Here is a list of places Sake Concierge Umio enjoys drinking sake in Kyoto. All of them are places I have visited multiple times and guided my friends and guests. Umio's sake tours, of course, include some of them.
Please refer to the Google Maps link for the location, price range, and opening hours.
Sasaki Shuzō Brewery
The brewery uses the same water source as the court brewery of the eighth century and offers brewery tours.
The website is in Japanese, but it does English brewery tours.
Matsui Shuzō Brewery
The contemporary tasting room and lovely brewery tours.
Charcoal-grilled foods and sake.
A variety of sakes from all over Japan.
Amazing aged sake. I learned a lot about aged sake from the gentle barmaster.
Sake Bar Asakura
Excellent warmed sake and aged sake. Excellent hospitality.
Jam + Sake Bar
Sakes chilled to warm from various regions, but don't forget to ask the barmaster what's in his stash.
Masuya Saketen and Sake Hall Masuya
Casual sake bar with a wide variety of sake from all over the country.
There is a sister-izakaya Sake Hall Masuya with larger capacity
The barmaster in Kimono serves sakes of Shiga Prefecture, her birthplace.
Cafe Koan Kissaco
This cafe offers tea and sake paired with wagashi, Japanese-style confectioneries.
An authentic Western-style bar serves whiskey, spirits, and cocktails. Yet, their sake cocktails are great.
Izakaya, Restaurant, and Kaiseki
High-quality soba. Sake and wine.
Best place to enjoy muroka-nama-genshu (unfiltered, unpasteurized, and undiluted sake) of the Kansai region. Trained chefs of Japanese cuisine offer excellent food pairings.
The owner concentrates on four breweries: full-bodied ricey sake and umami-rich food: a match made in heaven.
Authentic Japanese cuisine with Kanzake (warmed sake).
In the heart of the Gion district. Delightful sake selection and authentic Japanese cuisine.
Drinking sake with friends on the riverside of Kamogawa River, Kyoto's most admired spot, is so pleasant.
Kyoto has Fushimi, one of the most prominent sake production places in the northern part. The list of Fushimi is coming soon. Meanwhile, please look at the podcast Sake Concierge Umio talked about the fascination of Fushimi and places to visit.