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Alcatraz E.R.

From the outside.

From the outside.

Alcatraz E.R. is a prison hospital themed izakaya in Shibuya. It is near the O-West gig venue, and the address is:  Tokyo, Shibuya, Dogenzaka, 2−13−5 ハーベストビルディング2F. The nearest stations are Shibuya and Shinsen.

I want to break free!

I want to break free!

After you take the elevator to the second floor, you will be greeted by some prison bars with 4 buttons behind them. You need to push one of these to open the doors to this fine establishment. I think a while back each button was supposed to represent a different blood type, but I don’t think anyone paid much attention to this so the signs have since been removed. Once you’re in, you will be greeted by a “nurse” and asked if you have a reservation. Making one is definitely advised, especially if it’s the weekend. You can call them on +81 3-3770-7100. They will probably have someone who understands some English. Maybe.

Second best floor prize after the Robot Restaurant.

Second best floor prize after the Robot Restaurant.

Be sure to take in the sights as you are walked to your prison cell, especially if you are a B movie horror fan.

Home sweet home.

Home sweet home.

Depending on where you are seated, you might be able to spot some profanities or silly words scribbled on the walls. The decorating team definitely had a lot of fun here.

The menu

The menu

The menu has pictures and English captions, but if you can read Japanese you might be able to pick up some of the word play jokes in the names of the dishes.

The bell

The bell

When you’re ready to order, bang the metal bar on the bars for that authentic prison experience.

Thirsty?

Thirsty?

The drink menu is great, and includes gems such as the one served inside a giant fake head, a jug that the nurse makes you stir with a vibrator and a baby bottle that she will put into your mouth and keep there until you drink some.

Smoked salmon salad

Smoked salmon salad

Caged chicken, "Corosuke" and spicy chicken wings

Caged chicken, “Corosuke” and spicy chicken wings

Other than the funny names, the dishes are standard izakaya fodder and vary in quality depending on the dish. They do have a selection of Russian Roulette plates, where one of the pieces is either filled with hot sauce, which is apparently not all that hot, or wasabi. These make for a fun game with friends.

The Dead Room, apparently. Perhaps they were going for morgue?

The Dead Room, apparently. Perhaps they were going for morgue?

Once every 2 hours or so there is a fun show, the contents of which I won’t spoil for you. Last time I went, this was better than the Lock Up (another prison themed izakaya chain). Sit back, relax, and enjoy all the screams of Japanese women that you’ve always wanted to hear.

Nurse? Nurse!

Nurse? Nurse!

Alcatraz E.R. has a 500 yen table charge, with fun cocktails around 700-800 yen, but cheaper drinks available. Food also varies in price, but most dishes are under 1000. Expect to spend around 2500 yen per person if you’re being modest.

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