It's always refreshing to come across a new sake pub, in particular one that breaks the mold of tradition and convention. It's even more refreshing to come upon one that defies all efforts at categorization, yet still satisfies in every way.

Meet Kyuzuki, which is nestled just behind the old steam locomotive outside of JR Shimbashi Station, the meeting place in Shimbashi. Although this part of town is awash in drinking holes, few are of the Kyuzuki genre.

The interior design is truly interesting without being pretentious. The long root twisting in and out of the handrail for the staircase leading down into the dim space arouses your curiosity. Below, there is a much more ordered and deliberate artistry to the space.