The House of KI NO BI offers a blending room,
seminars for gin enthusiasts and a shop with exclusive items to showcase our philosophy and identity as a pioneer of Japanese spirits.
A renovated machiya, first built over 100 years ago.
As with our gins, we have tried to use local ingredients wherever possible in the House of KI NO BI, such as handmade wooden furniture by local craftsmen “In wood” and fabrics from the traditional Nishijin company, Hosoo. The wallpaper has been produced by KIRA KARACHO, part of the KARACHO karakami atelier founded in Kyoto in 1624.
The interior design is by Douglas Kakuda Croll, son of two of the founders and a graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL London.
Exclusive branded products are available at the Omise no ma.
Logo Ice Stamp
Handmade ice stamp, crafted by Seikado in Kyoto
Nick & Nora by Riedel
Designed using our KIRA KARACHO patterns
Enjoy classic cocktails, KI NO BI tasting flights and light meals against the backdrop of a karakami bar.
The term “Gin Palace” was first used in the 1820s to describe lavish, sumptuously decorated London bars selling gin and other spirits. The style of design, described by Charles Dickens as “perfectly dazzling”, influenced many aspects of later Victorian pubs. By serving drinks in antique cocktail glasses in a room featuring period furniture and décor, our aim was to recreate the look of a Gin Palace in our beautiful 100-year-old machiya.
At the Gin Palace, you can order from our grand menu, but you also have the opportunity to experience our vintage cocktail menu, featuring old spirits and liqueurs from the 1960s and 1970s, some rare Japanese single malt whiskies – such as Karuizawa and Chichibu – and The Kyoto Distillery’s entire KI NOH BI series, the first cask-aged gin produced in Japan.
Only ELEMENTS members* can use the Gin Palace, subject to space availability. Please call the store at 075-223-0457 for ELEMENTS membership application details.
There is a cover charge of JPY1,500 per person, which includes a welcome drink.
Please ask staff for more details concerning private use of the Gin Palace. It is not possible to make advance reservations.
* House of KI NO BI membership ELEMENTS. To become a member costs JPY6,000, including a complimentary KINOBI³ tasting set as a welcome gift. There is no annual renewal fee and you will be given your own ELEMENTS membership card.
For reservations and further information, please contact us on the telephone number below.
Tenji no ma is an exhibition space where you can learn about the history and various styles of gin, the botanicals and ingredients used in KI NO BI, and also enjoy a virtual reality tour of the distillery. The space is available to ELEMENTS members for seminars and private parties. It is equipped with a 60-inch monitor and sound system. For bookings and further information about packages, please call 075-223-0457.
* Please note that, due to COVID-19, some features may not always be available.
During The House of KI NO BI tasting seminars, you can try the 6 Elements (unblended gin distillates) that make up KI NO BI, gaining an unparalleled understanding of our gins and elaborate production methods.
|Date and time||Saturdays and Sundays, from 14:00 ~ 15:00|
|Capacity||Maximum six people per seminar|
* Reservation necessary. Seminars currently only conducted in Japanese.
To visit our site, you must be of an age at which the purchase and consumption of alcohol is permitted according to the legislation in your country of residence. If there is no such legislation in your area, you must be at least 20 years old.
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