Bizarre Bar Names

Below is a list I’ve lovingly compiled of Japanese bars with weird but charming English names. Presumably the owners thought that the exotic, foreign words would make their establishments sound more international and cosmopolitan to the locals, and yet unwittingly they sound extremely parochial and idiosyncratically Japanese to everyone else. Still, a crazy moniker adds to the allure of a bar for me. I come from England where there are 500-year-old pubs with ridiculous names like “Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese” and “The Fiddling Monkey,” so I have a natural fascination with these oddly-named watering holes. Here they are, in no particular order:

Liq Nuts

Pee

Jam Jam Drag on the Market

Bubble3

Beer Pub Holic

Bar Isn’t It?

Drunkard

Hang-O-Bar

Bingo Love

Happy Cock

John Henry’s Study

Knuckles

Wonder Cafe

Nakasu Comic Pub Academy

Fuck Yeah!

Speak Low

Gas Panic

The Crazy Cock

Dad’s Bar

Whoopee’s

Gross

Fanfan

Panic Paradise

Freeza

Star Eyes

Senba Booty

Cyberspace On

Jazz Inn Lovely

Bollocks Paradium

Ing

Post Coitus

The Green Sheep

The Full Monty

Boozee

Pub Smell

Dr Jikyll & Mr.Hyde

Prison

Piggietail Connection

White Lover

Bar Bar Bar

Booze Cafe

Cafe De Jumpin’ Jumpin’

Our Boozer

Halloween

Christmas

Bar Baby Queen

Bogey

Plastic Factory

Free Culture

Electric Ship Bar

Positively

Labia

Rad Brothers

Drink Drank

Papa Don’t Preach

Arty Farty

Woody House

Berry Berry

My Bar

Elephant’s Nest

Shaft

Bar Sushi and Men

Loveshine

Cry Baby

Come On

Kewl

Bar Breadline

Bar Hobo

Half Woman

Blow

Baby Gang

Bar Normal

Bar Plant

Spooky Angel

Bar Cheeky

Shot Bar TRKKK

Bitter End

Party Animals

Zoid

Pub Zipper

Louisiana Hurricane

Jazz Swan

Dining Bar FATMAM

Salon Bar “Loss”

Bar Jerk

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93 Responses to Bizarre Bar Names

  1. Joel says:

    Funny list i used to work in a place called Ye Olde Chesire Cheese.

  2. roaf says:

    I think I know that pub!- A really ancient pub somewhere in London, near Fleet Street, where Charles Dickens used to drink. It looks like something out of Harry Potter!

  3. K says:

    Post Coitus is such a funny name for a bar, Hahaha.

    Here in Hong Kong, many buildings here has weird names as well. Most of these names are associated with money but it’s still weird.

    ‘C’mon’ is I think the most popular name for Japanese – I don’t know, I just can tell. Well don’t get drunk inside the ‘Labia’.

  4. [...] Bizarre Bar Names Below is a list I’ve lovingly compiled of Japanese bars with weird but charming English names. Presumably the […] [...]

  5. Kaida Rose says:

    Heh, ha!! Boozee now that’s a weird bar name! So it’s Japanese??? How weird.

    So I can take a drink at the place that is obvoiusly a bar because it says it serves bar! Heh, ha.

  6. roaf says:

    Yeah, Boozee is a cool bar in Yamato city. The barman looks like a Japan Elvis!
    Labia is in Shizuoka somewhere.

  7. clarkebruce says:

    I lived in New Zealand for a few years. They had a pub called ‘The Fat Lady’s Arms’!

    • LeeBruce says:

      Was in NZ in 2005 for work. My co-worker’s daughter gave an Irish dance performance at a bar called “The Dog’s Bollocks” (“bollocks” = balls/testicles for my fellow Yanks unfamiliar w/ Commonwealth slang)

  8. roaf says:

    Classic name!

  9. jurego says:

    Hehe I officially want to visit all of these places

  10. roaf says:

    I’ve been to twelve of them!

  11. dragonlife says:

    You forgot “labia” In Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City I mentioned some time ago!
    LOL
    Robert-Gilles

  12. dragonlife says:

    Oh and nother one: “Our Boozer” in Shizuoka City, owned by a Pom!

  13. roaf says:

    Thanks! Ha ha, yeah, I remember those! I’ll put them on the list.

  14. [...] Roaf has posted a big list of bizarre and amusing bar names he’s come across in his travels in Japan over at Gaijin Tonic: Check it out! [...]

  15. just lookin says:

    So is “White Lover” the place gaijin go to get picked up by the locals? :)

  16. Ken Y-N says:

    I used to live near a Snack called Pub Fanny. And how the hell did they come up with Bollocks Paradium as a name?

  17. roaf says:

    It’s a mystery! Pub Fanny is a good one, too!

  18. Kin says:

    These might be strange as the name of the shop.

    This is also very strange.

    http://hanzismatter.com/

    In both cases, the feeling is priority.

  19. I know a place called ‘The Full Monty’ in Hakuraku, just off the Toyoko line. Same Place? That one’s actually run by a guy from the UK.

  20. [...] this blog there’s a long list of bizarre bar names, like Bollock Paradium, Pub Smell or Bar Jerk. [...]

  21. roaf says:

    Yeah, I think that’s the same “Full Monty”. I didn’t know it was owned by a Brit, though!

  22. nick says:

    there is a place called Ye Olde Bronte Tea rooms near me (Haworth, Yorkshire). And, I’ve been to Gas Panic, also one close to that one in roppongi cos i think there are 2 now, is Lexington Queen. I have to say Gas panic was just red with no place to dance and a bad DJ, but it was happy hour so thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. roaf says:

    Yeah, I’ve been to both Lexington Queen and Gas Panic in Roppongi. Not really my scene these days, but the happy hour is good!

  24. nick says:

    oh by the way… off the subject but i guess some people are living in japan and i need some information about visas ect… so, if anyone knows/ has experience about this could they please tell me? or contact me or something

  25. roaf says:

    If you look on the “gaijinpot” website they have lots of info about that stuff. From my experience it’s best to get a job before coming, from a company like NOVA.

  26. Im opening up a Bar and Restaurant and i can not find a suitable name to name the place. Please give me optional names.

  27. roaf says:

    I’m no expert, but I guess it depends what kind of restaurant/bar it is.
    I wouldn’t recommend using any of the names on the list above!
    So, is your bar in Japan? What kind of place?

  28. spunkey says:

    About 15 years ago I saw a Snack in Takamatsu, Shikoku called “Bulbous Nose”; next to the sign was a picture of one of Snow White’s dwarves…

  29. lina says:

    o hellow there this is my 1st time here…..just want to ask some advice for a great, an eye catcher name for a snack bar….please help me to find a suitable title for my business…thanks

  30. roaf says:

    How about “Midnight Snack”, “Snack Attack” or “Snack My Bitch Up”?!

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  34. [...] There was also stiff competition from the similarly absurd bars, White Lover, Bar Sushi and Men, Labia, and countless other establishments which you can read about here. [...]

  35. Garry says:

    one in Nagoya called My fanny

  36. kari says:

    o ju qifsh motren
    its a nice name bar

  37. david paye says:

    well I am waiting for my local pub to open “The Queens Legs” so I can have a drink!

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