Where to drink sake in KL

Updated: 09 Apr 2018

Eyuzu Japanese Cuisine
Eastin Hotel’s Japanese gem is up on the second floor and houses an array of sake including ones from Saito alongside a menu consisting of mostly fresh seafood (don’t skimp on the oysters). Currently, the restaurant has a ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet available only on weekends and priced at RM118 nett per person.

Address: 2nd Floor, Eastin Hotel, 13, Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Website: www.eastin.com/kuala-lumpur/dining/eyuzu-japanese-cuisine  
Operation Time: Daily: 12pm - 2.30pm; 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Telephone No.: +603 7665 1111

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Hana Dining & Sake Bar

Hana Dining & Sake Bar KL

Sake tastes even better when there's good food to go with it and Hana Dining knows just how to capitalise on that. Specialising in Japanese Western fusion cuisine, the Izakaya-styled eatery has plenty to offer besides its sakes and Japanese whiskeys. For the brave, Hana Dining also serves a combination of sake and whiskey that's aptly called 'Sa'key'. Its extensive menu spoils you with a wide variety of appetizers, salads, soup-simmered dishes, sashimi, teppanyaki and sukiyaki for you to explore.

Address: OB2.G.U1, Oasis Boulevard, Ground Floor, Sunway Pyramid, No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: www.hanadining.com
Operation Time: Mon – Thu: 11.30am – 11pm; Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 1am
Telephone No.: +603 5624 0888

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IKKI Lounge

Ikki Trec KL
Hide away from TREC's party crowd in this quiet enclave on the first floor of Electric Boulevard. It takes a while to locate the entrance (push on the wood-panelled walls to find it!) but after you do, a rich warm interior awaits you. And it's not just sake that you'll want to drink here. Try IKKI's delicious selection of cocktails and its artisanal whiskeys.

Address: E-01-08 Electric Boulevard TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ikkikl/
Operation Time: Daily: 6pm – 1am
Telephone No.: +603 2110 2932

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Ippudo

Ippudo Malaysia
Every month, Ippudo at Bangsar Shopping Centre hosts a sake festival. For one night and at a fee, guests can enjoy either three types of sake, three types of Japanese beer or one type of sake cocktail. The best part? All of the above are bottomless. And what’s a sake fest without a bowl of ramen? Ippudo is offering its Half Bowl Ramen for only RM19 that night.

Address: Lot G110, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof 59100, Bangsar, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/605520739785302/
Operation Time: Daily: 11am - 12am
Telephone No.: +603 2011 6238

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Kaihomaru

Kaihomaru Federal Hotel KL
Kaihomaru's food selection differs from most Japanese eateries; where others serve meat, this restaurant only serves seafood. But you don't have to worry about its drinks menu being limited; they offer sake (of course!), shochu cocktails as well as umeshu.

Address: Lobby, Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: https://www.facebook.com/kaihomarumalaysia.com.my/
Operation Time: Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Telephone No.: +603 2144 3088

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Kikubari

Kikubari DC Mall
Kikubari, which means 'caring' and the art of 'paying attention to others' in Japanese, prides itself in its customer service and hospitality. It's the city's first sake and tapas dining spot and its beverage menu is as interesting as its food. Port, wine, spirits and rosé are also served here. It may be a casual dining place but it adheres to a strict dress code of smart casual. Close adult supervision is required for children under the age of 12.

Address: L3-O1A, DC Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.kikubari-dc3.com
Operation Time: Closed on Sundays. Mon – Sat: 6.30pm – 10.30pm | Drinks: up to 12am
Telephone No.: +603 2011 8200

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Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Nobu KL
This internationally well-known restaurant is so beloved for a reason. Get a taste of Junmai 'Sado No Shu' or the Nobu Daiginko TK40 'The Premium Sake' here. But at Nobu, there's more to look forward to than its top-quality rice wine. Its ever-progressive menu includes the Nobu High Tea set (available only on weekends) and the Signature Omakase menu with eight courses.

Address: Menara 3 Petronas, Level 56 KLCC 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: https://www.noburestaurants.com/kuala-lumpur/contact-and-hours/
Operation Time: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10.30pm; Sat & Sun: 1pm – 4pm
Telephone No.: +603 2164 5084

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Nomi Tomo

Nomi Tomo Sake Bar
Located in the popular area of Bukit Damansara, Nomi Tomo is a sake and yakitori bar with a live DJ (on certain nights) and fridges full of sake you can test taste until you're satisfied. It's the perfect place to hit when you want a chill night out, enjoying good sake and good music with your friends. One of the best things about Nomi Tomo, we have to say, is getting to choose your sake cups!

Address: 2-2, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/nomitomokl/
Operation Time: Mon – Sat: 6.30pm – 2am
Telephone No.: +603 2011 2839

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Saro Lounge

Saro Lounge Pavilion

Luxury lounge Saro offers a sake buffet every Thursday at RM68++ per person with four types of sake from the regions of Hyogo, Saitama and Hiroshima. Besides the rice wine, there's also the cocktail menu crafted by Jonathan Zarsadias to look forward to.

Address : Lot 8.104.00, Level 8, Pavilion Elite, 166 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Pavilion Elite 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: www.sarolounge.com
Operation Time: Sun – Mon: 4pm – 1am; Tue – Sat: 4pm – 3am
Telephone No.: +603 2110 4080

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Shuseki

Shuseki Isetan The Japan Store
Exploring Isetan the Japan Store can be a tiring thing to do, so freshen up by grabbing a cold one at Shuseki, a beverage counter that offers Japanese sake, regional craft beers and Japanese whiskeys. If you'd like to learn more about what you're drinking, there's a specialist on hand to offer you information.

Address: LG Floor, Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10, 50 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.isetankl.com.my/thejapanstore/floor_guide/floor_lgf.html
Operation Time: Daily: 11am – 9pm

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Tatsu Japanese Cuisine

Tatsu Intercontinental KL
Japanese restaurant Tatsu is as fancy as it gets. Located on the first floor of Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur (right next to Tao), the restaurant is outfitted with warm wood panels, soft yellow lights, private dining rooms, and a sake bar that’s surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking a gorgeous view of KL city. The bar serves over 20 types of sake, shochu, and Japanese wines while its seafood bar boasts of freshly flown in sushi (that comes in twice a week from Japan).

Address: Tatsu, 1st Floor Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: http://kualalumpur.intercontinental.com/dining/tatsu-japanese-cuisine
Operation Time: Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Telephone No.: +603 2782 6118

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The Bar Kinugawa

The Bar Kinugawa Damansara Empire
The word 'Kinugawa' means 'the bar' in Japanese. There's nothing flashy or intricate here; it's all about simplicity and classiness – such qualities are reflected in the drinks menu. Interior-wise, Kinugawa is outfitted with white oak giving it a lighter, sleeker atmosphere than its peers. The counter top is also low enough for guests to watch the bartenders craft their concoctions.

Address: 11 Empire Gallery Heritage Lane, No. 2, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebarkl1
Operation Time: Mon – Sun: 7pm – 2am
Telephone No.: +603 7611 0153

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Address: 11 Empire Gallery Heritage Lane, No. 2, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 7611 0153
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebarkl1
Operation Time: Mon – Sun: 7pm – 2am