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Tokyo Whisky Library (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Unlike most Tokyo whisky bars, which are tiny, this shrine to the malt is big and comfortable, with no cover charge. Opened in October 2016, the Whisky Library has a list that runs 73 pages, including four pages of “old bottles”—not just aged whiskies, but bottles that are...Read Full Story

The Apollo (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This new restaurant in the spendy Ginza district is a marvel not just for its 120-bottle wine list, but also the reasonable prices in a city that loves its markups. Perhaps that’s because it’s an import of a successful Greek fusion restaurant from Sydney, Australia. Greek wines...Read Full Story

Ippo (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Ippo’s sign promises “fish and sake.” The fish is the easy part. Finding good tiny-production sakes in Tokyo is such a challenge that Ippo co-owner Hideki Takano buys many of them retail from shops with connections to breweries in distant prefectures. Ippo...Read Full Story

Gen Yamamoto (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Less a bar than a tea ceremony with booze, Gen Yamamoto is the eponymous parlor of a man who has wowed the bartending world without making what most experts would consider cocktails. Reservations are essential and will get you a two-hour window in which he’ll serve...Read Full Story

Tsunagu (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Tsunagu is a wine bar that sells only Japanese wine, which is unusual because Japanese wine traditionally hasn’t been very good. You might feel trepidation if owner Satoko Tamura produces a sake-sized screw-capped bottle and pours the wine into an opaque Japanese-style teacup, rather than a...Read Full Story

Pasela Resorts (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

If you want to see how Tokyo actually parties, rent a karaoke box for a few hours with your friends and leave your inhibitions in the lobby. Until recently, a bottle of acceptable low-end whiskey would be the best beverage you could hope for, so the lists at Read Full Story

Sake in Motion (News & Features)

Wine is about grapes, terroir and, to some extent, people. Sake is about people and, to a lesser extent, rice. This is the point of Erik Shirai’s documentary The Birth of Saké, a chronicle of a year...Read Full Story

Sake Bounces Back (News & Features)

{image_1}The world watched on YouTube last March as Suisen sake brewery in Iwate prefecture was washed away by a tsunami. The building was completely destroyed, and seven of the brewery’s 57 workers died. Amazingly, without missing a single harvest, Suisen is back. And so is the Japanese sake...Read Full Story

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