Welcome to the UK’s first independent Japanese sake bar, shop & eatery

Moto delivers artisan beverages direct from small yet passionate producers throughout Japan in the heart of London’s Covent Garden

A loving homage to authentic Japanese drinking culture

From sake and shochu to gin and absinthe, stop by Moto to sip your way through stunning craft drinks made only in Japan. To further elevate your drinking experience, let us help you discover the most suitable pairing from our tasty food menu.

Not one of our products have reached the UK as of yet (including some that have never been exported outside of Japan for that matter) so know you are getting first dibs on some amazing drinks! Plus, if you have a glass of something with us which you love too much to leave behind, you can purchase and take-away any of the beverages on offer. Shipping also available across the UK. A cheers to that, or how we say cheers in Japan, kanpai! To dive even deeper, get in touch regarding our intimate bespoke tastings and private events.


Why Moto?

The word ‘Moto’ is derived from the Japanese language which has dual meanings. First and foremost when thinking about sake, moto is the name of the fermentation starter, one of the most crucial stages in the sake brewing process. Without the moto there would be no sake, Japan’s most traditional alcoholic beverage and therefore our bar’s drink of choice most widely represented on our menu.

Another meaning for ‘Moto’ can be translated as ‘origin.’ We thought the name fitting as we import our brews directly from the source, thereby showcasing the seasonality and terroir of our drinks in real-time as well as the faces and stories behind every bottle.

Opening Hours:

TUES – WED 12:00-24:00

THURS – SAT 12:00-24:30

SUN 12:00-22:00


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7 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London


020 8076 9512




Please note that from Tuesdays to Thursdays, we only start serving our cocktails from 17:00. Whereas from Fridays to Sundays, we serve cocktails throughout our opening hours. Thank you.

Hailed for years in Taiwan for his craftsmanship, our head bartender brings you an eclectic array of cocktails for the first time in London, only available at Moto. Full list available in store.

To Eat

To further elevate your drinking experience, choose from one of our Moto ‘obento’ meal boxes (i.e. pork, chicken, prawn, vegan, and vegetarian options) or from our ever-changing ‘otsumami,’ or Japanese tapas menu. Please ask one of our staff members for the most optimal food pairing for your beverage of choice!