The famous restaurant brand Hooters keeps expanding in Tokyo with an attractive concept “interactive gaming bar” in partnership with Namco. I’ve never been before in any Hooters restaurant, and this was the perfect timing to be the first. In the most recently travel blogging scene, there’s a clear tendency for backpacking, vegan, solo, female, travelers that collapses my social media feed. Of course that’s wonderful, but sometimes it feels that I’m out of the trends. Today’s review of Hooters Gaming Bar Side-B is for all those man in their 20-30, craving for meat, games, and sports. Tag along with your best buddies and head to Shibuya, there’s a wonderful place waiting for you.
How we got there
My travel buddy Miquel and I were planning our short trip to Tokyo for New Year, searching for themed restaurants, and then it appeared in our laptop screens “Gaming Bar “Side-B” will open at Shibuya”. It was settled, we had to go and see for ourselves. The day arrived, we were in Tokyo and ready for the experience. Once in Shibuya, walking on the left from Shibuya 109 shopping building, just a few meters after, we saw the first Shibuya Hooters sign. Still, we had to lift our heads and look for the neon billboard to find the exact point, on the 4F of the building.
Hooters Gaming bar Side-B
Once on the 4F, we checked in for the gaming area. 1500¥ for half an hour, all you can play, and all you can drink. After the first 30 minutes you can extend for extra time for a small charge. Having the whole area for ourselves, the waitress and bar manager took special care and detail of our drinks and enjoyment. We played through all the games but one, that we didn’t quite know the rules. Air hockey, basketball, ski and racing simulators, even a beer pong table, that took most of our time. Out of the gaming area, in the middle of the restaurant area, there’s a slot racing course to play, but we didn’t notice due to our excitement.
The restaurant area
Expected of Hooters, beautiful and well trained waitress made the best of our experience during our dinner. Our waitress, Nene, took our order and attended us in a good english, as well as the rest of the staff, so there’s no problem if you can’t speak japanese. Large beers, and never ending food options from starters to dessert. Our craving for hamburgers was satisfied. During dinner, music started playing louder, and the whole staff started performing a few songs. We weren’t ready for that and took us by surprise. The waitresses went through all tables encouraging clients to participate and cheer the mood. On the TV screens there were different sports channels but we were concentrated on the performance and the party mood.
The time to leave Hooters arrived sadly for us. After the whole dinner with Nene doing her best speaking in english to us, we uncovered the fact that I speak japanese, and asked her for recommendations of where to go after dinner around Shibuya. After a few valuable moments talking about the experience and some laughs, we took the last picture to get a memento from the night.