Our Story

Suzume is a project of UKiYO Republic Ltd, to create a multifunctional hub for both distribution and direct retail of Japanese Sake, Shochu , Whiskey and other Japanese drinks. A cosy bar and restaurant are planned for the space, where customers can enjoy sake alongside curated food pairings drawing influences from around the world.

Ukiyo, 浮世, refers to a floating, transient world and inspired a whole genre of artwork depicting such scenes between the 17th and 19th centuries. Operating since 2017, UKiYO Republic Ltd is a recognised independent importer and UK-certified distributor of Japanese Sake. Over several years, we have been working with a growing number of brewers and breweries across Japan.

 In 2019 UKiYO Republic relocated to Manchester , where we have opened The Spärrows, a Central European restaurant specialising in fresh pasta. Here we have showcased how sake can be served alongside cuisines from outside of Japan with great success.

Suzume, 雀, refers to a Tree Sparrow, or a talkative/knowledgable person. We look forward to welcoming you to our home under the arches very soon.