Tiny even for Tokyo standards, Bar à vin is a wine bar tucked under the stairwell to its sister restaurant Maison Cinquante Cinq. There’s standing room only, around a central table, and wines are available by the glass along with a short menu of French-inspired snacks to sustain you. In such an intimate setting it’s easy to strike up a conversation with the person next to you on which wine they are enjoying. Otherwise, leave it to the sommelier who will bring out the selection of wines he’s just opened for the night. All brands are sourced by the owner who says he chose to stock natural wines because he ‘fell in love with the taste’ and the farmers’ philosophy. A glass costs ¥1,000, but the help-yourself homemade sourdough bread and dried figs on offer make the slightly high price worth it.
|Venue name:||Bar à vin Maison Cinquante Cinq|
3-5-1 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||6pm till late / closed Sun|
|Transport:||Yoyogi-Uehara Station (Odakyu line)|