Late Night Drinking

L'EscaMoteur bar verified


  • Night Out
  • Live music
3 / 5

Dec 06, 2018

In the heart of Kyoto, you'll find L'EscaMoteur, a Kyoto bar so full of the wonderfully unexpected that it isn't hyperbole to say you'll be transported to another world.

Squirrelled away, up a narrow staircase, in the attic of an unassuming brick building on a street bordering the Takase canal, L’EscaMoteur is a bar in Kyoto reminiscent of Paris’s belle époque. Named after the old French word for an illusionist or magician, L’EscaMoteur is a bijou bar that prides itself on creating an air of mystery, as well as delicious, life-giving elixirs. And it certainly does not disappoint.

We suggest talking with the elegantly dressed, knowledgeable and talented bar staff, and soaking up the décor, which is an Alice-in-Wonderland-style mix of vintage European and modern steampunk. Nestled under the imposing ceiling beams, there’s a glorious paraphernalia of books, hats, bike parts, vintage decanters and more. A conglomeration that conjures up a reimagined image of Paris or London from 100 years ago, which is a delight to explore.

Yet it’s not the whimsical interior that steals the show – and what a show it is. The bar’s owner, Marseillaise Christophe Rossi is a trained magician whose love for great cocktails led him to open L’EscaMoteur to showcase the combination of his two finely honed skills. His dedication to both is evident in the skill and wizardry with which the bar’s delicious cocktails are created and presented.

Throughout the year the bar frequently hosts live music events. But our advice is to arrive when the bar opens at 8 p.m., on a humdrum Tuesday and simply enjoy the conviviality and personality of the place and its staff. Wash it all down with their Kyoto Garden (created from Kinobi Gin, Yuzu liqueur, matcha tea, citron and egg white) or smoky Old Fashioned – a true tonic for the soul.