Long before tachinomi standing-only bars became a citywide phenomenon, Maru led the way. Such was demand that it soon opened a dining room upstairs, with a couple of dozen seats and a charcoal grill in the center. Apart from the emphasis on wine, it was just as cheerful and affordable as any local izakaya (Japanese pub).
Maru 3-kai: Maru steps up one more floor
Name (J) maru 3F
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
European wine and izakaya ambience: it's a marriage made in shitamachi heaven.
Drinks Beer from ¥380; wine from ¥450/glass and ¥4,000/bottle; shochu from ¥450; cocktails from ¥500
Number of seats 56 (including 12 at the counter)
BGM Low-volume Spanish and Latin
Smoking No smoking
3-22-10 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
5-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and first and third Sat. of the month
Cash, Credit Card
Transport Leave Hatchobori Station (Sakuragawa Park District Exit A1) and cross the main street directly in front of you (look for the blue ATM sign). After 20 meters, you will see Maru's shop front on the right side of the street (in front of the JR Exit B2).