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Where to Drink Sake in D.C.

Several restaurants and bars specialize in the beverage.

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There are dozens of varieties of sake out there. But the average diner just thinks of it as something to order with sushi — or to perhaps to incorporate into a sake bomb if he or she is feeling festive.

Several D.C. restaurants are trying to change that perception, with large sake selections, diverse picks and knowledgable servers willing to teach drinkers more about the beverage. With Asian-influenced beverages generally being hot right now, it's no surprise D.C. is seeing more of a focus on sake. Here are several places around town to broaden the sake palate. For those explicitly interested in sake cocktails, additional options include Sei, Ping Pong Dim Sum and Zengo (which has a sake sangria).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Crane & Turtle

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828 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 723-2543
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Crane & Turtle has seven sakes on its list. Its Asian beverage pop-up, Bar Otsukare, has also further promoted rare sakes.

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2. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Daikaya offers more than 30 sakes. They also break out the beverage by categories like "light and smooth" and "aromatic and fragrant" to further educate drinkers.

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3. Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar

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644 H Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(703) 608-3167
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Hikari currently has 24 sakes available. They also feature sake cocktails like the Blood Maru, which sounds like a sake Bloody Mary.

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4. Izakaya Seki

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1117 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-5841
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Izakaya Seki has roughly 40 sakes to choose from. There's a special focus on sakes from the Niigata Prefecture, where the owners hail from.

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5. Oki Bowl DC & Sake

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1817 M ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 750-6703
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Oki has gotten more press for its ramen, but the new addition to Dupont Circle also has about a dozen sakes to choose from as well.

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6. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 462-8999
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D.C.'s esteemed sushi restaurant also has more than 25 types of sake, including sparkling sake.

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7. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3086
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Toki Underground has a smaller but more curated sake list, with everything from rare sake to draft sake to hot sake included.

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8. Zentan

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1155 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 379-4366
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Beyond its sake cocktails, Zentan is also a place to experience sake flights.

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9. Kaz Sushi Bistro

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1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 530-5500
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Kaz Sushi Bistro just kicked off sake classes in September. Those who attend can try seven different types of sake and learn more about the beverage in the process.

1. Crane & Turtle

828 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
Crane & Turtle has seven sakes on its list. Its Asian beverage pop-up, Bar Otsukare, has also further promoted rare sakes.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

828 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

2. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Daikaya offers more than 30 sakes. They also break out the beverage by categories like "light and smooth" and "aromatic and fragrant" to further educate drinkers.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar

644 H Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Hikari currently has 24 sakes available. They also feature sake cocktails like the Blood Maru, which sounds like a sake Bloody Mary.

[Photo: Nina K./Yelp]

644 H Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. Izakaya Seki

1117 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Izakaya Seki has roughly 40 sakes to choose from. There's a special focus on sakes from the Niigata Prefecture, where the owners hail from.

[Photo: Norry H./Yelp]

1117 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Oki Bowl DC & Sake

1817 M ST NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Oki has gotten more press for its ramen, but the new addition to Dupont Circle also has about a dozen sakes to choose from as well.

[Photo: Facebook]

1817 M ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
D.C.'s esteemed sushi restaurant also has more than 25 types of sake, including sparkling sake.

[Photo: Facebook]

1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Toki Underground has a smaller but more curated sake list, with everything from rare sake to draft sake to hot sake included.

[Photo: Official]

1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Zentan

1155 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Beyond its sake cocktails, Zentan is also a place to experience sake flights.

[Photo: Official]

1155 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

9. Kaz Sushi Bistro

1915 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Kaz Sushi Bistro just kicked off sake classes in September. Those who attend can try seven different types of sake and learn more about the beverage in the process.
1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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