October is nearly on us, and you know what that means – It’s time for World Sake Day! The annual event is our excuse to go wild on the Japanese drink, and go bar-hopping from one Japanese watering hole to another for our favourite sake specials.
What is World Sake Day? Well, this one-day celebration marks the beginning of sake brewing and production, which last throughout the winter in Japan and ends around April. Us cultural aficionados wouldn’t miss the chance to indulge in a glass of premium sake, so join us as we bring you these deals happening on October 1st !
Japanese fusion bars are all the rage right now and we ain’t complaining; it just means more exciting culinary delights to try out! Le Binchotan joins in on the action with their new opening along Amoy Street, offering up a unique blend of Japanese and French culinaire in its sleek wooden interior. Paying homage to the popular Japanese wine, Le Binchotan would be having an all-day promotion on sake drinks, as well as showcasing their new Autumn sake menu which features the Nabeshima Summer Moon and Harvest Moon ginjo from Saga Prefecture.
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street #01-04, Singapore 069935, p. 6221 6065
Sake may be a Japanese drink, but Boruto proves that Singaporeans too know how to appreciate the fine rice wine. Opened by Chef Patrick Tan, this laid-back Japanese-slash-Spanish tapas bar holds an extensive collection of premium sake brands in their wine vault. Grab yourself a seat at the bar counter and watch the bartender pour a glass of dry Wakaebisu Ninja junmai, or go for the Zaku junmai ginjo. Don’t miss out on their sake promotion during World Sake Day where you can enjoy a 20% discount on selected sakes, as well as a complimentary glass of the popular Juyondai Niigata sake.
Boruto, 80 S Bridge Rd, #01-01 Golden Castle Building, Singapore 058710, p. 6532 0418
Teppan Bar Q
Fancy a bit of Español to your Japanese cuisine? Then you’ll definitely dig the Japanese-Spanish teppanyaki bites at Teppan Bar Q! This sister outlet to Hataka Torikin combines teppanyaki, Spanish tapas, and izakaya fare all into one menu, resulting in delish novelties like Galician-styled octopus and roasted hakata mentai. Kanpai sessions on October 1st starts at 8.30pm; don’t miss out on their $28 set dinner which comes with teppanyaki tapas, a glass of sake, and a souvenir cup. Selected sakes are also going at half their usual price, so you can get two bottles of sake for the price of one!
Teppan Bar Q, 11 Unity Street, Robertson Walk, #01-21/22, Singapore 237995, p. 6235 0629
Nestled away within the shophouses along Stanley Street is this authentic Tokyo izakaya bar, an ideal place to unwind after a hard day’s work. Asides from their popular izakaya bites like chicken meatball skewers and sake-cooked oysters, this bar also stocks sakes that are trending in Japan at the moment; this means you’ll never get the same recommendations with every visit! Go sake-crazy this October 1st with their 15% discount on bottled sake, and enjoy a plate of Kushiyaki skewers when you purchase a 1.8 litre bottle. Not sure what to choose? Then get their sampler of 3 different sake selections, and you may just bag yourself a specially crafted cup too.
Shukuu Izakaya, 8 Stanley St, Singapore 068727, p. 6327 9240
Who says eating and looking good can’t go together? Health-conscious diners would definitely appreciate the Hakata-styled collagen hotpot at Hakata Torikin, as well as the plethora of sake and shochu to go with it. Kanpai sessions start at 8.30pm on October 1st, expect appetisers and a glass of sake along with your mizutaki hotpot with their $50 set meal, and get yourself two bottles of sake for the price of one with their 50% discount.
Hakata Torikin, 557 Bukit Timah Road, #01-14/16, Singapore 269694, p. 6465 5908
There isn’t any tipple deals happening at Dassai, but that shouldn’t deter true blue sake connoisseurs from tasting Dassai’s premium sake. Located at the Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria, this one –of-a-kind pop-up bar by Dassai serves up their own high quality sakes from their breweries. If you prefer a full-bodied fruity taste to you, the Dassai 50 would be a match for your palate. But our favourite would have to be the finely-milled Dassai 23; the drink will surprise you with its smooth texture and eloquent taste when sipped. The bar will only be here till January 2017, so make haste and head down for a glass!
Dassai Bar, Wisma Atria Level 4, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877, p. 66946535
Orihara Liquor Shop & Bar
With the stacks of sake caskets around the entrance, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that the place is just a wine storeroom. Despite being a hole-in-the-wall sake bar, Orihara liquor shop & bar houses an impressive array of shochu, whisky, sake, and umeshu imported directly from Japan. As if that wasn’t already tempting enough, Orihara is also giving away glasses of sake to customers with every drink ordered at the sake bar; you know where we’ll be on World Sake Day!
Orihara Liquor Shop & Bar, 11 Unity Street #01-02 Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995, p. 6836 5680
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