Japanese Elixir: The Top 5 Sake Joints in Boston

Whether served on the side of salmon sashimi or dropped into a fuzzylicious cocktail, nothing quite accompanies sushi as well as sake. Here are the top 5 places in Boston to get your fix of one of Japan’s most delicious exports.


Since opening its doors in 2006, Douzo has been an after-work hot spot for its loyal Back Bay patrons, serving up not only some of the tastiest hand rolls in town, but a venerable bevy of sakes that would make any rice wine enthusiast’s head spin. We recommend the Golden Saketini, made from Trump vodka, sake, and genuine gold flakes.

Douzo is located at 131 Washington Street in the Back Bay


One of the few upscale Japanese eateries in the city with a zen ambiance, Oishii’s sake menu doesn’t disappoint: the restaurant proudly boasts over 50 selections from the Far East.

Oishii is located at 1166 Washington Street in the South End

Uni Sashimi at Clio

Masterminds Ken Oringer and Chris Gould took Clio, a Boston favorite, one step further when they introduced Uni Sashimi to the city a few years ago. The sushi, like their combined creative style, is exquisite; the sake, which includes rare and unique pours, is, too.

Clio is located at 370 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

Sushi-Teq at the InterContinental Hotel\

What do you get when you mix sushi, plus tequila, plus salsa dancing, plus a great sake offering?  Throw one of Boston’s hautest hotels into the mix, and you’ve got Sushi-Teq at the InterContinental. The sake martini is simple yet straightforward: house sake, plus the vodka of your choice.

The InterContinental Hotel is located at 510 Atlantic Avenue in the Financial District

o ya

Whether you’re lounge or club hopping in the chic Leather District neighborhood, or simply want a great meal, o ya is your the answer to your Japanese-inspired quest. They’re also one of the few 5-star sushi restaurants that can hold a flame to neighborhing Chinatown. Haute restaurant, haute neighborhood, haute cocktails: it doesn’t get hauter than that.

o ya is located at 9 East Street in the Leather District