Drinking spots for saké in Japan can range from super casual to sleek bars. I tend to veer towards to easy places where I don’t have to dress up and where saké is at the heart of the shop. Sakagura Kengyo is a retail shop in Higashi-Ginza that is also offers saké and shōchū by-the-glass at bargain-basement prices. A flight of three saké, shōchū, or fruit liqueurs starting at 650 JPY. The food is basic, canned seafood like sardines, oysters, mackerel, as well as yakitori – from a can. Don’t knock it until you try it. It’s good stuff.
Best of all, Sakagura Kengyo is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. I love swinging by here before a leisurely lunch, or in the early evening before a night out.
Sakagura Kengyo 酒蔵検校
Chuo-ku, Ginza 3-8-12, Ginza Yamato Bldg.