Fuji-Ya

The sleek neon illuminating the sushi and liquor bars in the open interior of Fuji-Ya might make you think you’ve entered the future, or come to Japan. This is as close to an authentic Japanese sushi bar as we come in the Twin Cities, and the sake does indeed flow here, especially during happy hour. The crowd’s age varies along a bell curve that tops out in the mid-forties, and the vibe is more laid-back Lyn-Lake than snappy Hennepin. Thursdays and Sundays a DJ hosts a great late-night happy hour, conjuring a hypnotic atmosphere for sipping hot sake and forgetting for a while that you’re in Minnesota.

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