Near Kushida Shrine sits Ko, a funky wine bar opened two years ago by a sommelier couple. Kenichiro used to work as a wine importer, and his wife Junko, a local, was a sommelier in Tokyo. The casual Bohemian atmosphere affords a relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The selection of 200 mostly natural wines is sourced from winemakers the couple has actually met. You can marvel at the wine cellar from the counter near the kitchen or enjoy some fresh air at the open-air counter. You can also enjoy authentic raclette cheese—a rarity in the city!
Menu (no table charge): wine/glass ¥700~, bottle wine ¥4,000~, coffee ¥500, Heartland beer ¥600, cumin cabbage ¥380, raclette cheese ¥1,300, Genovese pasta ¥1,200, seared chicken sashimi ¥700, chili con carne ¥700
*Foreign language menu: None / Credit cards accepted / Reservations possible / No smoking
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn238, Oct. 2018)