Last March, the boutique liquor shop Todoroki Saketen added a kakuuchi (standing bar) area called Yakuin Stand. The kakuuchi area is directly inside the shop, while the merchandise—100 varieties of rare sake, natural wine, craft beer and more, is in the back. Manager Ikumasa Ichiki says the shop’s focus is on showing customers the producers behind the drink. The kakuuchi offers 15~20 kinds of seasonal sake in smaller 45ml or 90ml glasses so you can sample as many as you like. You can also drink wine, beer and shochu, and the shop holds two or three events a month.
Menu: sake ¥300~ glass wine ¥600~, shochu ¥300~, warm veggies w/ koji malt dressing ¥500, tofu w/ squid ¥300
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn219, Mar. 2017)