Last week, I reached an all-time high on the level of weirdness when I found “The Lockup,” a prison-themed restaurant in Shibuya (Tokyo). And by prison themed, I mean that the restaurant was in the basement of a building that made you go through a labyrinth of horror to just get to the door, the staff all either wore stripped prison suits or sexy cop outfits with handcuffs (only the women), and all of the food was “prison-themed.”
What would you say if I invited you to come along to a Haunted Prison themed restaurant, in one of the busiest hubs of Tokyo and told you that you may indeed be scared senseless entering the restaurant and that you'll be led to a jail cell in handcuffs and then locked up in it for the duration of the meal? Sounds good? Then you're someone that I would be friends with.
Nothing works up an appetite like handcuffs. So at The Lockup -- which has branches in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Omiya and Ikebukuro -- you’ll be chained to a sexy space cop as she leads you through a B-movie set to your cell, where you’ll carry out your dining sentence behind bars.
The Lock Up is one of the many popular themed restaurants in Tokyo which is haunted by scary monsters and the “sexy” policewomen who keep them in line. Let me make one thing clear, you do not go to The Lock Up for the food; you go there for the experience and the colourful cocktails served in all sorts of beakers, test tubes and syringes.