Bars & Pubs

Is This Brisbane’s Most Impressive Bar Offering?

By Desta Cullen
16th Dec 2015

Sake Brisbane best bar offering

If you’re a fan of Saké Restaurant and Bar Brisbane for its amazing, oh-so-delicate, fusion-style Japanese then kudos to you—you’ve got good taste!

But if you spend as long as we have frequenting this beautiful Eagle Street locale, then you’ll quickly realise Saké is way more than just delicious Japanese eats thanks to a bar that packs a big, sake soaked punch!

Serving up exclusive imports of sake and Japanese whiskey, plus a beyond epic cocktail list, Saké’s team aren’t shy about pouring you the best tipple in town.

Some of Brisbane’s best mixologists call Saké home and they know a thing or two about making a mind-blowing cocktail that tastes as good as it looks (admit it, it’s important)!

The bar menu—much like the food menu—is innovative but understated and simple, combining the top-shelf sakes and whiskies with exotic fruits and flavours to create liquid masterpieces you’ll fall in love with.

If you need help deciding—the menu is extensive with a capital E—don’t worry, we’ve done the ‘research’ for you to find the cream of the already very creamy crop. And we can confidently report back that everything is delicious.

First up? The Mr Brightside—a smoking melange of star anise and cinnamon flavours—is concocted using Yamazaki single malt whiskey and Disaronno Amaretto, before being is stirred with… wait for it… Ardberg Islay whiskey and bitters.

No bar worth its smoked salt rim could be without a signature cocktail and the Hattori Hanzo—muddled cucumber and jalapeno shaken with gin, yuzu, freshly squeezed lemon juice and elderflower, served over ice in a goblet rimmed with rose petals and salt—ticks all the boxes and then some.  *Wipes away drool*.

Ed Note: We love the Hattori Hanzo so much that we created a step-by-step video for you to make it yourself—but it really should be left to the Saké experts. 

If beer is your poison or choice, you’ll be darn impressed with Saké’s options. There’s Asahi on tap, nine bottled Japanese beers to choose from if you’re feeling experimental, and a handful of local Australian beers as well. Most recently a full range of Coedo and Niigata beers have been added to the Japanese offering, providing some interesting flavours, including ginger and espresso. Of course, the sakes and whiskey can always be served up neat or over ice, so just ask your friendly bartender for their expert opinion to make your way to sipping heaven.

As one of our favourite places for after work drinks, it’s the perfect spot to wind up the week in style. If you head to Saké on a Friday between 5pm-7pm, you’ll be able to tuck in to complimentary roaming Japanese tapas, $10 Japanese highballs, and selected wine and beer.

If a lazy Sunday sesh is where your head is at (yeah, us too) you can enjoy DJs, oysters, and exclusive Veuve Clicquot Rich from 4pm.

Saké Bar and Restaurant really is a crown jewel in the Eagle Street Pier precinct: views out to the river and Story Bridge, amazing private dining and function options, and menus unlike any other in Brisbane; we are turning seriously Japanese!

TUL Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Sake Restaurant & Bar and endorsed by The Urban List.  Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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