Food and Drinks

[Tokyo] Bar Lupin (銀座 ルパン): A Timeless Haven in Ginza for Literary, Artistic, and Theatrical Figures Since 1928


Ginza’s Living History: Lupin, More Than Just a Bar

Nestled in the bustling heart of Ginza, Lupin is more than just a bar – it’s a living testament to Japanese history and culture. Its journey intertwines seamlessly with Ginza’s rich past, a tale of reinvention and resilience that spans nearly a century.

Originally established in 1928 as a Western-style tavern, Lupin was known for its female attendants, setting a unique tone in the area. But in 1936, it underwent a transformation, evolving into the counter-style bar named Yachidamo. However, the winds of change blew once again in 1941, leading to a name change to Menbotei due to wartime regulations.


The tumultuous years of World War II brought closure to Lupin in 1944, and an air raid in January 1945 damaged Lupin’s neighboring building. Yet, undeterred, Lupin rose from the ashes, reopening as a coffee shop in January 1946, adapting to post-war restrictions. It wasn’t until May 1949 that alcohol sales resumed, marking a triumphant return to its roots. Through it all, Lupin thrived, drawing in a diverse clientele, including notable figures from literature and publishing.


Stepping inside Lupin is like stepping back in time. Its interior boasts single-board L-shaped counters crafted from Yachidamo, a wood steeped in the early Showa period, alongside charming chairs that seem to whisper tales of the past.


But Lupin isn’t just a bar; it’s a homage to literature. Proudly incorporating the motif of “Arsène Lupin” into its signboard, Lupin pays homage to its literary inspirations. Wander through its halls, and you’ll discover a treasure trove of photographs and sketches adorning the walls, showcasing the admiration of famous writers and artists who frequented Lupin.

In this haven of culture and art, Lupin stands as a timeless beacon, a testament to the enduring spirit of Ginza. Come, step into history, and experience the magic of Lupin for yourself.

  • Name: Bar Lupin
  • Address: 5-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 
  • Phone: +81-(0)3-3571-0750
  • Hours: 17:00 – 23:30  
  • Closed On: Sundays and Mondays
  • Number of Seats: 30
  • Budget: – JPY5,000 (Cover charge of 800 yen per person)
  • Payment Options: Cash Only 
  • Official Website (Japanese Only):

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