The Lockup – Tokyo Nightlife

by Sanne

The Lockup, Tokyo

 

If you’re looking for one of those “only-in-Japan” experiences, then The Lockup might be what you’re after. It’s a prison/horror themed bar with a dungeon-style layout located in the heart of vibrant Shibuya. Loud death metal announces the arrival of the in-house zombies, which will scare the guts out of you at hourly intervals. I’ve never screamed so much in my life as I did when visiting Lockup, and I didn’t even dare to go to the restrooms alone, after the first zombie attack.

The menu includes drinks with eyeballs staring back at you and test-tube cocktails. The Lockup also serves food ranging from bizarre-looking eyeball chocolate fondant to more innocent, ordinary dishes such as pizza and fries, but you will probably be too scared to eat anything, so just stick to the drinks.

Not a lot of the staff members speak English, but the menu has images so ordering food and drinks shouldn’t be much of a problem. There’s a call button at your table, which you use, when you’re ready to place your order or need to get in touch with a waiter.

The Lockup can be a bit hard to find as it is located underground and only a small, Japanese sign reveals the location, but the map I’ve included below is accurate and there’s also a picture of the entrance in my blog post, which I link to below.

 

• Cocktails are around 550JPY and up.

 

• There are several Lockups across the city. Check out the Lockup website for additional locations.


The Lockup, Shibuya Grand Tokyo Building B2, Udagawacho 33-1, Shibuya, Tokyo, Tel: 03-57287731, Hours: Sun-Thu:17:00-1:00, Fri: 17:00-4:00, Sat: 16:00-4:00, Address in Japanese: ロックアップ, 〒150-0042 東京, 都渋谷区, 宇田川町33-1 渋谷グラント東京ビルB2

> Visit The Lock-Up’s website (Japanese)