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Ichinoya Bar - A wine bar in disguise

一の屋・人形町バル Ichinoya Bar, hidden in Nihonbashi is an elusive wine bar that holds the key to the right temperature and flavor for sommeliers and enthusiasts.

Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

Published on 09 Jun, 12:00

Access

About 15 minutes by train northeast from Tokyo station, you can take the Hibiya line, the Soba line or the Marunouchi line and exit at Ningyōchō Station and easily walk less than 5 minutes southwest to find Ichinoya Bar.

https://ichinoyabar.com

〒103-0013 Tokyo, Chuo City, Nihonbashiningyocho, 1 Chome−2−7 人形町サンシティビル 1F

〒103-0013 東京都中央区日本橋人形町1丁目2−7 人形町サンシティビル 1F

Their operating hours are split for lunch and dinner: lunch is from 11:30-14:00 and dinner is from 17:00 or 17:30 to Midnight on most nights.

Come for lunch or dinner!
Come for lunch or dinner!

Ichinoya Bar - My first choice to change the usual bar-hopping lineup

Japan can be famous for its late-night eats. Some restaurants are only open at night which is a common catered theme to the working culture in Japan. As a late-night employee, I am very familiar with this trend and I participate in eating in many late-night eateries.

A classic wine twist to elegance and poise
A classic wine twist to elegance and poise

During one of my most recent visits to Tokyo, I passed through Nihonbashi to explore more hidden treasures not easily found on a map. These treasures are found in the form of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, cafés and bars. Today we visit a restaurant and bar combination fashioning itself as a smaller steak house and wine bar. This eatery was an absolutely exciting visit.

A captivating yet simple outside menu to grab your attention
A captivating yet simple outside menu to grab your attention
A matching inside and outside decor with a cute wine barrel utensil holder
A matching inside and outside decor with a cute wine barrel utensil holder

Late-night eats are abundant in Japan, yet choosing the best eats is a challenge in itself. Usually, the food and bar choices repeat themselves. Fortunately, I found Ichinoya Bar.

I want to challenge myself in different culinary cuisines and cultures and Japan's hidden gems are especially the place to be when trying out new opportunities to eat different foods all sort of the night.

A menu designed for simplicity and all visiting foodies
A menu designed for simplicity and all visiting foodies

There are two menus: A drink and food menu.

Look at all the wine selections!
Look at all the wine selections!
Chilled wine to ensure safety regulations and standards being upheld
Chilled wine to ensure safety regulations and standards being upheld

The food menu is simple, a plethora of one-of dishes: a pizza, a paella, a stew, a garlic dip, breads, sausages, and the main steak event. Although simplistic in nature, the idea is to draw the most attention to the wine selections.