Murasaki Sake Lounge

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Photograph: Tyler Mallory

After 22 years as Cafe Shino, this Gold Coast stalwart got a makeover and has emerged as a sake lounge, complete with two dozen varieties of rice wine, a private karaoke room and a menu of otsumami, traditional Japanese small plates (we're fans of the crispy-edged hot-dog bites, plummy baby octopus, spicy salmon hand rolls and tofu-topped udon noodles). For a primer on sake, ask manager Kerry Tamura, who's happy to steer you in the right direction.

Venue name: Murasaki Sake Lounge
Address: 211 E Ontario St

Cross street: between St. Clair St and Fairbanks Ct
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6pm–2am; Sat 7pm–3am; Sun 6pm-midnight
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 2, 3, 66, 145, 146, 147, 151, 157.
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