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Bunon

While many of Tokyo's most famous natural wine bars have borrowed from their Parisian brethren, Bunon represents a true Japanese appropriation of the concept, from the service to the food…

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Saiseisakaba

Saiseisakaba is one of the most popular standing bars in Shinjuku Sanchome, a neighborhood filled with places to drink. A handsome and friendly staff welcomes passersby for large mugs of…

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Ahiru Store

Teruhiko Saito and his sister co-own Ahiru Store, one the best, geekiest, hard-to-find natural wine bars in Japan. The tucked-away space in Tomigaya boasts one large seated counter, a few…

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Ginza Shimada

While most standing bars' food is casual, the more refined cuisine at Shimada—considered by many to be the best of its ilk in Tokyo—has inspired a trend of high-end standing…

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Kanemasu

Kanemasu is an off-the-beaten-path locals spot located in the Kachidoki district, just across the bridge from Tsukiji Market. The space fits only about ten people at a long, light-wood counter and…

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Tachinomi Ryoma

Ryoma is a friendly tachinomi specializing in shochu, the distilled spirit native to Japan made from a variety of base ingredients. Ask the staff for advice on which bottles to try and…

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Kudan

Upon being seated, diners at Kudan—a favorite among sake aficionados—select a sake cup from a colorful selection of options presented in a basket. Oden, a staple winter hotpot of fish…