Tokyo is full of places to grab an adult drink, with served at bars, Izakaya pubs, casual restaurants and even fast food joints.
Local Internet cafe: recently found an amazing but totally unexpected place to knock back a few after-work cold ones.
Just in the middle of Tokyo’s downtown Shinjuku surroundings are the branch of the Raum chain of internet cafes. All net cafes in Japan, it’s got a couple of being comforts, like private booths with comfy chairs, walls of free manga to read, and a self-serve drink bar.
However, what sets the Shinjuku Raum is that the drink bar doesn’t just have soft drinks, but all you can drink booze too.
The net cafe’s entrance is a bank of self-service drink dispenser’s tea, juice, cola and other standard soft drinks. Next to that, though, is one of Japan’s automatic draft beer-pouring machines.
Raum even gives customers who’re using the “adult drink bar” frosted mugs.
Already we had our beer (Suntory is the house brew), we took it back to our booth and sipped it. As we already discuss, Raum’s adult drink bar is an all-you-can-drink deal, and it’s your choice of three or 12 hour durations.
If you’re craving something stronger still,you can straight-up grab yourself a glass of hard liquor, as there are bottles of gin, vodka, rum and shochu waiting for your attention as well, as selection of liqueurs.
The adult drink bar package also gets you access to the regular drink bar offerings, you can use any of the soft drinks as mixers with which to make your own cocktails. A rum and Coke (or rum and Pepsi) is a distinct choice, but we decided to mix a large splash of vodka into some Dekavita C, a carbonated Japanese energy drink, for a Red bull and Vodka like beverage.
Raumu offers seat in the net cafe by the hour, the adult drink bar is only available for customers on a 3 or 12 hour stay. For those who are staying 3 hours, the total cost (seat charge and adult drink bar) works out to 1,930 yen, which is extremely cheap for 180 minutes of unlimited alcohol. The 12 hour pack works out to 3,280 yen, which is more amazing deal when you consider that most people staying for 12 hours in an internet cafe are probably using it as a hotel alternative after missing the last train.
The only drawback we can find is that since Japanese Internet cafes also double as manga-reading libraries, being too loud is frowned upon, so Raum doesn’t really work as a place to get liquored up with friends on the cheap. Additionally, if you prefer to do you’re drinking in relaxing quiet, is an incredible offer.