Sakebar Decibel

Decibel (or Sakebar Decibel for the Japanese inclined) is an elusive little gem of a speakeasy in the Little Tokyo (E.9th street) section of the East Village. Since 1993, its been secretly serving up over 100 varieties of hot and cold Sake, one of Japan’s greatest and most popular exports. Tokyo expats, and those experienced in Tokyo nightlife can agree, this place is authentic. Its dimly lit, small, and communal, its main dining and drinking area is reminiscent of a train tunnel. You are greeted at the door by a Japanese man requesting ID from behing a thin rope (I wouldn’t suggest pissing him off). Next, you are ushered into the main space, full of chairs, tables, people, and interesting graffiti. Not to mention the various sake bottles adorning the top shelves. Their wine, sake, and shochu (a native spirit) is unparralleled, and Decibel is one of the few places you can get a cheap Japanese microbrew (5 bucks!). Throw an appetizer of edamame or shumai into the mix, and you’ve got an interesting first date! Love it, and don’t be surprised if you catch me there!

To Life,


~ by Chucky_Nite on August 1, 2009.

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