Sakedokoro Namara, North Melbourne

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.

Sakedokoro Namara

360 Victoria Street
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051

Telephone: (03) 9939 1911
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue – Wed: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu – Sat: 5:00pm to 11:00pm


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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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