Good grief, there really is a bar for everyone in Japan. Here’s one named after the recently-deceased love-god, Luther Vandross. Bar Luther is a mecca for fans of eighties soul music, as purveyed by the likes of Vandross, Prince and Barry White.
It’s a dark little bar in Yokohama city, with a dancefloor and a decent selection of cocktails. In true eighties fashion, the interior is decked out with a disco ball and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, so you occasionally recoil in shock when you catch a glance of the humiliating spectacle of yourself dancing. One nice touch is the DJ’s admirable policy of keeping up the archaic tradition of displaying the sleeve of whichever record is playing.
The last time I was here, I was overjoyed to hear the ridiculous 80s hit, “Holiday Rap” by DJ Sven and MC Miker G, played without a trace of irony.
The whole place is extremely dimly lit, (presumably to hide the shame of pissed-up loons flamboyantly boogieing to Luther Vandross records) and there are a few dark, discreet little nooks to sit and talk. In this respect, it would probably be an ideal place to “get to know” whoever you’ve just met on the dancefloor. That is, if you don’t mind your chat-up lines being drowned out the sound of Lionel Ritchie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
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