In the past, Japan have very few wine brewers and the production of wine only increased during the 19th century, when the West made its way to Japanese soil. Yamanashi Prefecture is considered as the winemaking capital of Japan. The vineyards here are responsible for the 40% wine production in the country.
This article will introduce you to the best wine bars in Tokyo where you can taste excellent wine. So go ahead, bring your friends and experience a nightlife that you will never forget.
Here are the 10 best bars in Tokyo that will impress you.
1. Chateau Mercian Tokyo Guest Bar (シャトー・メルシャン トーキョー・ゲスト・バル)
Chateau Mercian Tokyo Guest Bar is one of those places where you can just sit back and enjoy a glass of wine without worrying about anything else. Service is great the food and wine are excellent. The delicious and fruity taste of their wines compliments the food they serve, which creates a delightful dining experience.
Address: 1-4-5 Roppongi Minato Tokyo
2. La Bottega Del Mare (ラ・ボッテガ・デルマーレ)
La Bottega Del Mare is an Italian restaurant that specializes in seafood cuisines. They get their stock at the Tsukiji Fish Market everyday so you can be assured of its quality and freshness. Food prepared the Italian way will give you a unique insight and help you appreciate things you had never tried before. Of course, their selection of Japanese wine that is reasonably priced will also catch your interest.
Address: 3-11-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Tsurumi Building 1 · 2F
Website: http://da-felice.com/delmare/ (Japanese Only)
3. Wineshop & Diner FUJIMARU Asakusabashi
Wineshop & Diner FUJIMARU has over a thousand kinds of wine that came from Japan, Italy France and other parts of the world. It is found on the second floor of a building. The 1st floor is a fashion store so you might think that you went to the wrong place to dine (most people think that way especially first timers). If you don’t have any particular food and wine item in mind, you can ask for the “omakase” course and allow the chef to pick the food and wine for you.
Address: 2-27-19 Higashinihonbashi Chuo Tokyo
Vista will give you a taste of Italy and Spain with their food accompanied by your choice of Japanese Wine from all over Japan. Although the bar is not that big, it will still make you feel that you came to the right place for some casual dining and drinking. They have a good selection of domestic wines so feel free to ask for recommendations as well.
Address: 2-1-14 Tsukiji Chuo Tokyo
5. Domestic Wine Bar TSUNAGU
Domestic Wine Bar Tsunagu is a great place to enjoy Japanese food and drinks. Conveniently located close to the Tokyo Tower, they have over 60 kinds of Japanese wine which compliment their menu. They also offer Japanese wine testing until 7:00pm. Their Japanese style pizza is also worth noting.
Address: 2-9-1 Hamamatsucho Minato-ku, Tokyo Takahashi 3rd Building B1
6. AGARIS (アガリス)
Agaris is a great place which combines both Italian and French style cuisines. The prices are very reasonable, and you will enjoy dining there for lunch or dinner. Their wines are also great, and like most places that specialize in wine, you can ask on which wine will compliment your food best. If you want to splurge on the drinks, they also have a “all-you-can-drink course”.
Address: 4-3 Kagurazaka Shinjuku Tokyo
7. Villa Due (ヴィラ ドゥーエ)
Villa Due is a bright and cozy bar that can be found on the city of Chiyoda. The interesting part of this bistro/bar is that they serve a limited edition napolitan and doria during lunch time (only 10 servings) for 500 yen. Yes, people go out of their way to order these limited items because they’re good and not to mention CHEAP. But don’t forget to visit the place for dinner to enjoy their selection of Japanese wine, too!
Address: 1-9-11 Kajicho Chiyoda Tokyo
8. Potsura Potsura (ぽつらぽつら)
Potsura Potsura is a Japanese dining bar that serves delicious seafood and Japanese meat cuisines. Their sashimi platters, seasonal vegetables, and even noodles are highly recommended. Not only wine but they also have a good selection of sake for people who prefer it over wine. Prices are very affordable which will easily make Potsura Potsura one of your favorite drinking places.
Address: 22-11 Maruyamacho Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://www.poturapotura.com (Japanese Only)
9. Oishii Nihon No Wine Sun Sun (おいしい日本のワイン 三sun)
Oishii Nihon No Wine Sun Sun is a wine bar that patronizes Japanese Wine. You can only drink Japanese wine in this bar so don’t bother ordering the imported ones that you are familiar with. The shop is quite small so going there with a big group is not advisable. They always offer 9 kind of Japanese wines (different ones) daily. A great place to enjoy Japanese wine that is gathered from all over Japan.
Address: 1-2-1 Uehara Shibuya Tokyo
10. Kurabuu (蔵葡)
Kurabuu is an Izakaya that specializes in domestic Japanese wine and Japanese sake. When you enter the store, the first thing that you will notice is their impressive collection of Japanese wines. Meat dishes like sausages, bacon, and ham are also available for those who love to eat meat. They also have curries and other seasonal items that are guaranteed to suit your taste.
Address: 1-5-11 Tsukiji Chuo Tokyo
All information in this article is as of July 2017
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