By no means the first, but certainly among the first, the VIRLZ has popped up in Tokyo to provide a new nightlife spot for visual kei fans. With only a scant number of bars in existence which catcer to the niche crowd, it’s perhaps a good time to get into the market. VIRLZ opened on October 2nd and is still fledgling in the nightlife scene and visual market, but it might make for a nice stop for visual kei fans visiting Tokyo during the holidays.
The location is ideal — VIRLZ is situated in Takadanobaba, a five minute walk from the Waseda exit of JR Takadanobaba station. Those familiar area may realize this places it quite close to Takadanobaba AREA, one of the most well-known visual indies live houses in Tokyo. With a new ZEAL LINK having just opened nearby, this makes for a triple dose of visual kei in the ‘baba area and might just help boost its status as a destination for visual kei enthusiasts.
While location is important in such an enormous city, certainly quality and content are as well. VIRLZ’s current employees are indies band men, though at the moment only three are currently mentioned on its OHP — Ranger (from a “secret” band), Tacky of Caleidoscope, and Yuki of GILMEO. A note on the site also mentions that they’re still looking for employees (band men and visual kei lovers welcome!), so we may be able to expect new faces in the near future.
But it’s not just about the people working there — VIRLZ has already attracted a number of band men from the scene with the proof on their wall to prove it; members from Ganglion, CELL, Meteroid, and PIECE have already stopped by. With the possibility of running into a musician, what fan wouldn’t want to drop in?
There is a large sign board on the wall for visiting artists to leave their John Hancock, and a large video screen which plays visual kei live videos and PVs. The menu offers regular cocktails for ￥600 and specialty cocktails for ￥800, which is none too unusual for nightlife spots in Tokyo. There is also a small food menu with snacks and desserts ranging from ￥250 to ￥700 each.
Though on the pricier end of the menu, fans might enjoy trying the specialty cocktails for novelty value — just look at the offerings!
Black Cherry [Boys side] Black Cherry [Girls side] Silvia
(Do you know all of the references?)
VIRLZ is open from 6:00 PM until 5:00 AM (presumably every night), which makes it a perfect place to drop by for drinks after a live at AREA, and a good place to hang out if you accidentally miss the last train out of Takadanobaba.
You can keep up with the latest news from the bar via Twitter, Ameba, or Facebook. And don’t forget to check for the latest online coupon before you visit!
Readers, if you’ve been here or end up trying it out, let us know how it is!