If a cave-based shrine to Frankenstein is your kind of place, you’ll like “3 Bozu Paradise”, a Frankenstein-themed joint hidden in the shadows down a dark side-street near Yokohama station. It’s an eerie eaterie that should please anyone who prefers Hellraiser to Hello-Kitty.
The whole place is abundant with imagery of Frankenstein’s monster. Everywhere you turn are pictures and statues of the famous flat-headed freak of nature and his big-haired bride. It’s very narrow and poky inside, with low, cave-like ceilings, so you might feel self-consciously similar to Frankestein’s hulking monster, as you try to navigate your way to a table without breaking anything. The most scary thing about the place is the threat of bashing your head on the low ceilings.
The murky interior is decked out like a medieval dungeon, with rock-like walls, and bars on the windows. It’s pretty realistic, although I don’t think classy food was served up to prisoners in real medieval dungeons- if history books are anything to go by, jailers preferred whips and chains to hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. If you want to get picky, I can’t imagine Frankenstein’s monster eating salad with chopsticks, either.
Still all this is quickly forgotten once you order a drink and start soaking up the spooky atmos. Cocktails with names like “Dracula’s Tears” are served up way past the witching hour, in test tubes, mad scientist-style.
And so, you can kick back and have fun, under the leering gaze of a green reanimated corpse statue.
3 Bozu Paradise
Taiyou Building 1F, Minami Saiwai 2-20-12, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama City.
Open from 5pm to 4am
Tel: (04) 5320 3066