Capcom Bar – Kabukicho Tokyo, Japan
For any fans of the Capcom brand of video games, that means Street Fighter, Dark Stalkers, Monster Hunters etc, you may be tempted to go to this interesting bar in the red light district known as Kabukicho.
Word of caution – I went to this bar over a year ago so potentially some of the games / decor would have changed by then. Though i firmly believe anything Street Fighter related would still hold relevant in 2017.
Capcom bar is a themed restaurant / bar based on the video games created by the company. You need to make a booking in advance because they have timeslots for all customers to ensure regular turnover.
Maybe its changed by now, but when there everything was in Japanese. Of course this is tailored to the local population and not for tourists so all of the fun dialogue, introductions and jokes will kind of get lost on you when you enter. I don’t think the staff know much English, but it all works out fine.
The food and beverages are all based on elements of the Capcom brand of video games. For instance, you can get a Hadouken drink, which is basically vodka and lemonade in a clear glass, with a red ribbon around it (symbolising Ryu from the Street Fighter series). When the drink arrives you will be greeted by a waiter performing a fireball “Hadouken!” movement at you just for kicks.
One of the other things we ordered was a rack of ribs, based on something from Monster Hunter. When the waiter brought this one over she started to say some dialogue followed by shaking the crap out of the plate of ribs. No idea what happened but we just clapped and laughed anyway! Every dish you order has some sort of chant or relevance to a video game, so i’d suggest ordering food in particular for a game you know (the food isn’t all that great so it doesnt matter!)
The other cool part about this place is that you can take turns playing the video game consoles on display. We managed to take a few games of Street Fighter 4 in while eating dinner.
Overall, its good fun, but more suited for those die-hard fans of the Capcom series. With everything in Japanese the whole experience does get a little lost on you. Even then, its still something quirky and interesting to do while in Tokyo.