UPDATE: Unfortunately, Jip Wine Bar closed in spring 2018.
Located near the verdant loveliness of Shinjuku Gyoen park, Jip specialises in domestic wine. In fact, the store-bar is a pioneer in the field, having opened in 2010 – a time when there were only a handful of vineyards in Japan. They now stock a hand-picked selection of bottles from more than 80 wineries across the country, from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. Bottles can be bought at the store and drunk at the counter, although you’ll need to pay a ¥1,800 corkage fee per bottle. The appetiser menu lists everything from nuts to carpaccio and a selection of refined Japanese dishes, most available for well under ¥1,000 per plate. You can also pick from a lineup of at least 20 wines by the glass (all ¥500), including reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines. Originally built as a live music venue, the building also hosts orchestral performances from time to time.
|Venue name:||[CLOSED] Jip Wine Bar & Wine Shop|
2-7-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-12midnight, Sat 4pm-12midnight, Sun & hols 4pm-10pm / closed Mon (except for holidays)|
|Transport:||Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station (Marunouchi line)|