Patrons' bottles are kept on the shelf in a restaurant in Japan.

Bottle keep (ボトルキープ, botorukīpu, a wasei-eigo term), or "bottle-keep", is a service which is provided at some Japanese drinking establishments where a patron can purchase a bottle of liquor and have the unfinished portion stored until a later visit.[1] A bottle retained in this manner is called a "keep bottle". The service is offered by a variety of drinking establishments, from casual izakaya to bars in some first-class hotels.[2] For regular customers, the system is less expensive than paying for single drinks.[3] Some restaurants and bars outside of Japan have also adopted the service.[4]


  1. ^ Kamiya, Taeko (1994). Tuttle New Dictionary of Loanwords in Japanese: A User's Guide to Gairaigo. Tuttle Publishing. p. 42. ISBN 0804818886. botoru kiipu ボトルキープ [Japanese Usage: bottle keep] a system in which one buys a bottle of liquor to be kept at bar
  2. ^ "ボトルキープシステム" [Bottle keep system]. The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012.[non-primary source needed]
  3. ^ Resnick, Evelyne (2008). Wine Brands: Success Strategies for New Markets, New Consumers and New Trends. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 25. ISBN 978-0230554030. Many of these bars have a bottle-keep system for regular patrons, who buy a bottle from time to time, as it is less expensive than paying for single drinks for a long run.
  4. ^ Janzen, Emma (6 May 2015). "Bottle Keep Programs On The Rise". Imbibe. Retrieved 1 August 2016.