Best Place to Drink Sake

The Periodic Table

For most East Bay residents, sake is a beverage best consumed at a sushi restaurant. The Periodic Table aims to change that common perspective, and it makes a compelling argument for sipping sake all day, every day. Located inside Emeryville's Public Market, the Periodic Table makes drinking sake a simultaneously casual, special, and informative experience. The 18-seat bar, which is run by the same folks as Shiba Ramen, stands out with its modern, geometric design and offers an extensive selection of sake as well as shochu and other Japanese distilled spirits. Specific sake tasting classes are sometimes offered, and even on an ordinary day the servers are knowledgeable enough to guide you through the premium sake list and make recommendations based on whether you like fruity, clean, or rich flavors. For the full experience, splurge on a sake flight and discover your own sake palate.

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