose. Joe asked us some standard questions of what kind of flavour that we liked and he went on to create two delicious cocktails for us. We ended up trying 6 different cocktails that night and I had to help Hubby finish his drinks ;-).
L'Escamoteur is definitely a quirky and friendly bar if you're looking for a place to drink. However it's important to come earlier than usual since they will turn customers away if the venue filled to its capacity. We were lucky that no one smoked when we were there especially since the bar has an open-smoking policy. It's also a cash only venue, so don't forget to prepare your Yen in advance. The cost of one drink is about 1,000-1,500 yen.