OTAKU TOKYO GUIDE – B’ Video Game Bar (Nakano)

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…Retro-gaming & cold drinks @Nakano, Tokyo

Nakano is well-known amongst otakus. Locals and foreigners gather every day (week-ends are particulary crowded) in the Broadway Mall, a 4-floors building filled with little stores selling little toys in little show-cases. The Nakano Broadway Mall is simply the second best place to get otaku goods in Tokyo (after Akihabara of course).

But what most of visitors miss during their visit to the Nakano Broadway Mall are the narrow streets around it. Karaoke bars, izakayas, kyabakuras, game centers… You can find absolutely any kind of entertainment there!

In this maze of back alleys and neon signs, the B’ Video Game Bar isn’t the easiest place to spot. But once you’ll find it, I can assure that you’ll spend a good time.

B’ Video Game Bar has a simple concept. You pay a 500 yen charge and one drink (alcohol and non-alcohol drinks are available) to sit at a table equipped with three old video game systems and a TV. Then, you can choose in a HUGE collection of old video game softs : Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Genesis, PC Engine, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64…

Cold beer, dusty cartridges and lots of big pixels ; what more can you possibly ask for?

The bar is narrow and a bit dark but the general atmosphere is quite warm (especially compared to Tokyo standards where people don’t usually talk to strangers). If you’re alone and the staff is not too busy, somebody may come and play with you.

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GAME BAR B’ 

Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Nakano 5-56-12 2F
Open from 19h to 24h
Closed on sunday
TEL:03-6454-0969

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