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Beer Available At Meishu Center (Japan Sake PR Center) (arranged by most recent)
IslandHaole (6) Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan | June 30, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
It had been a few years since I had last visited the Meishu Center, I was in Tokyo yesterday taking a friend to the Tokyo Tower and while walking back to the train station, we decided to look for a place to have lunch. Imagine my surprise finding this building, it was like running into an old friend you hadnít seen for quite some time! The $4.25 TimE and BuckDich mention is now closer to $6.00 but still well worth the trip. The yen price hasnít changed, just the yen rate is abysmal now. Seems it was slightly upgraded with some new decor but still a small, standing room only place where the emphasis is on well crafted Nihon-Shu. Now that I remember how to get here and itís only an hour by train, I know where several Saturdays will be spent this summer!
BŁckDich (215) McCall, Idaho | September 29, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Wow, what can I say about this place? I came here twice while visiting Japan, and would have gladly gone back for more. I was a bit intimidated at first to really get my geek on with the sake samplers, but once I got here and started sniffing and writing and swirling, I noticed that nearly everyone else was just as nerdy with their sake. What?! And they even nodded approval at my obvious respect towards the beverage as a fine crafted elixir. Like Tim said, small, standing room only, samples only, very little food (try the Shiokara!), and an amazing staff. You simply walk in, grab a sampler tray off the table, and tell one of the staff what you like and theyíll bring you 3 to try. If you know enough, walk around and check out the tags on the bottles, conveniently showing all the stats on each sake, so you can quickly pick out that favorite genshu or karakuchi junmai you are craving. This is the best sake place Iíve ever been to, and the fact that you can try THREE mind blowing daiginjos for about $4.25, total. Amazing. If you have even the slightest taste for premium sake, or would like to develop one, this is the place. Ambiance: standing, cramped yet unpretentious. Food: Just snacks, nothing prepared. Selection: Nearly perfect.
TimE (238) Tokyo, Japan | September 12, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
OK, this place is differnent. Unlike every other places in the Places section, this place would prefer you order samplers. WHY? Because its job is not to be a bar, but it is there to promote as much sake as possible. This means
1. 130 types of continuously rotating sakes
2. Little to no food
3. No seats - this isnít a bar you know!
500 yen (about $4.25) will get you a sampler of any three sakes they have (if sake is really expensive, they will add on a couple hundred yen). Some staff might understand a little English, but this place is full of businessmen after work and some of them will undoutably practise their English on you after they have had a few. Plus they will give you recommendations. This is the place to go if you want to experience all spectrums of the sake world for a very cheap price. I regretted having four samplers the next day.
From Hamamatsucho station take the North exit and turn left out of the station. Walk along the road until one block before a major intersection. Hang a left and it is down 40meters on the left hand side.
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