Murasaki Sake Lounge

Bars, Lounges Streeterville
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Photograph: Tyler Mallory Murasaki

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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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Cheap quality at premium prices, tawdry atmosphere. This is a run-down hostess bar with a lot of mysterious service charges that aren't stated upfront, so patrons beware. No Japanese drafts. no sushi, or tempura. Whiskeys aren’t anything you can’t find at liquor stores in town, except here they charge about $20-200+ per shot. Food menu consists of instant snacks from the Asian supermarket. Steer clear!

One of my favorite low key spots in the city. Tucked away on the backside of the Streeterville, I have stopped in a few times and had some great sushi. Its a quaint little spot, never to crowded and the service is alway good.