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Navel/
Nakano: Wine bar
₯5340-5808
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This tiny wine bar
occupies a sliver of
space in the base-
ment of an easily
overlooked building,
one minute away from
Nakano station. It's
a counter-only af-
fair, and despite
the close quarters,
Navel is a relaxing
place to enjoy a
couple of drinks and
a bite to eat.
Around ten wines are
available by the
glass (Y300-), and
selections change
daily. There's no
wine list, but the
friendly and knowl-
edgeable bartender
will recommend one
for you based on
your preferences.

Like the bar itself,
the food menu is
small, but all of
the dishes are rea-
sonable (Y399-) and
nicely done. Tasty
snacks like homemade
sausage patties,
melted Camembert
cheese, and grilled
seafood are prepared
on a diminutive iron
griddle behind the
counter.

In addition to wine,
there is a large
selection of dis-
tilled spirits -
from single malts to
unaged corn whiskey,
and a range of eaux
de vie. If you
understand Japanese
and you're curious
about the difference
between Cognac and
Armagnac, tequila
and mescal, or grap-
pa and marc, this is
a good place to ask.
The bartender will
be happy to expound
on the topic.
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Nakano-ku, Nakano
2-30-8, Tachikawa
Bldg B1F.  Open
5pm-4am daily.
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