By now we can all agree that it's hotter than Hades around these parts...still...and so what can we do, Fellow Fun-Seekers, but endure as best we can as we desperately plot our escape from the sweltering sauna that is this City around about lately.

And what better way to ditch this devilish heat wave than to kick back Riverside with a chill breeze and an even chillier brew?
So this week Our crack Research Team infiltrated the rooftop Beer Garden at the Hotel Fujita and sampled just about everything they had to offer in the penthouse.

Located on the NW corner of the Nijo Bridge and overlooking the Kamo River the Fujita is easy to find (5 minute walk North from Sanjo/Keihan St. and even shorter from City Hall) and on Monday night the Roof came equipped with the coolest breezes the Weather Gods have to offer!

Oh.....did I mention Beer, of the ice-cold variety?

Ah yes, life was good but lest I paint too rosy a picture let me explain that this particular Beer Fest is a somewhat Good News/Bad News situation.

First, unfortunately and let's just get it out of the way, the Bad-
In short, the food was not exactly thrilling and sparked no desire to return, not terrible mind you, just...sorta.....forgettable.(which was actually hard to figure as I counted at least 5 chefs hammering away in the spacious kitchen area but win some/lose some)

But let's move on to the Good (which was very good)-
1. The View, while perhaps not World Class, was certainly lovely and definitely relaxing as we knocked 'em back and leisurely stretched out the old bones.

2. The Schedule was easy-going as was the Staff. We arrived around 6:30 and left just after 10 but no one asked us anything about leaving and, in fact, the Party just seemed to be getting revved up as we made our exit and the place was still packed with happy revelers when we hit the elevator.

3. The Beer was absolute J-perfection. At Fujita you have a variety to choose from (Sapporo, Yebisu, Lights/Darks, etc) and a variety of sizes to accomodate anyone of any temperment or taste. And icy, frosty COLD!

4. Lastly but certainly not leastly, the Upper Deck Summer Wind.......Kids, mere words on the page cannot adequately capture how wonderfully comforting and perfectly pleasurable was the all-natural, heaven-sent, A/C blowing gently through the crowds of smiling faces and bent elbows that evening. I might say that it beat a kiss from a pretty girl but I've known some real pretty girls so I'll just say this- I'd go back anytime (especially in this season) to get that cool and cooling therapy again!

And I did mention beer too.....right?

The Staff was friendly and helpful but visitors should probably know that the payment system at Fujita is a bit more complicated than your average one-price-gets-all Beer Garden adventure but don't let that slow you down if you're feeling hot, tense or in need of some refreshments of the Body/Mind variety.

Bottom Line?

Chill, relax, drink early and often (then late and well) and have just a little grub to keep your strength up as you bask in one of Kyoto's more pleasurable places to tie one on.

And call me before you go.

タグ:Beer gardens
posted by Billy at 16:01 | Kyoto (Japan)