Best Bars With Sake In Metro Detroit

January 16, 2014 8:00 AM

(credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sake is a Japanese liquor made through the process of fermenting rice. Sake was first introduced into the culture around 700 AD, so it is a beverage seeped in tradition. Due to the unique processes involved in the creation of sake, each type of sake carries with it distinct characteristics, which are made apparent with the first sip. Sake is traditionally served as a presentation, and it is encouraged that each person does not pour their own drink; it is customary for a friend to pour the drinks for one another. This ritual draws friends and family together in this unique and storied tradition. Many establishments in Detroit serve sake. Check out the list below and start a new tradition with loved ones that includes the art of sharing sake.

326 W. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-0888

Ronin is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in Royal Oak that serves unparalleled entrees accompanied by a lovely selection of sake. Everything about Ronin, from the chic atmosphere to the service, is impeccable. The presentation of the sake is second to none, and makes the time spent here memorable. Ronin offers an array of styles for your sake sipping pleasure, so get ready to explore the different options.

Related: Best Sushi In Detroit

22871 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 543-9500

Inyo is an Asian fusion restaurant in Ferndale that offers a superior dining experience, with an outstanding selection of sake to accompany it. Featuring swank decor and great service, this spot serves a variety of tasty drinks, from a lychee martini to the Malaysian Butterfly, and, of course, sake. Try it warm or chilled, depending upon what it is paired with. And don’t hesitate to ask the bartender for suggestions.

Crave Lounge
22075 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 277-7283

Crave is a sushi bar and and lounge in Dearborn that offers diners a superior selection of sake. The chic decor makes this a prime spot for a first date while the discotheque atmosphere beckons patrons to linger as the night grows longer. Crave has an extensive list of sake comprised of different types imported from Japan. Ask the server for suggestions based on each order, as different styles of sake pair well with certain dishes.

Little Tree Sushi Bar
107 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 586-0994

Little Tree Sushi Bar is an Asian restaurant and bar in Royal Oak that has a relaxed vibe and a great variety of sake. The atmosphere is inviting and casual, and the staff is friendly. Try a sake martini, warm or chilled sake or a Japanese beer. The restaurant serves a triple-threat of selections from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, in addition to sushi and noodles.

Bi Bim Bab
43155 Main St.
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 348-6800

Bi Bim Bab is a Korean restaurant in Novi that has a cute atmosphere and offers the best Korean food in the area. There is a wide selection of sake available to try with dinner, so definitely ask what works best with the different dishes. There are many types of sake to choose from and the taste of the sake presented at the table is an engaging experience.

Related: Best Korean Restaurants Around Detroit

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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