It’s easy to get the impression that Tokyo is full of weird and crazy themed bars and restaurants, and yes, it’s also the case, but they can be hard to find, if you don’t know where to look.
I’ve wanted to visit the jail/horror themed bar The Lockup for ages, but it wasn’t until when I was in Tokyo earlier this year that I actually managed to find the place. Located at the basement floor of one of the most anonymous buildings in Shibuya, it was quite a challenge to find it, even with Google Maps at hand, but finally, Poul and I could step into what looked like a medieval dungeon.
The entrance area at The Lockup looks empty and closed, but the door slams behind us and loud, funeral-like music starts playing. Cautiously, we step down the hallway while suddenly Poul is grabbed and handcuffed by a girl dressed as a Halloween police officer, and she takes us to our table. Then Poul is released again, and we can relax and order food and drinks.
The menu is full of scary-looking small dishes, but as we’ve already had dinner, we just order drinks and fries. My drink is blue and tastes good, but I make sure only to take small sips in order not to swallow the big jelly-eyeball, which is floating around in it.
Poul doesn’t feel like eyeball drinks, so he orders what he thinks is just a regular-sized draft beer. Talking about eyes, Poul’s eyes are almost popping out, when a 1L measuring glass full of beer is brought to our table a few minutes later. Cheers!
We’ve almost finished our drinks and agreed that even though The Lockup is a cool place, it’s not half as scary as we thought it would be. But then the lights go out and the music starts, and suddenly, there’s a zombie running towards our table!
I scream. A lot. I can’t control it and while Poul is laughing like crazy, I just scream and scream and scream. Ever wonder, how you would react under a zombie attack? Well now I know: I’ll be the one hiding in a corner screaming my lungs out…
Here’s a video of the zombie attack:
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