It took a while, but wine bars have finally made their mark in Tokyo, including this smart-looking one in Nishi Azabu. It's owned by people who know their wine, with a combined experience that includes lecturing at the Academie du Vin in Tokyo and working for London's oldest wine merchant. As such, Parabola buys directly from the source as much as possible and offers a large selection of both unknown and big-name vintages from around the world at reasonable prices, as well craft beers, single malt whisky, and a selection of tapas-style dishes that complement the wines. Its walls serve as an art gallery, and free live jazz livens the place up on some Saturdays. You'll find them in a very cool-looking brick building, designed by British architect Nigel Coates, on the top two floors of space originally constructed as an art gallery.
Parabola Wine + Bar
Art Silo Buildling, 7th floor, 4-2-5 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood Nishi Azabu, on Gaien-Nishi Dori Hours Sun–Wed 6pm–1am, Thurs–Sat 6pm until the last drinker is standing Transportation Station: Hiro (6 min.) or Ropppongi (15 min.) Phone 03/6805-1926 Prices No cover charge Web site Parabola Wine + Bar