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By Yannie Chan | December 8th, 2020

Sake is Japan’s best known alcohol. In Japan’s JR Niigata Station, there’s a famous Echigo Sake Museum Ponshukan. Its most popular feature is a massive sake vending machine featuring over 120 sake brands that will automatically dispense sake into your cup. And now, a similar sake vending machine has landed in Hong Kong’s Harbour City.

From now on until January 10, check out the Sakabar at the Ippipan Pop-up Store in Harbour City’s LCX for a one-of-a-kind sake tasting experience. The machines feature more than 50 varieties of sake, and uses a token system. Purchase 10 tokens for HK$100. Most sakes cost around two to six tokens per a 23ml cup. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, customers are recommended to purchase a special glass container to take away the sake for later tasting.

Each sake comes with a detailed explanation of its place of origin, rice varietal, and alcohol content — great for sake beginners who want to sample more varieties before committing to a bottle.

Photo courtesy of Sake Z

Other than sake, the pop-up store also stocks tea leaves and coffee beans aged in whiskey barrels in Japan. Ippipan is organized by The Time Sommelier and Sake Z.

Ippipan Pop-up Store

Shop 11, 3/F, LCX, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui

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