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. Kura KOKORI (蔵 KOKORI)
Kura KOKORI is a small bar that specializes in Japanese sake and Japanese wines. They think very carefully to make the best pairing with their alcohol beverages and delicacies. Their menu is simple that most sake and wines are both served in 90cc glasses, which makes you able to try different kinds of wines casually. Experience the pairing of Japanese wines with Japanese dishes.
Address: 3-chome-17-8 Uchikanda, Chiyoda City, 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 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
4. Ichimishin (一味真)
Ichimishin is a luxury restaurant that specializes in Japanese wine and French-Japanese fusion dishes. They stock over 270 kinds of wines all the time, and all of them are Japanese. There is no doubt that Ichimishin is one of the best places to explore Japanese wines in Tokyo. The fantastic view from the 53rd floor of Tokyo Opera City adds a great ambiance and makes your night romantic.
Address: 2-30-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website:https://www.ichimishin.jp/ (Japanese Only)
5. Yushima Rokuvin Stand (湯島6vinスタンド)
Yushima Rokuvin Stand is particular not only about Japanese wines but also Japanese ingredients. Their specialties are grilled Kagoshima chicken and Yamanashi vegetables and wagyu beef bbq. Other than that, they offer delicious cheese from Hokkaido and bacons from Kamakura. They seek for foods from all over Japan!
Address: 1 Chome-7-3 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://r.gnavi.co.jp/1xrp8uhg0000/ (Japanese Only)
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. Wine Kura BANKAN (ワイン蔵 BANKAN)
Wine Kura BANKAN is a small restaurant that specializes in Japanese wine. They rennovated a wooden built Japanese house, which makes customers feel like they are at home. They stock over 100 kinds of Japanese wine all the time. Wines include those from Hokkaido to Kyushu Region. You can encounter with different kinds of their carefully selected wines. They offer light dishes such as pickles to meals such as roasted pork.
Address: 3-chome-35-8 Nakano, Nakano City, 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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