Shark Tank

Across Japan there are countless unconventionally-themed novelty bars, which make drinking all the more enjoyable. For instance, I’ve been to a Luther Vandross-themed nighclub, a Frankenstein bar, and a truly macabre restaurant modelled on a prison hospital where, upon arrival, you are handcuffed by girls in nurse-outfits and led to a cell in which you can drink cocktails from test tubes and eat food served in bedpans. A classy joint.

I’ve also been to a bar named “Real” in Fujisawa city, where my table was balanced on top of a large water-tank containing two small, live sharks. I looked down through the perspex at the scary beasts swimming around beneath me while I sipped whiskey. It was like something you’d find in the lair of an evil criminal-mastermind from a James Bond film. It was hard not to imagine the floor sliding away, dropping me to my bloody doom. Later, when I was wasted, I got kicked out of the bar for jumping up and down on the perspex to see if it would break. (I’m a complete dickbrain.)

Bar Real, Fujisawa 23 Bldg 201, 1-4-3, Kugenumaishigami, Fujisawa 251-0025
Tel: 0466-26-4336

8 Responses to Shark Tank

  1. simaldeff says:

    ROFL … that’s the nicest reason for being kicked out of a bar I ever heard. So far what’s the best drink you had?

  2. roaf says:

    Hmm, good question! I’m rather partial to Calpis sour, an alcoholic version of the soft drink Calpis (sounds like “cow piss”.) I’m a big fan of Ginga Kogen beer which is hard to get hold of. A couple of times I’ve mixed vodka with the energy drink “Lipovitan D” which makes for a really crazy night.

  3. simaldeff says:

    Is ti somekind of RedBull, that LipovitanD thingy ?
    I don’t know what Calpis is… what’s taste like?

  4. roaf says:

    Calpis tastes like yoghurt, and LipovitanD is like a cheap version of Red Bull. Also you can’t go wrong with good old Asahi or Kirin beer, or chu-hai which is like a cheap alcoholic soda pop which you can buy in convenience stores.

  5. Dan96319 says:

    If you Gina Kogen beer let me know where you are. I live close to the brewery and work for the company that owns it.

  6. roaf says:

    I love Ginga Kogen, it’s my favourite Japanese beer! Very hoppy taste. I live in Yokohama.

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