MELBOURNE | Sakedokoro Namara is a small bar in North Melbourne that’s dedicated to showcasing and educating visitors about the world of Japanese sake. The bar is modelled off the sake bars of Japan, and this is evident as soon as you step inside. If you’ve been to Japan before, you’ll be able to vouch for how authentic this place feels.
There’s over 100 sakes on the menu, with each option containing tasting notes, whether it is best enjoyed hot or cold, and where it sits on a matrix that extends to fruity, rich, sweet, savoury, and dry. It’s a simple way to introduce newcomers to the beverage, and the passionate staff are always on hand to talk you through any questions you might have.
There’s a rotating selection of six sakes on tap at any given time, and tasting flights are available. If you’re not in the mood for sake, there’s also a few wines on the menu, and a decent selection of Japanese whisky and other Japanese alcoholic drinks.
For food, it’s small plates like like edamame, oysters, and sashimi, an omakase-style menu of either four or nine dishes, and sushi on selected nights.
360 Victoria Street
Tue – Wed: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu – Sat: 5:00pm to 11:00pm