Here are a few of the stranger cafe and bar concepts you'll find in Tokyo:
1. Nyanron Hanten is a cat/vampire/maid-themed Chinese restaurant in Akihbara. Yes, this is perhaps the first and only usage of "cat-slash-vampire-slash-maid."
Unfortunately, the ambition seems to have exceeded the execution. Despite the cute staff and surprisingly decent-looking mabo tofu, the interior and costumes are nothing special.
Still, there must be some appeal to it since someone saw fit to open another vampire maid bar in Akiba.
|Photo: Weekly ASCII|
2. Prison Bar Capture in Ueno is a "girls bar" where you are served by women dressed as sexy police officers. (A girls bar is a bar with cute female staff where, in addition to paying for drinks, you pay a fixed charge for however long you stay there, in this case about $20/hr.) The ultramodern interior just doesn't do justice (heh) to the prison theme - a missed opportunity in my book.
|Photo: Radio Kaikan|
|That's one sad-looking office. (Photo: Radio Kaikan)|
4. Grand Pirates is a pirate-themed maid cafe in Akihabara. The costumes are well-done and while pictures of the inside are scarce, they seem to have done a nice job with the interior design and decorations. I might stop in for a visit next time I'm in Akiba.
|Photo: sho Panda|
Here's a video showing how to get there from the JR station: