Sake Lab

At Saké Lab in North Beach, expect a substantial selection by the glass from $5-10 per glass, $10-18 per carafe, and bottles ranging from $25-$85, not to mention three types of nigorizaké. One standout splurge is the sparkling saké, a daiginjo from Okunomatsu for a hefty $220 a bottle. However, the party backdrop of techno music to match the fluorescent-futura spot attracts the night owls and imparts a big dose of sensory overload before a single sip of your junmai. In a frou-frou cocktail kind of mood? Try the Geisha ($7) made from saké and lychee juice or the Sneaky Ninja ($7), a mix of raspberry saké and lemon juice. - By Gloria Tai