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    Japan's Sake Bar

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EPCOT in World Showcase


Sake and beer


The Sake Bar at Epcot’s Japan pavilion is not really a bar per se, but a counter tucked in the back of the Mitsukoshi Department Store. While a department store counter doesn’t sound like a desirable place to grab a drink, there are a couple of reasons why this particular spot is interesting.

For one thing, the location of the Sake Bar means that it is very rarely busy. You are more likely to be there alone than to wait in line. The most compelling reason to stop by however, is the multiple sake samples available for purchase by the glass or bottle. The menu normally contains around ten types of sake of various strengths, flavors, and styles.

Sake is brewed in a way reminiscent to, but pointedly different than, beer. It also contains a wide range of characteristics much like wine. You are likely to be surprised by the differences between styles, if you decide to try a few. Whether you prefer sweet, sparkling, dry, or flavored, you can find a sake to match your taste.

The Sake Bar is not a place to spend a lot of time, but it is a great diversion and an interesting way to appreciate a unique part of Japanese culture that has been brewed for nearly two millennia. A counter in the back of a department store may not sound like much, but it may be one of the most fun stops you make.