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 ...

Set up by a long-established liquor store, it was one of the first tachinomi in Tokyo to offer wine and a good range of tapas-style snacks. Despite the out-of-the-way location, it's always packed -- not surprising given the affordable wine prices.

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