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Lupin's fame - given that it's a tiny windowless basement bar - is mainly due to the astounding amount of literary heavyweights have passed through. Kan Kikuchi, Osamu Dazai, Shusaku Endo - they've all raised glasses here, along with a litany of artists, photographers and actors. Lupin has been around since 1928, and survived the Showa period and it is still incredibly popular today - go for a beer and check out the bar's collection of photographs of many of Japan's most venerable writers.
If there's one drink that goes wonderfully with French food, it's wine. This is a terrific restaurant which serves a variation of French and Japanese dishes with a selection of wines from various countries. Try their foie gras don, which consists of foie gras served over rice and sprinkled with green onions and ginger - it's a real knockout. Completing the experience is the elegant atmosphere and decor, which is distinctly French in flavor.
No, this isn't a takeoff of the movie, and you won't find any of the bartenders wearing gold loincloths or red capes. What you will find are cheap prices to an amazingly large selection of alcohol. 300 Bar serves over 100 cocktails, as well as shots, beer, and small dishes to soak up all that liquor. The best thing about these drinks though, and the reason the bar has its name, is that they all cost only 300 yen. To make this deal even sweeter, the bar offers coupons in many big magazines, so you can end up getting a drink or two for free before moving on to the rock bottom prices. The only catch to this place is that it is a standing bar, so you may not want to make it your only stop of the night.
Ginza is the home of expensive clothiers and restaurateurs alike. If you are looking for a taste of those 1980s heydays, you need come no further than the elegant French restaurant, L'Osier. Listed in Japan's Hanako magazine as one of the top dining spots and recently awarded three Michelin stars, this restaurant serves up original and delectable French dishes at reasonable prices. Be sure to call ahead, and dress your best. This place has a jacket and tie rule.
Nestled on the 4th level of a commercial high-rise, Bar High Five draws drinkers with its intimate setting, complete with dim lights, jazz in the background and courteous bartenders. Grab your throne at this cozy venue, and soak in the rustic views of the Ginza's rail lines. Its trained mixologists know the art inside out, so expect your favorite concoctions to be precisely mixed and meticulously shaken. Hidetsugo Ueno is a master of some innovative blends, amusing guests with his adept pouring and blending skills. This small spot may be hard to find, but once inside, its a true treasure for cocktail aficionados.
For atmosphere, this Ginza bar wins high praise. It has got that low lit, cozy feel, with hanging lights and dark wood tables. For prices it does even better, especially when you consider the fact that Ginza prices could do battle with those of Zurich. Entrees and appetizers are quite cheap, and if you are not up for shelling out on a bottle, light wine tasting, which includes three glasses, is available at a low price. As for their selection, it is definitely worth a peek. The Wine Bar boasts of over 500 various wines.