From the haunted house-themed Kichijoji Yurei to the Sumo stadium-shaped Hananomai Ryougoku, Tokyo has no shortage of bizarre bars. Here are a few lesser known ones across the city that might just pique your interest.
1. Drink with the Monks at VOWZ Bar
Yep, you read that right. Enjoy alcohol handmade from monks in Nakano, one of Tokyo’s most eclectic, bustling districts. A little heads up before you go - the bar comes to a standstill every now and then for an occasional sermon session, so you just might end up leaving a little more enlightened! Space is limited as there is only max seating for 20 so it’s best to show up at 7:00PM to ensure yourself entry. We recommend avoiding the medicinal beverages and going for the cocktails if you're not feeling so adventurous.
6 Arakichō, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0007
19:00 - 0:00 Mon to Sat
Pricing: ¥800~ drink; ¥500 cover charge
2. Enjoy Girls Night Out at Vibe Bar
Ladies, this one’s for you! The Vibe in Vibe Bar is short for vibrator. Welcome to a world of female sexuality and drink in the vicinity of rows upon rows of vibrators (be sure to wear the gloves provided when examining the toys). A couple of rules to note before you go: 1. Entry is 18+ only for obvious reasons, 2. Men cannot enter alone, only when accompanied with women (the number of men cannot exceed women), 3. Use of toys are strictly prohibited. Visit here for all the rules and requirements. Have fun and happy exploring!
〒150-0043 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya City, Dōgenzaka, 2-chōme−7−4 清水ビル
〒150-0043 東京都渋谷区道玄坂２丁目７−4 清水ビル
17:00 - 0:00 Mon to Sat
Pricing: ￥3,000(tax incl) with 2 drinks for a 90min stay
3. Meet Some Cool Cats at Bar 猫
Last and perhaps least known on the list is Bar 猫, a bar owned by one human and two cats. Advertised as a space where ladies can safely patron alone, the bar features two sleek and chill felines who have free reign over the premises. Cats aside, the menu is quite out of the ordinary with creative choices such as their delicious chocolate mint cocktail. Cute cats and tasty cocktails, what else does a cat lovin' human need?
〒110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taito City, Ueno, 2-chōme−8−7 上野広小路ビル 3F
〒110-0005 東京都台東区上野２丁目８−7 上野広小路ビル 3F
19:00 - 2:00 Mon to Sat
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