Ahiru Store - A Cosy Wine Bar in Shibuya

On entering this mini wine bar on a street behind Kamiyamacho, you are met with patrons standing at wine barrels, chatting happily whilst sipping wine, and waiting for a counter seat to open.

Luckily enough it only took one glass of wine before we could get a seat overlooking the kitchen complete with large bread oven, pate's cooling on the stove top, and our host carving up cured meats and cheese in front of us.

Don't bother asking for a wine menu; the selection of wine's are lined up along the back window of the store. If you are unsure what to choose, the friendly store owner will happily assist you in selecting the right wine for your taste. And despite initially picking a wine a little too sweet for my liking, he was quick to offer up a dryer option. Whilst the wine and setting are lovely, the home-made French-esque food is tres delicious. Our pork rillette came with a selection of breads made in house, one filled with apricot which acted as a nice compliment to the pork. The salad was crunchy and delicious, and the selection of cheeses varied, fresh and the perfect end to the meal.

Wine bar's seeming to be popping up all over the backstreets of Shibuya and Tomigaya, but this is one of the best I've tried, and is the perfect place to start a Saturday night, or wind down after a long days work.

Ahiru Store can be easily accessed from Shibuya or Yoyogi-koen stations. Just follow Kamiyama-cho until you see a Seven Eleven, turn the corner and the little wine bar it sitting just behind. See map below.