Boston’s Best Bars With Sake

January 16, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Haru)

(Photo from Haru)

(Photo from Haru)

Sake is a fermented rice wine beverage, a classic Japanese drink most often found in sushi bars and restaurants with an Asian flair. Luckily for sake aficionados, Boston has a bevy of bar choices that serve sake to their patrons, offering consumers a wide variety of vibes, flair and atmosphere to go along with their tasty adult beverage. Here are five of Boston’s best bars with sake…bottoms up!

Fish Market Sushi Bar
170 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-1268

When it comes to sake, why not head right to the source and do it the traditional way? Fresh is the name of the game here, as Fish Market Sushi Bar offers up an ever-changing menu of fresh fish and sushi ideas alongside traditionally strong sake serving as the perfect side accompaniment. Customers have followed suit, as well, making Fish Market Sushi Bar a popular destination in the Allston/Brighton section of Boston, meaning that patience is needed when visiting.

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80 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 782-8888

Shabu-Zen is also located in the Allston/Brighton section of Boston and boasts one very particular benefit in its corner – free parking. Of course, this would mean little if Shabu-Zen didn’t also have the food and drink to back up its claims, but luckily this little place has earned a loyal customer base at its Brighton Avenue location over the years for its varied menu of Asian delicacies, with an equally desirable beverage menu, including some of Allston’s most delicious sake.

O Ya
9 East St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900

Located on East Street in the Waterfront/Leather district of Boston, O Ya Restaurant is an Asian eatery notable for hosting a variety of delicious dishes, all freshly prepared with a special eye for quality and originality. This also applies to its alcoholic line of beverages, including traditional sake, presented with all of the visual and stylistic flair associated with this dining style, which is making a meal an experience. Setting some proper time aside to truly indulge and enjoy O Ya is recommended, as is a healthy appetite.

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1721 Washington St., Suite C
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 447-2184

This South End sushi spot sports sparkling sake for its distinguishing customers, who often discover this little joint whilst searching for parking or waiting for a table at Toro Restaurant across the street from Seiyo’s Washington Street location. Still, Seiyo often earns plenty of repeat business, due not only to its willingness for quick seating of its customers (and getting a drink in their hand), but for the quality of its food, which holds to a dependable standard for loyal patrons.

Haru Sushi
55 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 536-0770

Heading to the Back Bay area of Boston for our final entry, Haru Sushi is located on Huntington Avenue, offering up sake ‘n sushi for its devoted following of dedicated customers. Haru Sushi delivers the goods for lunch, dinner and happy hour crowds alike, specializing in hefty portions of delicious sushi and savory sake, even if some customers have complained about the uneven level of service at any given time. Still, with so many customers coming back for their repeat fix of Haru Sushi, it seems a given that this Japanese joint is definitely doing something right.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at